Student Achievers - Angus Tapscott

Angus Tapscott

My name is Angus Tapscott.

I am eighteen years old and I am a state junior clay target shooter. I live with my parents, brother and sister on a small property at Lower Light on the Adelaide Plains.

I have been homeschooled since I was 9 years old and attended Open Access College for years 11 and 12 to achieve my SACE.

My experience at OAC...

After being homeschooled for most of my schooling years I decided I wanted to complete year 11 and 12 for future study and career options. Open Access enabled me to do this and was one of the few ways I could achieve my SACE outside of a school setting.

I completed all of my Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects through OAC successfully. The low amount of teacher-student contact makes learning more difficult by this method, so you need to have a lot of motivation to independently study. I had to source outside tutoring in one subject which was very helpful for me.

The flexibility of studying through OAC allowed me to manage my school work load as well as pursue work, my sport and other interests.

Year 12 is a demanding year but it was worth devoting so much time to because now I can move on to begin my career in agriculture.

And today...

Achieving my SACE and a great ATAR was well worth the effort.

I am currently working in my family’s rural fencing business for 6 to 12 months before going into a traineeship with Elders Ltd. later in the year where I will study a Certificate 4 in Agriculture and receive on the job training. It will be great to see where that leads me.

Last updated: 10 August 2020