Update – 20 October 2020

Find out about the Preliminary Achievement (PA) Guarantee for 2020.

The PA Guarantee is a support to encourage students who have been finding their courses challenging after a disruptive year to keep going and sit their exams.

Students on track to achieve a PA (partial attainment of the course objectives/criteria) based on their internal results will receive at least a PA if they sit their exam (written, oral, performance or presentation).

More detailed information is available in the Preliminary Achievement Guarantee for 2020 info sheet.

Update – 24 September 2020

TASC now recognises six new General Capabilities Short Qualifications available for delivery in schools this year.

These qualifications will be particularly useful to Year 12 students aiming to complete their TCE by the end of 2020, whose ability to undertake practical components of VET was impacted by COVID-19 resulting in fewer TCE credit points than they expected to achieve.

The short qualifications are designed to increase a student’s general skills and capabilities needed for the future and draw from ‘real world’ situations or lived experience. The qualifications will increase a student’s understanding and aptitude in the areas of:

  • critical and creative thinking
  • personal and social capability
  • intercultural understanding
  • ethical understanding.

Each short qualification is of 20 hours duration and on successful completion will contribute two credit points at Level 2, towards a student’s TCE.

Schools wanting to offer the courses can contact years9to12learning@education.tas.gov.au. Current courses recognised or accredited by TASC are listed on our Courses page. Students can use the TCE course planner to find courses and the number of TCE credit points achievable.

Update – 14 August 2020

A summary of the 2020 Student Wellbeing Survey undertaken in May in now available on the Strategy and Reporting page of the TASC website or you can directly access the summary via this link.

Update – 2 June 2020

The health and wellbeing of all Tasmanian students continues to be our priority as Years 11 and 12 students have returned to learning at school.

Details of 2020 external assessment are now available on the TASC courses page.

To locate specific course advice, find the individual course from the list and locate the drop-down section within the course information – Supporting documents including external assessment material. The 2020 external assessment advice is named 2020 External Assessment Specifications.

See TASC key dates including updated folio due dates here.

Update – 22 May 2020

The External Assessment Specifications for TASC accredited Level 3 and Level 4 courses are being modified for 2020 (only) in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching and learning.

These modifications are made by TASC following consultation with expert panels with representation from around Tasmania and a course-by-course analysis review by a cross-sector Working Group, to ensure requirements reflect the learning impacts of COVID-19. 

External assessment adjustments for 2020

TASC Information for Students – External Assessments

Update – 11 May 2020

TASC has been working on continuity of learning for TASC accredited courses in 2020. The continuity of learning information is available on the TASC website including detail about the process undertaken and specific course advice.

2020 Course Considerations

Update – 28 April 2020

TASC is closely monitoring the situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic with a sharp focus on supporting schools and students as the situation evolves. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of students and equity and fairness for the issuing of Tasmanian Certificate of Education and other qualifications in 2020.

Frequently asked questions

We understand that students and parents will have many questions in relation to ongoing learning and assessment in Years 11 and 12 in 2020 and have developed FAQs on a range of areas.

Frequently asked questions for students and parents/carers information

Update – 25 March 2020

TASC is constantly monitoring the evolving situation for Tasmanian Year 11 and 12 students in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of Tasmanian students.

TASC’s focus is on equity and fairness and ensuring that no student is disadvantaged as we consider short, medium and longer term options for assessment and results, including the Tasmanian Certificate of Education in 2020.

We understand that students and parents will have many questions in relation to ongoing learning and assessment in Years 11 and 12 and will continue to provide updated information as work progresses on:

  • Continuity of learning for years 11 and 12 students
  • School-based assessment
  • Exams and other external assessment
  • University entrance