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Field of Education

Overview

When you search for a course on this website you may need to select a “field of education”.

The “field of education” structure is a classification system used by Australian education providers to describe courses, specialisations and units of study.

The main purpose of the classification is to ensure courses, specialisations and units of study with the same or similar vocational emphasis are classified to the same field of education.

The “field of education” structure has three levels: 

  • broad field; 
  • narrow field; and 
  • detailed field.

The classification uses the concept of vocational emphasis for coding courses and specialisations.

Broad

These fields are:

  • the broadest categories of the classification;
  • they are denoted by 2-digit codes; and
  • distinguished from each other on the basis of theoretical content and the broad purpose for which the study is undertaken.

Narrow

These fields are:

  • sub categories of the broad fields;
  • denoted by 4-digit codes – the relevant broad field code plus two additional digits; and
  • distinguished from other narrow fields in the same broad field on the basis of the objects of interest and the purpose for which the study is undertaken.

Detailed

These fields are:

  • sub categories of the narrow fields;
  • denoted by 6-digit codes - the relevant narrow field code plus two additional digits; and
  • distinguished from other detailed fields in the same narrow field on the basis of methods and techniques, tools and equipment, and a stricter application of the criteria used for broad and narrow fields.

Codes ending in 00 are described as not further defined (n.f.d.) codes. These are used to assign “field of education” codes which cannot be coded to any specific detailed field in the classification but can be coded to a higher level of the classification structure.

Codes ending in 99 are allocated to “fields of education” which may belong to a particular broad or narrow field of education but which do not represent sufficient observations to be a distinct detailed field of education in their own right. These are the other or not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) categories.

 

 
     
 
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