Education is the responsibility of individual states and territories and so rules do vary between states. However, students are usually 16 or 17 years old when they enter Year 12. All students in Year 12 work towards getting an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) or OP (Overall Position, which applies only to students in the state of Queensland),

Higher Education in different states in Australia:
1. New South Wales - Higher School Certificate (HSC)
2. Queensland - Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
3. South Australia – South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
4. Tasmania - Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
5. Victoria - Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE)
6. Western Australia - Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)


Undergraduate Degree

There are many divisions in Bachelor’s degrees of Australia including 3-year degrees, 4-year degrees, professional degrees, combined degrees and Honours degrees. Generally, a Bachelor degree takes 3 years to complete, some programmes may take 4 years to complete, for example: engineering, pharmacy, etc.

Postgraduate Degree:

( a ) Master Degree

To complete a Master degree, it takes 1 to 3 years. Types of Master degree include:

- Master Degree by Coursework
- Master Degree by Research
- Professional Master Degree

Cost of studying in Australia

( b ) Doctorate Degree

To complete a Doctorate Degree, it takes approximately 3 to 5 years. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be taken after an Bachelors Honours Degree or Master degree, along with a research project that results in a thesis or dissertation.

Types of Doctoral degree include:

- Research Doctorate
- Professional Doctorate

The cost of studying in Australia is determined by the tuition fees of your course and estimated living costs for the city you are studying in. The tuition fees vary depending on what you are going to study in Australia and for how long. The following is a guide to tuition fees from institutions represented by ASA Overseas Education Specialist:

Secondary school
Foundation studies
Undergraduate Degree (Excluding Medicine, dentistry, Veterinary Science and Architecture)
Postgraduate Degree (Excluding MBA and Doctorate)
A$12,000 to 30,000 per year
A$18,000 to 30,000 per year
A$18,000 to 35,000 per year
A$19,000 to 37,000 per year

*Please note: these are indicative costs only - you should check with ASA education advisors or the institution for the exact fees.

Cost of living in Australia

The cost of living in Australia varies depending on whether you live in the hostel or not and your own particular lifestyle. The average estimated living expenses for a student is:

AU$16,000 – AU$20,000 per year

It includes food, clothing, accommodation, transport, pocket money etc. The figures above are indicative only and that costs can vary significantly depending on where you live in Australia.

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