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Stage 6 Languages Courses
Procedures for the Determination of Student Eligibility

In order to enter:

  • a Beginners language course
  • a Continuers course in a language where there are Heritage and Background Speakers courses or
  • a Heritage language course

a student must be determined eligible on the basis of the BOSTES course eligibility criteria.

Students should apply to their school principal for an eligibility determination, if possible during Term 3 of Year 10.

Applications for eligibility determination

Students must apply for an eligibility determination by:

  • completing the Application for Eligibility Determination form (including the Statutory Declaration)
  • providing relevant additional documentation if required by the principal
  • providing relevant additional documentation that the student wishes to include.

False, inaccurate or incomplete information could place at risk a student's eligibility for the Higher School Certificate.

Sections of the Application for Eligibility Determination form must be completed by the student's home school and, where applicable, the school delivering the course.

Determining eligibility

Eligibility is determined by the principal of the school delivering the course. This may be the student's home school, the Saturday School of Community Languages, the Open High School, a Distance Education Centre or TAFE. For a student who intends to study the course with an approved outside tutor, eligibility is determined by the principal of the student's home school.

To be deemed eligible for a course, a student must meet all of the eligibility criteria for that course at the time of entry to the course.

The principal's eligibility determination should be provided to the student in writing as soon as practicable after the application is lodged, and, if possible, at least 10 school weeks prior to the commencement of delivery of the course.

A copy of the student's Application for Eligibility Determination form and any additional documentation considered in the principal's eligibility determination are to be retained by the school.

Support

Case studies demonstrating application of the eligibility criteria for Beginners, Continuers and Heritage Languages courses are available on the BOSTES website. The case studies support students in their understanding of the criteria and principals in their determination of students' course eligibility. Principals can seek policy advice from BOSTES regarding complex or atypical cases.

Principal review and appeal to BOSTES

If a student believes that the eligibility determination has not been made in accordance with the course eligibility criteria, they can seek a review of the determination from the principal. If, following the principal’s review, the student remains ineligible to undertake a particular Language course, the student may appeal to BOSTES. Principals should inform students of the review and appeal procedures and provide students with the relevant forms on request.

Any request for a review of the determination by the principal must be submitted to the principal within one week of the student's receipt of the eligibility determination. The request must be submitted on an Application for Review of Eligibility Determination form, and may include relevant documentation not included in the original application. The principal/school review panel will review the determination and advise the student in writing of the outcome of the school review.

If the student wishes to appeal to BOSTES against the principal’s determination, the appeal must be submitted by the school to BOSTES within one week of the student's receipt of the principal's review determination. The appeal must include:

  1. a completed Application for Eligibility Determination form (including the Statutory Declaration)
  2. a completed Application for Review of Eligibility Determination form
  3. a completed Appeal to BOSTES against Principal’s Eligibility Determination form
  4. any documentation submitted to the principal as part of the student's application for eligibility determination or review.

Appeals should be forwarded to:

Student Support Services
BOSTES
GPO Box 5300
Sydney NSW 2001

BOSTES will notify the principal and the student of its decision in writing.

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