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Every year, many international students take
advantage of the pathway options available
to get into their preferred course. In fact,
data from the Australian Department
of Education and Training shows that
most international students undertake
study in more than one education sector
during their time in Australia, with many
using study in one sector as a pathway
into higher-level study. Some students
complete a pathway course in order to
meet the academic and English language
requirements for Vocational Education
and Training (VET) or higher education
study. For example, they might complete
secondary school, an English language
course or a foundation studies program in
order to gain entry to tertiary education.
Other students decide to progress to a
higher qualification after completing their
first course in Australia --- advancing into
higher education after completing a course
from the VET sector, for example.
The Australian Qualifications Framework
(AQF) regulates all Australian qualifications
and makes it easy to progress from one
qualification to the next. It makes it
possible to enter a course with lower entry
requirements and work your way up to
more advanced courses. This means that
you could complete an English language
course, followed by a VET course and
then progress to a bachelor degree. In
some cases, you may even be awarded
credit for the study you have already
completed, which reduces the total time
it will take to complete your qualification.
Not all pathways will be accepted by all
institutions, so check with your provider to
find out which pathways they recognise for
entry to your chosen course.
As well as preparing you for the academic
and language requirements of higher-level
tertiary study, pathways also give you
extra time to settle in Australia. They can
help you improve your English language
skills and become familiar with Australian
culture and the education system before
commencing further academic study. A
further benefit is gaining a new set of skills
and knowledge that will be an advantage
in your future study experiences and career.
Many international students use 'pathways' to progress through the Australian education
system, working their way up from a lower qualification to a higher qualification and often
earning credit for the previous studies they have completed.
Robby Gupta --- India
Diploma of Hotel Management, leading
to a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality
Having grown up in New Delhi, I wanted to
live a very busy lifestyle in a quiet city, so I
knew this would be a better place for me.
Hearing that TAFE SA's Regency campus in
Adelaide was the best hotel management
school in the Southern Hemisphere, I began
my Diploma of Hotel Management there.
TAFE teaching is very professional, and
the facilities at Regency are the most up
to date. I worked in the latest kitchens,
training restaurants and front-of-house
facilities with current technology. Many
teachers are internationally known
professionals, and chefs from the Adelaide
Hilton taught us many different cuisines.
The whole TAFE culture was really nice.
The staff were very helpful and they knew
about different cultures. They organised
events for us like the Indian Festival of
Light, which made me feel that little bit
more welcome. I studied front-of-house,
wine studies, food service, accounting
and human resources. My TAFE diploma
took me into the Bachelor of Tourism and
Hospitality Management at the University of
South Australia. I only needed one year to
finish my degree because I had completed
the diploma. Now in my working day I can
apply my education and knowledge to
every job that people do in my restaurants
and catering business. I did two other
courses at TAFE --- computer science and
commercial cookery --- because I wanted
to understand every aspect of my business.
Education in this country is fun. I have
found Australian education and my TAFE
study to be practical, industry-based
Zhou Quan --- China
Advanced Diploma of Screen (Film and
Television Production), leading to a Bachelor
of Communication (Media)
I was 17 when I first arrived in Melbourne.
My high school, Shaoxing No.1 High
School, had an exchange program with
Balwyn High School when I was in second
year (equivalent to Year 11 in Australia).
Before I went abroad, my dream was to
be a journalist or TV reporter. I picked the
media class at Balwyn High School and
that made me want to be a filmmaker.
We watched and analysed Hitchcock's
Psycho and I was thrilled about the impact
of cinema. The teacher of the media class
recommended I go to RMIT as the film
course there is hands-on and practical.
I completed the Advanced Diploma of
Screen (Film and Television Production),
which was a three-year course. Studying
at TAFE gave me a great opportunity to
practise the technical side of filmmaking.
I articulated from the TAFE course to
complete the Bachelor of Communication
(Media) at RMIT. The bachelor degree was
supposed to be three years long, but my
TAFE credits covered half of it. I think TAFE
gave me more practical experience than
university, and I felt that I had a better
understanding of technical aspects than
other students when we were doing group
assignments at university. The films that
we made during the TAFE course were
much more hands-on than the ones we
did at university, but the university classes
gave me better knowledge of the history
of cinema and the contemporary situation
of the film industry. In order to be a
professional filmmaker, both are necessary.
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