The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the credential given to students who have completed senior secondary education (Year 11 and Year 12) in the state of Western Australia, and is intended to become the Western Australian certificate within the Australian Certificate of Education, part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
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
“Students beginning Year 11 in 2020 will now have another option to achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in 2021.
Currently to achieve their WACE, students must complete a minimum of five courses in Year 12 of which a minimum of four must be Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) courses (ATAR pathway) or complete four General Courses with a Certificate II or higher (General Pathway with Vocational Education and Training (VET)).
Now students can select a third study pathway of five General Courses to complete their WACE.
General courses are 50 subjects offered across all learning areas, and include English, Mathematics Essential, Accounting and Finance, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics and align closely to ATAR courses.
For General Courses, in addition to ongoing assessments set by schools, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) sets an external common assessment that all students sit in Year 12. Students who choose General Courses can enter employment, vocational education and training or choose a university pathway.
With the introduction of this third pathway, all other requirements to achieve a WACE remain unchanged – a literacy and numeracy standard, breadth and depth requirement (20 units or the equivalent and a combination of list A and B courses) and an achievement standard (a minimum number of C grades).”
– Media Statement (Thursday, 2 May 2019) sourced from the Government of Western Australia. For the complete article, click here.
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