Have you ever dreamt of undertaking a Degree program in Australia but don’t believe you meet the entry requirements? There could be many reasons you don’t feel confident about starting a Student Visa application; whether it is a low score in your high school certificate or your IELTS test didn’t go so well. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to earn your place in your dream program. There are multiple pathways programs which offer skills and preparation for any program you are dreaming of!

In both Australia and New Zealand, there are four nationally recognized pathway programs providing qualifications which will allow you to obtain required qualifications. The pathway programs are: English Language Courses (ELICOS), Foundation Programs, Diploma Programs and Other Bridging courses.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQT) provide standards for educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered in all states by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry. The pathway programs are recognized nationally. Below you can see the purpose for each pathway program.


English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are delivered at most of the institutes you will be applying for. It means, if your IELTS score is not good enough to meet entry requirements, you will be offered placement at the English course which will help you to improve language skills.

Foundation Programs

Foundation Programs are pathways to undergraduate and Vocational Education and Training. They might or might not provide formal qualifications, however, entry requirements are only grade 11 and IELTS score of 5.5. Moreover, they help students to develop academic English, communication and cultural awareness and they are often packaged with the desired undergraduate program.

Diploma Programs

Diploma Program is the best solution for high school graduate students. They provide formal qualifications and student often don’t need any previous education in this area of study. Even though, they provide more limited subjects and they might not directly provide a pathway into university, with the formal qualifications provided, they are a key pathway for international students.

Bridging Courses

Other bridging courses are typically designed to support entry into a particular program at a particular institution. However, they may have limited recognition by other institutions. The length of the program is usually shorter than Diploma courses and it provides particular subject skills for the desired program.

We are pleased to inform you that Ferguson partner with over 100 institutes in Australia and New Zealand. This partnership will guarantee you a placement into your desired program. You might start with the pathway program as an international student, or assist you to improve the language skills before commencing the main program, most of all, you will certainly reach your goal!

To learn more, click the link here to register for more information. One of our friendly consultants will be with you shortly to advise you on the best pathway program and start off with the study abroad!

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