VET

Vocational pathways enable boys to incorporate workplace training, real-world skills and hands-on experience into their HSC.

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VET Overview

Vocational pathways enable boys to incorporate workplace training, real-world skills and hands-on experience into their HSC.

About VET and TVET

VET course requirements: 

Work placement requirements

VET subject selection

Subjects offered for 2020

More information 

About VET and TVET

Vocational Education and Training (VET) and TVET (delivered through TAFE) courses are practical subjects that can be studied alongside traditional subjects. All VET and TVET courses count towards the HSC and can lead to a nationally recognised qualification from TAFE NSW or the Board of Studies. Some VET and TVET courses developed by the Board of Studies also contribute toward an ATAR. 

VET courses are: 

  • Designed to meet industry training needs 
  • Supported by industry, who help with curriculum design and course delivery 
  • Based on the national training curriculum 
  • Designed to meet national training standards
  • Assessed on competency 
  • Designed to provide clearly defined pathways through to the workplace 
  • Accredited by both the Board of Studies and ASQA (dual accreditation). 

ATAR pathway

ATAR pathway 

Preliminary Course (Year 11) 

To progress to Year 12, students must successfully complete: 

  • A minimum 12 units of study, from subjects including:  
  • A minimum of 2 units of English (including English Studies). 

HSC Course (Year 12) 

To qualify for the HSC via the VET pathway, students must: 

  • Complete 2 units of English 
  • Complete a further 8 units of study made up of any mix of VET (Category B) or non-VET (Category A) subjects 
  • Successfully complete their chosen VET (Internal) or TAFE (external) courses at Certificate II or Certificate III level. 

Note: Students seeking an ATAR can only have 2 units of Category B courses counted toward their ATAR. 

The College strongly recommends students complete 11 or 12 units to maximise their results.  

Non-ATAR pathway

Non-ATAR pathway 

Preliminary Course (Year 11) 

To progress to Year 12, students must successfully complete: 

  • A minimum 12 units of study, from any mix of 
  • A minimum of 2 units of English (including English Studies). 

HSC Course (Year 12) 

To qualify for the HSC, students must successfully complete: 

  • A minimum 10 units of study including any mix of 
  • A minimum of 2 units of English (including English Studies). 

Work placement requirements

All VET courses require students to complete 70 hours of work placement. Of this, 35 hours will be completed in school time and 35 hours will be completed during school holiday time.

Newington College has a structured workplace learning program to help boys meet their workplace requirements.

Vet subject selection

Subjects offered for 2020

Need to know: 

  • To qualify for the HSC, the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 12 preliminary HSC units in Year 11 and 10 HSC units in Year 12 
  • Newington College strongly recommends all boys entering Year 11 select at least 13 units and all boys starting their HSC have a minimum of 11 units in their course.  
  • The only compulsory subject is English. 
  • While VET subjects are assessed on competency, they may still include examinations. 

Boys should discuss their preferred subjects and the workload of each subject with Heads of Department and Head of House to ensure they have the ability and capacity to fulfil course requirements. 

Most students get the subjects they want in their initial free choice subject selection but some do not. This is especially the case when a subject has only a small numbers of students and appears in only on in one group in the timetable. Impacted students will be contacted by their Head of House to make new selections so they get at least 12 units.