What is the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate?
The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACT SSC) consists of:
the certificate, detailing your years of attendance and the college you are graduating from, and the Record of Achievement, that details your studies throughout college.
They are awarded to all senior secondary students who have successfully met the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACT BSSS) requirements. It is used by a wide variety of people including Australian and International education or training institutions, and employers. You could also provide a copy when you apply for awards or scholarships, or if applying for voluntary work with community organisations. Your ACT SSC is a very important document. Keep it in a safe place and always supply a certified copy to interested people, never the original.
Who is eligible to receive the Certificate?
- a minimum of four different A, T, M, H, C or E courses (regardless of course type) from at least three different course areas. These must include at least two A, T or M courses and one of these must be in the English course area.
- completing at least 17 standard units.
- completing the package in no more than five years
- Three courses across three different course areas. A maximum of one C or E course can be used as one of these courses.
- A minimum of 6 points must be completed.
- Completing the package in one or two years
What are standard units and courses?
A standard unit is the combination of lessons, assignments, excursions, tests, etc. for a subject over a specified period of time. A standard unit has a value of 1.0 and is delivered for a minimum of 55 hours, generally over one semester.
You may also be awarded 0.5 standard units which means that unit was delivered for a minimum of 27.5 hours
A course is a combination of units with a coherence of purpose. For example, English is a course but so is an approved VET program through an external provider.
What are minor, major, major-minor and double major courses?
Courses have differing types indicating the duration of study in the course. The duration of study is indicated by the labels: minor, major, major-minor and double major.
- minors require a minimum of 2 standard units
- majors require a minimum of 3.5 standard units
- major-minors require a minimum of 5.5 standard units
- double majors require a minimum of 7.0 standard units.
Please check with your college for their requirements.
What are A, T, M courses?
An A course is one which is accredited by the ACT BSSS as educationally sound and appropriate for students studying in years 11 and 12.
A T course is accredited by the ACT BSSS as providing appropriate preparation for higher education.
An M course is accredited by the ACT BSSS as providing appropriate educational experiences for students who satisfy specific intellectual disability criteria.
What are V courses ?
A V course is vocational education and training program combined with an A, T or M course. A V course leads to a vocational Certificate or Statement of Attainment as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The content of the learning program is based on the competencies defined in a Training Package and follows the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
What are C courses?
A C course is a vocational education and training program accredited by the ACT BSSS. C courses are competency-assessed only and not reported using A-E grades.
What are E courses?
An E course is the study of a nationally recognised vocational qualification delivered by an external RTO or through an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).
What are H courses?
An H course is designed and accredited by an Australian higher education provider and successful completion of the course will be recognised towards an undergraduate degree with that provider and the ACT SSC. H courses may contribute to the student's ATAR calculation and if the H units do not form a course they can be included with the associated college T course.
What are R units
An R unit is one which is registered by the ACT BSSS as appropriate for students in years 11 and 12 and is usually designed to provide personal development, recreational or community service activities.
What are Unit Grades?
Student achievement in A, T and M courses is reported on the ACT SSC on a 5 point A to E scale based on the A - E grade standards described in the Course Frameworks. Generic criteria that form the basis of unit grade decisions across all Course Frameworks include:
- the student's knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of the unit; and
- the student's cognitive and practical skills in a wide range of situations.
Thus, in general, across all Course Frameworks, as well as representing the Course Framework specific unit grade descriptions, the letters A, B, C, D and E may be understood to indicate:
A awarded to students who have demonstrated a very high level of knowledge and understanding of the full range of concepts and principles of the unit. They have shown evidence of a very high level of cognitive and practical skill in a wide range of assessment situations
B awarded to students who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of the unit. They have shown evidence of a high level of cognitive and practical skill in a range of assessment situations
C awarded to students who have demonstrated a sound level of knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of the unit. They have shown evidence of a sound level of cognitive and practical skill in most assessment situations
D awarded to students who have demonstrated a limited knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of the unit. They have shown evidence of a limited level of cognitive and practical skill in assessment situations
E awarded to students who have demonstrated a very limited knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of the unit. They have shown evidence of a very limited level of cognitive and practical skill in assessment situations
Other possible grades on an ACT SSC are Pass, Participated, Status and Recognition.
A Pass grade is awarded in R, E and C units when a student has satisfactorily completed the unit and achieved at least some of the competencies (C, E units).
A Participated grade is awarded in C units when a student has met the attendance and assessment requirements but achieved none of the competencies.
A Status grade is awarded when a student has been unable to complete the unit through illness or misadventure and the college does not have enough evidence to award a grade (12).
A Recognition grade is awarded when a student has completed some year 11/12 studies in other jurisdictions.
Unit grades for H units will be awarded by the university, using the descriptors from that university. These grades include High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass, Ungraded Pass and Conceded Pass.
What is the purpose of the Tertiary Entrance Statement?
What is needed to obtain a TES?
- complete a minimum of 20 standard units during senior secondary studies
- form at least four majors and one minor, or three majors and three minors from A, T, M, H, C or E courses
- complete at least three majors and one minor classified T or H
- sit all components of the ACT Scaling Test
- complete a minimum of 8 standard T units
- form at least four minor courses or one major and two minors