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Advice for students and schools

Continue the learning

All students are encouraged to continue their VET learning, working with their school and RTO to continue the work already commenced in 2020.

Schools should be aware of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA’s) advice to training providers to continue the learning, which includes information about delivery modes and methods, sequencing of training and assessment, and specific industry area resources.

Disruption to SACE patterns - what are the options?

The SACE Board acknowledges that COVID-19 has affected VET students’ training plans, access to work places, and therefore their SACE patterns.

As part of the partnership between schools and RTOs to continue the learning, schools should consider each VET student’s SACE pattern, the units of competency towards qualifications that are likely to be completed, and determine the number of SACE credits the student requires.

Where there are gaps between what can be completed and the number of SACE credits required for SACE completion, schools should consider other SACE or VET competency options available, including Workplace PracticesIntegrated Learning, and other VET competencies that may contribute to the VET qualification, or other VET qualifications.

Recording results from the RTO

Schools should continue to enter successfully completed VET results in Schools Online in the usual way, and before the scheduled due date of 29 November 2020.

For students who cannot complete their VET or their work placement by the due date, there will be an additional opportunity to submit VET results and still have their completed Certificate III count towards their ATAR before the university first round offers in January 2021. These students may use the months of December and early January to complete any remaining VET or work placement, with evidence provided to the SACE Board before Friday 8 January 2021.

For some students, it may be impossible to complete their Certificate III despite all best efforts to do so, for example because workplaces remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

For students in this situation who still cannot complete their Certificate III due to work placement before the main university offer round in January 2021, schools are required to submit evidence regarding the learning the student was able to complete, what learning the student was not able to complete, and the circumstance that made it impossible for the student to complete the qualification, including evidence from the RTO. 

These details must be submitted to the SACE Board through the Certificate III verification process and will be considered on an individual basis. A collection of units of competency towards a Certificate III qualification without the intention and best efforts to complete the qualification will not meet the requirement.

We know that the best laid plans to complete VET learning may continue to be impacted by COVID-19, so it is important to note that VET results can be submitted to the SACE Board at any time.

Even if students receive their VET results after the school year has finished, the newly acquired VET results can be submitted to the SACE Board so students can receive their SACE certificate, even after Year 12 has finished, or sometime later in the future.