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Pathways from High School to University

– By Valerie

There are multiple pathways students in High School in Australia can pursue to progress to further studies. We list them below:

State and Territory Senior Secondary Certification of Education

State and territory specific academic qualifications for High School students. Students can use their results (ATAR) from one state’s qualification to apply to enter another state’s university.


SSCE Title

Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate (ACTE)
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Queensland Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australia South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
Western Australia Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme are both 2 year programmes open to students aged 16 to 19. With the former more academically based and the later focusing on career-related learning, completion of either of the programmes allows you to use scores to apply to universities worldwide.

Foundation Programmes

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes, universities and specialist foundation colleges offer such programmes to international students. Completion of the programme may guarantee entrance into specific degree courses at some Australian universities.