In Years 11 and 12 courses are taught unit by unit. Assessment is conducted and recorded
unit by unit. A unit of study is organised around a particular theme or
discipline eg: American Literature would be the study of American Literature
under the subject of English. A unit 's value is based on time: One standard
unit of study towards a Senior Secondary Certificate represents a minimum of 55 hours of
timetabled classes generally over one semester.
consist of a combination of units with coherence of purpose (there are no
compulsory courses or units). There are different types of courses based on
number of units:
2-3 standard units (110+hours)
3.5-5 standard units (220+hours)
5.5-6.5 standard units (330+hours)
7-8 standard units (400+hours)
(and units) have different classifications. They can be classified as either A,
T, M, H, C, E, R and V Courses (and units).
The maximum number of standard units that a course can contribute to the ACT
Senior Secondary certificate is 8.
is continuous school based assessment. There are no examinations set by a
central authority for any subject. Courses are taught and assessed unit by unit.
documents issued by the Board at the end of Year 12 include:
Senior Secondary Certificate
Tertiary Entrance Statement
Vocational Certificates or Vocational Partial Completions which list the
competencies that have been achieved under the Australian Qualification
BSSS brochure What
Certificates could you obtain?
also provides useful information
about the ACT Senior Secondary System.
ACT Senior Secondary
awarded an ACT
Senior Secondary Certificate you must complete a pattern of study which
includes a minimum of 17 standard units forming at least 3 A, T, H or M courses
in a period not exceeding 5 years. There may be one break in study of up to one
Tertiary Entrance Statement reports a student's ATAR (Australian Tertiary
Admission Rank) and information on the T courses the student studied. To be
awarded a Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES) you must complete a minimum of 20
standard units of which 18 standard units must be classified as A, C, E, T, M or
H and at least the equivalent of 12.5 standard units must be T or H. These units
must be arranged to form at least 3 majors and 3 minors or 4 majors and 1 minor
course and of these at least 3 majors and 1 minor course must be classified as
T. You must also sit the ACT scaling test (AST) in your final year of study.
These studies must be completed in no less than 3.5 semesters and no more than 5
years. With the approval of the Principal you may take one break in study of up
to one year.
ATAR is calculated from your best 3 T majors scaled course scores plus 0.6 of
the next best scaled course score. These scaled course scores are added to form
the aggregate score. You are then ranked based on your aggregate score. The ATAR
is calculated based on this ranking and information supplied by the
NSW Technical Committee on Scaling.
What's the ATAR?
also provides useful information about the ACT Tertiary Entrance Statement and