The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is the main credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete senior high school level studies (years 11 and 12 or equivalent, referred to generally as College within Tasmania) in Tasmania, Australia.
The education system in Tasmania comprises two tertiary education institutions; the government run K-12 schooling system, and numerous independent private schools and colleges, most of which are controlled or sponsored by religious organisations. Public education in Tasmania is managed primarily by the State Government’s Department of Education. The Department is responsible for all aspects of education in Tasmania including schooling, Adult Education, the State Library and TasTAFE, a vocational tertiary institution with many campuses around the state.
Similarly to other states, years 11 and 12 students can obtain the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or can complete Vocational Education Training. Yet unlike other states, Tasmania has separate schools, called colleges, for the final two years. Years 7-10 are undertaken at high schools, although district schools and many nongovernment schools combine primary, high school, and college education together, depending on the needs of the school.
The Tasmanian Certificate of Education is awarded based upon a criterion-based assessment. This basically means students can be assessed depending upon their meeting or successful completion of standards and criteria. These criteria usually assess knowledge, skills and competencies in differing ways to ensure a wide understanding of the course syllabus has been obtained by the student. It is felt that this is fair and more practical than just relying upon traditional examinations, although many areas of study still utilise exams in conjunction with other methods of assessment.
In order to achieve the TCE students must meet the following standards:
- minimum standards of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to be demonstrated
- a set amount of learning
- 120 Credit Points from subjects (typically 60 points per year)
- at least 80 Credit points must be at Level 2 subjects or higher (these are known as Complexity Points)
- evidence of Pathway planning (achieved through Home Group)
Did you know? Hobart is the second-driest capital city in Australia. It receives about half as much rain per year as Sydney. The Tasmanian devil, which is only found in Tasmania, is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. Unlike Australia’s mainland states, Tasmania enjoys four true seasons — it’s possible to swim at the beach off the main campus in summer and make snowmen in winter! Tasmania isn’t as small as you think in fact it’s about the same size as the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka.
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