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.
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.
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.
Online Learning Programs
Online Learning Programs (OLP) for Years 11 and 12 provide access to a range of subjects for all Tasmanian senior secondary students.
If you are unable to attend face-to-face classes because of where you live, illness, or if you cannot enrol in a subject because it is not offered at your local school or college, or you have a timetable clash, then OLP may be for you.
Classes are delivered in different ways – most are online or through video-conferencing. Your school can give you more information about these options.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
- My Future
Use the personalised ‘my guide’ to help find out whatcareer 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 asbeing a potential pathway to employment
- Job Jumpstart
Tips about jobs and careers for school leavers