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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. Hospitality - Kitchen Operation
  5. Hospitality - Food and Beverage
  6. Retail Services
  7. 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 Work Place-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries.  VET courses for secondary students are developed by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on national training packages.
  • VET courses allow students to gain both HSC or RoSA qualifications and a national qualification or a statement of attainment recognised throughout Australian 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 move to various education and training sectors and employment.
  • Public Schools NSW, Ultimo is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) 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 their USI. Examples include a Medicare Card, Australian Birth Certificate, Driver’s Licence or a valid Passport
  • Board Developed VET courses are classified as Category B subjects and ONLY ONE 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 Work Place requirement and include 70 hours of industry specific mandatory Work Placement or simulated Work Place hours as specified by NESA.
  • Board Endorsed VET Courses do count towards the HSC or RoSA but do not have HSC examinations therefore cannot count in the calculations of the ATAR.  Board Endorsed VET Courses have mandatory or recommended industry specific Work Placement.
  • 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 within the Work Place.  Students who have successfully achieved ‘Competency’ will have the skills and knowledge to complete Work Place activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance expected in the Work Place.
  • 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.
  • Due to the specific requirements of a VET course, it is recommended students speak to the VET Coordinator or Careers Adviser before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and that the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge and skills.


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.