Frequently Asked Questions


A full-time senior secondary course requires a minimum of 600 hours. A full-time load usually equates to four full-time TASC subjects, or a VET Certificate Program and two or three TASC subjects. It is recommended that students wishing to go to university consider studying at least two TASC Level 3 subjects in Year 11 and three or four Level 3 or 4 subjects in Year 12. Students not planning on going to university will enrol in a vocationally focused program.

The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is a qualification that has five standards:

  • Everyday adult reading, writing and communication in English (literacy skills)
  • Everyday adult mathematics (numeracy skills)
  • Everyday adult use of computers and the internet (ICT skills)
  • Most students will obtain 120 credit points when successfully completing a full course in year 11 & year 12
  • Requirements for planning future education and training

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The Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) is used by Australian universities to allocate places to students. TASC will advise eligible students of their TE score and ATAR in late December.

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Vocational Education & Training (VET) programs provide skills and knowledge required for today’s workplaces through a national training system. VET qualifications are recognised nationally and are developed with industry consultation and for industry-specific skills. Most courses also provide the opportunity to undertake work placements, so you can get a real understanding of the industry and an opportunity to develop links to employment.

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Elizabeth College’s offerings include: Tourism, Hospitality, Cookery, Community Services, Sport & Recreation, Automotive, Construction and Retail Cosmetics. More information is available here.

All students enrolled in Certificate II in Community Services and Working with Children will be required to have a Working with Vulnerable People Card (WWVP) prior to starting these courses in Term 1. More information about how to apply can be found here.

TASC courses provide a broad range of learning opportunities which can help lead to employment and further education. Courses are organised into four levels of difficulty – Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 (with 4 being the most difficult).

Level 3 and 4 courses, also known as pre-tertiary courses, can contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR). These courses often have substantial reading and writing requirements, and students will be required to complete a considerable amount of homework.

Level 1 and 2 courses are non-pre-tertiary and do not count towards an ATAR but do count towards the TCE and may provide a foundation for pre-tertiary study.

The EC Guide and the State-wide course guides are available here.

You will attend a Preliminary Enrolment session where you have a one-on-one session with a course counsellor in August/September to ensure that the subjects you choose are relevant to your pathway and that the correct level of classes are chosen based on your year 10 subjects. This session is followed by an enrolment confirmation session to be held in November.
We don’t post enrolment forms out. Students will complete enrolment forms as part of the enrolment process.
Students are legally required to be enrolled full-time for years 11 and 12 or until they are 18 years of age. Students who work part-time or who have a medical specialist recommend part-time enrolment can request a meeting with the Principal to seek an application to The Minister for Education for part-time status. This can take some time to be approved so please make contact early if you believe you meet the requirements for part-time.
We recommend, particularly in year 11, that you aim to have your full-time load on one campus as this will provide you with the best support for your learning. However, if a course is available at another campus that we do not offer or that resolves a course clash the Principal of Elizabeth College with the Principal of the other campus will negotiate a dual enrolment for you.
If you have a medical condition or family situation that prevents you coming to class some of your program may be able to be delivered though Virtual Learning Tasmania (VLT). The college can liaise with the VLT to enrol you if you meet the requirements.
A lot of time is spent ensuring that you are enrolled in a course that you can achieve success in and is linked to your future pathway. There is a limited period at the start of the year where course changes may be granted if it is due to level change or change of pathway since enrolling. After this period course changes will not be able to be accommodated due to having missed too much of the class work required to successfully complete the new subject.
Students from our feeder schools will be offered Taster opportunities through your high school. Other students may receive a tour of the College during Terms 2 and 3. Tours can be booked here.

EC offers a wide range of subjects and programs and the flexibility to mix these options:

  • academic subjects for university entrance
  • certificated vocational courses (VET programs)
  • Enrichment programs
  • work experience
  • studying through Flexible Learning
  • opportunities for interstate and overseas trips
  • VLT

The activities offered in our Enrichment Program are a great way to make new friends and get to know other teachers at Elizabeth College who share similar interests to you. They can also be an opportunity to try something new with friends. Camps and adventures to spectacular locations; wellbeing activities such as mindfulness and yoga; fitness and sporting activities like futsal and basketball; clubs and societies like the Student Leadership Group; and connecting with the wider community through charities (such as community cooking for Foodbank, or wildlife rescue) are just a few of the enriching activities offered.  More information is available here.

Academic progress and student wellbeing are intrinsically linked. The College runs a formal program called Home Group, which meets every week. Each Home Group teacher works with their Home Group students to keep them ‘Connected and On Track’ with their learning. Students are provided with opportunities to develop knowledge to make informed decisions about course selection and school options.

ECAAD is for students wanting to attain a high ATAR for university entrance and who have shown academic excellence and community involvement through high school. ECAAD provides a supportive environment, a diverse range of extension activities, and study skills and wellbeing workshops to help you flourish, explore ideas, make friends and achieve your best. Participation in the ECAAD program is by application at the end of Year 10, and again at the end of Year 11 if you would like to continue with the program in Year 12. More information is available here.

Elizabeth College offers a number of scholarships, including one to a Year 10 student transitioning from each of our feeder high schools (Ogilvie, New Town and Cosgrove). A further scholarship is offered to a Year 12 international student. Scholarship recipients are high achievers in their studies and make meaningful contributions to their communities. The scholarship holders have become high profile members of our college community, inspirational role models for other students and ambassadors for their high schools.
There are several great courses at EC that are specifically structured to cater for those students that have had a range of issues at high school, whether they be associated with poor attendance, lack of motivation or disappointing academic results. The Pathways program is a supportive program focused on developing positive relationships and builds each student’s confidence and capacity to learn. The program prioritises real life learning and focuses on students gaining certification in first aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol and barista services. Students will also be able to work on their numeracy and literacy with trained specialists. The teachers in this area are extremely experienced, handpicked and have a passion for helping those that require extra support either academically, socially or emotionally.

The Student Support Teacher and Teacher Assistants work closely with students who require additional learning support; including the development and management of learning plans, communication with teachers about strategies to best support the student and providing assistance when required. If you are feeling a little unsure about coming to College or what to study, the Student Support Teacher can meet with you in Term 4 to chat through your learning needs and organise tours of the College so you can feel more comfortable about the transition to College. More information can be found here.

  • No compulsory subjects
  • Ownership over what subjects you do
  • No uniforms
  • First name basis with teachers and staff
  • No siren and limited PA announcements
  • Adult learning environment
  • Exams for level 3 and 4 subjects

Classes run from 8.30am till approx. 2.30pm each day with 5 lines. Recess break is 30 minutes and lunch break is one hour. Home Group is a one hour compulsory period once a week where students will meet with their pastoral care teacher. Our current timetable can be found here.

Students can leave campus when they don't have a scheduled class unless their parent/guardian has indicated they wish the student to remain on campus.
No, Elizabeth College does not require you to wear a uniform. We do sell EC hoodies coming into the winter months, but they are optional.
The Library is open every day and is a quiet place for you to study on your study line.
There are some clearly marked maps around the college, and also in the back of the College Guide. Each building has its own dedicated letter, each floor of each building has a floor number, and each room on that floor has a room number. For example, room number T203 means the room is in “T Block”, level 2, room number 203.
Home Group and class teachers will closely monitor your progress and will get in touch with your parents/carers to help you stay ‘Connected and On Track’. We send an SMS message to your parents/carers if you miss a class without a good explanation. You and your parents/carers will also be sent SMS messages and attendance letters if you continue to have unexplained absences. It is important that you talk to your teachers and Home Group teacher about any absences that you may have and how you can catch up when you do miss classes.
You can contact the office on 03 6235 6555 and they will be able to direct your query to the appropriate person.
Hobart City Partner Schools is a collaborative partnership between Elizabeth College and Hobart City High School. The schools started working together in 2020 to develop and provide a combined educational delivery model for Years 9-12. Each campus retains its unique identity, while offering specialised courses of study for some students, allowing them to move across campuses. This partnership also allows the schools to share specialised resources, facilities and staffing.
You will receive an information pack in December outlining the first few days of College, what you need to do, bring and where you need to be at certain times.

The teaching and learning facilities include:

  • library
  • extensive intranet supporting study and research
  • IT facilities
  • gymnasium
  • weight room (Chuggy’s Gym)
  • spin bike room
  • theatre
  • dance studio
  • designated art rooms
  • ceramics studio
  • graphic design and digital art studios
  • photography facilities
  • metal/wood workshop
  • automotive workshop
  • computer design centre
  • commercial kitchen and dining room
  • foods and catering/hospitality kitchens
  • canteen and Café TANG
  • science labs
  • childcare centre
  • student common rooms

The Library is the main research and study hub for students to work independently or collaboratively. Opening hours extend before and after classes. There is off-campus access to subscription databases, ClickView and recommended websites from the Library intranet. Students use the Library for:

  • study and research
  • accessing a wide variety of texts for study and leisure reading
  • understanding academic integrity, copyright and referencing
  • borrowing resources, such as books, magazines and audio-visual items
  • accessing career, further study and general campus information
  • photocopying, scanning and printing

The following bus companies leave from close to Elizabeth College

  • O’Driscolls – servicing the Derwent Valley area
  • Tassie Link – servicing the Huon Valley area
  • Redline - servicing the Dodges Ferry & Sorell areas
  • Cresswells - servicing the Brighton area

Lockers are optional and available to hire for the year. Pricing information can be found here.

In recent years, Elizabeth College has offered a range of trips including exchange programs to Japan and China. These exchange programs provide students and families in Tasmania and overseas with unique opportunities to share cultures and play a role in community projects. Elizabeth College also offers sporting and cultural opportunities throughout the year, such as visits to the mainland, a Performing Arts trip, the Mt Gambier Generations in Jazz music tour, a ski trip to Mt Hotham and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, a number of sporting teams represent the college in national competitions. More information can be found here.

Mid-year exams are held in late Term 2 and the TASC end of year exams are held from early November

The Student Services team is made up of counsellors, youth workers, school psychologists, a social worker, a careers advisor, school health nurses, a chaplain and a security officer. Our qualified counsellors and youth workers are able to offer confidential counselling for a range of personal issues, such as relationships, housing, allowances, finances, health, and future pathways. Our Student Services team also offer support to:

  • Students requiring Reasonable Adjustments for exams - Level 3 and Level 4 students may be eligible for Reasonable Adjustments for TASC exams if they have a diagnosed disability, such as a physical, psychological, medical or specific learning difficulty.
  • Country students travelling from country and rural areas
  • LGBTIQA+ students
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

More information is available here.

We run a free breakfast daily 8am-8.30am.
Tutorial sessions are offered at Elizabeth College. Our timetable has opportunities during the week where students are able to access one-on-one and group support with subject teachers.
Students who have their own laptop or tablet are required to bring them for use in class and during private study. Our ICT Services staff will assist you to access the college network through Wi-Fi. Microsoft Office 365 is available and free for all students. Information can be found here

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) is for families on low incomes who meet the eligibility conditions. If approved, you will not be required to pay school levies. Grandparents raising grandchildren may also be eligible for STAS. A STAS application form must be completed and returned to the school with any supporting documentation. Forms can be found online here or are available at the school office. 

Elizabeth College supports students approved under the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) with all levies and compulsory fees covered by the scheme. College booklist orders for STAS students are provided at no charge. Textbooks, calculators laptops and lab coats are also supplied, but these must be returned at the end of the school year. Optional activities, mainland trips, Enrichment activities and optional school clothing (such as hoodies) are not covered by the STAS Scheme.
Invoices will be issued to the nominated parent/carer at the beginning of the year. Payment options include BPay, cash, EFTPOS, cheque or BPoint. More information can be found here.

Some subjects do attract additional fees. An invoice will be sent for these fees in April.
You will receive a book list at the time of confirming your enrolment. Booklist items can be sourced anywhere you like, but our preferred supplier is Office National. Office National will provide an ordering portal, many payment options including Zip Pay and After Pay and delivery to your door. More information can be found here.

Booklist items can be ordered after you have had your subjects finalised at the Enrolment Confirmation session. The ordering portal will open in early - mid December.