2What is the NTCET?SACE stands for Northern Territory Certificate of Education and TrainingQualification for entry into universities and further trainingInternationally recognisedGives skills for work, training, and further study
3About the NTCETRecognises learning and skills both in and outside schoolYou can combine study and part-time work, a traineeship or a school-based apprenticeshipYou get credit for academic studies, vocational training, skilled work and community learning
4About the NTCET There are two ‘stages’ of the NTCET: Stage 1 is generally started in Year 10 and completed in Year 11Stage 2 is generally completed in Year 12.
5About the NTCETAll subjects are graded from A to E at Stage 1 and A+ to E- at Stage 2The knowledge and skills you learn help build your capabilities for Communication, Citizenship, Learning, Personal Development and WorkAll subject assessments in Stage 1 are assessed by your teacher
6About the NTCET In Stage 2 (Year 12): 70% of your subject assessments (e.g. assignments) will be assessed by your teacher and moderated by the SACE Board30% of your subject assessments (e.g. investigations) will be assessed by someone outside the school (a SACE Board assessor)School results in Stage 2 subjects are double-checked
7About the NTCET You earn credits for completed subjects or courses: you need 200 credits to get your NTCETyou need to get a C grade or higher at Stage 1 for compulsory subjects and a C- grade or higher at Stage 2 to get your NTCETmost 10-credit subjects are done over a semestermost 20-credit subjects are done over two semesters.
9(the Stage 2 Research Project is optional in the NT) NTCET Credits(the Stage 2 Research Project is optional in the NT)
10Stage 1 Requirements In Stage 1, you must complete this requirement: Personal Learning Plan (10 credits).You must achieve a C grade or higher for thissubject to gain the NTCET.
11Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 Requirements You must also complete the literacy and numeracyrequirements at Stage 1 or Stage 2:literacy – from a range of English subjects or courses (20 credits)numeracy – from a range of mathematics subjects or courses (10 credits).You must achieve a C grade or higher for bothrequirements.
12Stage 2 Requirements In Stage 2, you must complete these requirements: Stage 2 subjects and VET courses (60 more credits).Most students will complete subjects andcourses worth more than 70 credits at Stage 2.
13Additional choices You can choose from a range of Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or courses (90 credits).You must achieve a grade in thesesubjects or courses to gain the NTCET.
14When does NTCET start? Most students will start their NTCET in Year 10 In Year 10, you begin mapping out your future and looking at how to achieve your goals through a subject called the Personal Learning Plan
15What is the Personal Learning Plan? A Stage 1 subjectA compulsory subject, usually done in Year 10You need a C grade or higher in the Personal Learning PlanWorth 10 credits
16What is the Personal Learning Plan? It helps you:set personal and learning goals and work towards themmonitor your progress and change your plans as neededgain skills for future study and employment.
17What is the Personal Learning Plan? It helps you:look at different career paths and optionschoose the right NTCE subjects for your future plansthink about courses and activities outside school that help you to achieve your goals.
18What is the Research Project? An optional subject for Stage 2 studentsA chance to do in-depth research and study a topic that interests youYou must achieve a C- grade or higherWorth 10 creditsResearch Project B can be included as part of your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
20Recognised learning NTCET recognises learning both in and outside school, for example:Vocational Education and Training courses (VET)University and TAFE coursescommunity learning (such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or volunteer work).
21Vocational Education and Training (VET) If you prefer hands-on learning or work outside the classroom, you can earn NTCET credits for a wide range of activitiesYou can learn on-the-job skills while working towards both the NTCET and a VET qualificationVET options are available at both Stage 1 and Stage 2
23How are my subjects assessed? Subjects are graded A to E at Stage 1 and A+ to E- at Stage 2You need a C grade or higher at Stage 1 and a C- or higher at Stage 2 in all requirements to earn the NTCETStandards are set for each subject so you know what you need to achieve to earn a particular grade
24How are my subjects assessed? At Stage 1, all subjects are assessed by your schoolSchool assessment is moderated (double-checked) in mathematics, English and the Personal Learning Plan to confirm a minimum C standard
25How are my subjects assessed? At Stage 2, 70% of the assessment of every subject is marked by your teacher and moderated by the SACE Board as contracted by the Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS).At Stage 2, 30% of the assessment of every subject (e.g. investigations) is marked by experts outside the schoolThe SACE Board makes sure the same standards are applied across all schools
27Applying for university To apply for university from 2013 onward, you needto have:completed the NTCETgained 80 Stage 2 credits, including at least 60 credits from Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS), and the other 20 credits from either TAS and/or Recognised Studiescompleted the prerequisites needed for some university courses.
28Applying for university To apply for university from 2013 onward, you needto have:gained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)complied with rules regarding subject combinations and counting restrictions.
29International universities entered by NTCET students Including:New York UniversityUniversity of OxfordYale UniversityNational University of SingaporeUniversity of CambridgePrinceton University
30What is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank? (ATAR) A measure of how your overall achievement in the NTCET compared with other studentsUsed by universities to select school leavers for a place in university coursesRanges from 0 to 99.95Was formerly called the Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER)
31What is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank? (ATAR) From 2012, the ATAR will be calculated:using results from three full-year Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS)Plus,results from a fourth full-year Tertiary Admissions Subject or other studies recognised by the SACE Board and universities.
32Applying for TAFEFor Certificate II level courses you must successfully complete the literacy and numeracy requirements of the NTCETFor Certificate III level courses you must achieve the SACE (for higher level courses, you must also obtain a TAFE SA Selection Score)TAFE also recognises a range of other qualifications in the entry and selection process
33What is the TAFE SA Selection Score? Used by TAFE SA to select students for entry into coursesTo obtain a TAFE SA Selection Score, you must:- have completed 60 credits of Stage 2, 40 of which must be from Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS) and a maximum of 20 credits from other Recognised Studies- comply with the rules regarding subject combinations
34Want to know more about further study? Full details on university and TAFE entry requirements for 2013 onward will be in the Tertiary Entrance 2012, 2013, 2014 bookletThe booklet is published by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC), and given to schools every year
36Students with a disability The SACE Board offers modified subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2 for students with identified intellectual disabilities to demonstrate their learningIf you are studying a modified subject, you will gain credits towards the NTCET but not a grade for the subject; instead your achievement is recorded as ‘Completed’
37Students with a disability Any modified subjects you have done will be listed on your NTCET certificateMore information about modified subjects can be found on the NTCET website under Students and Families > Students with Disabilities
38Special ProvisionsSpecial provisions are available if you are in a situation where an illness, learning difficulty, or unforeseen circumstance has made completing your assessments difficultIf you are applying for special provisions you need to provide evidence of your illness, learning difficulty, or unforeseen circumstanceMore information can be found under Students and Families > Special Provisions
39I’m an interstate/overseas/adult student … SACE Board will grant status for equivalent learning in other areasInformation about meeting the requirements for interstate, adult and overseas students can be found on the SACE website under Students and Families
41In summary …The NTCET:provides challenging curriculum – both in and outside schoolhelps you achieve your potentialprovides quality assurance – marking by experts outside the school and double-checking of results at Stage 2is based on clear and achievable standards.
42Achieve magazineCopies of the latest edition of the SACE student magazine, ‘Achieve’, have been given to all Year 9, 10 and 11 studentsThe magazine contains useful information for students about the SACEParents are encouraged to read the magazine with students to help them consider and discuss their education plans
43Want to know more? Visit the SACE website at www.sace.sa.edu.au You can log in to Students Online with your SACE registration and PIN. It helps you plan your SACE, check your progress and access your resultsTalk to the teachers at your schoolRead a copy of ‘Achieve’ magazine