ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies Packages

Types of Packages

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

Refer to ACT Senior Secondary Certificate information in the Board of Senior Secondary Studies, College Terminology Section.

Repeat Students

A student may repeat year 11 or year 12. A student who repeats year 11 will fall into the same category as one commencing year 11. A student who repeats year 12 will study an Abridged Package.

Repeat Students - Year 11

A student repeating year 11 will be certificated when year 12 is completed.

The Board will report only units and courses studied since recommencing year 11. The certificate awarded to the student who repeats year 11 and who subsequently qualifies for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank should record only those units and courses studied since beginning year 11 again. Only those units studied since beginning year 11 again will count towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Abridged Packages

A student who is commencing or recommencing studies after their original cohort has graduated is eligible to study an abridged package. Such students are classified as ‘O’.

‘O’ students fall into two categories:

  • students who are commencing college study after their original cohort has graduated
  • students who are recommencing study and are aiming for a T package after their original cohort has graduated.

Note: Commencement means the first time ever a student enrols in college studies.

Students who are classified as studying an abridged package and are also recommencing studies will have only units from the recommenced study recorded on their certificates.

Students studying an abridged package in secondary colleges fall into two categories:

  • students who study an abridged package over one year. (these students will be identified as ‘O’)
  • students who study an abridged package over two years. These students will be identified as ‘O2’ in their final year of study and as ‘O1’ prior to their final year.

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

An ACT Senior Secondary Certificate will be awarded to a student who has studied an abridged package and completed a study program approved by the principal which contains at least 6 standard units forming at least three (3) A, T, M, C or E minors from different course areas. A maximum of one C or E course can be used as one of these minors.

Status and Recognition

  • In an abridged package no units with a grade of Status (S) for illness/misadventure can be counted towards the minimum requirements for an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.
  • In an abridged package no units with a grade of Recognition for studies completed overseas or interstate can be counted towards the minimum requirements for an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Structured Workplace Learning

  • In an abridged package, no Structured Workplace Learning units can be counted towards the minimum requirements for an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Tertiary Entrance Statement

Students studying an abridged package qualify to receive an ACT Tertiary Entrance Statement if they complete a study program approved by the principal which includes:

  • at least 8 standard T units
  • T units that combine to form at least four T minor courses or one major and two minor courses from at least three different course areas.

Aggregate Score - Abridged Package

Students will have the course scores for any completed course scaled with the graduating cohort of the year of completion of that course.

These scores are stored and are available for use in the calculation of the student’s Aggregate Score.

The Aggregate Score for an abridged package is the sum of the best three scaled minor course scores multiplied by 1.2. For the purposes of this calculation, a major course score counts as two minor course scores of equal value.