Flexible Learning Options are designed to provide students with the flexibility in what is studied, the range of skills that can be developed and techniques used to assess learning.

Marryatville High School’s Flexible Learning Options are contained within four broad categories:
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • WorkPlace Practices
  • Community Learning - community developed programs or individual community involvement

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training may be completed during the senior school years of Years 10, 11 and 12.
The major benefits of these programs include:
  • achievement of Industry recognised units of competency - recognised qualifications from nationally endorsed training packages
  • credit towards the SACE
  • credit for entry into further study. TAFE recognises completed units and provides credit towards further study in the same area
  • opportunities to learn in an adult environment or real work settings
  • work placement provides on the job training and experience as an entry-level trainee
  • assisting with decisions regarding future directions
  • assisting a smooth direction and transition from school to work
  • developing employability skills
  • beginning networks with employers who may offer further employment or apprenticeships

VET in the SACE

Students can gain SACE credits for the successful completion of VET qualifications, or units of competency, that make up a qualification.

A student will earn 5 or 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 35 or 70 nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification.

All VET qualifications, or units of competency that make up a qualification, in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) can contribute to the completion of the SACE.

The VET Recognition Register lists the maximum and minimum number of SACE credits allocated to each qualification. (Refer to the VET Recognition Register on the SACE Board website).

Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and Stage 2 for successfully completed VET. VET can count for up to 20 credits of flexible learning as part of an ATAR calculation.

For more information, please refer to the Introduction to VET in the SACE powerpoint presentation.

East Adelaide Schools’ Cluster Programs

The East Adelaide Schools’ Cluster (EASC) represents the collaborative partnership and regional provision of Vocational Education and Training across all schooling sectors in the East of Adelaide. Comprising sixteen schools and a range of training partners, the EASC compile courses that compliment student interests, school specialisations, regional and national skill shortage areas and experiences that lead to the development of transferable skills. These courses are most frequently part or full certificate I or certificate II programs. The number of SACE credits awarded varies and therefore it is important to check the details of each program.

For 2017 the EASC continues to offer a broad range of courses across a variety of learning environments for senior students to study. The courses involve students being out of school for one day a week. By agreement EASC schools have made a commitment to hold programs on a Thursday where possible. The range of subjects is in the section East Adelaide Schools’ Cluster VET Programs and more detailed course information can be found on the EASC website.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships

In an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) students are employed part time while being enrolled as a full time school student. The student, as part of the contract of training, gains a vocational education qualification, which is most commonly at Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2 or 3. In addition, the training contributes towards SACE completion. While ideally the student should work part time to complete the apprenticeship, in most cases they will only work for one day per week and make up any extra hours on weekends, after school and during school holidays. Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA) are available in a variety of industry areas.

WorkPlace Practices

WorkPlace Practices suits the following students:
  • those who are involved in or select VET programs and work place learning in a specific vocational area
  • those who have Australian School Based Apprenticeships
  • have employment
  • play elite level sport

The subject requires a blend of course work and practical workplace involvement.

Community Learning

Community Learning is learning that is only formally accredited through the SACE Board at Stage 2, and at Stage 1 is considered to be at a level and a standard that is equivalent to the learning expressed in Board-accredited subjects. The SACE Board recognises two kinds of community learning; Community Based Self Directed Learning and Community Developed Programs.

Community Based Self Directed Learning

Programs or sets of activities are developed by the individual student or developed specifically for individual students by others. Examples of these programs include undertaking an independent life skills program or a personal enrichment program, care giving, taking leadership in the workplace or mentoring.

Community Developed Programs

Many community organisations develop and accredit their own programs. Examples of community organisations that develop such programs are the Australian Music Examinations Board, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Royal Life Saving Society (SA Branch), Scouts Australia and the SA Country Fire Service.

Additional Programs

For some students another option can be to study particular subjects outside the school.

South Australian Secondary School of Languages

Students can enrol into language subjects that are not offered at Marryatville High School. The SASSL charges a fee for each subject enrolled. The family of the student must pay this. Students must enrol in SASSL independently; this is not handled by the school, although the forms must be signed by the Languages Coordinator at Marryatville. Students may be allowed to replace two of their selected school units. Most of these classes run in the evenings.

Marden Senior Secondary College

Students can enrol into subjects that are not offered at Marryatville High School. Marden is a high-school, like Marryatville, so enrolling into two schools can only occur with the permission of both schools. Marden charges a fee for each subject enrolled. The family of the student must pay this.

Students apply to enrol into Marden through our Counsellors at Marryatville. Students maybe allowed to replace one of their selected school units.

Open Access College

Students can enrol into subjects that are not offered at Marryatville High School. The Open Access College works by distance education. Students do not attend lessons at the College. Instead, lessons are conducted electronically via computer or over the phone. The Open Access College charges a fee for each subject enrolled. The family of the student must pay this. Students apply to enrol into the Open Access College through the Counsellors. Students may be allowed to replace one of their selected school units.