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Board developed VET courses


VET courses can be studied either at school or through TAFE NSW and other training providers. VET courses contribute towards your HSC and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET credentials, recognized by industry and employers throughout Australia. Some of the Board Developed VET courses have an optional HSC exam, so if you choose to sit the exam your results can also count towards your ATAR.

Further information about VET courses appears in the section listing the HSC Courses available.


Stage 6 VET Courses (240 HSC Indicative Hours)

  1. Assistant Dance Teaching
  2. Business Services
  3. Construction
  4. Entertainment Industry
  5. Hospitality - Kitchen Operation
  6. Hospitality - Food and Beverage
  7. Retail Services
  8. Sports Coaching

Vocational Education and Training Courses delivered in School (VETiS)

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA). VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for secondary students are developed by NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on national training packages.
  • VET courses allow students to gain HSC qualifications and a national qualification or a statement of attainment recognised throughout Australia as part of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). These qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary training providers and universities and will assist students to progress to various education and training sectors and employment.
  • Public Schools NSW, Ultimo is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90072) to deliver and assess VET qualifications to secondary students.
  • It is mandatory for all students studying a VET course to create a Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. Students will require a form of identification for the creation of the USI. Examples include a Medicare Card, Australian Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or a valid Passport.
  • Assessment in all VET courses is competency based. The student is assessed on what they can do (the skills) and what they know (the knowledge) that will equip them in the workplace. Students are either deemed “competent” or “not yet competent” by the teacher. Students who have successfully achieved competency will have the skills and knowledge to complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance expected in the workplace.
  • Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure each learner has achieved all the outcomes (skills and knowledge) to the level of the qualification. Competency-based training is based on performance standards that have been set by industry. Students will receive documentation showing any competencies achieved for the VET course undertaken.
  • Board Developed VET courses are classified as Category B subjects and ONLY ONE course can contribute to the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). These courses have an optional HSC examination. Students wishing to include a VET course in the ATAR calculation must sit the HSC examination after they have completed a minimum of 4 Preliminary and/or HSC units.
  • Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirements and include 70 hours of industry specific mandatory work placement or simulated workplace hours as determined by NESA.
  • Board Endorsed VET Courses count towards the HSC but do not have HSC examinations, therefore, do not count in the calculation of the ATAR. Board Endorsed VET Courses have mandatory or recommended industry specific Work Placement.
  • Due to the specific requirements of a VET course, it is recommended students speak to the VET Coordinator / Careers Adviser, Ms Borg before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge and skills.

Externally delivered Vocational Education and Training (EVET)

Students in Years 11 and 12 have the option of studying VET courses either at school, or through external, accredited training providers such as TAFE NSW, Health NSW, the Australian Careers Business College (ACBC) and UAVAIR. VET courses delivered by an external RTO/training provider to school students are known as EVET courses.

VET courses can assist students to plan their career pathway and:

    o gain practical, work-related skills to enhance employment opportunities.
    o complete units that count towards school qualifications such as the HSC.
    o start or complete a nationally recognised qualification while still at school.

VET assessment is competency based and students must completely satisfy all assessment requirements and be deemed competent by a qualified trainer in order to satisfy qualification requirements. Students successfully completing a VET course and achieving a Statement of Attainment may be eligible to apply for credit transfer in other courses in a similar industry after leaving school by providing their transcript to the relevant tertiary institution. All students studying a VET course must obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and provide this to the training provider at the commencement of the course.

Categories of EVET courses
Board Developed Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) Courses include Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment Industry, Financial Services, Hospitality, Information Technology, Human Services, Primary Industries, Retail Services and Tourism, Travel & Events. These courses are Category B courses, they mostly count for 4 units of HSC credit, include 70 hours of mandatory work placement and have an optional HSC examination. Only one Category B course can be included in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Board Endorsed Courses (BECs) are courses based on national industry Training Packages that are endorsed by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for inclusion as an elective in the Higher School Certificate. These courses include Animal Studies, Beauty Therapy, Fashion Design Hairdressing, Laboratory Skills, Plumbing, Sport and Recreation and Warehousing. Stage 6 BECs mostly count for 4 units of HSC credit, they do not count towards the ATAR and there is not a HSC exam. Stage 6 BECs may also be studied by Year 10 students as Early Commencement of Stage 6.

Delivery Patterns of EVET courses
Students should investigate the delivery pattern of the EVET courses they are interested in so they are aware of what the commitment will be, and also to understand how the EVET course will fit in with the total pattern of study. There are several options for the delivery of EVET courses e.g. 120 hours, 2 units x 1 year courses; 180 hours, 3 units x 1 year courses; and 240 hours, 4 unit courses which can be offered over one or two years. A small number of EVET ICF courses also offer specialisation units to complement 240 hour courses. Students who successfully complete all units may be eligible for a full Certificate qualification, rather than a Statement of Attainment.

Specific Requirements of EVET courses
It is important that students understand that enrolment in EVET courses requires a commitment to satisfactory completion. The specific requirements for EVET courses include the following:

  • NESA requirements for completion of course work. If a student does not satisfactorily complete course work, they may be given an “N’ Determination for the course or, they may be withdrawn from the course. External RTOs will monitor attendance and send regular reports to the student’s home school.
  • Student Commitment – Once a student starts a course, they will be expected to commit to completing it as there is significant cost involved for the NSW Department of Education. Students will not be permitted to change to another EVET course. Students who miss class work at school because of EVET course enrolments (including work placement) are responsible for following up with their teachers and catching up on missed work.
  • Travel – Students studying EVET courses are responsible for organising their own transport to the study venue and also for making their way home at the conclusion of the class. Students are responsible for paying travel costs. Students will need to complete and submit an early leave application available from their Careers Advisor, Ms Borg. Students will be issued with an early leave pass that should be shown when required. Students doing EVET courses may be given compensatory study periods during the week.
  • Proposed timetabling – students should carefully check details to see when the EVET course will be delivered. EVET courses are conducted on different days of the week with many classes commencing at 1:30pm and ending at 5:30pm. For some courses, “block” attendance during term and/or school holidays may be necessary.
  • Online courses require students to be able to work independently, have access to digital technology and to manage their time effectively to ensure they keep up with all work requirements.
  • Mandatory Work Placement applies to many EVET courses and gives students the chance to learn new skills and apply the skills they learn from doing the course. It also helps students to:
    • gain insights into the kind of career that they would like to have.
    • make informed decisions about further training and study.
    • become more employable.
    • be better equipped for business and employment opportunities.
  • Failure to complete mandatory work placement could jeopardise the students’ satisfactory completion of the Preliminary or HSC units and could put their HSC at risk.


EVET 2023 Application Process

1. Research: Students interested in applying for an EVET course should research the course which interests them to learn about course content and possible career paths. Detailed information sheets are available for all courses listed on the EVET portal from your Careers Adviser, Ms Borg. Additionally, some providers also send EVET course information to schools so students should ask Careers Advisers about this.

2. Submit: Students complete a detailed Expression of Interest (EOI) form (available from the Careers Adviser). Parents or guardians are required to sign the EOI to indicate their awareness of course requirements, as well as the level of commitment required by students. All students will need their ERN and NESA number to complete this form.

3. Interview: Some schools will require students to participate in an interview to discuss the reasons for applying for the course. Students will be expected to explain why enrolling in the course is important to future career planning and demonstrate a commitment to successfully completing the course. Parents may be asked to participate in these interviews. Where applicable, students may also need to participate in mandatory interviews and application processes as required by an RTO. Failure to participate in these processes will mean that the application will not be considered.

4. Apply: The closing date for 2023 EVET applications will be late in Term 3 (the exact date is yet to be finalised) Offers will be made from early November.

Expressing an interest in an EVET course does not guarantee that a student will be made an offer, nor that the course will be delivered in 2023. Some courses are very popular, and the number of applications exceeds available places. Occasionally, there may not be enough applications to form a class for some courses and the class will be cancelled.


EVET Providers

1. NSW TAFE is the largest provider of EVET course and the term ‘TVET’ refers to EVET programs delivered by TAFE NSW.
TAFE NSW delivers EVET courses at a number of locations, which students in Sydney may be able to access including:
TAFE NSW Western Sydney Region - Bankstown, Campbelltown, Granville, Lidcombe, Ingleburn (MBISC), Liverpool, Macquarie Fields, Miller, Padstow, Wetherill Park, Blacktown, Kingswood, Nepean and Nirimba TAFE colleges.
TAFE Digital offers a large number of online EVET courses each year

2. Private RTOs - other RTOs which deliver EVET courses include:
Whitehouse Institute Pty Ltd - offers design fundamentals courses. This RTO, is located in central Sydney and courses are delivered during school holiday periods.
NSW Health RTO - offers Human Services nursing courses at several locations including Bankstown, Campbelltown, Concord, Fairfield, Liverpool, Rozelle and Bowral.
UAVAIR – delivers aviation remote pilot courses. Delivery locations vary each year.
Academy of Interactive Entertainment – offers online creative industries courses both online and at a Sydney campus.
Australian Careers Business College - offers courses such as Financial Services, Business Services and Child Studies. Course delivery may be online or at sites such as Liverpool and Parramatta.

Students should speak to their Careers Adviser, Ms Borg, about the full list of courses that will be available in 2023.



Assist Dance Teaching, Business Services, Construction, Hospitality, Retail Services and Sport Coaching contain a fee for materials used. Students who withdraw from the course may be entitled to a partial refund.


Students may gain advanced standing in VET Course for previous learning and experience and should consult their VET Trainer for further details.