The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is awarded to senior secondary school students who satisfy its requirements. It is a senior secondary certificate recognised nationally in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Generally, students will complete two years of senior secondary study to achieve the WACE, although the School Curriculum and Standards Authority allows students to meet the WACE requirements over a lifetime.
If you’re not able to complete your WACE before or you would like to improve your results, you can still complete the exams to qualify for university entry. This option is available only to permanent residents and citizens of Australia and New Zealand and is valid in Western Australia only.
As of 2017, the requirements for successful completion of WACE include:
- completion of at least twenty units, at least ten of which must be Year 12 or equivalent, with at least two of each of:
- arts, languages or social science
- maths, science or technology
- at least 14 “C” grades or higher, of which at least six must be Year 12
- completion of at least four Year 12 ATAR courses or a vocational education Certificate II or higher
- minimum literacy and numeracy standards
You can review the list of all WACE courses and syllabus here. Students can choose a mixture of vocational and academic subjects. These courses are examined by the Authority. ATAR is used to determine eligibility for university entrance.
WACE is also available overseas in South East Asia. This offers an affordable option for international students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to take this exam in Australia. Several centres are available in Malaysia where the WACE curriculum is delivered.
Did you know? Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Perth area for at least 38,000 years, as evidenced by archaeological remains at Upper Swan. The Noongar people occupied the southwest corner of Western Australia and lived as hunter-gatherers. The wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain were particularly important to them, both spiritually (featuring in local mythology) and as a source of food.