School doesn’t end in Year 10 – in fact, Years 11 and 12 are two of the most important years of your education.
Years 11 & 12 are the last steps in your schooling life but the first steps into your future. The vast majority of today's jobs require a Year 12 or higher qualification, and employers are looking for people who are flexible, adaptable and willing to learn new things.
Think in advance about the choices you will make at school and college that may affect your post Year 12 options.
Completing Year 12 and engaging in lifelong learning is important because today’s students will need to adapt to the constantly changing world of work. It is likely that you will need to change jobs or occupations a number of times during your life. You will need to reskill or upskill as new occupations emerge and as the skill requirements for existing occupations change.
If you are in Year 9 or 10, talk to your teachers about your Years 11 and 12 options and what will best suit your needs. You can also contact your local school or college about what programs they offer, and the 2020 Student Guide for Year 11 and 12 is also a handy resource to get you started.
You can also call 6165 5761 or email VLCE@education.tas.gov.au if you would like to talk to someone further about your options.
Studying Year 11 & 12 in a College
Colleges are inspiring learning communities that offer a wide range of programs and study options to support your chosen career pathway, whether that be vocational training, further study or moving straight into work after finishing Year 11 and 12. Learning in senior-secondary school prepares you for further education or training in the VET sector, in higher education (university) or in the workplace.
There are eight government colleges in Tasmania – four in the south of the state, two in the north and two in the north-west. Colleges can be contacted directly via the School Directory.
Virtual Learning Tasmania?
Virtual Learning Tasmania [VLT] provides Tasmanian Government Senior Secondary students with a unique opportunity to undertake courses not available at their base school by studying them online.
In 2020, VLT will be offering a range of courses; including TASC courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 and Certificate II VET courses. Subjects range from English, maths, technologies, HASS, health and science. Course offerings are available from your local school or college (and accessed on the Intranet).
Students enrolled in VLT stay at their local school while accessing course content and teachers online, including all learning resources and assignments. This content can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere.
In addition to the learning they undertake online, VLT students meet with their Online Educator and fellow students in ‘virtual sessions’ which are scheduled for each course. VLT students are also supported by teachers in their base school who assist with study skills and managing their IT resources. VLT courses can contribute to students’ TCE points at the end of the year, upon successful completion of course requirements.
A number of independent schools offer education to Year 12. This gives you even more choice about where you want to study. For more information contact Independent Schools Tasmania.
Catholic Education Schools
A number of catholic schools offer education to Year 12. This gives you even more choice about where you want to study. For more information contact Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.
Studying Years 11 and 12 in an Extension School
From 2015, a large number of local high schools have been providing Years 11 and 12 to students. This is about giving you more choice about where you want to study – for many students and their families, it is important that they are able to access Year 11 and 12 close to home.
Colleges and Extension Schools work together to ensure they meet your individual needs. From 2018, a number of schools around the state are offering Years 11 and 12. Please contact these schools via the School Directory to express your interest in studying Years 11 and 12 at your local school.
Tasmanian extension school and college courses meet the learning and training needs of all learners by:
- delivering the Tasmanian Certificate of Education
- preparing learners for further study in the vocational education and training (VET) sector or higher education sector (university or college)
- preparing learners for employment in an apprenticeship or traineeship
- delivering vocational education and training courses
- supporting Australian School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
- delivering selected university subjects
Accessing VET for school students in Tasmania
Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides a wide range of subjects and courses that are taught in a practical, hands-on way. Studying VET at school is an exciting way to introduce you to valuable knowledge and skills used in the workplace. It helps you prepare for the world of work and what it might look like when you enter the workforce. VET can help you gain points towards your Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and it could also lead to a qualification that is recognised anywhere in Australia. VET qualifications include Certificates I-IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Certificate. School aged students can enrol in qualifications between Cert I and III level. Obtaining a Certificate III is another way to complete the equivalent of Year 12.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are authorised to deliver nationally recognised qualifications (for example, Cert II in Business or Cert I in Hospitality). Schools work closely with RTOs to deliver high quality VET courses to you as a student. VET courses are available in a wide range of industries and in most of the learning areas available while you are still at school or college, from Creative Arts and Health and Physical Education to Food and Hospitality or Technologies like Design or Digital. The main provider of VET to public Colleges and Years 11 & 12 Extension Schools is the Tasmanian Secondary Colleges RTO (TSC RTO). To find out more information about the TSC RTO view the webpage or contact your local school or college to discover what VET courses and subjects they offer.
Studying VET is a great way to:
- Combine classroom learning with on-the job learning
- Earn money while you learn through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA)
- Access Trade Training Centres with their world class facilities
- Start a journey to a range of career possibilities
Australian School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
An Australian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (ASbA) provides you with an ‘earn and learn’ pathway that can give you a head start in your chosen career.
If you are in Year 10, 11 or 12 you are able to combine work, training and school to gain a nationally recognised qualification, usually at Certificate II or III level, across almost every industry sector.
It is another way to learn in the workplace during your school years. If you get a part-time job whilst at school some employers offer an ASbA or Traineeship with your part-time job.
As an ASbA student, you will enter into a contract of training and study a VET qualification as an apprentice or trainee at the same time as finishing school. You can work a minimum of 7.5 hours to a maximum of 15 hours a week during school term time, developing work skills under the guidance of an employer while a Registered Training Organisation provides the formal training required.
An ASbA can provide you with a valuable first step in your career and is a smart way to work and study as part of your vocational and/or university pathway. To find out more, phone 6165 6097 or send them an email.
Trade Training Centres
Trade Training Centres (TTCs) and Trade Skills Centres (TSCs) are specialised trade training facilities established in regional locations across Tasmania.
They make it possible for you to undertake accredited training in a purpose-built facility while you are at school. Information on the courses they offer can be found by clicking on the link for each centre below. Centres are also linked to an Extension School, who can provide courses to complement a training program for you.
Vocational education and training (VET) is all about real-life learning, and at TasTAFE we are VET specialists!
One of the best things about vocational skills is that they are transferrable – with the right vocational training behind you, you can go anywhere in the world.
At TasTAFE you’ll learn by doing! You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in your area of interest by working with teachers with backgrounds in industry and through practical work experience or work placements. So when it comes to talking to potential employers you’ll already be ahead of the pack.
If university is your ultimate goal we can help you get there too with many of our courses providing credit towards a uni degree.
Or if an apprenticeship is your thing, you can get paid while you study, learn on the job and practice your skills in our workshops. It could be the first step to starting your own business!
Our courses are nationally accredited and range from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma qualifications. There are study options for students in Year 10, 11 and 12, as well as once you’ve completed Year 12.
We offer a range of courses at campuses around the state, as well as online and in the workplace, which means that our training can be tailored to suit your interests, learning-style and training needs.
And if you need extra help while you’re studying we have support services and preparation programs to help you. Our Client Services team, Student Counsellors, Disability Liaison Officers and International Student Advisors are available on-campus to provide you with advice and support.
TasTAFE can help you gain the skills and knowledge you will need for your future.
To find out more, call 1300 655 307 or visit the website – and take that first step!
Resources to help you discover your future
My Education is a supportive and inclusive approach to career education, designed to inspire and guide all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It will help you to identify your personal interests, values, strengths and aspirations, and teaches you how to use this knowledge to make decisions about your future learning, work and life opportunities. It is a whole-school approach to career and life planning – an important partnership between you, your parents and carers, your school and the community. It also aims to engage with business and industry in Tasmania by linking education with your future employment options.
Visit My Education
Years 11 & 12
The world of work is changing. The job you do tomorrow may not exist today.
Learn more about how you can keep up with these changes and hear from a panel of industry experts, career advisors and students about education and the future of work at myskills.gov.au/rightnow
- My Future
Use the personalised ‘my career profile’ to help find out what career suits you, check out when career expos are on and get information,support and advice about how best to score your dream job.
- Volunteering Tasmania
Volunteering has a positive effect on mental and physical health, as well as being a potential pathway to employment.
- Job Jumpstart
Tips about jobs and careers for school leavers.
Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC)
The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) manages senior secondary standards, as well as the assessment and certification of student achievement in senior secondary schooling in Tasmania.
A handy course planner tool is also available to help you choose a course of study in Years 11 and 12.
Further Education and Training
Choices,options and pathways for success
- My Skills
Australia’s national searchable directory of accredited Vocational Education and Training Courses and Registered Training Organisations
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Technical and vocational qualifications
- University of Tasmania
- Good Universities Guide
- University College
Hands-on Diploma and Associate Degree pathways through University of Tasmania.
Career Insights – Newsletters and Fact Sheets
- Career Insights Newsletter – September
- Career Insights Newsletter – August
- Career Insights Newsletter – July
- Career Insights Newsletter – June
- Career Insights Newsletter – May
- Career Insights Newsletter – March
- Fact Sheet – Beat Exam Stress
- Fact Sheet – Courses
- Fact Sheet – Education and Training
- Fact Sheet – Health and Social Assistance
- Fact Sheet – STEM
- Fact Sheet – The Defence Force and Tasmania Police
What’s coming – Packages of Learning
The Packages of Learning is a new initiative piloted in 2019. A Package of Learning takes an integrated approach to learning with an industry focus.
Find out more