Eligibility for Stage 6 Life Skills courses

ACE 7002

Last Updated: 27 August 2013

Most students with special education needs will undertake regular course outcomes in Board Developed and/or Board Endorsed Courses to meet the requirements of the Higher School Certificate.

For a small percentage of students, in particular those with an intellectual disability, it may be determined that the regular Board Developed or Board Endorsed Courses are not appropriate. For these students, it may be appropriate to develop a pattern of study that includes one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses.

The decision to access one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses is made collaboratively with the student, parents/carers and other significant individuals in the student’s life (eg teachers, learning support personnel and community service providers).

Before deciding that the student should access one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses, consideration should be given to other ways of assisting the student to achieve regular course outcomes. This assistance may include adjustments at school level for course work and/or assessment tasks and/or accumulation of courses towards the HSC and/or disability provisions for the HSC examinations.

Students enrolling in any Stage 6 Life Skills courses will usually have completed  Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes and content in one or more courses.

The Board expects that the majority of students who enrol in Stage 6 Life Skills courses will be students with an intellectual disability.

Schools are not required to seek permission or submit planning documentation to the Board of Studies for students to undertake one or more Stage 6 Life Skills courses.

Students undertaking only Stage 6 Life Skills courses are not required to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program or its equivalent.

See also ACE 5006 for credentialling of Preliminary Life Skills courses.