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Guidelines for Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study

The most appropriate pathway for the majority of students is to remain at school to complete Year 10. However, a very small number of students experience exceptional circumstances that require them to access other options. The Guidelines for Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study describe how various provisions in the Education Act 1990 relate to courses of study for a child of compulsory school age.

The Guidelines contain the responsibilities and functions of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in regard to equivalent and alternative courses of study. These new responsibilities were delegated in response to amendments to the Education Act 1990 relating to the raising of the school leaving age.

Information sheets and application forms

Each of the following is detailed in the Guidelines. Please refer to the Guidelines and information sheets before completing an application form.

1. Organisations seeking to deliver a Board Endorsed Alternative Education Program

Deadline for application to deliver in Semester II of 2017 is 24 February 2017.

Deadline for application to deliver in Semester I of 2018 is 30 June 2017.

2. Students registered for home schooling wanting to undertake a Board Endorsed Alternative Education Program

3. Students enrolled in a non-government non-systemic school or registered for home schooling seeking approval to complete Year 10 under special circumstances (other than an apprenticeship/traineeship)

4. Students registered for home schooling wanting to undertake a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship for the purpose of the completion of Year 10 of secondary education

5. Students registered for home schooling wanting to apply to undertake the equivalent of Year 10 at TAFE NSW

Are these guidelines for you?

If you answer YES to any of the following scenarios then information contained in these Guidelines is applicable to your situation.

Remember – all NSW students must first complete Year 10 and then until the age of 17 be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling
    OR
  • in approved education and training
    OR
  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours per week)
    OR
  • a combination of these.

Student scenarios

If:

  • I have completed Year 9 but not Year 10 of secondary education
    AND
  • I am home schooled
    AND
  • I am 15 years of age or older
    AND
  • I wish to attend TAFE NSW to complete a Certificate II for the purpose of completing Year 10 of secondary education

then I need to look at Section 2 of the guidelines.

 

If:

  • I am
    • in a non-government non-systemic school
      OR
    • home schooled
    AND
  • my special circumstances mean that there is no other avenue for me to complete Year 10 of secondary education

then I need to look at Section 3.1 to 3.3 of the guidelines.

 

If:

  • I have completed Year 9 but not Year 10 of secondary education
    AND
  • I am home schooled
    AND
  • I wish to undertake a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship for the purpose of completing Year 10 of secondary education

 then I need to look at Section 3.5 of the guidelines.

 

If:

  • I am home schooled
    AND
  • I wish to undertake an alternative education program

then I need to look at Section 4.5 of the guidelines.

 

School/organisation scenarios

If:

  • we are a school or other organisation that wishes to provide an alternative education program for students who have been unable, for social, cultural or other reasons, to participate effectively in formal education

then we need to look at Section 4 of the guidelines.