The entry requirements for TAFE SA and the universities refer to the following terms:
Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS)
These are SACE Stage 2 subjects which have been approved by TAFE SA and the universities as providing appropriate preparation for tertiary studies. Both TAFE SA and the universities require students to study a minimum number of credits of TAS to be eligible to receive a selection score or rank.
Recognised Studies are those International Baccalaureate, interstate year 12, higher education studies or VET awards deemed by the SACE Board and the universities and TAFE SA as being eligible to be included in the calculation of the ATAR and TAFE SA Selection Score. For Recognised Studies, scores approved by the Scaling and Tertiary Monitoring Committee will be used in calculations.
Two subjects are a Precluded Combination if they are defined by TAFE SA and the universities as having significant overlap in terms of content. They cannot both count towards your ATAR or TAFE SA Selection Score.
Counting Restrictions are used where it is deemed desirable to limit the number of credits that can be counted towards a university aggregate and the ATAR in a specific subject area. This is to ensure students study a broad range of subjects. For example, a subject area might have eight 10 credit subjects available but the universities might set a Counting Restriction of 40 credits meaning only four can ever count towards the calculation of a ATAR.
Completion and Successful Completion of Subjects
In the terminology of the SACE, Completion of a Stage 1 subject means achieving a grade of E or better,
while Successful Completion of a Stage 1 subject means achieving a grade of C or better. Completion of a Stage 2
subject means achieving a grade of E- or better, while Successful Completion of a Stage 2 subject means achieving a grade of C- or better.