Australian Baccalaureate Programs

In Australia, each state has its own baccalaureate program, such as SACE, VCE, HSC, but all strictly follow the requirements of the national curriculum framework.

In particular, programs must be based on a training framework developed by the National Training Program Accreditation, Evaluation and Reporting Organization (ACARA) established by the Australian Government. In particular, the first commitment is to promote excellence and fairness, focus on academic quality as well as meet the diverse needs of all students.

Baccalaureate programs are flexible and last for two academic years. Most students will begin their journey with an individual study plan in 10th grade. The components designed in the curriculum framework include general capabilities, sub-disciplines and subjects. learning areas and subjects. Along with that, there are three priority groups integrated in the training program (Cross curriculum priorities) including Australian Aboriginal Cultural History, Australia - Asia Integration and Sustainable Development.

This means that all students regardless of whether they are in New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia will study a program with subjects with academic content, learning outcomes, and assessment criteria acceptable to ACARA. Baccalaureate degrees in states like SACE are guaranteed, internationally recognized and can be used by students to apply to universities in many different countries.

Dr. Erin Mckenzie - Director of Postgraduate Programs and Dean of the Faculty of Education from Western Sydney University.

Dr Erin Mckenzie - Director of Graduate Programs and Dean of the Faculty of Education from Western Sydney University added that during the two years of the International Baccalaureate Program, students can choose from a wide range of subjects in system is ACARA accredited. Students are given the flexibility to choose, which can be 6 subjects in 11th grade and 5 subjects in 12th grade.

Normally, there will be about 4 output standards for each unit of study. Depending on the specificity of each subject, there are subjects that focus heavily on theoretical and applied knowledge or those that focus heavily on skills. According to many experts, this will give learners a rich, personalized experience.

With SACE, students can choose from a variety of subjects in the ACARA-accredited system.

Professor Martin Westwell, Executive Director of the South Australian Secondary School Certificate of Education (SACE International) added that at SACE, students will be trained to become confident, creative and independent individuals. maintain a passion for lifelong learning. Programs also focus on helping students develop skills and critical thinking, problem solving, and cultural awareness.

The direction of SACE has some similarities with the IBDP International Baccalaureate Program. Faizol Musa, IB Program Development and Accreditation Manager Southeast Asia, said that the three core components of the IBDP include theory - knowledge (TOK), creativity - operations - community service. Council (CAS) and in-depth essay (EE).

Specifically, TOK is a subject about critical thinking and reflecting on the nature of knowledge, giving students the opportunity to think about the nature of knowledge, thereby understanding the relationship between the fields of knowledge. Meanwhile, CAS is a core subject that all students must complete, which is highly respected and recognized by higher education institutions around the world.

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Dr. Hoa Pham, development director of the Scotch AGS International Monolingual School Project, shared that despite the fundamental differences, in general, SACE or IBDP, A-Level each have their own strengths. It is important that when choosing a program, students need to consider to compare whether the program is suitable for their qualities and development orientation. As for the value of the degrees, SACE is almost equivalent to IBDP or A-Level.

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