The study of VET is an optional pathway for students in years 10 -12 at Adelaide High School. VET provides students with vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry and recognised nationally, while also allowing them to gain SACE credits. This enables students complete a VET course in lieu of SACE Stage 1 or 2 subjects, or in addition to the full load of school subjects.
VET courses are offered off campus, either after school or during a regular weekly training day. VET courses are available to Adelaide High School students in Years 10 - 12 through our membership of Eastern Adelaide Schools Vocational Alliance. Our students can also undertake VET courses through other alliances, such as trade-training centres, TAFE SA and a range of private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). The cost of undertaking a VET course is borne by the student and their family.
All entry-level courses have prerequisites, such as good literacy and numeracy skills and a desire to learn about and develop skills in the industry. All courses stipulate that regular, full attendance, full participation and the completion of set work to a satisfactory standard are required. Some courses also require the completion of a stated number of hours or shifts of Structured Work Placement in the industry.
Please note that students who complete Certificate III level training courses (as listed on the SACE Board’s VET Recognition Register and which contain mostly Stage 2 accreditation) can use this to help generate an ATAR score, required for tertiary entrance. Only one Certificate III course can be counted for ATAR generation.
The school’s Student Pathways Coordinator liaises with a variety of RTOs, depending on student interest.
During the year, Adelaide High School students can also enrol in a variety of short courses, including:
- Responsible Service of Alcohol (for which students must be almost 18 years of age)
- First Aid
- Construction Industry White Card Training
There is usually no SACE accreditation for these short courses.