ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (post-school option)

The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate provides access to further study in a wide range of Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree level courses in Australia, giving you the knowledge  
and foundational skills to achieve your study goals.

Learn with Australian students and choose subjects best suited to your future study. Plus, get career guidance, information on studying a certificate course or at university and lots of help preparing for the ACT Scaling Test (AST). The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is issued and accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS).

This program provides you with opportunities to gain admission to tertiary institutions through an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), and entry into courses requiring an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.


  • Graduates are now studying at CIT, Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC) and University of Wollongong (UoW) in Medicine, Business, Nursing, Media, International relations, Mathematics and Engineering and working in the Australian Defence Force or in business
  • Options to complete a certificate course as part of the Senior Secondary package
  • Excursions and activities
  • Supportive environment including CIT International student advisors
  • Online learning resources and tutorials
  • Work experience
  • Course Details

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (post-school option)
    CRICOS: 078241E National ID: N/A

  • Course Duration


  • Course Intake

    2024 Semester 1 (February)
    2025 Semester 1 (February)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2024: $7,830 per semester (Total qualification tuition fee $15,660)

    Extra Fees:

    Textbooks: Range from $40 to $90 per semester depending on subject
    Equipment: $50 per semester
    Excursions: $10 per term

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small tuition and material fee increases may occur annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. Fees are subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be at least 18 years of age on 31 January of the year they commence studies AND have completed Year 11 studies or equivalent in their home country

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    Students must also meet one of the following English requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.0)
    • PTE Academic - 50 (minimum of 36 in each band)
    • Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169
    Non student visa applicants who hold a temporary visa for the full duration of the offered program you should have language skills equivalent to those at the end of the CIT course Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English or equivalent.
  • Course Subjects - Certificate

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
    Depending on demand the following subjects will be offered:

    Day Subjects:

    • Interdisciplinary Inquiry T/A
    • Biology T/A
    • Connected Learning A
    • Chemistry T
    • English T/A
    • Global Studies T/A
    • History T/A
    • Mathematics T/A
    • Physical Education A

    Evening Subjects:

    • English T/A
    • Mathematics T
    • Physics T
    • Psychology T/A

  • Likely Job Outcome

    University education, TAFE Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, specific employment areas requiring Senior Secondary completion for general employment.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    You will study in face-to-face classes as well as through CIT’s online learning platform, eLearn. Extra resources and support are available through eLearn and face-to-face study tutorials. Classes use CIT’s science and ICT laboratories and all general classrooms have data projectors.

    The ACT operates a system of school-based curriculum and assessment. Assessment in the ACT is continuous school-based assessment. This means there are no external subject-based examinations. Courses are taught and assessed unit by unit. A unit of study is organised around a particular theme or skillset and has a value based on the time the unit took to deliver: One standard unit of study towards a Senior Secondary Certificate represents a minimum of 55 hours of timetabled classes generally over one semester. Moderation is conducted every semester to ensure comparability of grades from different schools and the ACT Scaling Test (AST), a higher order thinking examination, is used to compare Tertiary scores from different schools for calculation of the ATAR.

    Please refer to the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies website for more information.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Successful completion of this program will contribute towards meeting the requirements for entry into a Diploma program offered by CIT or a Degree at university.

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
    1 year
    = 1 year of study
    Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree