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Pathways


Post School PathwaysThis Guide is only a part of the process for selecting a course of study. Individual students and their parents or caregivers need to research information regarding career choices.

 

The following sources of information may be useful:

 

  • Tertiary Handbooks (Resource Centre and Counselling Centre)
  • TAFE Information - tafeinfo@saugov.sa.gov.au
  • SATAC Booklet
  • Visits to the individual Universities
  • Centrelink Career Information Centre
  • Job Guide Booklet - issued to all Year 10 students

The following web sites may be useful:

 

 Flinders University www.flinders.edu.au
 Adelaide University www.adelaide.edu.au
 University of SA www.unisa.edu.au
 TAFE SA www.tafesa.edu.au
 Centrelink www.centrelink.gov.au
 SATAC www.satac.edu.au
 Job Guide www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au
 My Future www.myfuture.edu.au
  SACE Board www.sace.sa.edu.au
Australian Apprenticeships www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
 Australian Universities www.australian-universities.com
 Year 12 What Next www.leavingschool.com.au/year-12-what-next

 

Information for international students is available at each university site and TAFE SA site, or from the International or Career and Transition Coordinators.


It is important to consider subject selections as part of a pathway that extends from Year 11 into Year 12 and beyond. It is essential to consider where this pathway leads.


Direct Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Entrance Requirements

TAFE courses have Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) that students must meet. The MER will vary depending on the type and level of TAFE course. Some courses have completion of Stage 1 only as a minimum requirement. For many it is completion of the SACE that is required and a TAFE selection score is calculated based on the student’s best three Stage 2 subjects.


It is also possible to progress from studying certificate courses at TAFE into studying diploma and degree courses at university. Details of entry requirements can be obtained from the Tertiary Entrance Booklets that all Year 10 and Year 11 students will have access to from SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre) Booklets or their website www.satac.edu.au. However, all students
are encouraged to check this information with the institution concerned, or through the School Counsellors or Year Level Coordinators. Interstate information should be obtained directly from the institution.


Direct University Entrance Requirements (for students who wish to apply for university)

Students studying for the new SACE and applying for entry into university must:

 

  • complete the new SACE
  • complete at least 80 credits at Stage 2, including 60 credits of Stage 2 approved university entry subjects
  • complete prerequisite requirements for some university courses
  • obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This previously was a TER. (Tertiary Entrance Rank).

The ATAR will be calculated based on their results in three full-year Stage 2 approved university entry subjects plus one of the following:


• a fourth Stage 2 approved full-year university entry subject or a “flexible option”

 

Flexible Options

South Australia’s universities will recognise one alternative to a full-year Stage 2 approved university entry subject as part of the calculation of the ATAR. The flexible option can comprise either option A or B below (whichever gives the highest ATAR).


Option A


Studies recognised as equivalent to a full-year university entry subject by the SACE Board of South Australia and universities or

 

Option B


Two of the following:

 

  • half the score from a fourth Stage 2 approved full-year university entry subject or other recognised studies
  • a half-year Stage 2 approved university entry subject or other recognised studies
  • another half-year Stage 2 approved university entry subject or other recognised studies
  • the half-year Stage 2 Research Project. (certain conditions applies)

The new rules for university entry for students, as well as additional detail about subject options, are published in the SATAC Tertiary Entrance 2010, 2011, 2012 booklet.

 

Examples for University Entry

Legend:

  Compulsory Stage 1 subjects and courses. Compulsory Stage 2 subjects and courses
  Other subjects and courses (Stage 1 or 2)

 

University Entry - Engineering

 

YEAR 10
CREDITS
 
Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan 10  
    10
YEAR 11
CREDITS
 
Stage 1 English A and English Pre Studies 20  
Stage 1 Mathematics A 10  
Stage 1 Mathematics B and Mathematics C 20  
Stage 1 Chemistry A and Chemistry B 20  
Stage 1 Physics A and Physics B 20  
Stage 1 Food and Hospitality A 10  
Stage 1 Biology 10  
    110
YEAR 12
CREDITS
 
Stage 2 Research Project B 10  
Stage 2 English Communications 20  
Stage 2 Tourism 20  
Stage 2 Psychology 20  
Stage 2 Chemistry 20  
    90

TOTAL

  210

 

 

University Entry – Art

YEAR 10
CREDITS
 
Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan 10  
    10
YEAR 11
CREDITS
 
Stage 1 English A and English Pre Studies 20  
Stage 1 Mathematical Applications A 10  
Stage 1 Mathematical Applications B 10  
Stage 1 History A and History B 20  
Stage 1 Art A and Art B 20  
Stage 1 Tourism 10  
Stage 1 Japanese 20  
    110
YEAR 12
CREDITS
 
Stage 2 Research Project A 10  
Stage 2 Modern History 20  
Stage 2 Psychology 20  
Stage 2 English Studies 20  
Stage 2 Japanese 20  
    90

TOTAL

  210

 

 

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