Tasmanian Certificate of Education, or
TCE, is the main credential awarded to secondary school students who
successfully complete senior high school level studies (years 11
and 12 or equivalent) in Tasmania, Australia.
It was introduced in 1992 to
replace Tasmania's old "High School Certificate", and partially
restructured for 2007.
Patterns of Study
The majority of students undertake TCE-related courses over the
final two years of school (out of six years of high school),
however it is possible to undertake different study patterns over
different time periods or through different teaching organisations.
These two years are normally completed either at separate campuses
, or at government colleges
The onus of TCE education is the promotion of independent learning
for students, with the aim of equipping students to be able to
learn independently of guided education. It is felt this is better
preparation for higher education.
The courses offered for study within the TCE are divided into
categories according to the relevant knowledge types or skills.
These reflect the nature of the subject and are similar to the way
universities allocate areas of study according to faculty
. These are: Arts, English,
Health & Physical Education, Information Technology, Languages,
Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Student-Directed
Inquiry, Technology and Manufacturing Studies.
The following is the complete list of TCE Courses available to
students by area of study.
- Arts Applied (This course enables students to apply art in a
practical way such as concerts, creating film, media publication,
or recorded production).
- Performing Arts (Including Audio Design, Dance, Drama, Media
Production & Music).
- Visual Arts (Art Appreciation, Visual Arts and Media, & Art
The study of English at TCE level is divided up into specialist
sub-categories, including: English, English Applied, English
Communications, English Studies, English Writing, English as a
Second Language, Communicating with the Deaf, & Study Material
(the study of previous examinations and course work).
Health and Physical Education is divided up into specialist
sub-categories including: Adventure Education, Athlete Development,
Health, Recreation and Health, Sport Studies & Sport
Information Technology consists of Computer Science, Computing and
Several languages are offered for study within the TCE and focus
tends to be on languages of countries which have significant trade
status with Australia, or large numbers of international speakers.
The main languages included are: Chinese, French, German,
Indonesian, Italian, & Japanese, although several others,
particularly those of Australian ethnic minority groups can also be
The study of mathematics at TCE level is offered at varying levels
of complexity, ranging from maths for every day living skills,
through to complex equations. The subjects within the field of
mathematics are: Mathematics Applied, Mathematics Methods,
Mathematics Specialised, Maths after College, Maths at Work, Maths
for Living & Study Material (the study of previous examinations
and course work).
The following sciences can be studied towards a TCE qualification:
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Life Sciences, Physical
Sciences, Physics, Science of Natural Resources, & Science of
the Physical World.
Society and Environment focuses on subjects which apply skills to
the understanding of human interactions with each other, and the
environment around them, including: Behavioural Studies, Business
Studies, History and Ideas, Work Related Studies, & World and
This is an experimental area of study that the TCE has offered on a
trial basis in 2006 and 2007 and encourages students to develop
their own learning designs and research approaches. It is very much
focused on allowing students to develop an academic approach to
learning within an area of personal interest, and offers the
freedom to approach the gathering of knowledge, research or skill
acquisition through their own initiative.
Many areas of technical skills can be studied through the TCE
including: Applied Technology, Automotive Technology, Catering,
Computer Graphics and Design, Design Graphics, Design in Metal,
Design in Wood, Electronics, Food Studies, Housing and Design &
Lifestyle and Fashion.
Manufacturing studies is another new pilot area of study in 2007,
and is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills related
to the manufacturing industries, which are currently the second
largest industry sector in Australia.
The Tasmanian Certificate of Education is awarded based upon a
criterion based assessment. This basically means students can be
assessed depending upon their meeting or successful completion of
standards and criteria. These criteria usually assess knowledge,
skills and competencies in differing ways to ensure a wide
understanding of the course syllabus
been obtained by the student. It is felt that this is fair and more
practical that just relying upon traditional examinations, although
many areas of study still utilise exams in conjunction with other
methods of assessment.
Subjects are offered at varying levels of difficulty, ranging from
a basic understanding, through to a pre-tertiary entrance
qualification. The difficulty of a subject is guided by its rating
as an 1-3 level subject. Subject are also given a A, B or C rating
based on the number of hours that are required for the course, C
being the longest. Therefore all subjects will have a rating such
as 3A, or 2C etc, depending on the time it involves and the
difficulty of the work involved.
C level subjects can also be offered as pre-tertiary (level 3C),
and for students wishing to gain university entrance, enough points
from pre-tertiary entrance subjects must be obtained to gain a
Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) score above that required for the
course applied for.
Upon successful completion of a satisfactory pattern of study
students are awarded the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
by way of a testamur
. This may also come
with a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) if the student has nominated to
attempt a university entrance qualification, and the TER score will
dictate which university courses the student is eligible to apply