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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What VET courses should be offered to students in Years 9 and 10?

Schools and TAFE colleges should carefully consider the type and range of courses offered to students in Years 9 and 10, taking into account things such as:

  • the course requirements (including work placement)
  • the level of the course (Stage 5 or Stage 6 VET course)
  • the AQF level of the qualification(s) available in the course
  • student readiness and maturity.

Details of the range of VET courses and course requirements are available on the Board’s website:

Q. Can students do Certificate I in Manufacturing (Pathways) with both a timber and a metal specialisation?

No. Students can only undertake the Manufacturing (Pathways) course in one specialisation. They cannot repeat the course to study a different specialisation.

The Manufacturing (Pathways) Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET course is a 100-hour course based on Certificate I in Manufacturing (Pathways). This qualification requires a focus on one specialisation to achieve the qualification. The course reflects the structure of the qualification.

There is a Construction Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET course available that provides a pathway to a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate I in Construction. Students may do this course in addition (or as an alternative) to Manufacturing (Pathways).

Q. Why aren’t there more Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET courses?

Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET courses include outcomes and content (drawn from national industry training packages) endorsed by the Board of Studies for study for students in Stage 5.

These courses meet curriculum standards similar to those required of other Stage 5 courses. The AQF VET qualification outcomes of Stage 5 VET courses are at a lower level than those contained in Stage 6 HSC VET courses. Stage 5 courses would generally not include units of competency contained in Stage 6 HSC VET courses.

The Board has endorsed a range of 100-hour elective Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET courses for delivery that lead to Certificate I AQF VET qualifications.

If schools wish to offer other AQF VET qualifications that may be appropriate for endorsement at the Stage 5 level, they should contact the Board of Studies on (02) 9367 8310.

Q. Why is it important to complete a Training Pathways Planning Tool for each industry area?

The Training Pathways Planning Tool is designed to support schools and TAFE colleges to identify the range of information needed to plan viable pathways for students and to ensure that there are curriculum options available for the continued engagement of students to the end of their schooling. Schools and TAFE colleges have indicated that the Training Pathways Planning Tool has been a crucial element of their planning processes.

This tool helps schools and TAFE colleges to identify:

  • potential qualification pathways
  • entry and exit points throughout planned pathways
  • curriculum options available and whether there will be a need to apply for additional Board Endorsed VET courses
  • a range of potential issues such as viability of cohorts or transition arrangements across campuses for collegiate schools
  • the need for further collaboration with RTOs such as TAFE and cluster schools to be able to offer initial, specialisation study and/or extension courses with viable cohorts.
Q. Do students in Years 9 and 10 have to do work placement?

Where a VET course includes a mandatory work placement requirement all students, including students in Years 9 and 10, must meet this requirement by completing a work placement. Schools and TAFE colleges should take into consideration mandatory work placement requirements before offering a course to students in Years 9 and 10.

Schools and TAFE colleges experienced at having students in Years 9 and 10 undertake work placement advise that work placement is an issue that needs to be considered carefully before offering a VET course to students in Years 9 and 10. They recommend the following:

  • the need to consider access to, and the availability of, potential work placements
  • careful selection of work placement venues and careful matching of students to placements
  • the need to consider the student’s maturity level and potential timing of work placement when selecting students to undertake VET courses with a mandatory work placement requirement
  • careful consideration of the timing of work placement to enable students to be work ready.
Q. Do students undertaking early commencement of VET in Years 9 and 10 have to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program before they start the course?

Yes

All students undertaking Preliminary or HSC courses must complete the HSC: All My Own Work program (or its equivalent) before the school submits students’ Preliminary or HSC course entries. This includes all students in Years 9 and 10 undertaking early commencement of a Stage 6 VET course.

Students in Years 9 and 10 are undertaking early commencement of a Stage 6 VET course if they are undertaking an Industry Curriculum Framework course or any other endorsed Stage 6 VET course (for a list of these courses refer to Stage 6 VET Board Endorsed Course Descriptions).

Principals are required to certify students’ completion of the HSC: All My Own Work program (or its equivalent) via Schools Online (Administration).

For further information refer to the HSC: All My Own Work web page and Official Notice BOS 49/08

Q. Who can study VET courses in Years 9 and 10?

Access to VET courses by students in Years 9 and 10 should only be an option if it suits students’ individual needs – it is not necessarily appropriate for all schools, or for all students. It should be seen as one strategy within a suite of strategies used by schools to address engagement, retention and participation in education and training.

The support of the relevant school system authority and RTO is essential prior to schools offering VET courses to students in Years 9 and 10.

For further information and advice, please refer to the Guidelines for access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses by students in Years 9 and 10.

Q. What type of VET curriculum pathways are available for students in Years 9 and 10 to study?

Students in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) may access VET courses through two curriculum pathways:

  • Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET courses
  • early commencement of Stage 6 VET courses.
Q. How do I enter my Year 9 students who are doing a Stage 5 VET Board Endorsed Course on Schools Online (Administration)?

Refer to Schools Online (Administration) entries for students in Years 9 and 10 undertaking VET courses for advice.

Q. Can students start school-based apprenticeships and traineeships in Year 10?

Year 10 students may commence a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are available to students as part of their HSC pattern of study. Early commencement of a Stage 6 VET course is the appropriate curriculum pathway.

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