Vocational Education Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is recognised as valuable learning where students develop industry knowledge and skills and attain credits toward their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

VET students acquire their skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course. VET is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs).

Heathfield High School is part of the Adelaide Hills Student Pathways alliance (AHSP) and the Eastern Adelaide Student VET Alliance (EASVA) which offers students a wide range of VET courses. Year 11 and 12 students can access a variety of career pathways across many industries; it is not just reserved for a pathway within the trades. They can complete VET qualifications in other sectors, including business administration, health, aged care and nursing, creative arts, sport and recreation, animal care, agriculture and many more. The following links provide course outlines of the many VET options.


Students successfully can combine VET studies to complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Student can acquire a maximum of 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 through the successful completion of VET qualifications and/or units of competency. Full completion of SACE requires 200 credits, including the compulsory 50 SACE credits from Stage 1 PLP (10), Literacy (20), Numeracy (10) and Stage 2 Research Project (10).

Through subject counselling and discussions with their Home Group Teacher, the VET Coordinator and Pathways Manager, students can plan their VET studies to compliment the SACE subjects on offer at Heathfield High School.

Students can gain qualifications at Certificate I, Certificate II and Certificate III levels and credits towards the completion of the SACE. Full Certificate III qualifications not only provide essential skills to assist in industry employment, it can also be used in the calculation of an ATAR for university entrance. Students earn 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 70 nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification.

For details of how specific VET in SACE and how VET qualifications can earn SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, refer to the links below to SACE and their VET Recognition Register.

SACE What is VET?