Nationally or Interstate Assessed Languages (NIAL)

  • 2021 applications closed: Applications to study a nationally or interstate assessed language course in 2021 closed on 1 April. The external assessment timetable and exam instructions will be confirmed in Term 3.

Year 11 and 12 students can apply to study nationally or interstate assessed language courses, as well as the TASC language courses being provided by Tasmanian schools. [The nationally assessed courses were previously known as the Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL).]

The nationally or interstate assessed languages (NIAL) are Level 3 courses and are best suited to learners who already have strong skills in speaking a language (either as a background speaker or having extensively studied the language as a second language).

Language courses:
Nationally assessed language coursesInterstate assessed language coursesInterstate assessed course providerTASC language courses (locally assessed)
ArmenianArabic (second language)VCAAChinese – Foundation
AuslanChinese (background speakers)SACEChinese
BosnianJapanese (first language)VCAAFrench – Foundation
Chin HakhaKorean (first language)VCAAFrench
CroatianModern Greek (continuers)SACEGerman – Foundation
DutchSpanish (continuers)VCAAGerman
FilipinoVietnamese (first language)VCAAItalian – Foundation
HebrewItalian
HindiJapanese – Foundation
HungarianJapanese
Karen
Khmer
Macedonian
Malay (background speaker)
Maltese
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Sinhala
Swedish
Tamil
Turkish
Yiddish

Students wishing to study NIAL courses can apply to TASC at the start of each year with the support of their school.

The learning is self-directed with students receiving support as necessary through their school. Course materials and assessment tasks are sourced from other Australian assessment agencies and administered according to their specifications.

There are no internal assessments for these courses during the year with the course results based on an external assessment (written and/or oral exam) held in October-November. Students who are not present for the external assessment will not receive an award (there are no derived ratings available).

The course awards available are:

  • Exceptional Achievement (EA)
  • High Achievement (HA)
  • Commendable Achievement (CA)
  • Satisfactory Achievement (SA)
  • Preliminary Achievement (PA).

An award of PA (or higher achievement) will contribute 15 credit points towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE). An award of SA or higher will contribute towards the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for eligible students.

Please contact TASC on 6165 6000 if you have any queries.

If there is a language that you would like to study that is not currently available, please contact TASC at enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au