A complete guide on Australian Qualifications Framework system based on Undergraduate Studies

Australian Qualifications Framework is the main system that makes this country’s education system unique from the education systems in most other countries. This framework administrates mostly all of Australian education; however, it particularly focuses on the secondary and tertiary education levels. This framework has divided the whole education system into a number of levels depending on the amount of education that the students decide to take on. Moreover, Australian Qualifications Framework system is quite simple and flexible enough that international students can come into it without any problems.

Under this framework, the college and university system is mainly comprised of ten different levels. The first 7 levels of this framework are based on undergraduate studies while level 8 is a step between undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Levels 9 and 10 are based on the postgraduate studies. Today we will discuss about first 8 levels of this system, which primarily focus on undergraduate studies.

  • Levels 1 to 4- Certificate

These certificates are the base of all educational levels. Certificates generally take between 6 months to one year to complete; however, it might take more or less time depending on where one goes. The first two levels of certificates are mostly same as of the certificates that you might find in other countries for jobs such as administrative positions and other positions while Levels 3 and 4 are like vocational certificates that one easily find at trade schools. These certificates mainly teach more specialized skills like machinery, welding, and basic IT skills and can also help students to prepare for their higher undergraduate education. 

  • Level 5- Diploma

Above level 4 is the diploma level. Diploma helps students to get advanced cognitive and technical knowledge in a specific field. They are mostly in paraprofessional fields and it usually takes around 2 years to get them.

  • Level 6- Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree

The advanced diploma or an associate degree usually take around 2-3 years, and approximately consists of 3 to 4 semesters of bachelor’s work if students wants to study a bachelor’s degree afterwards. Advanced diplomas are mostly suitable for students studying technical or vocational fields while associates degrees are best options for those who are studying more academic fields. An associate’s degree or a diploma can be very helpful in getting employment in Australia or anywhere around the world. 

  • Level 7- Bachelor’s Degrees

Bachelor’s Degrees are the standard degrees that are known in all over the world as undergraduate degrees. The average time students need to complete a bachelor’s level degree anywhere In Australia is from three to four years, depending on the university and the degree that a student is pursuing. However, those fields that need any type of research generally take four years to complete.

Some of the bachelor’s degree programs in Australia include:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Social sciences (sociology, psychology, etc)
  • Computer Science
  • Medical fields/pre-medical fields
  • Business (economics, management)
  • Law
  • English (Literature, etc)
  • Classical history
  • Music and arts
  • Majors in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Philosophy and other similar disciplines  
  • Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degrees

Level 8 is step between graduate certificates and bachelor’s honours degrees. An honours degree can be obtained in two ways – those students who finished their bachelor’s degree in three years, can get it by staying in school for an extra year and doing some tasks or research while those students who are graduate with a particular grade average while getting a four year bachelor’s degree, can also obtain one. However, any extra requirements such as thesis, research projects or so on required to obtain an honours degree is generally determined by the university that a student is attending and the program that he/she is in.