The Australian Qualifications Framework is a world-class approach to build lifetime credentials. These unlock doors to higher education, job opportunities, and skills-based migration. Whether you’re studying online from overseas or are an international student in Australia (Year 12 and higher), our education pathways are a fully customisable way to chart your path. Each student’s entry and exit points on this pathway are different.
You’re already based in Canberra or the Gold Coast, and love it! You may now be completing a course in English Language. Or you might be completing Year 12 and want an alternative to university (see here).
Perhaps you’ve been staying in Australia on a work or travel visa, and now plan to move to a student visa. Or you may be about to complete a certificate or diploma at another education provider, and see our courses as a logical next step.
Sometimes the Australian city you start studying in isn’t where you finish. It’s common for students to reassess plans, for many reasons. Traffic jams. Commute times. Lack of employment. High cost of living. College closures. Work closures. State border closures. Sometimes your needs are better served by a new start.
Our campuses in Canberra and the Gold Coast offer Government-approved regional incentives to students. They’re 40% less expensive to live in than big cities. Less crowded. Less competition. Less COVID. Yet large enough to rate among the best student cities in the world for lifestyle, health, jobs, and value.
You may find it advantageous to lock in a multi-year pathway with Capital College. For example, students who meet the pre-requisites can take our leadership and management curriculum. This provides three certificates over three years (a diploma, advanced diploma, and graduate diploma). Two-year programs diploma and advanced diploma courses are available in Information Technology. Two-year Certificate III and IV qualifications may be earned in our Health & Community pathway.
After completing a one- to four-year program at Capital College, you may wish to articulate to one of our Higher Education partners, and extend your studies to a Bachelor’s degree.
If you are an international student aged 17+ currently studying Year 12 at a Secondary School anywhere in Australia, there can be many reasons why going straight to university may not be the right option for you right now, yet you want to stay in Australia rather than fly home. We provide a smooth pathway to vocational certificate and diploma courses for Year 12 leavers. These provide credits towards university study, to use at a later date. If you choose to study in our Gold Coast campus, it may feel like Schoolies Week never ended!
A few special arrangements are needed for students under 18 years of age, as discussed in detail here >> Information for Year 12 Students
Our Higher Education Partners
After completing your qualification studies with Capital College, you may have earned AQF credits towards Higher Education. Our university and college partners provide Bachelor's degrees and higher for Capital College graduates seeking deeper a qualification in your field of study.
A Diploma of Leadership & Management qualification from Capital College earns a 25% credit on a Bachelor of Business degree at Macleay College (CRICOS Provider 00899G). Adding an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management earns a 33% credit. Capital College and Macleay College issue joint-CoEs to students on this pathway. This is available to Canberra and Gold Coast students, because Macleay College operates a campus in Sydney for Canberra students, and on the Gold Coast.
Capital College students who successfully complete an Australian Qualification Framework Level 5 Diploma automatically qualify for up to 100 credit points towards a Bachelor’s degree at Griffith University (CRICOS Provider 00233E). Adding an Advanced Diploma will award Capital College students an additional 60 credit points towards a Bachelor’s degree. Available to Gold Coast students only.
After qualifying for your Capital College diploma or advanced diploma, up to 24 credits will be awarded against a Bachelor degree by the University of Canberra (CRICOS Provider 00212K). You can choose from a Bachelor of Event & Tourism Management, or Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bachelor of Human Resource Management, Bachelor of International Business, or a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Economics or Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Banking. This is available to Canberra students only.
After graduating from a Capital College diploma or advanced diploma, take your education to the next level by enrolling with Southern Cross University (CRICOS Provider 01241G). Up to 8 units (33%) will be awarded towards a Bachelor of Arts (CRICOS Code 016183A), Bachelor of Psychological Science (CRICOS Code 071464B), or Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications (CRICOS Code 091527D). This is available to Gold Coast students only.