Higher Education

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Higher education gives you a professional qualification with a theoretical focus. You can choose from courses delivered at universities, some TAFE institutes and private training providers.

​Some courses provide specific work skills (such as accounting or medicine) while others provide more generalist skills.

You can complete a university course at a public university or a private higher education provider.

There are ten universities operating in Victoria - eight Victorian public universities, two campuses of the Australian Catholic University (which operates in several states and territories) and University of Divinity (Australia’s first university of specialisation).

The latest On Track Survey shows that about 54 per cent of Victorian students who completed Year 12 in 2013 went straight from school to university to do a bachelor degree 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.

If you want to study at university, it’s important to think about course requirements.You should also think about:

  • what study would suit your abilities and interests
  • which course at which university is the best option
  • how much it will cost and how to pay
  • opportunities for work after graduation.

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

More information

For more information, see:

  • Career Trends – fact sheets that show industry trends, training, job opportunities and skills that are in demand.
  • Victorian Skills Gateway - an online one-stop-shop for vocational training in Victoria. This site enables consumers to easily navigate the extensive vocational training options available across Victoria, searching by occupation, course, study area or training provider.
  • MyQILT – Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning – provides relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates. The site allows you to compare results across universities and areas of study.
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre – helps you work out the best course for you and includes information about distance education and external courses, as well as enrolment times and procedures, scholarships and TAFE or university fees.
  • On Track – a Victorian Government initiative which surveys school leavers who have left school in the last six months to find out if they are on track to a bright future.
  • Study Assist – provides information to students about Australian Government assistance for financing tertiary study.