External education

Open Access College (OAC) provides external learning experiences and a complete education to a range of students who – for a variety of reasons – cannot attend a traditional school.

Teaching and learning at OAC occurs through:

  • a blended approach of online, virtual classroom lessons in small groups
  • face to face opportunities eg workshops, excursions, camps, laboratory sessions
  • access to year level and subject specific web sites
  • custom designed support materials.

External education may be suitable for:

  • a rural and remote student whose home is geographically isolated
  • a student who is unable to access a government for various reasons, including travelling, vocational study, work commitments or medical conditions
  • a student wishing to access a specific subject not available at their current enrolled school
  • an adult student aged 18 years to under 21 years wishing to complete their studies
  • a student who has a current exemption from school for home education.

Refer to the full list of enrolment criteria here.

OAC has two campuses:

  • Marden Campus catering for students from reception to year 12, and adults
  • Port Augusta Campus catering for reception to year 7 students who are geographically remote.


Contact the Open Access College for more information.

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