All College-based students enrolling at Open Access College will have an individual face to face interview with a Student Wellbeing Leader at enrolment to assist them in planning for future pathways.

Completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) leads to employment and/or tertiary study at university or in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Please see specific information in the sections below. The SATAC Tertiary Entrance Guide is available for download from the sidebar of this page.

This short video from the SACE board gives an introduction to the SACE and how it is achieved.

VET courses enable students to gain specific skills and knowledge for work.

There is a wide range of VET courses available through both TAFE and private providers. VET courses may be completed as part of SACE to gain credit at Stage 1 or 2 level.

Open Access College offers several VET courses.

TAFE SA is a major provider of VET.

The SACE Board VET Recognition Register lists over 200 of the most common VET courses and the credits applicable for SACE.

The VET sector is a complex area with many pathways and your Student Wellbeing Leader will assist you with planning.

How do I apply for TAFE?

You apply online. Go to

What do I need for TAFE entry?

TAFE entry varies depending on whether courses are competitive or non-competitive.

Competitive courses generally only offer one or two intakes per year. Applications must be made within the advertised dates for these intake periods. Noncompetitive courses can have immediate application and entry. Competitive courses rank applicants in merit order.

Students need to meet Course Admission Requirements – CAR. These do not apply for non-competitive Certificate I, II and III courses.

Further information can be found in the course descriptions on the TAFE website:

The Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) meets admission requirements for competitive courses. It is a tool designed to indicate reading, writing and numeracy/maths skills.

CSPA information:

Because there are so many entry points for TAFE courses, it is particularly important to talk to us about your TAFE choices. The Work Ready program includes both TAFE and private VET providers.

Completion of SACE and gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) provides one major pathway to university.

The SATAC Tertiary Entrance 2021-2023 booklet provides detailed information about university entry via SACE completion. SATAC Publications can be found here.

There are pathways to university through VET and special entry, for adult students eighteen years of age and above by completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test: STAT.

How do I apply for uni?

You apply online. Go to

For Semester 1 2021 entry, if you have made an application with at least one course preference by 30 September 2020 you will avoid late fees and can generally adjust and “fine tune” your preferences later. Check the first page of the SATAC guide for exceptions.

You can adjust your 6 preferences (add, delete, or change the order) until Wednesday 1 December 2020.

This allows Year 12 students to focus on exams and final assignments at a busy time in Term 3 and finalise choices later.

This application process video is helpful:

What do I need for uni?

University entry may be achieved through:

• Completing SACE – gaining an ATAR
• Adult entry – STAT (18 & over)
• Completed VET qualifications
• Foundation Courses & uniTEST

Some university courses require prerequisite subjects, or have assumed knowledge.

Download the SATAC Tertiary Entrance Booklet from this link
(or from the sidebar)

Tertiary Entrance (ATAR and how it is calculated) page 9-10.

Undergraduate Courses 2021 page 19-56. Listed on these pages are the courses/programs offered by each institution, their SATAC code, Prerequisites (Stage 2 subject) and Assumed Knowledge.

Am I eligible for uni bonus points?

Bonus points schemes are now referred to as “adjustment factors.” There are two, the Universities Equity Scheme (five points) and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme (two or four points). These replace all previous schemes.

Universities Equity Scheme
Open Access College is not a specified school for this scheme. However, students who meet one of the criteria below can apply for individual adjustments.

Students are eligible where:

• they or their parents are in receipt of a Centrelink
means-tested income support payment
• they are holders of a Health Care or Pensioner
Concession Card
• they are the holders of a School Card

You will be provided with instructions on applying for adjustments during your online application.

Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme

Two points automatically awarded for Stage 2 LOTE, English, English Literary Studies, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Maximum four points, minimum C- grade required. The maximum adjustment any student can gain is nine. Adjustments are made to your university aggregate, boosting your ATAR. Your SATAC Tertiary Entrance Statement does not show your adjusted ATAR. Contact the relevant university or SATAC for this information.

Further information: Tertiary Entrance page 12.

SATAC website:

Am I eligible for adult entry to uni?

The definition of “adult” is 18 years of age. STAT, work and life experience can provide access to university courses. For SA, it applies for students who are 18 years of age or over before 1 February 2020.

Check eligibility on page 19-21 SATAC Guide.

The three most common selection criteria for Special Entry are:

• Performance in the STAT - Special Tertiary
Admissions Test

• Assessment of a Personal Competencies Statement
• Evidence of employment experience
SATAC Guide, page 19.

STAT preparation workshops are useful. Details page 21 SATAC Guide.

What are the non ATAR pathways to uni?

Students with completed VET qualifications can use these for entry. Eligibility varies – see page 17 SATAC Guide for details.

Each university offers foundation courses. Check their websites for details.

Flinders also has uniTEST:

Talk to us if you are interested. uniTEST is offered at Open Access College.

SATAC (for applications)

Charles Darwin University

Central Queensland University

Flinders University



The University of Adelaide

Torrens University

University of South Australia

Work Ready (TAFE & private VET providers)


Last updated: 14 September 2020