Education in Australia

Benefits of studying in Australia

The Australian education system is respected throughout the world, with its higher education ranked in the world top 10 (Universitas 21 2017). Universities in Australia tend to focus on practical learning so your degree will be relevant to the real world of work. You can also prepare for university study by gaining your Higher School Certificate (HSC) with the Taylors College High School Program or study vocational courses at colleges in Australia.


As a student in Australia, you will be encouraged to develop your independent thinking, while being supported by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. 


At university in Australia you will learn through group lectures, group discussions and independent study. Your degree may also include opportunities for practical work or fieldwork. The methods of teaching you will experience depend on the university and the degree you choose. Preparing for university study by completing your HSC at Taylors College will give you the skills, abilities and experience you need to succeed.


The type and number of assessments you will need to complete depends on the degree and university you choose. Some degrees involve regular assessment. Some may be assessed with one final exam. Some may include both assessments and exams. You may be asked to submit coursework, essays and a final dissertation, take part in group work and presentations, or sit exams. Our High School Program is designed to help you transition smoothly between high school and university-level study.

High school

Work towards the renowned Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC) to prepare for university study in Australia.

Year 10 at Taylors College is an important first step to achieving your HSC. You can adapt to life in Australia and get a head start in your studies within a safe and caring learning environment.

Your career development planning begins in Year 11 with a series of workshops to help you identify your skills and areas of interest. Your academic learning will be supported by daily one-to-one tutorials and opportunities for development outside the classroom.

Complete your HSC studies, apply to university and explore your career options. Get guidance on how to make a successful university application and access careers advisers and workshops. You can also develop your leadership skills through the Year 12 Leadership Program.

Vocational Courses

You can study a vocational training programme in Australia to focus on developing skills and qualifications directly suited to a specific field and valued by industry bodies.

Vocational qualifications in Australia include Certificate I – IV. These qualifications help you develop from a competent operator to a supervisor. You can then study for a Diploma to take you up to para-professional level, which takes up to two years. The highest level of vocational qualification in Australia is the Advanced Diploma. It takes up to three years to complete and qualifies you for junior management positions.


Phallin from Cambodia studied Year 11 at Taylors High School.

“I focus more about my grades, and I plan out everything that I have to do. I think I am improving on my organisation skills, I am more organised this year. I could see that there were many nationalities in this school, so I thought I would fit in better here. People here are really friendly.”

Phallin from Cambodia
Studied Year 11

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