Students who successfully complete their senior secondary education are awarded the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET). The NTCET has the flexibility to help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed whether they are interested in further education, training, an apprenticeship or straight into the workforce.
Students can gain their NTCET in the equivalent of two years of full-time study, but many students will choose to complete the NTCET over three years. This allow for options such as Vocational Education and/or School-based Apprenticeships, or to cater for special circumstances.
The NTCET is divided into two Stages:
- Stage 1: which most students complete in Year 11 (the Personal Learning Plan is usually completed in Year 10)
- Stage 2: which most students complete in Year 12. Each subject or course successfully completed earns credits towards the NTCET with a minimum of 200 credits required for students to gain the NTCET.
Some subjects are compulsory and must be completed at a C grade or higher:
- The PLP which earns 10 credits at Stage 1 (usually completed in Year 10)
- Literacy to the value of 20 credits from a range of English subjects usually at Stage 1 level
- Numeracy to the value of 10 credits from a range of Mathematics subjects usually at Stage 1
- Stage 2 subjects totalling at least 60 credits
Students receive an A to E grade for each subject (A+ to E- at Stage 2).