Education pathways

Planning and following an education pathway can streamline your study plan. A Foundation course can help you reach your goals faster.

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If you don’t meet the entry requirements to get into the course you want in Australia, there are many pathways that can help you reach your goal.

This might include studying in an Australian school, taking English language preparation or studying a vocational education and training course. 

Foundation Studies

If you don’t meet academic requirements, there are a few options to prepare you for further study. Depending on your previous studies and the final qualification you want to study, you can enrol in secondary school or Foundation Studies.

Foundation Studies involve an intensive preparatory course that will give you the skills you need to enter an undergraduate course at a university or higher education institution. These studies are usually divided into streams such as business studies and science studies, and offer both compulsory and elective subjects. English language support is usually available.

Many schools, vocational education and training institutions, and universities offer Foundation Studies courses. The common feature of Foundation Studies is that a university allocates a provisional place in an undergraduate program assuming you achieve the prescribed grades.

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About Australian education

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses tailored for you.

Australian education system

The Australian education system offers primary, secondary and tertiary education linked across the country and across the world.

How to apply

To study in Australia you'll need to apply for admission to an institution and a student visa from the Australian Government.