Frequently asked questions for students and parents/carers

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.

See also TASC Information for Students – External Assessments.

How can I achieve my best in 2020?

  • Keep learning. Do the work your teachers set for you and participate in course activities.  Make steady progress on major assignments and externally assessed projects or folios.
  • Ask questions if there is anything you do not understand, and let your teacher know if you are struggling with your school work.
  • Look after yourself. Try to get into a balanced routine that includes school work, exercise and time to relax.
  • Reach out for help if you need it.
  • A range of advice and support for Years 11 and12 are available on the Department of Education’s website Learning at Home information

How can I do the practical components of my TASC accredited course?

Until it is safe to participate in practical or group activities, your teachers have been asked to postpone or ensure physical distancing measures are in place for:

  • work placements
  • off campus excursions, including camps
  • activities where you would be required to physically work with other students

Speak with your teachers about the creative and innovative ways that might be used to help you achieve the same learning outcomes for your courses.

It is anticipated that work experience and work placements will be able to proceed in Term 3, provided all parties (students, parents/carers, schools and workplaces) are supportive.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious there is always someone to hear you and help keep you safe.  You are not alone.

  • Talk to someone you trust, like a parent or teacher.
  • Visit the Department of Education’s wellbeing page for information for students, useful links and contacts.
  • Contact your GP, counsellor or psychologist.  Many GPs and allied health professionals now offer telehealth services, so you can get help via phone.

If you need someone to talk to or need support, contact:

If you are experiencing any form of cyberbullying or feel unsafe online:

For resources and information about anxiety and depression, and tools to help with stress:

If your life is in danger, call emergency services – 000

Are external assessments going ahead in 2020?

Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) external assessments for pre-tertiary (Level 3 and 4) courses are going ahead in 2020. In light of what has been an extraordinary year for students with the impacts of COVID-19, we have made some changes to ensure student wellbeing is supported and that everyone has a fair opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. For more information visit 2020 external assessment adjustments for 2020.

Can I still apply to have reasonable adjustments (formerly ‘special provisions’) for my end of year examinations and assessments?

Yes, you can still apply for reasonable adjustments if you are eligible to do so.

If you have a diagnosed condition, impairment or disability, or refugee status, speak with your school about the option of applying for reasonable adjustments.

For information about reasonable adjustments, eligibility requirements and the application process go to the Reasonable Adjustments page, or read TASC’s Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

Will I still be able to submit my folio of work for external assessment?

Yes.  It is important that you continue to work on your folio so that you can submit it to your teacher by the due date.  If you have any questions about how to submit your folio, or what you need to include in your folio, speak with your teacher. Access the updated External Assessment due dates here.

Once you have submitted your folio, your teacher will send it to TASC for marking as is the usual process.

How can I demonstrate that I have academic integrity?

Having academic integrity means that you undertake your studies in a way that is honest and fair.

Your teacher may ask you to provide drafts of your work so they can be confident that the work you submit for marking is your own. Speak with your teachers about whether there are any special requirements for your courses.

Check out TASC’s Academic Integrity page and Academic Integrity Guide for information to support you to maintain your academic integrity.

Will my nationally recognised VET qualifications still contribute to the TCE?

Yes. 

There is no change to the way that TASC recognises VET units for the purpose of the TCE.  The TCE is designed to be flexible, so you can achieve the requirements of the TCE through TASC accredited courses, VET and other recognised learning.

As soon as TASC receives advice from your registered training organisation that you have completed a unit of competency in VET and/or a VET certificate, TASC updates its records to recognise your achievement.  Your TCE is automatically issued when you have achieved it, so this may mean that you may need an opportunity to complete the practical components of your VET studies before you receive your TASC qualification.

I am relying on practical VET units to achieve the TCE in 2020.  What do I do?

If you are unable to complete certain VET units in 2020 due to restrictions on practical activities, and are relying on these units to achieve the TCE in 2020, there are many options available to you help you achieve your goals.  These include:

  • undertaking these practical activities when it is safe to do so
  • enrol in a TASC accredited Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • undertake VET units in your training plan that can be delivered without being impacted by current restrictions.

Use TASC’s TCE course planner to consider opportunities to complete your TCE and speak with your school to explore the options available.  Just remember that you need 120 TCE credit points or more.  Of these, at least 80 credit points must be at Level 2 or above.

Talk with your school or registered training organisation for support and options.

Will I still receive results from TASC in 2020?

Yes.  TASC will issue results for all TASC accredited courses you complete this year. If you achieve the TCE, Tasmanian Qualifications Certificate or Tasmanian Certificate of Educational Achievement you will receive your certificate.

Can I receive an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)?

Yes, you can still receive an ATAR in 2020 if you are eligible to do so.

Rules around eligibility to receive an ATAR are determined by the Tertiary Admissions Centre for each Australian state and territory.  The University of Tasmania is the Tertiary Admissions Centre for Tasmanian students.

Information about the ATAR can be found on the University of Tasmania website.

For more advice about the eligibility criteria for an ATAR in 2020 contact the University of Tasmania Information Centre on askus.utas.edu.au/ or 1300 363 864.

Can I apply to study at a University without an ATAR?

Yes.  The ATAR is only one way for students to gain admission to university.

Each university determines the entry requirements for the courses it offers.  If you intend to go to university, it is important to find out from the university what the specific requirements are for your preferred courses.

Given the impacts of COVID 19, some universities have special requirements for students who complete Year 12 in 2020.  Many universities offer a range of alternative entry pathways for student who do not have an ATAR or who are not school leavers.  Speak with the university you hope to attend about options that may suit your circumstances.

Can I achieve the TCE (Tasmanian Certificate of Education)?

Yes, you will achieve the TCE in 2020 if you are eligible to do so.

The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is a qualification that is available to Tasmanians who meet the standards. The TCE is primarily designed for those completing the senior secondary phase of education and training. To gain the TCE a person must meet the requirements for five standards in:

  • Everyday adult reading, writing and communication (in English)
  • Everyday adult mathematics
  • Everyday adult use of computers and the internet
  • a prescribed level of participation and achievement in education and training (120 credit points)
  • requirements for planning future education and training.

You can meet these requirements in different ways, in different settings and over different periods of time.

In 2020 TASC is providing more opportunities for you to access online safety net tests for the TCE Everyday Adult Standards for all three standards. More information will be provided through your school.

Can I apply to receive a TCEA (Tasmanian Certificate of Educational Achievement)?

Yes.  You can still apply to receive a TCEA if you are eligible to do so.

Applications to assess your eligibility to receive a TCEA opened on 26 March 2020, and schools will be notified of application approvals in August 2020.

The TCEA is designed for students for whom certificates such as the Tasmanian Certificate of Education and the Qualifications Certificate do not provide an adequately just and fair account of their participation and achievements in their senior secondary years. Eligible students may include those who cannot meet the requirements for the TCE or a vocational education and training (VET) qualification as strongly as other students. Further information can be found via the TCEA page on the TASC website.

For more information about the TCEA and to discuss whether you may be eligible, speak with your school.

Will qualifications such as the TCE issued in 2020 have the same value as qualifications issued in other years?

Yes.  

While components of courses may be delivered in a different way while physical distancing restrictions are in place, it is TASC’s priority to ensure that the integrity and value of TASC qualifications remain the same.