Vocational Education Training
Vocational Education Training (VET) is recognised as valuable learning and gains SACE credits on completion.
To complete the SACE, students must achieve at least 200 SACE credits. A maximum of 150 credits can be gained at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 through the successful completion of VET qualifications and/or units of competency. Students can use a vocational context in completing these subjects. The additional 50 SACE credits come from the PLP (10), Literacy (20), Numeracy (10) and Research Project (10).
Most students at Heathfield High who undertake VET studies will not however complete 150 SACE credits through VET qualifications, as they will wish to study other subjects on offer at Heathfield High School.
It is possible for students at Heathfield High School to access VET courses in years 10, 11 and 12 although some courses restrict access to students in years 11 and 12.
Students can use a maximum of two qualifications at Certificate I level to gain credits towards the completion of the SACE. There is no limit to the number of qualifications at Certificate II level or higher that students can use to gain credits towards the completion of the SACE.
A student will earn 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 70 nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification. A student will earn 5 SACE credits for the successful completion of 35 nominal hours of VET.
Through the VET Recognition Register, the SACE Board determines the SACE stage (ie Stage 1 or Stage 2) at which qualifications will be granted recognition in the SACE and lists the maximum and minimum number of SACE credits allocated to each qualification. For details of how specific VET qualifications can earn SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, refer to the VET Recognition Register on the SACE Board website (www.sace.sa.edu.au).
Where a student wishes to gain an ATAR for University entrance, their chosen VET course must be a full Certificate 3 or higher. The VET course along with three 20 credit, Stage 2 subjects and Research Project can be used to calculate an ATAR.
If a student wishes to gain an ATAR for university entry and complete a certificate course NOT recognised as Stage 2 by the VET Recognition Register, they will be advised to study the selected VET course under Stage 2 Workplace Practices (see subject descriptor for Workplace Practices), thus allowing their VET course to contribute to the ATAR.