Years 11 & 12 (K12) are the traditional route you would take to enter tertiary training (at either university or a vocational college).


OPTION 1: Study Vocational Subjects as part of year 11 or 12.

Changes in the Australian education system (throughout the late 1990’s), have been blurring the distinction between secondary education.

Secondary schools are increasingly offering another option to the traditional year 11 and 12 studies.

This involves taking vocational studies, previously taught at a vocational college (eg. Community College or Polytechnic), as part of or a substitute for more traditional subjects such as history, chemistry, biology or geography. By following this option, the year 11 and/or 12 graduate will complete a secondary education and have a head start towards obtaining a certificate or diploma.

OPTION 2: Study a Vocational Certificate instead of senior Secondary School (eg. HSC, High School Diploma, etc)

Following year 9, 10 or 11, a student can leave secondary school and enroll in a certificate (or start an apprenticeship). Once they have completed the certificate, this will act as a prerequisite for a diploma or advanced diploma course. Upon completing a diploma or advanced diploma, this will enable them to do a degree or post graduate university course (provided the diploma has appropriate recognition).



An alternative scenario might be:

A student leaves secondary school at the end of year 10 and spends the next 6 to 12 months studying a Certificate in Horticulture. They then enroll in an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, which requires a further 3 years of full time study.

At the end of this period, (4 years after completing year 10), they have a certificate, and advanced diploma, and are able to either enter the workforce with a fully professional qualification; or go on to post graduate courses.

Traditionally, a person would do 2 years of secondary education plus a further 3 years of a diploma or degree, before being in this position.





Many university graduates never succeed in finding jobs in the discipline they study. If you want to make your studies contribute to career success, you need to be creative and objective (focused on an objective) rather than influenced by what "appears" to be the path to follow.

Choose a course that differentiates you from the competition.

ACS courses are crafted to do just that. We are on the fringe of mainstream education; and that can be a turnoff for some people -but at the end of the day, the proof is in the successful career which a graduate acquires.

ACS belongs to an international network of colleges, schools and Institutions that provide internationally accredited and recognised courses. All are recognised members of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council; and all deliver courses developed by an international team of highly qualified and experienced academics, led by author and editor, John Mason Fellow IOH and PLA, Member ASA, IOH, IHA, NIAA, ISHS. Courses have been developed over 30 years by experts from the Australia (Victoria, Queensland, NSW), UK, England, Scotland, New Zealand, India and America. Students come from over 70 countries. Courses have been and continue to be influenced by feedback and input from around the world; making these courses more internationally relevant, adaptable, and flexible for needs of students from anywhere. The courses are highly practical and relevant anywhere, any time, focused on developing problem solving skills, industry familiarisation, networking and communication skills and the overall capacity to adapt to change -something that is inevitable in today's world, and all too often not adequately catered for in other institutions.

Choose to study with an ACS accredited school, college or institution in order to maximize career opportunities, employment awareness and job success. These colleges can be found in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Singapore, India and the USA.


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