Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
The Tasmanian Certificate of Education or TCE, is the main credential awarded to secondary schools students who successfully complete years 11 and 12 in Tasmania, Australia.

In order to achieve the TCE students must meet the five following standards

  • Requires minimum standards of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills have to be demonstrated
  • Requires a minimum amount of standard learning
  • Requires evidence of Pathway planning (achieved through Home Group)

TCE requirements

120 Credit Points overall from subjects (typically 60 points per year)

At least 80 Credit points must be at level 2 subjects or higher-these are known as Complexity Points

Basic standards of literacy,
Numeracy and ICT skills have to be demonstrated

Students often gain these competencies through their enrolled subjects

OR they complete and Essential Skills course in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT

OR they may complete a skills test in Literacy Numeracy or ICT

TCE points can be attained through studying Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) accredited courses and Vocational Education and Training programs (VET)

TASC Subjects

TASC subjects are organised into level 3 levels of difficulty – levels 1,2,3 and 4 (with level 1 being the lowest). Level 3 and 4 subjects are also known as pre-tertiary subjects or university entrance subjects.

– Subjects are allocated points that are used to calculate the total number of points a student requires to attain their TCE.

– Most courses studied are 150 hours courses (C courses) which can be studied at levels 1, 2, 3 & 4.

– Some courses are 100 hour courses (B courses) and these can be studied at level 1 or 2.

Vocational Education and Training programs (VET)

The VET programs range from Certificate 1 to Certificate 111. VET programs, sometimes known as certificate programs, vary in hours per week and the points they attract towards the TCE. Students will need to check the points against these course for VET during the enrolment process.

TASC Planner

TASC has developed a TCE Planner tool to assist students in establishing their subject selection for years 11 and 12.

TASC Planner Tool link to

University Entrance

If students are intending to go to university after Year 12 they need to ensure that they have;

– checked the university course requirements
– checked that they have the necessary pre-requisites for level 3 subjects
– selected at least one level 3 subject in Year 11
– preferably 5 level 3 subjects, over 2 years for Uni entrance (3 must be gained in year 12)
– checked the UTAS College program for courses they can undertake while in Year 11 and 12
– Checked that they will cover the TCE requirements in 2 years at College


VET Entrance

If students are intending to enrol in a VET program for Year 12, have they:

– applied for a VET program for year 12
– and selected 2 or 3 additional TASC subjects to make up your load
– selected an alternative set of subjects in case you do not get into your chosen VET program


Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks) are used in admissions to universities in Australia. The Academic Senate of the University of Tasmania has decided that from 2016 onwards, to be eligible for the calculation of an ATAR, students will have to have met the standards for the award of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE).

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  • To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of four pre-tertiary subjects – preferably five – with at least three being completed in Year 12. Students must also gain their TCE.
  • A maximum of five pre-tertiary subjects will be used to calculate their Tasmanian Tertiary Entrance Score.
  • The Tasmanian Tertiary Entrance Score is calculated by adding the best three subject scores from pre-tertiary subjects satisfactorily completed in Year 12, together with the
    next two best scores from either year.
  • TE scores are then converted to ATAR

An ATAR is calculated as follows:

Scores in at least three level 3 or 4 courses MUST come from the final year of study (either Year 12 or Year 13). The three highest scores from this final year of study are added together with the next best one or two scores from the same year or one other year (e.g. three from year 12 and two from year 11 or four from year 12 and one from year 11).

The two years of study from which your ATAR can be calculated do not have to be consecutive.

TASC calculates a score for each university entrance (pre-tertiary) course. These course scores are then used to calculate your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

The same course CANNOT be counted twice. If you repeat a course, the higher score is used, unless course appeared in top scores in previously.

TASC will advise eligible students of their scores and ATAR. Since 2005, results in approved university studies have also been included in ATAR calculations.

If you DO NOT qualify for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank Statement and wish to attend university, please refer to the University of Tasmania web site for General Entry Requirements.

For further information please refer to : Office of Tasmanian, Assessment, Standards and Certification