Continue with further education and training

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

If you choose to continue your education after leaving school, there are different options available to you.

Regardless of what option you choose, the Victorian Training Guarantee is making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

For more information, see: Get Funding - Victorian Training Guarantee

Training through Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an education that directly relates to getting a job. You will generally be assessed on your ability to do the tasks necessary for that particular job. You can do a VET course at a TAFE institute, at a university or through a registered training organisation. These courses will suit you if you enjoy learning in a practical and hands on environment that has a clear purpose.

In considering TAFE as an option, you should explore the course requirements including any prerequisites.

You should also consider:

  • what study would best suit your abilities and interests
  • which course at which TAFE institute is the best option for you
  • what costs will be involved in TAFE study and how these can be met
  • the costs of living, possibly away from home
  • the opportunities for work after completing the course

The careers and course information centres at any TAFE can offer you more advice on studying at TAFE.

For information about finding a VET option that suits you, see:

Further education at university

About 30 per cent of students go straight to university from school to do a degree or diploma course.

You can take an alternative pathway into university by transferring from recognised VET studies or taking part in bridging or foundation programs that help prepare you for university courses.

In considering university, it is important to explore the course requirements including prerequisite Year 11 and 12 subjects.

You should also consider:

  • what study would best suit your abilities and interests
  • which course at which university is the best option for you
  • what costs will be involved in university study and how these can be met
  • the costs of living, possibly away from home
  • the opportunities for work after graduation

The careers and course information centres at any university can offer you more advice on studying at university.

For more information about applying and attending university, see:

  • My University - information to help you make an informed choice about universities and other higher education providers.

More information

For more information, see:

  • Beyond school – information about further education and other career pathway options after you leave school
  • Career support for students with a disability – information on the support available to assist young people with a disability to follow a career path
  • Leaving school early – reasons for staying in school and the options available if you choose to leave school early
  • Managed Individual Pathways – a program to assist you, if you are 15 or over, to develop a career action plan and find continued education, training or full-time employment.

For other related websites, see:

  • Learn Local education and training – information about over 300 government registered organisations that deliver initial training and nationally recognised vocational courses for all Victorians
  • Australian Apprenticeship Centre – helps you find a local Apprenticeship centre and includes information about finding an apprenticeship
  • Related career websites – a list of links to other career related websites
  • Find a course or training provider - the training options available in Victoria, including finding the right training course for a job
  • Youth Central – information on finding work, applying for jobs, starting a business and employment rights and responsibilities.