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External education

Students who are unable to attend a local school or access curriculum at their school may be able to undertake school externally. This is sometimes called distance education. External education may include:

  • video conference
  • online lessons
  • telephone calls
  • specialised course booklets
  • DVDs, CDs and activity kits
  • face-to-face workshops
  • camps and excursions
  • visits from teachers.

Students should have access to a computer and internet to take advantage of all delivery modes.

External education for reception to year 12 and adult re-entry can be suitable for students who are:

  • South Australian residents who will be travelling for one term or longer
  • living further than 3 to 5 km from their nearest school
  • carers, young mothers or have other family commitments
  • wanting to undertake subjects or vocational education not available at their school
  • 16 years or over and have left school
  • year 10 home schooled students preparing for SACE
  • doing SACE, nationally accredited vocational education or a training certificate.


The school you attend can enquire about support through the Open Access College. If you're currently home schooled, contact the Open Access College for enrolment information and to make an appointment with a counsellor.

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