Senior secondary schooling in Western Australia covers students in Year 11 and Year 12.
The Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) is issued to all Year 12 students at the completion of their secondary schooling. The WASSA provides a formal record of what students leaving in Year 12 have achieved as a result of their school education in Western Australia.
The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the certificate that students in Western Australia receive on successful completion of their senior secondary education. It is recognised nationally in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), by universities and other tertiary institutions, industry and training providers.
To achieve WACE a student must
- Complete a minimum of 20 units or equivalent
- 1 A minimum of 10 Year 12 units, or the equivalent
- 2. Two Year 11 units from an English course, post-Year 10, including at least one pair of Year 12 units from an English course
- 3. One pair of Year 12 units from each of List A (arts/languages/social sciences) and List B (mathematics/science/technology).
- Achievement of at least 14 C grades or higher (or the equivalent) in Year 11 and 12 units, including at least six C grades, or equivalents, in Year 12. (Explanatory notes 5 and 6)
- Completion of at least four Year 12 ATAR courses OR a Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification.
- Pass all three OLNA Tests by the end of year 12
- Students enrolled in a Year 12 ATAR course must sit the external examination in that course. If students do not sit an ATAR course examination and do not have an approved sickness/misadventure application for that course, the grades for the pair of units completed in that year will not contribute towards any of the WACE requirements. Students who do not sit the ATAR course examination will not have a course mark or grade recorded on their WASSA, nor will they receive an ATAR course report. For ATAR courses with practical components, students must complete both the written and practical examinations
Year 11 Course Selection Information
Year 10 students will be focusing on future career paths and options for when they have completed Year 12. As a young adult and senior school student, the future can suddenly seem very imminent.
Commencing week 9 in term 2, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to sit with a counsellor and discuss future options in schooling and career.
Students will be allocated an interview time and letters will be distributed with details for student interviews.
Where possible, we encourage parent/s to come along to the interview as the amount of information can sometimes be overwhelming for students. You can have a look at our Helpful Links under Student Services for some helpful links in preparation for choosing possible career pathways to discuss at the meeting.
View the Year 11 2023 handbook.
View the Year 11 2023 Course Selection Process.