External education

Students unable to regularly attend school may be eligible to access an external education program, or online learning to participate in particular studies not available at their current school.

External education, also referred to as distance education, may be suitable for:

  • a rural and remote student whose home is geographically isolated
  • a student who is unable to attend school 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
  • a student exempted from school for the purpose of home education.


Contact the Open Access College for more information.

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