Australia options after A-Levels

A-Level / IB results day is a day of mixed emotions. For those who have attained their desired results, there is satisfaction. Those who haven’t may have to re-evaluate their next steps. Locally in Singapore, you could choose from five polytechnics and four universities. Why not consider furthering your studies in Australia?

Polytechnic diplomas and bachelor’s degrees represent two different levels of education. The distinction is not just determined by the time spent at the institution, but can also include the salary differences and the level of a job position. This is not to say that bachelor’s degree graduates will always earn more than polytechnic diploma graduates but, in the job scene, a bachelor’s degree is usually more valued than a polytechnic diploma. A contender with a bachelor’s degree has a more promising chance of earning more and has a better chance of promotion in the future.

The excellent higher-education system and world-class universities in Australia promise a rich experience for international students.

Option 1: Direct entry to University

With good grades from A-Level, you are eligible for direct entry to year one of a bachelor’s degree program at a university. A bachelor’s degree usually lasts for three to four years. You may have the option to undertake a one-year paid work placement after the 2nd year of study.

Some Australian universities are among the best in the world. Many provide degrees with a strong vocational focus and enjoy good connections with business and industry.

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Option 2: Diploma pathway program

If you do not qualify for direct entry into the first year of a bachelor’s degree program, you can consider a diploma pathway program. A diploma pathway is a full-time academic program equivalent to studying the first year of a bachelor’s degree.


Successful completion of the diploma pathway program guarantees you direct entry into the second year of a range of bachelor’s degrees with top universities.


A diploma pathway is a carefully designed course for students who are overqualified for a foundation year but underqualified for direct entry into the first year of a bachelor’s degree.

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Option 3: Foundation year program

If your desired major isn’t available through the diploma pathway program, or you wish to have more options (such as law, medicine etc), you can consider a Foundation year program.

A typical Foundation year program is a three-term (8-12 months) course that provides an intensive, fast-track route to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Your place is guaranteed once you complete the Foundation year and achieve the grades stipulated in your offer letter.

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