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Starting the NTCET
What you need to know
What is the NTCET?
• SACE stands for Northern Territory
Certificate of Education and Training
• Qualification for entry into universities and
further training
• Internationally recognised
• Gives skills for work, training, and further
study
About the NTCET
• Recognises learning and skills both in and
outside school
• You can combine study and part-time work,
a traineeship or a school-based apprenticeship
• You get credit for academic studies, vocational
training, skilled work and community learning
About the NTCET
There are two ‘stages’ of the NTCET:
• Stage 1 is generally started in Year 10 and
completed in Year 11
• Stage 2 is generally completed in Year 12.
About the NTCET
• All subjects are graded from A to E at Stage 1
and A+ to E- at Stage 2
• The knowledge and skills you learn help build
your capabilities for Communication,
Citizenship, Learning, Personal Development
and Work
• All subject assessments in Stage 1 are
assessed by your teacher
About 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 Board
– 30% 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 doublechecked
About the NTCET
You earn credits for completed subjects or courses:
• you need 200 credits to get your NTCET
• you 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 NTCET
• most 10-credit subjects are done over a semester
• most 20-credit subjects are done over two
semesters.
NTCET Requirements
NTCET Credits
(the Stage 2 Research Project is optional in the NT)
Stage 1 Requirements
In Stage 1, you must complete this requirement:
• Personal Learning Plan (10 credits).
You must achieve a C grade or higher for this
subject to gain the NTCET.
Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 Requirements
You must also complete the literacy and numeracy
requirements 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 both
requirements.
Stage 2 Requirements
In Stage 2, you must complete these
requirements:
• Stage 2 subjects and VET courses
(60 more credits).
Most students will complete subjects and
courses worth more than 70 credits at Stage 2.
Additional choices
You can choose from a range of Stage 1
or Stage 2 subjects or courses (90 credits).
You must achieve a grade in these
subjects or courses to gain the NTCET.
When 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
What is the Personal Learning Plan?
• A Stage 1 subject
• A compulsory subject, usually done
in Year 10
• You need a C grade or higher in the
Personal Learning Plan
• Worth 10 credits
What is the Personal Learning Plan?
It helps you:
• set personal and learning goals and work
towards them
• monitor your progress and change your plans
as needed
• gain skills for future study and employment.
What is the Personal Learning Plan?
It helps you:
• look at different career paths and options
• choose the right NTCE subjects for your
future plans
• think about courses and activities outside
school that help you to achieve your goals.
What is the Research Project?
• An optional subject for Stage 2 students
• A chance to do in-depth research and study
a topic that interests you
• You must achieve a C- grade or higher
• Worth 10 credits
• Research Project B can be included as part of
your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
(ATAR)
Other subjects and courses
Recognised learning
NTCET recognises learning both in and
outside
school, for example:
• Vocational Education and Training courses
(VET)
• University and TAFE courses
• community learning (such as the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award or volunteer work).
Vocational 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 activities
• You can learn on-the-job skills while working
towards both the NTCET and a VET
qualification
• VET options are available at both Stage 1
and Stage 2
Assessment
How are my subjects assessed?
• Subjects are graded A to E at Stage 1 and A+
to E- at Stage 2
• You need a C grade or higher at Stage 1 and a
C- or higher at Stage 2 in all requirements to
earn the NTCET
• Standards are set for each subject so you know
what you need to achieve to earn a particular
grade
How are my subjects assessed?
• At Stage 1, all subjects are assessed by your
school
• School assessment is moderated (doublechecked) in mathematics, English and the
Personal Learning Plan to confirm a minimum
C standard
How 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 school
• The SACE Board makes sure the same
standards are applied across all schools
Further study
Applying for university
To apply for university from 2013 onward, you need
to have:
• completed the NTCET
• gained 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 Studies
• completed the prerequisites needed for some
university courses.
Applying for university
To apply for university from 2013 onward, you need
to have:
• gained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
(ATAR)
• complied with rules regarding subject
combinations and counting restrictions.
International universities entered by
NTCET students
Including:
• New York University
• University of Oxford
• Yale University
• National University of Singapore
• University of Cambridge
• Princeton University
What is the Australian Tertiary
Admission Rank? (ATAR)
• A measure of how your overall achievement in
the NTCET compared with other students
• Used by universities to select school leavers for
a place in university courses
• Ranges from 0 to 99.95
• Was formerly called the Tertiary Entrance Rank
(TER)
What 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.
Applying for TAFE
• For Certificate II level courses you must
successfully complete the literacy and numeracy
requirements of the NTCET
• For 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
What is the TAFE SA Selection Score?
• Used by TAFE SA to select students for entry
into courses
• To 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
Want 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 booklet
• The booklet is published by the South Australian
Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC), and given
to schools every year
Individual circumstances
Students with a disability
• The SACE Board offers modified subjects at
Stage 1 and Stage 2 for students with identified
intellectual disabilities to demonstrate their
learning
• If 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’
Students with a disability
• Any modified subjects you have done will be
listed on your NTCET certificate
• More information about modified subjects can be
found on the NTCET website under Students
and Families > Students with Disabilities
Special Provisions
• Special provisions are available if you are in a
situation where an illness, learning difficulty, or
unforeseen circumstance has made completing
your assessments difficult
• If you are applying for special provisions you
need to provide evidence of your illness,
learning difficulty, or unforeseen circumstance
• More information can be found under Students
and Families > Special Provisions
I’m an interstate/overseas/adult
student …
• SACE Board will grant status for equivalent
learning in other areas
• Information about meeting the requirements for
interstate, adult and overseas students can be
found on the SACE website under Students and
Families
Further information
In summary …
The NTCET:
• provides challenging curriculum – both in and
outside school
• helps you achieve your potential
• provides quality assurance – marking by
experts outside the school and doublechecking of results at Stage 2
• is based on clear and achievable standards.
Achieve magazine
• Copies of the latest edition of the SACE
student magazine, ‘Achieve’, have been
given to all Year 9, 10 and 11 students
• The magazine contains useful information
for students about the SACE
• Parents are encouraged to read the
magazine with students to help them
consider and discuss their education plans
Want 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 results
• Talk to the teachers at your school
• Read a copy of ‘Achieve’ magazine

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