Now that you are in Year 12, you might have a 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 institution open days. There is a wealth of information online for you to discover too.

The SATAC Guide will be an invaluable tool for you to explore the wide range of courses on offer. Use it to find 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 final assessments, you will also need to start applying for university or TAFE SA courses if tertiary study is your goal. 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 are always happy to answer them.

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study usually refers to study at bachelor degree level. It can also refer to associate degrees and higher education diplomas.

If you are currently completing Year 12  this is likely to be the first time you will study at undergraduate level.

An undergraduate student is someone who has not yet received their first degree. It is possible to complete more than one undergraduate degree though.

SATAC provides an application process for undergraduate courses offered by universities and higher education providers in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Undergraduate entry

If you want to study an undergraduate course you will need to meet the rules for selection.

Students completing the SACE or NTCET will typically use their Year 12 results to meet eligibility requirements.

VET study

VET stands for vocational education and training. VET courses focus on providing skills for work.

VET courses include qualifications at certificate, diploma and advanced diploma level from a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO).

You might also complete VET study as part of your SACE or NTCET. Your VET study might count towards the flexible option in your ATAR calculation.

You can apply for VET courses offered by TAFE SA through SATAC. TAFE SA is the largest VET provider in South Australia, and one of the largest in Australia.

TAFE SA and Year 12 study

TAFE SA has a range of courses especially for high school students. Some of these courses might count towards your SACE and ATAR. 

You might also choose TAFE SA as a tertiary pathway after you have finished your school studies. 

If you are thinking about applying to study at TAFE SA you should find out about their course admission requirements. 

TAFE SA courses can be competitive or non-competitive. Competitive courses have more applicants than places available to offer. Non-competitive courses will accept all applicants who meet the admission requirements. 

Course admission requirements differ according to the level and type of course. They may not need SACE completion and don’t need an ATAR.

If you are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in a school in Australia, you must qualify for the IB Diploma to be eligible for selection into an undergraduate course. 

In addition to successfully completing your IB Diploma you must: 

  • obtain a minimum IB score of 24 points (your IB score is then converted to an equivalent ATAR)  
  • fulfil any prerequisite subject requirements for the course

In order to fulfil a prerequisite subject requirement, you must obtain a minimum grade of 3 if the subject has been taken at higher level (HL), or a minimum grade of 4 if the subject has been taken at standard level (SL). 

Information about tertiary entry for IB students is available in the International Baccalaureate booklet.