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School students to study real estate

By Grace Ormsby
16 February 2021 | 1 minute read
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As part of a state-based curriculum reform, New South Wales high school students will have the option to learn the ins and outs of real estate as part of their Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Real estate is among 20 new virtual Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that will become available to all NSW government high schools by 2022.

It’s been reported that the new courses will provide Year 11 and 12 students with “the opportunity to study teacher-led, digitally enabled, virtual TAFE NSW courses that will give them in-demand skills for the workplace”.

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Robotics, entrepreneurship, engineering and health are some of the other subject areas that will become available for students.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new courses — targeted to emerging sectors — will help to ensure NSW students are receiving “world-class skills training to prepare them for the jobs of the future”.

“These courses will help students build skills across emerging industries such as advanced manufacturing, technology and engineering,” the Premier said.

A statement from the NSW government said that the new virtual VET courses will be specifically designed for high school students with digitally enabled and interactive lessons and cover future-focused industry sectors: cyber security, big data, accounting, gaming, community and health services, among others.

Weighing in on the announcement, the NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said it’s part of the government’s commitment to meeting skill shortages and enhancing access to exciting industries.

Mr Lee called the virtual courses “a win-win for students”.

“Not only does it make them instantly employable, they also have the choice to pursue further education in fields with plenty of career opportunities,” the minister said.

Accessibility is a key feature of the new courses, with the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell, highlighting that the development of online courses is also about making VET more available to students in regional NSW.

She said: “These are exciting areas for young people to be studying and puts them in the best place to find a job in dynamic industries. Students with a keen interest in future-focused courses will be able to link up with others, no matter where they go to school across NSW.” 

It was reported that students within the new courses will graduate with a nationally recognised VET qualification that forms part of their HSC and contributes to an ATAR.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Grace Ormsby

Grace Ormsby

Grace is a journalist across Momentum property and investment brands. Grace joined Momentum Media in 2018, bringing with her a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from the University of Newcastle. She’s passionate about delivering easy to digest information and content relevant to her key audiences and stakeholders.

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