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    Contents INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................... 4

    NT CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING (NTCET) COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS ............................ 8

    ARTS .............................................................................................................................................................. 10

    BUSINESS, ENTEPRISE AND TECHNOLOGY .................................................................................................... 14

    ENGLISH ........................................................................................................................................................ 16

    HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION ............................................................................................................. 18

    HUMANITIES ................................................................................................................................................. 20

    LANGUAGES .................................................................................................................................................. 24

    MATHEMATICS .............................................................................................................................................. 25

    SCIENCE ......................................................................................................................................................... 28

    Cross-Disciplinary .......................................................................................................................................... 32

    STAGE 2 SUBJECTS ........................................................................................................................................ 34

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    INTRODUCTION

    Good Shepherd Lutheran College offers a diverse range of subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2 level.

    The number of subjects available continues to increase as the Colleges Senior School develops.

    This Course Handbook is designed to give students and parents an overview of what is covered

    in each subject so that informed decisions can be made when selecting subjects. For more

    information please either contact the NTCET Coordinator or visit the SACE Board Website

    http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/

    Selecting appropriate subjects can be a very difficult task. In Year 10 students should have

    mapped out their pathway in their PLP class. If they have not completed PLP or are still unsure

    as to what career they would like to pursue after school then students should seek advice and

    support from the Careers Adviser. Students should research the different pathways into

    University, TAFE and employment. It is also recommended that students discuss possible course

    selection with their parents and subject teachers before making final decisions.

    Students are encouraged to keep their options open enough to avail themselves of courses and

    career alternatives. As is often the case, if students do not have a career in mind they should

    choose subjects that they are good at, interested in and enjoy doing.

    What is the NTCET?

    Students who successfully complete their senior secondary education are awarded the Northern

    Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET). The NTCET will assist students develop

    the skills and knowledge they need to succeed whether they are headed for further education,

    training, an apprenticeship or straight into the workforce. The certificate is based on two stages

    of achievement:

    Stage 1 (usually undertaken in Year 11) and Stage 2 (usually undertaken in Year 12).

    How do students get the NTCET?

    Students can gain their NTCET in the equivalent of two years of full-time study; however, most

    students spread this over three years. There are two stages:

    Stage 1, which most students do in Year 11, (The Personal Learning Plan is usually

    completed in Year 10)

    Stage 2, which most students do in Year 12.

    Each subject or course successfully completed earns credits towards the NTCET, with a

    minimum of 200 credits required for students to gain the certificate.

    http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/

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    How are subjects graded?

    Students will receive a grade from A to E for each subject (A+ to E- at Stage 2). For compulsory

    subjects, they will need to achieve a C grade or better.

    What is compulsory?

    The compulsory subjects are:

    Personal Learning Plan 10 credits at Stage 1.

    Literacy 20 credits from a range of English subjects at Stage 1

    Numeracy 10 credits from a range of Mathematics subjects at Stage 1

    Stage 2 subjects totalling at least 60 credits.

    The remaining 100 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects, VET

    Courses or SACE Board recognised courses of a students choice.

    NTCET students are required to complete 140 of the 200 credits at a C grade or better.

    What is the Personal Learning Plan?

    The Personal Learning Plan is a compulsory NTCET subject, usually undertaken in Year 10.

    Students consider their aspirations and research career, training and further study choices

    to help them map out their future. Students identify goals and plan how to achieve them through

    school and after finishing the NTCET.

    The Personal Learning Plan helps students

    identify and research career paths and options, including further education, training and

    work

    choose appropriate NTCET subjects and courses based on plans for future work and

    study

    consider and access subjects and courses available in and beyond school

    review their strengths and areas they need to work on, including literacy, numeracy, and

    information and communication technology skills

    gain skills for future employment

    identify their goals and plans for improvement

    review and adjust their plans to achieve their goals.

    The Personal Learning Plan contributes 10 credits towards the NTCET. As it is compulsory,

    students need to achieve a C grade or above.

    What is VET?

    VET stands for Vocational Education and Training, and gives students skills for work, particularly

    in industry. Students are encouraged to complete VET qualifications while completing the NTCET.

    To complete the NTCET, students must achieve 200

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    NTCET credits, 190 of which can be gained through VET. Within these, students must also satisfy

    the literacy and numeracy requirements of the NTCET. The remaining 10 credits are gained from

    the Personal Learning Plan (10 credits). At Good Shepherd Lutheran College this is generally

    offered through the Work Ready Program.

    How many credits do VET courses provide?

    Students can earn 5 NTCET credits for successfully completing 35 hours of VET, and 10 NTCET

    credits for 70 hours. The SACE Board will decide whether the NTCET credits earned for a

    particular VET qualification will be recognised at Stage 1 or Stage 2.

    University and TAFE/VET entry

    Students who complete the NTCET are eligible for university entry, provided they meet certain

    requirements.

    For university entry, students need to

    complete all compulsory requirements at a C grade or better

    achieve 90 credits at Stage 2 i.e.: five (5) subjects. These subjects must be Tertiary

    Admissions Subjects (TAS) with four subjects worth 20 credits and one 10 credit subject.

    Universities also specify prerequisite subjects for some of their courses. It is essential students

    and parents clarify with Universities directly the requirements they have for subjects and subject

    combinations. This information should be used when selecting subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2.

    Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

    At Good Shepherd Lutheran College the university aggregate will be calculated from the best

    scaled scores from four 20 credit TAS and one 10 credit TAS, which is studied during the Year 11

    year. The university aggregate is then converted to an ATAR.

    Please visit http://www.satac.edu.au/ for more detailed information.

    Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS)

    All subjects apart from Research Project B, Community Studies and Modified subjects are

    recognised by universities to contribute toward an ATAR. These subjects are known as Tertiary

    Admissions Subjects. Certificate III VET Qualifications also contribute towards the ATAR.

    Scaling

    To combine scores from a wide variety of different subjects to form an aggregate, it must be

    ensured that the scores are on a common scale. Scaling is the process used to convert scores to

    a common scale.

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    Interstate and overseas students

    SACE Board will grant status for equivalent learning in recognised areas for interstate and

    overseas students.

    Students Online

    Students Online is a one-stop-shop for information about an individual students NTCET. It can

    help students:

    plan their NTCET and look at different subjects, or subject and course combinations

    check their progress towards completing their NTCET

    access their results.

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