Education in Australia summary

Benefits of studying in Australia

Ranked in the global top 10 (Universitas 21 2019), the Australian higher education system is respected throughout the world. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is part of the prestigious Group of Eight Australian research universities and is ranked in the world top 100 (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Australian education system

Studying in Australia, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and take responsibility for your studies with the support of expert teachers. A degree from UWA gives you the flexibility to choose a course of study that best suits your interests, with a choice of almost 70 diverse majors. Australian universities like UWA are known for their hands-on learning approach, which gives you skills for the real world. These skills are highly valued by employers when choosing the best candidate for a job.


Your degree may include opportunities for practical work or fieldwork, and you will learn the theory in group lectures, group discussions and through independent study. Teaching methods during your degree include group lectures, group discussions and independent study. Depending on what you choose to study at university, you may also have the opportunity to take part in practical experiments and fieldwork.


The type and number of assessments you will need to complete depends on the degree you choose. Some degrees involve regular assessments. Some may be assessed with one final exam. Some may include both assessments and exams. You may submit coursework, essays and a final dissertation, take part in group work and presentations, or sit exams.


You can study a degree in Australia if you would like to explore your chosen subject in greater depth. Qualifications you can work towards include Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees.

Bachelor Degrees

A Bachelor degree in Australia usually takes three years to complete. It teaches you the knowledge, principles and problem-solving skills you need to enter a specific field of work. Study for a Bachelor degree can lead to postgraduate study and is more in-depth than study for an Associate Degree. If you do well in the first three years of your Bachelor degree, in some Australian degree courses you can study a fourth year and graduate with a Bachelor (Honours).

Master Degrees

A Master's degree in Australia helps you to become an expert in your field. It may involve independent research, coursework or a combination of the two. A Master's degree takes one year to complete following a Bachelor (Honours) or two years to complete following a Bachelor degree in Australia.

Doctoral Degrees

Typically taking three years to complete, a Doctoral degree is the highest level of degree you can complete at Australian universities. It involves an original research project and may also involve some coursework. You are required to submit a long thesis detailing your findings.

Degree preparation programs

Taylors College Perth works with the University of Western Australia to provide pathways to a globally respected degree. International students receive specialised support to adapt to living and studying in Australia. Taylors College Perth offers three pathways to UWA:

  • UWA Foundation Program – the most effective degree preparation for international students who want to study a degree at UWA
  • Diploma of Commerce – extra support during year one of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UWA, with direct entry to year two
  • Diploma of Science – extra support during year one of a Bachelor of Science degree at UWA, with direct entry to year two

International students can also study the Academic English Preparation course at Taylors College Perth. There is no IELTS requirement for entry to this course which allows students to make fast and effective improvements in their English speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

UWA student Farhan from Singapore

Experiencing university is quite a challenge in terms of having to push yourself, but also to maintain a balance in social life and academic studying. I have been able to get myself out there to actually join club societies and meet new people, and my personal experience for university has been very eye opening and very good so far. I've been able to experience so many different things.

Gia (Ben) from Vietnam Studied UWA Foundation Program Now studying Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

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