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Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College The Entrance Campus

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College The Entrance Campus

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses

Public Schools NSW, Macquarie Park RTO 90222 is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver and assess VET qualifications to secondary students.

By enrolling in a VET qualification in NSW Public Schools Macquarie Park RTO 90222, you are choosing to participate in a program of study that will give you the best possible direction towards a nationally recognised qualification. To receive the AQF VET qualification Certificate I, II or III, students must meet the assessment requirements of the Industry Training Package (http://training.gov.au).

Students will also be expected to complete all requirements relevant to the HSC and adhere to the requirements of NESA. When a student achieves a unit of competency it is signed off by a qualified assessor. To achieve the qualification students must be deemed competent in all units of competency.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA). VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for secondary students are developed by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on National Training packages.

VET courses allow students to gain both HSC or RoSA qualifications and a national qualification or a statement of attainment recognised throughout Australian as part of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). These qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary training providers and will assist students to move to various education and training sectors and employment.

From 2025, any VET course with an HSC Examination can count towards the calculation of the ATAR. This change applies to students in Year 10 in 2023, who are choosing courses for Year 11 in 2024 and the HSC in 2025. Students wishing to include a VET course in the ATAR calculation must sit the HSC Examination.

Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirement and include 70 hours of industry specific mandatory work placement or simulated workplace hours at school as specified by NESA.

Board Endorsed VET Courses count towards the HSC or RoSA but do not have HSC Examinations and therefore do not count in the calculations of the ATAR. Some Board Endorsed VET Courses have mandatory industry specific work placement.

Assessment in all VET courses is competency based. The student is assessed on what they can do (the skills) and what they know (the knowledge) that will equip them in the workplace. Students who have successfully achieved competency will have the skills and knowledge to complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance expected in the workplace.

Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure each learner has achieved all the outcomes (skills and knowledge) to the level of the qualification. Competency-based training is based on performance standards that have been set by industry.

Students will receive documentation showing any competencies achieved for the VET course undertaken (Transcript).

Due to the specific requirements of a VET course it is recommended students speak to the VET Coordinator, VET Teacher or Careers Advisor before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and that the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge and skills.

VET Board Developed  Courses delivered at TEC

See information about framework status for continuing and commencing studentsexclusions and framework course and examination numbers.

VET Board Endorsed courses delivered at TEC

Course exclusions

Where there is significant overlap between a VET course and other VET or general education courses, there is an exclusion between the courses. Exclusions are generally applied at a course level rather than at the unit of competency level.

Schools/colleges must check all course exclusions when determining an appropriate pattern of study for their students.

Read more about exclusions.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBA/Ts) are a great way for students to set themselves up for the career they want while completing their HSC.

Students are paid for real work experience, while gaining a nationally-recognised VET qualification and contributing towards their HSC studies. Students can commence an apprenticeship (Stage 1) or complete a traineeship while at school (Year 10, 11 and/or 12).

Read more on the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships page, which includes links to further information and advice, and the course description for Industry-based Learning. 

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer within VET courses

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer acknowledge evidence of a student’s achievement of competencies or learning outcomes. They allow students to have their previous learning – both formal and informal – count towards Stage 5 (Year 9 or 10) or Stage 6 (HSC) VET courses and AQF VET qualifications.