Australian Education

HOW THE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION
SYSTEM IS STRUCTURED

Four sub-sectors
The Australian education system is broadly structured as follows:
1 primary school: seven or eight years, starting at Foundation (also called kindergarten/preparatory/pre-school) through to Year 6 or 7
2 secondary school: four years from Years 7 or 8 to 10
3 senior secondary school: two years from Years 11 to 12
4 tertiary education: includes higher education and vocational education and training
(VET). The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a national framework which covers
qualifications in post-compulsory education. It has 10 levels and links school, vocational and higher education qualifications into a single national system, allowing easy movement from one level of study to another and between institutions. More about the AQF can be found at

http://www.aqf.edu.au/

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