According to Wikipedia, Australian tertiary qualifications include vocational and higher education study options, from trade certificates (TAFE Certificate I-IV) to postgraduate university degrees like master’s and PhDs.
TAFE courses start at the very basic level, Certificate I, and go all the way up to advanced diplomas, which serve as pathways to university tertiary undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
TAFE tertiary courses are also available in a wide variety of subjects, from plumbing and beauty to photography and IT. You can go from Certificate I in Business to an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and from there enter university to complete your undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree, finally ending up with an MBA.
Tertiary Education Addresses Skills Shortage
It’s no secret that Australia has a skills shortage and that the government is busy working on reforms that increase incentives for tertiary education admissions. There is particular focus on increasing admissions in science, business, finance, engineering and management degrees.
The reforms include revamping funding and fees for tertiary education in Australia, as well as increasing the diversity of the scholarships and grants available for vocational and trade courses and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
The idea is not only to attract young high school students but also to encourage senior or mature students to complete their tertiary studies.
Choosing Tertiary Courses
It’s not always easy to decide what to study; even if you love the idea of design you might not know exactly what you want to with it. For example, do you want to design landscapes or interiors; fashion or websites?
Career counsellors can help in this regard, but so can short courses and entry level TAFE courses. They are perfect ‘tasters’ for future careers, especially when combined with traineeships which provide some on-the-job experience.
Once you’ve more or less decided on a direction, you still need to pick a university, college or TAFE institute through which you can study your chosen field. You also need to decide if you want to study full-time, part-time, on-campus or online.
TafeCourses.com.au’s online education portal has a wealth of information on tertiary study options in Australia, from TAFE certificates and advanced diplomas in financial planning to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in IT.