Students in Years 10, 11, and 12 can use the information in these pages to help them make subject choices in school that fit their future study goals.

Find out about the ATAR, scaling, adjustment factors, and more. Use course search to find information about undergraduate courses.

In Year 10 you will pick the subjects you want to study in the SACE or NTCET. You might have a clear idea of what you want to do after school, or you might still be considering your options. There are lots of pathways to tertiary study, but a little bit of planning now will help keep your options open.

Get a feel for the types of undergraduate courses that are available, and whether they have any extra entry requirements like prerequisites. These will affect your subject choices.

The courses might be a little different by the time you’re ready to apply, but you can use the SATAC website to guide you in the right direction.

If you’re in Year 11, you will be thinking more seriously about your post-school pathway. This year is all about research.

Don’t be too concerned if you don’t have all the answers yet, there’s plenty of information available to help you assess your options.

In Year 11 you will make subject choices for your final year of school. You can use the SATAC website to make sure you make the right choices for tertiary study if that’s your goal.

Be sure to check that your study pattern qualifies you for an ATAR, and whether the courses you’re planning to apply for have prerequisites. Don’t base your choices on whether subjects get scaled up or down in previous years. Choosing subjects now that you’re interested in and good at will set you up for the best possible outcome.

Use Year 11 as a starting point for a successful Year 12. This will broaden your options for the future.

Now that you’re in Year 12, many of you will have a much clearer idea of what you want to do after school. If you don’t, that’s fine too – keep researching and exploring your options.

You might seek advice from teachers and career counsellors, chat with friends and family, and attend open days. There is a wealth of information online for you to explore too.

The SATAC Guide will be an invaluable tool for you to explore the wide range of courses on offer. Use it to discover courses that align with your strengths and interests.

As you get to the second half of Year 12, not only will you be nearing your exams and external assessments, you will also need to start applying for university or TAFE SA courses. Applications for the following year open in the first week of August. Aim to have your application in as soon as possible.

When applying, make sure you read all relevant information available on this website, and follow any applicable rules. If you have any questions, we’re always happy to answer them.

Good luck!

SACE and NTCET

The Tertiary Entrance booklet contains information about transitioning from school to tertiary studies. It’s aimed at students studying the SACE in South Australia, or the NTCET in the Northern Territory.

Students in Years 10, 11, and 12 can use this booklet to help them make subject choices in school that fit their future study goals.

This booklet covers everything from the ATAR to prerequisites, scaling, and adjustment factors.

To read an online copy of the Tertiary Entrance booklet click the link below. 

Tertiary Entrance 2021, 2022, 2023 (SACE/NTCET) (Opens in Adobe Publish Online)

International Baccalaureate 

The International Baccalaureate booklet contains information about transitioning from school to tertiary studies. It’s aimed at students studying the IB Diploma in South Australia or the Northern Territory.

Students in Years 10, 11, and 12 can use this booklet to help them make subject choices in school that fit their future study goals.

If you plan to go to university in the future, you can use the table of courses to check prerequisites and assumed knowledge, and find out how your IB results compare to an ATAR.

To read an online copy of the International Baccalaureate booklet click the link below. 

International Baccalaureate 2021, 2022, 2023 (Opens in Adobe Publish Online)

The ATAR explained

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Scaling

What is scaling and why do we use it?

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Recognised Studies

Information for SACE and NTCET students

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Tertiary entry

University and TAFE SA entry for school students

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions about tertiary entry for school students

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Updates for students

Forecast changes to tertiary entry rules

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