Course of study type


A code which indicates the type of course


Code category
Element (E)
Element #
Element Type
Version Revision Date
Years version active

Allowable Values

01 Higher Doctorate
02 Doctorate by research
03 Masters (Research)
04 Masters (Coursework)
05 Postgraduate Qualifying or Preliminary (for Master's, Doctorate or Higher Doctorate)
06 Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma (pass or honours) involving new academic, professional or vocational area
07 Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma (pass or honours) extending skills and knowledge in a professional area previously studied
08 Bachelors Graduate Entry
09 Bachelors Honours
10 Bachelors Pass
11 Graduate Certificate
12 Doctorate by coursework
13 Associate degree
14 Masters (Extended)
20 Advanced Diploma
21 Diploma
22 Other undergraduate award course
23 Undergraduate short course
30 Enabling course
41 Cross Institutional program for undergraduate courses at home Higher Education Provider
42 Cross Institutional program for postgraduate courses at home Higher Education Provider
50 Non-award course (including Bridging for overseas trained professionals)
60 Open Universities Australia undergraduate studies
61 Open Universities Australia postgraduate studies
80 VET Graduate Certificate
81 VET Graduate Diploma

Additional Information

Higher Education only

Code post‑course legal studies programs which do not lead to an award of the higher education provider as 22 (other undergraduate award course).

Code preparatory courses being undertaken by fee‑paying overseas students as 22 (other award course).

Codes 60 and 61 are for Open Universities Australia (OUA) only.

For the department's coding purposes, Higher Doctorates include those awards, which are granted in recognition of original work that was not conducted as part of a supervised candidature within the higher education provider.


Course of study type is not reported by VET providers.

Higher education providers / Tertiary Admission Centres (TACs)

Data is required for all Course Preferences & Course Offers.


Use code 99 for “Course below Diploma (AQF terminology) /Associate diploma (pre-AQF terminology)” (e.g. other VET courses).