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Australia’s school year generally runs from February until November/ December each year, with a break for the summer period December/ January.

Education system

A Tasmanian education extends beyond the classroom. Our education system provides students not only the opportunity to receive high quality training in their subject area, but  also the opportunity to connect with industry and community.

See the different levels of education systems in Tasmania.

Tertiary Education Ages 18 +

This includes University and Vocational Education and Training.

Tasmania has one university with campuses all around the state. We have one government run vocational education and training institution with TasTAFE and many private registered training organisations that caters to internationals students.

University generally will offer higher- degree education from Bachelor degrees, Master Degrees and Doctorates.

Most university subjects will comprise of lectures, with many students in an auditorium. It will also have small practical groups called tutorials or practicals that take place in a classroom, which provides an opportunity to ask questions and more practical applications.

Vocational education offers certificates and diplomas. These are primarily practical based classes mixed with industry experience.

Senior Secondary or College Ages 16-18

This is generally for students interested in studying year 11 to year 12.

The aim of college is designed to give a range of subjects that will prepare students for their tertiary studies working towards a TCE (Tasmanian certificate of education).

They follow the Australian curriculum that prepare students for higher education. These are based over many subject areas including: English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Colleges also offer some vocational subjects.

In Tasmania, international students can choose between government schools and independent schools. Some independent schools also offer an International Baccalaureate programmes.

For more information visit https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/senior-secondary-curriculum/

Secondary School Ages 12-16

This is generally for students from year 7 to year 10.

Secondary school follows the Australian National Curriculum- a curriculum based on 8 key areas including English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Languages.  This aims to create young people who are engaged learners who are creative and confident.

In Tasmania, international students can choose between government schools and independent schools.

For more information visit https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/learning-areas/

Primary School Ages 5-12

This is generally for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Students study the Australian National curriculum with and are assessed regularly with NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy)

At this stage of schooling education tries to ensure a passion for learning in developed with high-quality education. And that students feel a sense of safety and support when they come to school.

In Tasmania, international students can choose between government schools and independent schools.

Quality education standards in Tasmania

Qualifications Framework has 10 levels

National policy regulates levels of study and qualifications in Australian education institutions under a national qualifications framework.

Ranging from a certificate level at an AQF 1 up until a doctorate level at an AQF 10- the range of numbers indicates the complexity and depth at each level to achieve the standard.

For more information visit https://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-levels

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

Education providers who deliver education to students in Australia on student visas, must be approved and be registered on the CRICOS. To be registered, providers must meet certain requirements.

For CRICOS listed providers, please visit https://cricos.education.gov.au/

University

TEQSA

Tasmania’s quality of education is monitored Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Their role is to ensure higher education providers and their courses meet Higher Education Standards Framework. They ensure a high level of integrity and rigour in their assessment, protecting students interests and ensuring that Australia’s higher education reputation is upheld.

To find out more visit their website (https://www.teqsa.gov.au/australian-qualifications-framework)

Vocational and training (VET)

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

ASQA is a national regulator which safeguards the quality of vocational and training (VET) sector in Australia. All Tasmanian vocational providers and courses in Tasmania are held to this standard.

To find out more visit https://www.asqa.gov.au/cricos/requirements

Schools

Australian National Curriculum

In line with all government schools in Australia, Tasmanian government schools follow this curriculum. It ensures standardisation for all Australian school students. This follows a curriculum based on 8 key areas including English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Languages. The aim is to create young people who are engaged learners and are creative and confident.

TASC

Office of the Tasmanian Assessment, Standard & Certification (TASC) is an independent statutory office responsible for the appropriate standards and accreditations of secondary schooling in Tasmania.

TASC - https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/about/

Teacher Registrations

All schools have teachers that are registered with the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania.