Senior Years

Learners in the Senior years have complex lives, juggling their learning and living responsibilities as they face their future in an ever-changing world.

Learners in the Senior years are generally aged 15 -19 years. They bring a variety of social, economic and cultural backgrounds, interests, aspirations, capabilities and prior learning experiences to their school environment. 

These learners require a supportive learning environment that recognises and values involved in learning, leadership, training, work and community responsibilities and supports them in articulating goals for their future learning and employment pathways. 

Year 10

Year 10 is a transition year from middle to senior secondary education. Students in Year 10 study Australian Curriculum subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, History and Health and Physical Education. In addition to this, students study Religious Education and are also offered electives from the Humanities, Arts, Technologies and Languages learning areas, as well as being provided opportunities to undertake vocational learning by completing Certificate I and II courses across a number of areas. In most schools offering Year 10, students undertake the Personal Learning Plan, a compulsory semester-long Stage 1 subject for the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)

During the Senior Years, students will study the NTCET. Based on the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), the NTCET is awarded to students who successfully complete their senior secondary education. Students usually complete their NTCET over 2 years, but may take longer.

An NTCET student is required to undertake literacy and numeracy studies, the Personal Learning Plan, as well as a selection of subjects at Stage 1 (usually year 11) and Stage 2 (usually year 12). 200 credits worth of subjects need to be completed for students to achieve their NTCET, where a subject that runs for one semester is worth 10 credits.