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Subjects and courses

What categories of subjects/courses are available for study in the senior secondary school credentialling program in Northern Territory?

In the Northern Territory a subject is the general name given to an area of study that has an enrolment code and achieves a result. A course is the name given to a group of subjects taken together (eg business course).

Students undertaking the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) choose from 1-unit (semester) subjects and 2-unit (full-year) subjects. A unit consists of 50 to 60 hours of programmed school time.

The Northern Territory purchases from the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Board of South Australia its senior secondary curriculum and assessment services.

  1. The Northern Territory Certificate of Education is normally completed over two or more years. During this time students undertake subjects at both Stage 1 (normally Year 11) and Stage 2 (normally Year 12).
  2. The subjects studied at Stage 1 are normally a semester (half a year) in length while subjects at Stage 2 may be up to a year in length. Some Stage 1 subjects may be a year in length.

Types of subjects

In 2010, there will be four main types of subjects studied:

STAGE 1 SUBJECTS

Subjects accredited by the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Board.

Duration

Stage 1 (Year 11)

Accepted for tertiary entrance?

No.

No of units/length of study time

1 unit/60 hours
2 units/120 hours

Assessment methods

Clarified school-based assessment and confirmed compulsory school-based assessment

Developed by

SACE Board

Delivered by Schools

STAGE 2 SUBJECTS

HESS General Subjects

Duration

Stage 2 (Year 12)

Accepted for tertiary entrance?

Yes, in the category of HESS* (General) – that is, they are accepted as having full HESS status by all three South Australian universities

No of units/length of study time

2 units/100 to 120 hours

Assessment methods

Assessed on the basis of public examination and moderated school-based assessment or

Assessed on the basis of a common assessment component (moderated) and a moderated school-based assessment.

Developed by

SACE Board

Delivered by Schools

* Higher Education Selection Subject.


School-assessed Subjects (SAS)

Duration

Stage 2 (Year 12)

Accepted for tertiary entrance?

Yes, in the category of HESS (Restricted) – that is, they are accepted for entry into some courses. One HESS Restricted subject can be included by students wishing to enter courses at all three South Australian universities

No of units/length of study time

1 unit/50 to 60 hours
2 units/100 to 120 hours

Assessment methods

Moderated school-based assessment

Developed by

SACE Board

Delivered by Schools


School-assessed Subjects - VET

Duration

Stage 2 (Year 12)

Accepted for tertiary entrance?

Pending

No of units/length of study time

1 unit/50 to 60 hours

Assessment methods

Moderated school-based assessment conducted by schools, and competency-based assessment conducted by schools under the auspices of a registered training organisation

Developed by

SSABSA

Delivered by Schools under the auspices of a registered training organisation


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