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From Kindergarten to Year 12, Australian schools focus on excellence across key learning areas, including English, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the arts, languages other than English, technologies, and health and physical education.
Skills taught include communication, teamwork, and personal development. The school curriculum aims to develop students into independent and successful learners with respect for themselves, their peers and global society.
A complete Australian school education spans 13 years and includes:
There are different types of schools in Australia, including:
Students can also study the Australian curriculum in other countries at Australian international schools. These schools have teachers who are trained and qualified in the Australian curriculum and follow the same academic standards as those in Australia.
When completing senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12), students sit for exams, receive an official certificate of senior secondary qualification and receive an ATAR score. The score indicates the ranking of a student's academic results in relation to others in their year group. The ATAR score is used by universities for entry into higher education courses. Find out more about the ATAR
The name of the SSCE varies across Australia’s state-based education systems, but all state certificates are recognised by Australian universities, higher education providers, and vocational education and training (VET) providers. They are also recognised by many education providers internationally.
Some Australian schools offer the IB, an internationally recognised school curriculum taught in 140 countries.The IB program is designed to help students become independent and critical thinkers, effective communicators and active global citizens. For university admission in Australia, IB scores are converted into ATARs. Find out more about the International Baccalaureate
Australian schools are among the finest in the world, and feature:
Australian schools have strong support systems in place, including: