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To achieve a WACE students must:
Complete a Literacy and Numeracy
Assessment to demonstrate a minimum
standard based on skills regarded as
essential for individuals to meet the
demands of everyday life and work in a
knowledge-based economy.
Complete a minimum of four Year 12
ATAR courses including the external
examination (i.e. be eligible for an
ATAR) or complete a Certificate II or
Complete two Year 11 English units and
a pair of Year 12 English units.
Complete at least one pair of units from
a Year 12 List A (arts/languages/social
sciences) course and one pair of units
from a Year 12 List B course
Complete at least 20 units
(or equivalents) including a minimum of
10 Year 12 units.
Achieve a minimum of 14 C grades in
Year 11 and Year 12 units (or
equivalents) including at least 6 C
grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents).
If students do not meet the literacy and
numeracy standard by the time they exit
secondary school, they can apply to the
Authority to re-sit the assessment.
All students (whether they have achieved
the WACE or not) will receive a Western
Australian Statement of Student
Achievement – a record of all courses and
or programs completed.
What does this mean?
• To achieve a WACE from 2016 all students will need to be
eligible for a university entrance rank (ATAR) or achieve a
training Certificate II or higher.
• They will also need to demonstrate a minimum standard of
literacy and numeracy. To do this they will be required to
complete the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
• Your child will already have sat the OLNA in March this
year. Or, if they achieved Band 8 or above in their Year 9
NAPLAN tests they may not have had to sit the OLNA at
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What types of courses are there?
• There are WACE courses across a range of subject areas.
• These are grouped into List A (arts/languages/social
sciences) and List B (mathematics/science/technology).
• It’s important that students have breadth and depth in their
study, so they need to choose subjects from List A and
List B. At least one pair of units from each List in Year 12.
• They must do English in Year 11 and Year 12.
• Students will undertake a minimum of 10 courses across
Years 11 and 12 (typically 6 in Year 11 and a minimum of 5
in Year 12).
What types of courses are there?
• ATAR courses – for students who are aiming to go to
university and will need to sit an external exam which will
get them an ATAR.
• General courses – for students aiming to enter further
training or the workforce straight from school. These are
not examined.
• Foundation courses – for those students who need extra
support to meet the literacy and numeracy standard by the
end of Year 12.
• Only students who have not demonstrated the minimum
achievement in the relevant components of the OLNA may
enrol in Foundation courses.
What types of courses are there?
• Preliminary courses – have been developed for students
who have been identified as having a learning difficulty
and/or an intellectual disability.
• They provide a relevant option for students who:
• cannot access the ATAR or General course content with
adjustment and/or disability provisions
• require modified and/or independent education plans.
• Preliminary courses do not contribute to achievement of
the WACE.
• VET industry specific courses – have VET qualifications
integrated into the course and they contribute to the
Certificate II requirement for a WACE.
What other programs are there?
• There are also Vocational Education and Training (VET)
programs and Endorsed programs which contribute to
WACE equivalence and address areas of learning not
covered by courses.
• VET programs are nationally accredited and consistent
with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications
• A wide range of endorsed programs can be delivered in a
variety of settings by schools, training organisations and
workplaces, universities and community organisations.
• Students can mix and match these options to provide the
best platform to meet the requirements to achieve a
VET programs
• If a student chooses not to complete the course
requirements to achieve an ATAR, they will need to
complete a minimum of a Certificate II in addition to their
other course enrolments to achieve their WACE.
• Studying VET provides credit towards the number of
course units students need to complete to achieve their
• There are limits to the number of VET programs (not VET
industry specific courses) that may contribute to
achievement of the WACE.
• Students will typically enrol in 4 or 5 additional courses to
meet the WACE requirement.
VET equivalences
Completed qualification
Credit allocation (units)
Certificate I
2 units
Certificate II
4 units
Certificate III and higher
6 units
• For a completed Certificate I, units of competency must have a
minimum of 110 nominal hours.
• For a completed Certificate II, the achievement of units of
competency must be a minimum of 220 hours. More substantial
elective units may be required to ensure the minimum is met.
VET industry specific courses
• Contribute towards the WACE.
• Enable students to count their VET achievement as having
met the ‘C’ grade requirement and satisfy the Certificate II
or higher requirement and as.
VET industry specific course structure and unit credit
Meets minimum
VET industry specific General course units
course qualification
Yr 11
Yr 12
requirement for WACE
Certificate I
Unit 1/2
Certificate II
Unit 1/2
Unit 3/4
Certificate III
Unit 1/2
Unit 3/4
Endorsed programs
• A student can only use endorsed programs for 2 units of
equivalence in Year 11 and two units in Year 12 - but this
must be considered in relation to the total number of
equivalences being claimed for through VET.
• Workplace Learning is an Authority‐developed endorsed
program that is managed by individual schools. To
complete this program, a student works in one or more real
workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace
• Students may accrue a maximum of two Year 11 units and
two Year 12 units in Workplace Learning to contribute
towards their WACE.
The courses we are offering in our school
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The programs we are offering in our school
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