The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is the main credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in Tasmania.
In order to achieve the TCE students must meet the following standards:
- minimum standards of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to be demonstrated
- a set amount of learning
- 120 Credit Points 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)
- evidence of Pathway planning (achieved through Home Group)
Students often gain these competencies through their enrolled subjects, OR they complete an Essential Skills course in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT, OR they complete a ‘Safety Net Skills test’ in Literacy Numeracy or ICT.
TCE points can be attained through studying Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) accredited courses and/or Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.
TASC subjects are organised into 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-hour 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 (VET)
The VET programs (known as certificate programs) range from Certificate 1 to Certificate 3. They vary in the hours of delivery per week and the points they attract towards the TCE. Students will need to check the points against these courses for VET during the enrolment process.
In most cases, VET programs are studied If Year 11 students are intending to enrol in a VET program for Year 12 they:
- must apply for a VET program for Year 12 at the end of Year 11
- must select 2 or 3 additional TASC subjects to make up their load
- must select an alternative set of subjects in case they do not get into their chosen VET program
TASC has developed a TCE Planner Tool to assist students with their subject selection for Years 11 and 12. Link: https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/3666
If students are intending to go to university after Year 12 they need to ensure that they:
- check the specific university course requirements
- check they have the necessary pre-requisites for Level 3 subjects
- select at least one Level 3 subject in Year 11
- preferably are studying 5 x Level 3 subjects over 2 years for university entrance (3 of these must be gained in Year 12)
- check the UTAS College Program for courses they can undertake while in Year 11 and 12
- check they will cover the TCE requirements in 2 years at College
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
ATARs are used in admissions to universities in Australia. The Academic Senate of the University of Tasmania decided that from 2016 onwards students will have to meet the standards for the award of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) to be eligible for the calculation of an ATAR.
For more information click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Tertiary_Admission_Rank
- 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. This 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.
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 but still wish to attend university, please refer to the University of Tasmania’s website for General Entry Requirements. http://www.utas.edu.au/
For further information please refer to the Office of Tasmanian, Assessment, Standards and Certification’s website: https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/1549