Course Organisation

Courses in the senior secondary system are taught and assessed each semester, unit by unit. One standard unit of study towards a Senior Secondary Certificate represents a minimum of 55 hours per class over one semester.

Courses are usually completed as either ‘majors’ or ‘minors’.


A Tertiary Package needs to include at least 4 majors and 1 minor, or 3 majors and 3 minors.


Assessment and Moderation

Assessment in the ACT takes the form of continuous school based assessment. This means there are no external subject-based examinations. An A-E scale is used to grade the majority of courses.  Students studying a T course will also receive a score.

Teachers moderate assessment items to ensure consistency of grading within colleges.

A formal BSSS-run Moderation Day is conducted every semester to ensure comparability of grades from different schools. The ACT Scaling Test (AST) higher order thinking examination is used to compare Tertiary scores from different schools for calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

For further information and detail about the ACT Secondary School System please refer to the JPC or BSSS websites, or contact the College with specific inquiries.