Student Guide Episode 3

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
is a system of seventeen national qualifications in 3 sectors

Schools
AQF specification for the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education AQF Level 1 Certificate I
is to qualify individuals with basic functional knowledge and skills to undertake work, further learning and community involvement AQF Level 2 Certificate II
is to qualify individuals to undertake mainly routine work and as a pathway to further learning   AQF Level 3 Certificate III
is to qualify individuals who apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning
AQF Level 4 Certificate IV
is to qualify individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning
AQF Level 5Diploma is to qualify 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 for further learning

AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma
the purpose of the Advanced Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply specialised knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

AQF Level 6 criteria for the Associate Degree
The purpose of the Associate Degree qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

AQF Level 7 – Bachelor Degree
The purpose of the Bachelor Degree qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning

AQF Level 8 criteria for the Bachelor Honours Degree
is to qualify individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning

AQF Level 8 criteria for the Graduate Certificate
is to qualify individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professionalor highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning AQF Level 8 criteria for the Graduate Diploma
is to qualify individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning AQF Level 9 – Masters Degree
There are three main forms of Master Degrees the Masters Degree (Research) the Masters Degree (Coursework) and the Masters Degree (Extended)

AQF Level 10 – Doctoral Degree
The purpose of the Doctoral Degree is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice

There are two forms of Doctoral Degree with the same descriptor the Doctoral Degree (Research) and the Doctoral Degree (Professional)

Research is the defining characteristic of all Doctoral Degree qualifications The research Doctoral Degree (typically referred to as a Doctor of Philosophy) makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge the professional Doctoral Degree (typically titled Doctor of [field of study]) makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice The emphasis in the learning outcomes and research may differ between the different forms of Doctoral Degree qualifications but all graduates will demonstrate knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills at AQF level 10

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