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Education and Training

The South West region offers a multitude of options for people pursuing formal education and training qualifications, as well as those simply wishing to learn.

Whether you want to expand your knowledge or work towards that dream job, the South West provides an exciting range of classes and courses.

First steps

For children and teenagers taking their first steps towards an education, the area is well-serviced by government and non-government pre-primary, primary and secondary schools.

High school with tertiary links

Manea Senior College in Bunbury caters for Year 11 and 12 and mature age students seeking university or vocational pathways.

The unique college gives students the opportunity to combine their school programs with certificate or university studies by accessing the pathways provided by nearby Edith Cowan University and South West Regional College of TAFE.

It is located at Bunbury's education campus on Robertson Drive.

Boarding

In addition to private and government high schools, secondary-aged students have the option of attending specialist schools such as the WA College of Agriculture − Harvey.

Boarding facilities are offered at the WA College of Agriculture − Harvey, and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.

Higher education and training

Bunbury's Edith Cowan University − the largest university campus in regional Western Australia − offers a number of courses. Areas of study include business, computer technology, creative industries, education, nursing, science, social work and surf science.

The South West Institute of Technology assists students to realise their career aspirations through a variety of training programs. Students can study a selection of courses − from building and construction to hospitality − at the main campus in Bunbury or regional campuses in Busselton, Collie, Harvey, Margaret River and Manjimup.

The Rural Clinical School of WA is established in Bunbury, giving University of Western Australia and University of Notre Dame medical students the opportunity to practice their skills as they work towards completing their university qualifications. Students are tutored by medical, nursing and allied health staff and work alongside health care professionals.

Regional opportunities

Educational facilities are spread out around the region. For example, the Margaret River Education Campus, which incorporates the Centre of Wine Excellence, is a collaboration between South West Regional College of TAFE, Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, the Margaret River Senior High School and the Department of Education and Training.

The Apprentice and Traineeship Company is one of the largest not-for-profit group training companies in the State. With offices in Bunbury, Busselton and Manjimup, it provides employment for hundreds of apprentices and trainees.

Community Resourse Centres also operate throughout the region. CRCs provide rural and remote towns with access to technology such as video conferencing facilities, information, training and other services.

Community

Community groups such as The University of the Third Age give people the opportunity to expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects.

The South West Development Commission runs the Critical Horizons public lecture series through Bunbury's Edith Cowan University.

Useful links:

The Department of Education and Training has more information on public education in Western Australia and a public schools directory.

The private schools directory website provides a handy search facility to locate non-government schools.

Manea College in Bunbury

Manea College, situated alongside Edith Cowan University and the South West Institute of Technology in Bunbury, gives secondary students the opportunity to combine their school programs with certificate or university studies.