Vocational Education (or VE): Pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships, trades, certificates and diplomas, including TAFE courses.
You might be looking at VE because you’re interested in studying a skills-based vocation like electronics, plumbing, or horticulture. Maybe you’d like to start small before progressing into further study, or perhaps the eligibility criteria caught your eye. In many cases, it is broader (for example, you can apply for some VE courses without an ATAR).
UniLink: A UniLink diploma is called so because it serves as a ‘link’ course between you and undergraduate study. These courses are a great choice if you didn’t complete high school in Australia, or didn’t get the ATAR needed for your preferred bachelor degree.
Undergraduate (or UG): Bachelor degrees, double degrees and associate degrees.
Many undergraduate degrees will take 3 years to complete and will result in a bachelor’s degree. Double degrees are for those who’d like to study a little longer and graduate with twice the qualifications. Associate degrees will take around 2 years, and can either send you off into the world of work or prepare you for further study.
Postgraduate (or PG): Graduate certificates, master degrees, and doctoral degrees.
Postgraduate study is, in most cases, for those who have completed undergraduate study. In some cases, postgrad study can be undertaken by students with significant industry experience in lieu of undergraduate study.
Completed master and doctorate degrees will result in a ‘Master of’ and ‘PhD’ respectively. Or you could exit your master degree study early having completed sufficient units to achieve a graduate diploma.