Years 10 and 11 are important times in your school studies. It might be the first time that you have considered what you will do after school. You will start to make decisions about what you want to study in Year 12 and possibly beyond!

SATAC can help you make decisions that will maximise your options for tertiary study.

What to expect in Year 10

In Year 10 you will pick the subjects you want to study in the SACE/NTCET or IB Diploma. You might have a clear idea of what you want to do after school, or you might still be considering your options. There are lots of pathways to tertiary study, but a little bit of planning now will help keep your options open.

Get a feel for the types of courses that are available, and whether they have any extra entry requirements like prerequisites. These will affect your subject choices.

The courses might be a little different by the time you are ready to apply, but you can use the SATAC website and publications to guide you in the right direction.

What to expect in Year 11

If you are in Year 11, you will be thinking more seriously about your post-school pathway. This year is all about research.

Don’t be too concerned if you don’t have all the answers yet, there is plenty of information available to help you assess your options.

In Year 11 you will make subject choices for your final year of school. You can use the SATAC website and publications to make sure you make the right choices for tertiary study if that is your goal.

Be sure to check that your study pattern qualifies you for an ATAR and whether the courses you are planning to apply for have prerequisites. Don’t base your choices on whether subjects got scaled up or down in previous years. Choosing subjects now that you are interested in and are good at will set you up for the best possible outcome.

Use Year 11 as a starting point for a successful Year 12. This will broaden your options for the future.