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Compare courses and providers

It's important to compare courses when you're deciding what and where to study. Many universities and higher education providers offer the same course, so it is up to you to find out which one suits you best.

If you want to study with a higher education provider, you can compare course and admission information on the CourseSeeker website. To compare student experiences and graduate employment outcomes visit ComparEd.

What to consider

Types of qualifications

Vocational education and training (VET)

VET teaches you specific skills and knowledge for various industries and trades.

You can study certificates I - IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates and graduate diplomas.

You can do a VET course at a TAFE or other private VET provider. Compare VET courses and their prices on the My Skills website.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor degrees are the most common undergraduate qualifications and usually take three years of full-time study to complete.

Bachelor degrees introduce students to general fields rather than teaching specific skills needed for specific jobs.

Undergraduate degrees are usually studied at university but can also be studied at private higher education providers and TAFEs.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate study is for students who have already completed their first degree.

Postgraduate study includes graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master's degrees, or a doctor of philosophy (PhD or doctorate).

Online Study

Many qualifications are offered online.

If you do online study, make sure you have access to a computer on a regular basis and suitable internet access.


Consider the price of the qualification.

The same course can have different prices at different providers.

If the qualification is more expensive, ask the provider why.

Check if there are any extra costs or if you have to buy equipment.

The price listed for a qualification is only for the course. Sometimes there are extra costs for textbooks, laptops and equipment.

Some courses have work placements where you may need to buy a uniform.

You may also have to pay for travel, accommodation and meals when doing internships or work placements.

You cannot use HELP or a VET Student Loan to pay for extra costs like these.

Payment options

You should consider how you will pay for your qualification.

You may be able to get HELP (or a VET Student Loan) to pay for your course.

If you have to pay your fees upfront, you can talk to your provider about payment plans, scholarships or other financial assistance that might be available to you.

Job prospects

Before you study, you should check the job prospects of your chosen career. You can do this on the ComparEd website.

Some questions you could ask your provider include:

Do you offer job placements/internships as part of the qualification?
Work placements are great because they give you 'real life' experience in your chosen career.
What are your graduate outcomes like?
For example, ask how many students have graduated over the last couple of years, and if those graduates are now employed.
What is my course likely to cost?

Read Andrew's story about helping his daughter with her study options.