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VET and work experience

Vocational Education in Years 9-10

A limited number of VET courses are available for study in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) that lead to a Certificate I AQF VET qualification. Students in Stage 5 are also able to undertake early commencement of HSC (Stage 6) VET courses.

How is Vocational Education included in the HSC?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have an important role in the HSC. One third of students studying for their HSC undertake a VET course, which is reported on their Record of Achievement.
VET Courses are either Board Developed Courses, which may contribute to the calculation of an ATAR, or Board Endorsed Courses.

There are 13 Industry Curriculum Frameworks, encompassing a range of Board Developed Courses, which allow students to gain Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificates, usually at Certificate II or III level. Students who complete a 240-hour course in one of the Industry Curriculum Frameworks and sit for the HSC exam may have the course included in the calculation of their ATAR. These courses all involve work placement which is a mandatory HSC requirement. Students can use part-time work in industry towards their workplace requirement and may also undertake these courses as part of a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship.

What is work placement and how is it different from work experience?

Each of the VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses includes a mandatory component of work placement during which students leave the school and work in a suitable workplace. This provides on-the-job training and is an essential part of each course. If students do not complete this requirement it means that the course has not been completed.

Work experience gives students a taste of what a particular occupation is like. It is often undertaken in Year 10. It does not form part of any Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards credential.

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