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Full-Time Program

IDEA Academy

The Academy is for young people who are seeking a customised approach to education that is designed around their unique talents, interests, and aspirations.

Personalised approach to education

We place you at the centre of our program, and co-design the experience with your future in mind.

Transition into the real world

IDEA’s fully-immersive experience helps pave the way for a seamless transition to life beyond school.

Industry-relevant pathways planning

Our team of experts will ensure that you build skills and credentials that are well-regarded by industry and transferable across a range of career pathways.

Students 15 to 18 years
Mode Flexible Full-time
Location IDEA campus / work placements
Duration 4 semesters (2 years)
Fees $4,800 per year
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Start Date 2 February 2022

Information Sessions

Co-design your program

Your journey begins with a strategic meeting with a member of the IDEA leadership team and your parents or guardians. This meeting explores where you have been, where you are now, and where you aspire to be in the future.

This marks the beginning of an ongoing process of co-design that includes:

  • a customised study plan
  • personal learning goals
  • relevant and interest-based work experiences
  • supplementary micro-credentials and qualifications
  • an individualised wellbeing plan.

You are guided to re-evaluate your plan, assess your progress and modify your learning journey throughout your time at IDEA.

Engage in Real World Learning

Real World Learning is about shifting learning into the world beyond the classroom, preparing you for your transition from the program. It provides an opportunity to discover work and study pathways that connect your talents and interests with meaningful and rewarding career options.

Project briefs

Project briefs are developed by IDEA and our partners. These are short-term to medium-term projects with real outcomes. When undertaking project briefs, you will help businesses and startups with key tasks like social media and events management, content development, business administration and tech support. You are invited to select from a range of project briefs that match your interests and aspirations. On completion, you are given a written reference for your portfolio.

Job Shadowing

This is a professional hangout. As well as observing business and project management in action by shadowing professionals at their jobs, you have the opportunity to speak with and learn from some of Perth’s coolest innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives.

Work Placement

We arrange work placements, traineeships and apprenticeships when you demonstrate work-readiness and capability. IDEA brokers placements that align with your interests and education pathways. On completion, you are given a written reference for your portfolio and may use the hours to contribute towards your WACE.

Community Service

IDEA supports you to become an active citizen, an advocate for social inclusion and one of the new guardians of our planet. IDEA encourages you to engage in social impact projects and volunteering by arranging opportunities for you to engage positively with your community.

Pitch Night

Pitch night is the culmination of a year of hard work. You are invited to present your project work to an audience of peers, family members and VIP guests. Whether your presentation is a hit or a ‘flearning’ experience (failing + learning), pitch nights are about having a go and getting friendly feedback from experts.

Build a portfolio

An IDEA portfolio is your ticket to work and study life after school. The portfolio typically includes Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses and IDEA Future Ready Certificates, as well as work experiences and professional references gained through our Real World Learning program. You customise your portfolio with a series of micro-credentials and additional certificates gained through partner programs and third party providers.

Western Australian Certificate of Education

If you wish to work towards a WACE, you are typically enrolled in four WACE courses.1

Vocational Education and Training Certificates II–IV

Choose from the following nationally recognised qualifications, delivered on campus by IDEA2:

  • BSB20120 Certificate II Workplace Skills
  • BSB30220 Certificate III Entrepreneurship and New Business
  • BSB40120 Certificate IV Business

Additional VET qualifications can be accessed through other registered training providers.


You may apply for entry into the diploma program via portfolio.

  • BSB50120 Diploma of Business

Micro-credentials and other programs

You can add additional credentials to your portfolio by taking part in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and partner programs. Hobbies, volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities are also added to their portfolio as micro-credentials.

Work experience and professional references

Our Real World Learning program adds professional experiences to your portfolio. It also enables you to gain professional references, which are an important asset for future employment.

  1. WACE courses are delivered by a registered school or by IDEA under the auspice of a registered partner school.
  2. Vocational Education and Training is delivered by IDEA on behalf of Skills Strategies
    International (RTO CODE 2401)


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