For the purposes of YA, year 13 refers to a range of different study arrangements. Full-time (1.1.F.230) student status is based on normal requirements for secondary/tertiary study. The following study arrangements may be classed as year 13.
If year 13 study comprises subjects offered by the state or territory as part of the year 12 general education certificate, the year is regarded as a repeat of year 12.
Students who undertake at least a full study-load of 'normal' year 12 general education certificate subjects are regarded as repeating year 12, even if they undertake other additional subjects.
Normal YA secondary rules apply based on whether the student is undertaking the study:
If year 13 study comprises other tertiary preparation studies, with or without subjects offered by the state or territory as part of the year 12 certificate, the year is regarded as a tertiary preparation or bridging course.
YA secondary study/load rules apply. The student is not regarded as repeating year 12.
As part of new pilot arrangements some institutions, particularly community colleges, may offer a 'year 13 certificate'. The certificate is generally designed to provide an additional post-HSC year of non-vocational general education. The year 13 certificate may or may not attract credit for future tertiary studies.
YA secondary study/load rules apply.
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.3 YA - Qualification & Payability
Last reviewed: 21 March 2011