Marcellin Campus FAQ

Marcellin is a co-educational Catholic Senior Secondary campus of Cardijn College specialising in the delivery of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) alongside a trade/vocational training program.

We specialise in developing programs for students who wish to complete their SACE while working toward an Australian School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (ASbA/SbAT) and completion of their apprenticeship/traineeship post school.

  • Students who are passionate about gaining a trade qualification alongside their SACE
  • Students who want to study and gain skills in an environment that is designed to build their skills and ensure that they are work ready before they finish school
  • Students who are looking for an adult-style learning environment, while still experiencing the support and pastoral care offered at a Catholic school
Marcellin students graduate with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and Certificate II in a chosen trade. Students who obtained a School-based apprenticeship towards the end of their first year (Year 11 Stage 1) or during Year 12 also complete some Units of Competency of a Certificate III related to their apprenticeship/traineeship.
At Marcellin the training program is an integral part of the whole learning experience. Therefore there are no lessons to catch up on because a student is involved in trade training, unlike a mainstream school.

In 2020, 80% of our graduating class commenced School-based apprenticeships while the remainder transitioned to the workforce. 100% of the Class of 2020 graduated with their SACE.

At Marcellin pre-apprenticeship students undertake a minimum of five weeks' work placement as part of their program.
Searching for and obtaining a work placement is one of the skills that students will develop as part of the program at Marcellin. However, teachers, trainers and industry consultants provide support and assistance throughout this process.

Our program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to secure a School-based Apprenticeship through their extensive work placement program where students effectively demonstrate their employability skills and already-established skills and knowledge as gained through our programs.

Marcellin Campus will prepare and assist students to achieve a School-based Apprenticeship through our programs, training, work placement program and industry visits.

Experience shows that our program gives students the advantage they need to obtain an apprenticeship, but we don't give them an apprenticeship.

Having completed the SACE, the School-based Apprenticeship contract is converted to full-time and recognises the accredited training that has been completed. The remaining length of the apprenticeship is then calculated. Employers may elect to continue with accredited apprentice training with our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) MTC Training on-site at the College.

Marcellin strives to create a rich and diverse education and training environment, which focuses on developing the whole person. We offer a comprehensive mentoring program which supports our students as they transition to the world of work.

We seek to create an environment where everyone feels respected and co-responsible. We are committed to developing a community where each individual student is affirmed in an environment of mutual support and encouragement. Marcellin values positive relationships and partnerships between the Campus, the home and the workplace.

Our unique program makes it possible for students to commence their trade or vocational training in their area of interest, gain employment and be paid while still at school completing their formal secondary education. Our program gives students a head start into their chosen career while at the same time completing their SACE.

Our commitment to provide training extends beyond the school years and into an apprenticeship once the SACE is completed. Continuing the apprenticeship training with Marcellin post school is another unique factor that sets Marcellin apart from any other school.


All students interested in attending Marcellin Campus are required to complete an Application for Enrolment. You will then be required to attend an interview with a parent or guardian.

Once we have received your Application for Enrolment we will contact you to book an interview.

We highly recommend that you attend a to the Campus tour. Information on booking a tour can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding enrolments, please visit our Enrolments FAQ or contact us on 8186 9700.