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Vocational Education Training

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is generally based on two years of full-time study, but students may take more than two years. There is no time limit to complete the SACE but there are restrictions regarding Tertiary Entrance.

Questions should be directed to the Senior Campus Deputy Principal, Mr Brent Bloffwitch or Learning Community Leaders, Ms Margarita Paleologos (Laslett) and Mr Matthew Camerlengo (Campbell).

Promotion to Stage 1

Promotion from Year 10 to Stage 1 is automatic if a student gains an achievement level 4 or better, in the majority of subjects that lead to Stage 1. Students who do not attain this level of achievement will be required to undertake a ‘Bridging Course’ in Semester 1 of Stage 1.

Most subjects in Stage 1 require successful completion at Year 10. Learning Area staff recommendation and a Level 4 or better, is the achievement level that qualifies a student for automatic promotion into the same, or related subject, at Stage 1 level. Other subjects without prerequisites may be taken through negotiation with the relevant Learning Area Coordinator.

Course planning and subject choice will be guided by the work undertaken in the Personal Learning Plan (PLP). It is important to understand that some university courses have prerequisites that must be met at Stage 2 and in turn these Stage 2 subjects may have prerequisites at Stage 1.  

SACE Pattern 

To achieve their SACE completion, students are required to complete 200 credits in specific areas over stage 1 and 2. These are made up of the following:

  • Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Literacy (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Numeracy (C Grade or Better)

  • Stage 2 Research Project (C- Grade or Better)

  • Stage 2 Subjects (C- Grade or Better) 

  • Stage 1 or Stage 2 Subjects

Tertiary or Vocational Entry

For students considering tertiary education, there are additional requirements that must be considered. These are found in the Tertiary Entrance Booklet (TEB) or the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) guides. For further information, please speak with the Senior Campus Deputy Principal, Learning Community Leaders, Personal Learning Group teacher or Senior Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator.

Students have the opportunity to select Vocational Educational Programs (VET) offered by the East Adelaide Cluster of Schools (EASC), which will contribute units towards their SACE.

School Constraints

Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate student choices but student demand, timetable management, staff and resources may preclude some requests.

Bonus Points

Bonus points are awarded at Stage 2 as part of the SA Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme for entry intro Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. 

Additional Costs for Subjects

The material and/or services related to SACE Courses are covered by the Material and Services Fee (ie School Fees). However, some subjects offer students the opportunity to undertake practical experiences which enrich the learning outcomes for students and these may incur additional costs which are not covered by the Material and Services Fee.

Please read the subject choice information carefully to identify the full costs associated with these. NOTE: Should there be outstanding monies owed to the School, students may not be permitted to be enrolled in subjects or VET courses where there are significant additional costs. 

Subject Opportunities

Listed below are all subjects open to Stage 1 students. Please remember that a number of subjects have prerequisites which must be met to allow you to enrol. If you have not met one or more of these prerequisites at the time of subject selection you will not be able to enrol through our web preference system.

The New Process

Stackable VET will be completed mainly by Year 10 students and can be VET tasters, pre-vocational qualifications and skills clusters. Those students can then begin their FIP in Year 11 or Year 12, once they have completed a VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The Senior Campus Wellbeing Leader will refer students who wish to commence a FIP to an RTO. Stackable VET and/or other activities, such as part time work, volunteering or work experience, all related to the particular field, will form the evidence that needs to be passed on to the RTO. In addition to students making an informed decision about their chosen pathway, RTOs need to ensure that the students have the required skills to commence training. They will clarify expectations and requirements and ascertain if the student has the literacy and numeracy skills to undertake the training. The students will be able to do a practice test before undertaking the final testing. It is vital to determine that a student is ready to undertake a course. Unsuccessful students will be invited to catch up on the required skills.

Once enrolled in the course, the school will monitor the student’s progress, attendance and engagement in the course, to ensure they are on track to getting their qualification, earning the SACE credits and on a path to reaching their goals.

There may be costs associated with undertaking FIPs, especially to cover PPE and consumables, and is dependent on the course and provider requirements.

Non-FIP programs

From 2022, the school is unable to support students who wish to do a non-FIP training course. Should a student, in consultation with their family, wish to undertake such a course, then contact will need to be made by them directly to the RTO. The family will need to enrol their child and pay the RTO directly, monitor their child’s attendance and ensure the qualification is completed.

Additional Funding for FIP Courses

The school will receive additional funding in the following circumstances:

  • $300 per Year 11 or 12 student participating in a VET qualification (Certificate II or III level) within a FIP in each year. Families will need to cover any gap fees and additional costs. 

  • School Card recipient students (applications submitted and approved for the current year) participating in a in a pre-vocational VET course (Certificate I) or skills cluster which is part of Stackable VET are entitled to $300 in each year (Year 10, 11 and 12).

  • School Card students who undertake a VET qualification (Certificate II or III level) within a FIP are entitled to $600 each year (Year 11 and 12).

Stackable VET

Stackable VET is clustered VET options (outside of the FIPs) that are endorsed by the Industry Skills Councils as appropriate for students in secondary schools. Each category serves a purpose in introducing students to the VET environment and starting to build their technical skills in a vocation.

Quality VET is linked to industry requirements and employment opportunities and must be appropriate for the student.

Next Steps:

Please contact Senior School Wellbeing Leader, Ms Vanessa Guerin, to discuss your interest in VET study. We recognise that many parents/caregivers and their students are engaging in VET for the first time and look forward to working in partnership to give students the best chance for a successful future.

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The new vocational educational training (VET) in schools policy is being implemented by the Department for Education in 2022. In terms of VET study, the policy aims to clearly outline pathways to employment through the provision of quality VET programs that have been designed with industry to better prepare students for further study, training and employment. Norwood Morialta High School is committed to supporting interested students to identify an appropriate VET pathway suited to their strengths and interests.


Norwood Morialta High School will be supporting students to enrol in VET courses that are included in a Flexible Industry Pathway, are listed as Stackable VET or within a school-based contract of training. The school will work with a list of preferred providers who will help students make a successful and meaningful post-school transition to further study, training or employment.

To access more information about this new policy and its implementation, please visit

VET Overview

In 2022, the Eastern Adelaide Schools Vocational Alliance will be offering a range of courses. More information can be found using the EASVA website:

Information on VET courses outside of the EASVA region can be accessed below (Please note this information is in the process of being updated for 2022).

Flexible Industry Pathways

A Flexible Industry Pathway (FIP) is an industry-endorsed pathway from secondary school to employment in key growth industries in South Australia. The training programs have been designed in consultation with industry and have been endorsed by the South Australian Training and Skills Commission’s Industry Skills Councils.


FIPs include one or more VET qualifications at Certificate II to III level that industry considers suitable for school students, with enterprise and employability skills training and specific industry requirements linked to the pathway. In all they cover 150 VET qualifications.


There are 26 FIPs. They will be reviewed annually to ensure that they are an accurate response to the current employment opportunities and emerging industries in South Australia. The 2022 Flexible Industry Pathways are:

  • Aged Care and Disability

  • Agriculture

  • Animal Care

  • Aquaculture

  • Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

  • Building and Construction

  • Childcare

  • Civil Construction

  • Conservation and Land Management

  • Cyber

  • Education

  • Electrotechnology

  • Entrepreneurial (Small Business Owner)

  • Food Processing

  • Forestry

  • Hair and Beauty

  • Health Support

  • Horticulture

  • Hospitality

  • Information, Communication and Technology

  • Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Maritime

  • Meat Processing

  • Plumbing

  • Screen and Media Production, Gaming and Visual Effects

  • Tourism

Some qualifications will only be delivered on the job, as part of a contract of training, whereas some will be delivered through classroom-based learning using simulated work environments.

The VET Application Form will be available shortly...