What is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) curriculum?

The Australian Qualifications Framework, AQF for short, was first introduced in 1995 and sets out guidelines and procedures to regulate qualifications within the education and training system in Australia. The AQF was designed to fortify the national system of qualifications consisting of higher education, schools, and vocational education and training.

The AQF provides a multifaceted policy encompassing the learning objectives and outcomes for each AQF level, the requirements needed for issuing AQF qualifications, the requirements for student qualifications, qualifications for student pathways and much more.

The AQF also assures that it meets national quality and regulatory standards. All AQF qualifications are assessed and assured through government accreditation processes, and all education establishments that issue AQF qualifications have been authorized to do so.

The administering of the AQF is provided by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills, and Employment in conjunction with the states and territories. 

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Key Focus of the Curriculum

“One of the key objectives of the AQF is to facilitate pathways to and through formal qualifications.” The AQF helps to provide a means to individuals to accommodate their diversity of objectives through the Australian education and training sector. The AQF was designed to provide support to individuals and their long-term educational needs, wants, and objectives by setting out pathways for them to achieve such goals through education and training.

The main focus of the Australian Qualifications Framework is to provide and ensure consistency in knowledge and quality throughout the nation and to ensure national recognition of each qualification and the standard of education each qualification provides.

There are 11 levels that the AQF provides:

Senior Secondary Certificate of Education: which equips individuals with knowledge, skills, and values to prepare them for further learning and work. 

Level 1 (Certificate I): “Qualifies individuals with basic fundamental knowledge and skills to undertake work, further learning, and community involvement.”

Level 2 (Certificate II): “Qualifies individuals to undertake routine work and as a pathway to further learning.”

Level 3 (Certificate III): “Qualifies individuals who apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work as a pathway for further learning.”

Level 4 (Certificate IV): “Qualifies individuals who apply a broad range of specialized knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work as a pathway for further learning.”

Level 5 (Diploma): “Qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway to further learning.”

Level 6 (Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree): “Qualifies individuals who apply specialized knowledge in a rage of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway to further learning.”

Level 7 (Bachelor’s Degree): “Qualifies individuals who apply a broad range and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway to further learning.”

Level 8 (Bachelor Honors Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma): “Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.”

Level 9 (Master’s Degree): “Graduates at this level will have specialized knowledge and skills for research and/or professional practice and/or for further learning.”

Level 10 (Doctoral Degree): “Graduates at this level will have a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice.”

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Grading System and Assessment

The Australian Qualifications Framework does not provide assessments for qualifications attained outside of Australia. Individuals who are looking to immigrate to, further their education in, or be employed in Australia who must have their qualifications recognized can do so by following the information the appropriate authoritative organization provides. Individuals looking for more information about this topic can use this link here: https://www.aqf.edu.au/assessment-foreign-qualifications-0

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We’ve found this handy 2013 version of the AQF that highlights everything you need to know about the curriculum. Please use the following link to find out more: https://www.aqf.edu.au/sites/aqf/files/aqf-2nd-edition-january-2013.pdf

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