The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the diploma given in the state of Western Australia to students who have completed senior secondary education (Year 11 and Year 12). It is the Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education graduation certificate from Western Australia. Throughout their final years of education, students are expected to meet different breadth and depth criteria, achievement levels and standards of literacy and numeracy. There are 106 courses available for students to study as of the 2020 WACE. For university admission purposes, many WACE students are given an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), summarizing their performance in one ranking across all fields of study. The Tertiary Entrance Exam (TEE) was replaced by the WACE in 2010 as the regular academic test for school leavers in Western Australia.
As of 2020, students must meet criteria in terms of scope and depth of learning, minimum standards of achievement, and minimum standards of literacy and numeracy in order to achieve WACE.
Students must study at least 20 units to fulfill the scope and depth criteria, including 10 units of Year 12 courses; four units of English at the post-Year 10 level ( i.e. for years 11 and 12), including a pair of units at Year 12 level; and a pair of Year 12 units from both List A, consisting of humanities subjects, and List B, consisting of STEM subjects. Units 1 and 2 are generally studied in Year 11, and units 3 and 4 are generally studied in Year 12.
Under the WACE scheme, as opposed to the previous TEE, in a first for Western Australia, it is compulsory for all students to sit the final examination for each of their subjects, unless exempted.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a ranking awarded for the purposes of university admission to most students who receive a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education in each Australian state and territory, with the exception of Queensland until the 2020-21 admission cycle. The Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) measures and awards the ATAR in Western Australia. It is a rating of 99.95 to 0.00 compared to all other school-leaving elderly people in Western Australia. It reflects the proportion of school-leaving elderly people in Western Australia that a student has attained at an equal or higher level, including those who do not have a WACE or equivalent school-leaving certificate. For instance, an ATAR of 70.00 means that a student has met 70 percent of all school-leaving elderly people in the state at an equivalent or better level.
The VET portion of the WACE will be reformed for Year 11 students from 2020 and Year 12 students from 2021 who can study General Courses as the number of students taking VET courses doubled to sixty percent of the student cohort in the decade to 2016. The pathway to the General Course may lead to college, jobs, or further vocational education and training. “Sue Ellery, the Western Australian Minister for Education and Training, described the reforms as providing a route between current ATAR/University and VET options:” In the past, if you wanted to go to university and VET courses if you wanted to link to training, you chose ATAR courses and VET courses and this middle ground gives students a choice for both. All other specifications for WACE will stay the same.
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