Faculties - Vocational Education

Vocational Education and Training (VET)  courses have been developed at HSPA with a focus on training in arts-related areas. We offer courses in the following industry areas:
  • Entertainment Industry ? AQF Certificate II (Year 11/12)
  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) ? AQF Certificate I (Year 11), Certificate II (Year 12)
  • Music Industry - Certificate II or III (Year 11/12)
  • Assistant Dance Teaching Certificate II (Year 11/12)
  • Creative Industries Media Certificate I - Music focus (Year 9/10)
  • Creative Industries Media Certificate I - Theatre focus (Year 9/10)
  • Creative Industries Media Certificate I - Visual Arts focus (Year 9/10)

A key component of VET  in Years 11 and 12 is work placement and a commitment is needed from all intending students to meet the out-of-school workplace hours. Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) VET courses can count towards an ATAR if the external examination in attempted in the HSC. Hospitality and Information Technology also include a specific work placement component and are ICF courses so count towards the calculation of the ATAR. Entertainment Industry is an ICF and can count towards an ATAR.

  • All VET courses are based on industry requirements and are appropriate for all students including those who intend to go into higher education.
  • VET has clear links to post school destinations and allows Higher School Certificate and Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) accreditation to be gained at the same time.
  • Successful completion of each course will lead to an AQTF Certificate II which satisfies the entry level requirement for careers related to the area of study.
This course provides students with work placement experiences at the Hunter Theatre, Civic Theatre Newcastle and other live entertainment venues for industry experience. In Year 12 specialist studies can lead to the attainment of Certificate III in Entertainment Industry. These studies include costume, set and props manufacture, sound and lighting, make up, wigs, scenic art and stage management. The music industry focus provides students with access to sound recording studios for industry experience in technical study areas. All VET students gain access to industry sites that provide opportunities for on the job training.
The study of courses in the Hospitality Curriculum Framework can lead to a variety of career opportunities across a range of industries. Commercial and non-commercial enterprises for which Hospitality competencies are required include resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, clubs, restaurants, cafes/coffees shops, bistros, community food service organisations (eg. nursing homes, hospitals, meals-on-wheels) and catering organisations, as well as many enterprises within the tourism sector. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain a range of skills and knowledge suitable for employment in a hospitality environment and to provide pathways for university and other tertiary study. The Hospitality course is delivered in a National Trade Training Centre commerical kitchen facility (on site).
Music Industry
In this course, students acquire a broad understanding of the music industry with knowledge and skills for entry-level employment, and will:
  • develop music and listening skills in a range of styles
  • become familiar with music industry products and organisations
  • develop basic technical skills in areas of performance and/or sound production
  • work harmoniously with team members, colleagues and others in a music work environment
  • develop technical skills in sound production and/or areas of musical performance


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