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Vocational Education and Training (VET)


​Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools is about gaining practical work-related skills to equip you for the world of work while you are at school.

Most Queensland secondary schools offer VET certificates within the Australian Qualifications Framework, Australia's system of nationally accredited vocational education and training. Schools generally offer VET at Certificate I and II levels, and some schools also offer Certificate III qualifications.

Schools can offer VET through:

  • Stand-alone AQF qualifications

  • Authority subjects with embedded VET, and some Authority-registered subjects

  • Students may also access other qualifications through TAFE and private VET providers (RTO’s).

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • The Gap State High School is registered to deliver some VET courses that are either embedded in Authority Subjects, offered as a stand alone entity.

  • Student achievement in accredited vocational education modules is based on industry-endorsed competency standards and is recorded on the Senior Statement.  The QCE is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and this may give advanced standing towards a traineeship or apprenticeship and/or credit on entry to higher level courses at TAFE institutes and other registered organisations.

For further information on internal VET offerings please refer to the Senior curriculum handbook.

Authority Registered Subjects (non Overall Position (OP)Subjects)

  • Authority registered subjects are those devised from QSA developed Study Area Specifications (SAS), or developed by the school for which a school’s study plan or work program is accredited. 

  • Achievements in these subjects are recorded on the Senior Statement.  They are not used in the calculation of an OP but are used in the calculation of a Selection Rank. 

  • Authority registered subjects emphasise practical skills and knowledge relevant to specific industries.

School Based Apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT’s)

Students undertaking School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships:

  • attend work part-time (usually one day per week and maybe for some days during the school holidays);

  • attend school part-time (but are still considered full-time students); or

  • complete the off-the-job-training component of their apprenticeship/traineeship during school time.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow students to train and do paid work in a chosen traineeship or apprenticeship while still at school completing the Senior Phase of Learning.  Specific training related to the SATs may occur at the worksite, at school, TAFE or a private training college.  A SAT represents one of the student’s six subjects.

Students can successfully complete either a Certificate II or III while still enrolled at The Gap State High School.  These certificates are nationally endorsed training package qualification endorsed by the National Training Quality Council (NTQC). Assessment is competency based. Once competency in a unit is demonstrated students move onto the next unit.

School-based apprenticeships/traineeships are not automatic for all who want them – it is a competitive market and students will need to ensure that their school performance positions them to be competitive.

Should students be interested in School Based Apprenticeships or Traineeships, in the first instance they should seek advice from The Head of Department Senior Schooling.

For more information on the benefits of  School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

See list of available school based apprenticeships in related links.

TAFE or External Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Certificate Courses (OP ineligible/selection rank pathway students only)

  • Students may also study TAFE courses while they are enrolled at The Gap State High School.  The back section of this booklet outlines what TAFE courses are on offer to students.

  • TAFE courses run on a designated day of the week as negotiated by the school and TAFE.  Students will be required to attend the TAFE campus for the duration of this day.  Students are responsible for their own transport to and from the TAFE campus.

  • Students enrolling in these courses are considered TAFE students and therefore are required to meet all personal and assessment expectations set out by TAFE.  Students will also be required to pay their materials fee to TAFE before commencing the course.

  • When students attend the TAFE campus they have the opportunity to access specialised industry specific equipment.

  • Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress in their program of study at school will have their TAFE enrolment cancelled without refund or reimbursement of TAFE fees.

For further information on TAFE or external RTO courses see the Senior curriculum handbook or the TAFE website on  for up to date information regarding Vocational and Tertiary Education opportunities.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:

Mr Rob Lucas (Head of Department Senior Schooling)

Contact Details:        
Phone: (07) 3511 3888