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). Students may be issued the following qualifications and statements.
- ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Record of Achievement
- Tertiary Entrance Statement
- Statement of Achievement
- VET Certificates and Statements of Attainment
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’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’ that is derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra in Ngunnawal, one of the Indigenous languages spoken in the district by Aboriginal people before European settlers arrived. It is laid around a man-made lake called Lake Burley Griffin that was filled out in 1964. The lake was formed by Burley Griffin and later, his wife, Marion Mahony; also an architect completed some of the first imagined sketches of Canberra. Canberra has 3 sister cities: The Japanese city of Nara, Beijing in China, and Wellington in New Zealand. Canberra also has one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city. 25% of its population are the youth and students. Canberra was ranked 22nd in the world in the 2018 QS Best Student City Rankings.
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