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ACT Senior Secondary System

The ACT operates a system of school based curriculum and assessment within the policy and procedures of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS). Colleges determine the courses (and units) that they offer to the students. There are no compulsory courses or units.

Assessment in the ACT is continuous school based assessment. There are no examinations set by a central authority for any subject. Courses are taught and assessed unit by unit.

Courses (and units) have different classifications. They can be classified as either A, T, M, H, C, E or R. Courses (and units) can also be awarded the V classification.

In Years 11 and 12 courses are taught unit by unit. Assessment is conducted and recorded unit by unit. A unit of study is organised around a particular theme or discipline eg American Literature would be the study of American Literature under the subject of English. A unit 's value is based on time: One standard unit of study towards a Year 12 Certificate represents a minimum of 55 hours of timetabled classes generally over one semester.

Courses consist of a combination of units with coherence of purpose. There are different types of courses based on number of units:

Course Type Unit Value
Minor 2-3 standard units (110+hours)
Major 3.5-5 standard units (220+hours)
Major Minor 5.5-6.5 standard units (330+hours)
Double Major 7-8 standard units (400+hours)

 

 

 

 

 
The maximum number of standard units that a course can contribute to the ACT Year 12 certificate is 8.