Useful Terms

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Useful Terms: VIC 

ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank): The overall ranking on a scale of zero to 99.95 that a student receives, based on their study scores. The ATAR is calculated in each state to reflect a student’s rank against other students in that state and used by universities and TAFE institutes to select students for courses.

Higher Education Studies: First-year university studies recognised by the VCAA for contribution to the ATAR for students who are academically very able.

Prerequisites: A subject or subjects that need to be completed prior to a particular university program. Some, certainly not all, university programs have pre-requisites – for example, a course may require a certain type of mathematics to have been successfully completed.

Study Score: A score from zero to 50 which shows how a student performed in a VCE study, relative to all other Victorian students enrolled in that same study in a result year. It is based on the student’s results in school assessments and examinations.

Units: The components of a VCE study that are a semester in duration. There are usually four units in a VCE study, Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA): The authority responsible for curriculum and assessment programs for students in Victoria.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL): An accredited Secondary certificate for Year 11 and 12 students in Victoria. A hands-on course offering practical work-related experience and learning for students.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE): The senior secondary school qualification made up of the units studied in Yrs 11 and 12.

Vocational Education and Training (VET): Vocational courses that provide occupational or work-related knowledge and skills in areas such as hospitality or trades, available to students in Years 11 and 12 and offered at some schools or at TAFE.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC):  Acts on behalf of universities, TAFEs and other providers facilitating and coordinating the joint selection system. VTAC calculates and distributes the ATAR. 

Useful Terms: NSW

Adjustment Factors: Factors that are taken into account to adjust selection rank for specific courses, but do not change the ATAR. Examples of adjustments are for achievement in a subject- related HSC course, disadvantage or region.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): The overall ranking on a scale of zero to 99.95 that a student receives, based on their study scores. The ATAR is calculated in each state to reflect a student’s rank against other students in that state and used by universities and TAFE institutes to select students for courses.

Educational Access Schemes (EAS): For applicants who may experience disadvantage beyond their control which may affect their HSC performance, e.g. disrupted schooling, financial hardship or home environment.

Higher School Certificate (HSC): Qualification for students who successfully complete senior high school level studies (Years 11 and 12 or equivalent) secondary education in NSW.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA): The state government education board which sets and monitors quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards in NSW. It also sets, organises and marks the HSC exams.

Prerequisites: A subject or subjects that need to be completed prior to a particular university program. Some, certainly not all, uni programs have pre-requisites – for example, a course may require a certain type of mathematics to have been successfully completed.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC): The office that processes applications to most undergraduate courses in NSW. UAC notifies students of their ATAR and makes offers on behalf of participating tertiary institutions.

Vocational Education and Training (VET): Vocational courses that provide occupational or work-related knowledge and skills in areas such as hospitality or trades, available to students in Years 11 and 12 and offered at some schools or at TAFE.

Useful Terms: QLD

Complementary Courses of Study: First-year university and TAFE studies recognised by the QCAA for contribution to the QCE.

Level of Achievement: A result from Very High Achievement (VHA), High Achievement (HA), Sound Achievement (SA), Limited Achievement (LA), and Very Limited Achievement (VLA), arrived at by comparing student assessment responses to syllabus standards.

Prerequisites: A subject or subjects that need to be completed prior to a particular university program. Some, certainly not all, uni programs have pre-requisites – for example, a course may require a certain type of mathematics to have been successfully completed.

Overall Position (OP): A ranking of eligible students across 25 bands from 1 to 25 based upon a combination of subject results scaled via student performance in the Queensland Core Skills Test. The OP reflects a student’s position in relation to other students for entry to university and TAFE courses.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE): The senior secondary school qualification based upon the quality and quantity of student learning in Senior Schooling.

Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA): Is an accredited Senior Secondary Certificate made up of individual study plans for students who may not be able to access the QCE.

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC): Acts on behalf of universities, TAFEs and other providers facilitating and coordinating the joint selection system.

Units: Syllabus documents are translated into school Work Programs which contain units of work adapted for each school context.

Vocational Education and Training (VET): Vocational courses that provide occupational or work-related knowledge and skills across a broad range of areas available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 and offered at schools, TAFE and other Registered Training Organisations.

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