What is the AQF?
The Australian Government designed the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to ensure that qualification titles across the country are consistent and represent the same high standards of education.
The AQF regulates all Australian qualifications and provides clear rules about the level of education each qualification title represents. Each qualification generally leads into the next qualification down the list (see below) in the education framework.
Having a nationally standardised system means there is a clear pathway to follow, making it easier for students to pursue their education. It also makes transferring between different education providers much easier, as there is no confusion caused by differing qualification titles and education levels. In addition to these qualifications, the AQF issues a Statement of Attainment when a student completes only part of a qualification.
For more information, see: www.aqf.edu.au
|AQF LEVEL||SUMMARY||QUALIFICATION TYPE|
|Senior Secondary Certificate of Education||Graduates of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education qualifies individuals with knowledge, skills and values for diverse pathways to further learning, work and effective participation in civic life.||Senior Secondary Certificate of Education|
|level 1||Graduates at this level will have knowledge and skills for initial work, community involvement and/or further learning||Certificate I|
|level 2||Graduates at this level will have knowledge and skills for work in a defined context and/or further learning||Certificate II|
|level 3||Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for work and/or further learning||Certificate III|
|level 4||Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning||Certificate IV|
|level 5||Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled and/or paraprofessional work and/or further learning||Diploma|
|level 6||Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional and/or highly skilled work and/or further learning||Advanced Diploma
|level 7||Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning||Bachelor Degree|
|level 8||Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional highly skilled work and/or further learning||Bachelor Honours Degree
|level 9||Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning||Masters Degree (Research)
Masters Degree (Extended)
|level 10||Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice||Doctoral Degree|