Graduation from college is a significant milestone marking the end of formal schooling before adulthood. It is important to undertake a broad educational experience, and students should make the most of every opportunity Hawker College offers.

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

This is generally completed in two years. However, students can negotiate to complete studies over a shorter or longer period.

To qualify for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate students require a minimum of:

  • at least 17 standard units and
  • at least four minors and 12 standard units in T, A, H, M, C or E courses from at least three different course areas, including one English course.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

An ATAR is used to assess and compare the results of school-leaving applicants for entry to University. It is a number ranging between 99.95 and zero which reports your rank position relative to all other students.

Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES)

The TES is awarded if you meet the requirement of an ATAR. To qualify students must satisfy the following:

  • At least 20 standard units completed.
  • At least 18 of these units from T, A, H, M, C or E
    These units must form a course package in one of the
    following patterns:
  • Three majors and 3 minors or
  • Four majors and 1 minor or
  • Five majors.

A minimum of at least three majors and one minor must be T or H courses.

Students must sit all components of the Australian Scaling Test (AST), and at Hawker College are required to participate in all AST workshops, trials and forums.

Vocational Certificates

Students who successfully complete vocational courses are issued with nationally recognised industry certificates at level I, II or III, or a Statement of Attainment. These qualifications are recognised in all States and Territories within Australia, and can help to obtain entry into:

  • a related higher-level course with advanced standing, at
    CIT or other institutions
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • general employment
  • an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Australian Government requires all students undertaking vocational training (VET) to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This 10 number and letter identifier will allow students to access their VET training records and results as a transcript from their online USI account. For more information, refer to

Choosing Courses

Students should choose courses that interest them and provide academic, vocational and employment skills suitable for their aptitudes.

All students are now required to study at least two consecutive units of English at T, A or M level. A course in Mathematics should also be chosen, as evidence of both literacy and numeracy is valued by employers and the continued study of these courses is assumed knowledge in higher education.

Consider a year 11-12 package as a two-year plan. Subject choices in any given semester should contribute to the goals identified for an ‘A’ or ‘T’ package and the pathways they may lead to after completing a college program.

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Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Online Student Portal.

Students are encouraged to monitor their Academic Package and progress in their BSSS Online Student Profile. Semester unit results, VET qualification progress and ATARs are published here.