About the NTCET


Students who successfully complete their senior secondary education are awarded the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET). The NTCET will help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed whether they are headed for further education, training, an apprenticeship or straight into the workforce.

About the NTCET

About the NTCET

How do students get the NTCET?

Students can gain their NTCET in the equivalent of two years of full-time study; however, most students spread this over three years. There are two stages:

  • Stage 1, which most students do in Year 11, (The Personal Learning Plan is usually completed in Year 10)
  • Stage 2, which most students do in Year 12.

Each subject or course successfully completed earns 'credits' towards the NTCET, with a minimum of 200 credits required for students to gain the certificate.

What is compulsory?

The compulsory subjects are:

  • Personal Learning Plan 10 credits at Stage 1 (completed in Year 10).
  • Literacy 20 credits from a range of English subjects.
  • Numeracy 10 credits from a range of Mathematics subjects.
  • Stage 2 subjects totalling at least 60 credits.

How are subjects graded?

Students will receive a grade from A to E for each subject (A+ to E- at Stage 2). For compulsory subjects, students need to achieve a C grade or better.

About the NTCET

About the NTCET

University entry

Completion of the NTCET, with the study of at least 90 credits of Stage 2 subjects, will allow a student to be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or ATAR. The 90 credits cannot include Stage 2 Community Studies.

Universities also specify required subjects for some of their courses. It is essential students and parents clarify with Universities directly the requirements they have for subjects and subject combinations or discuss with our Career team. This information should be used when selecting subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Students with disabilities

The NTCET offers a range of modified subjects to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to demonstrate their learning. Modified subjects are intended for students who have any of the following:

  • severe multiple disabilities
  • moderate to profound intellectual disability
  • mild intellectual disability.

Interstate, and overseas students

SACE Board will grant status for equivalent learning in recognised areas for interstate, overseas and adult students.

The SkoolBag App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School SkoolBag app to their smart phone/tablet device. The SkoolBag app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

About the NTCET
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