Australian Capital Territory schooling comprises early learning (pre-year K), primary (K-6), secondary (7-10), college or senior secondary (11-12), followed by university or TAFE studies as an adult. Education covers those delivered by and delivered by government departments under the institutional Catholic system and other non-governmental schools. Almost all educational institutions in the Australian Capital Territory are located within Canberra and surrounding suburbs.
The ACT system has different types of courses. T units and courses are ones that the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies has deemed suitable as a preparation for Tertiary Studies. A units and courses are ones that the ACT BSSS has deemed appropriate for studies at the Year 11 and 12 level.
In the ACT, the ATAR is reported on the Tertiary Entrance Statement. A Tertiary Entrance Statement is produced for each student who meets the requirements set down by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies for eligibility to apply for entry to university.
Students at Canberra College study courses accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS).
The ACT Government supports home education under the ACT Education Act 2004. In 2000 there were 100 registered home schooled students in the ACT, though there may have been up to another 400 students being homeschooled but not registered with the government.
Also, under the Education Act 2004, it is compulsory for every child living in the ACT between the ages of six and 17 years old to be enrolled in and attending a school or registered for home education until they complete Year 10.
Did you know? Canberra was chosen in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, the two largest cities in Australia, for the location of the nation’s capital. Nestled between two mountains, Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie, Canberra’s name is thought to mean “meeting spot” derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra, situated on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people. Canberra has 3 sister cities: The Japanese city of Nara, Beijing in China, and Wellington in New Zealand. In 2018, Canberra was named one of the Top Cities to visit by Lonely Planet. it is the only Aussie city to be placed in the top 10.
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