From the Careers Department

From the Careers Department

Ms Julie Stephenson
Careers & VET Coordinator

Vocational Education and training

Vocational education and training (VET) provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for work. It includes practical, hands-on learning, which suits many students. Studying VET as part of SACE enables students to get a head start on a qualification and encourages growth in transferable skills such as creativity, problem solving and critical thinking.

VET includes courses in areas such as:

Integral to a number of VET courses is structured work placement where students have opportunity to put their theory learning into practice in a work environment.

“Doing a VET course has opened a world of opportunities for me. I am currently completing a Certificate III in Hospitality and only have a couple of weeks left. Through this course I have met so many amazing people, learnt lots of new things, widened my hospitality knowledge and had a great experience working at the Coal Cellar and Grill located in the Hilton Hotel. My work placement at the Hilton Hotel consisted of eight weeks of work at the restaurant. With this placement I have gained real life experience with customers, organising food orders, and working under pressure. Both the placement and VET course were done out of school hours, so it didn’t interfere with my learning but has furthered my education.”  Year 10 Student, Caitlin

Pictured above: Year 10 Student Caitlin at the ‘Coal Cellar and Grill’ restaurant located in the Hilton Hotel

Caitlin’s employer was so impressed with her work ethic and maturity that they have since offered her part time employment.

VET is available to students moving into Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2023 and enrolments are now open. Please speak to Mrs Stephenson if you are interested to find out more.

SATAC applications

SATAC applications are now open for Year 12 students intending to apply for university or TAFE courses in 2023. All applications should be submitted by the initial closing date of 30 September 2022 to avoid late fees. Once submitted, students may change their preferences until the change of preference deadline on 4 January 2023.

University entrance schemes

University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide will once again be offering the Year 11 Entry Pathway Scheme to Year 12 students graduating in 2022. This pathway offers current Year 12 students who meet eligibility criteria added peace of mind by giving them the opportunity to enter one of Adelaide University’s many undergraduate degrees based on their Year 11 results.


Students must have achieved at least A/B or IB-equivalent Year 11 grades to be considered for entry via this pathway.

This entry pathway is available to current Year 12 students from all South Australian schools.

How to apply

  1. Submit the online application form by 5:00pm Tuesday 23 August 2022
  1. Lodge your SATAC application with an eligible University of Adelaide degree in your preference list before 5:00pm Tuesday 23 August 2022.
    Note: Adelaide University will assess your highest eligible University of Adelaide preference as at 5:00pm Tuesday 23 August under this scheme
  1. SAC will provide Adelaide University with your Year 11 subject results
  1. Early conditional offers will be made by the University directly to eligible applicants in late September 2022.  

For more information visit: Year 11 Entry Pathway | Study at Adelaide | University of Adelaide

Flinders University

Due to the social and educational disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Flinders University will continue to offer the Year 11 Grades Admission Pathway for 2023 entry, in addition to the existing range of entry pathways.

The Year 11 Grades Admission Pathway which has been put in place to ensure that students who may have been put under pressure due to the difficulties of study under Covid 19, have every opportunity to apply for university and pursue the career they’ve always dreamed of. 

Students undertaking Year 12 in 2022 will be able to apply. If successful, the pathway will provide an early conditional offer into study at Flinders University in 2023.

How to apply

Students will need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Investigate eligible courses
  2. Visit and complete the online form
  3. Apply through SATAC placing your preferred course as your first preference
  4. Conditional offers will be issued from September 2022
  5. Flinders will confirm your grade band details with your school by 30 November 2022
  6. Confirmed offers will be issued via SATAC in January 2023

Visit ( for more information.


As well as offering guaranteed entry by selection rank, UniSA also offer guaranteed entry by year 12 grades.

At UniSA you may have guaranteed entry based on your three best Year 12 subject grades for most of their degrees. If you achieve the grades and you put UniSA as your first preference, that’s it, you’re automatically in. 


More information can be found at: Year 12 entry – Study at UniSA – University of South Australia

Australian Defence Force Academy – Virtual Open Day

At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) you’ll start learning to become an Officer while undertaking a fully funded degree from the University of New South Wales.

A rewarding career as an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force awaits you, with over fifty jobs to choose from. Once you start work, the benefits keep growing – with travel, unique experiences, a fulfilling lifestyle and no HELP debt.

Learn more about ADFA on Saturday 20 August at their virtual ADFA Open Day, or discover what’s happening at the ADFA Open Day in Canberra.