WACE requirements 2012 and beyond

These are the minimum requirements for students to receive a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

WACE requirements 2012 and beyond
Breadth and depth requirement
  • Complete a minimum of 20 course units or the equivalent.(notes 1, 2 and 3)
  • The 20 course units must include at least:
    • four course units from English, Literature and/or English as an Additional Language/Dialect, studied during Year 11 and Year 12 (at least two of these units must be completed in Year 12) (note 4)
    • one pair of course units from each of List A (arts/languages/social sciences)(note 5) and List B (mathematics/science/technology) completed in Year 12.(note 10)
Achievement standard requirement
  • Achieve a C grade average or better across the best 16 course units of which at least eight must be completed in Year 12. (notes 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13)
  • P‐Stage units, endorsed programs and/or VET credit transfer can reduce the required number of course units by up to six units. (notes 8 and 10)
English language competence requirement
  • Achieve a C grade or better in any Stage 1 or higher course unit from English, Literature and/or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (except 1A and 1B for English as an Additional Language or Dialect). (notes 11 and 12)
  • For students who have not achieved a C grade in one of their English, Literature and/or English as an Additional Language or Dialect course units, schools will need to compare a selection of the student’s work with the work samples provided by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority to verify the student has demonstrated the required standard.
Explanatory notes relating to WACE requirements
  1. Up to 10 unit equivalents may comprise endorsed programs and/or VET credit transfer. Unit equivalence for endorsed programs is determined by an endorsed programs panel in relation to one unit of a WACE course. The table below shows unit equivalence for VET credit transfer.

    Unit equivalence for VET credit transfer
    Unit equivalence
    Nominal hours
    Unit equivalents
    Nominal hours
    Unit equivalents
    0-54
    0
    330-384
    6
    55-109
    1
    385-439
    7
    110-164
    2
    440-494
    8
    165-219
    3
    495-549
    9
    220-274
    4
    550 and above
    10
    275-329
    5
     
     

    Note:  
    (i) There is no limit to the number of unit equivalents that can be accumulated for VET credit transfer but a maximum of 10 can be counted towards meeting WACE requirements
    (ii) Unit equivalence is awarded consistently according to nominal hours, irrespective of delivery strategies, clustering or packaging of units of competency or class contact time allocated
    (iii) A unit of competency is awarded the same unit equivalence whether it is undertaken as a single unit, as part of a skills set or a complete qualification, and irrespective of the qualification to which it is linked.
     
  2. Each full‐year D or E code subject completed before 2010 equates to two course units.
  3. Students can repeat course units. However, those course units that have the same unit code, e.g. 1AENG, and are repeated, do not contribute to the WACE requirements more than once.
  4. Students completing the WACE over three years or more must complete two units from English, Literature and/or English as an Additional Language or Dialect in Year 12 if they have not already completed four units over two years, post‐Year 10.
  5. A pair of units from English, Literature and/or English as an Additional Language or Dialect can be used to meet the List A requirement.
  6. Year 12 students enrolled in a pair of Stage 2 or Stage 3 course units must sit the WACE examination in that course (except for VET industry specific WACE courses), unless exempt. If they do not sit, or do not make a genuine attempt in this WACE examination, the grades for the pair of units completed in that year will not contribute to the calculation of the C grade average requirement, but they will still count in the breadth and depth requirement.
  7. Year 12 students who are enrolled to complete, in the current year, at least 220 nominal hours of VET (from related industry areas) and are enrolled in three or fewer Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 pairs of units are eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting the WACE examinations. Students enrolled to complete a School Apprenticeship Link program, Aboriginal School Based Traineeship/Apprenticeship, School Based Traineeship, School Based Apprenticeship or Pre‐Apprenticeship are eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting WACE examinations.
  8. Completion of a Preliminary Stage unit does not contribute to the C grade average, but may reduce the number of course units over which the average is calculated in the same way as endorsed programs and VET credit transfer.
  9. Endorsed programs and/or VET credit transfer can reduce the required number of course units as shown in the table below.

    Reduction of course units and courses for calculation of the C grade average if unit equivalents  from endorsed programs and/or VET credit transfer are included
    Total number of unit
    equivalents completed over
    Years 10 – 12 *
    Total number of course units
    over which the C Grade
    average is calculated
    Total number of course units
    that must be completed in
    Year 12 and used in the
    C grade average calculation
    Less than 2
    16
    8
    2 or 3
    14
    8
    4 or 5
    12
    6
    6 to 9
    10
    6
    10 or more
    10
    4
             
    * and VET credit transfer for years 8 and 9 if granted permission
  10. If 50 per cent (five or more unit equivalents) of a student’s final year of senior secondary
    program comprises VET and/or endorsed programs, then the breadth‐of‐study requirement for both a List A pair of units and a List B pair of units is waived. It should be noted that endorsed
    programs and VET credit transfer are not listed in Table 27 breadth‐of‐study list.
  11. The D and E code English subjects completed before 2010 can be used to meet the English language competence requirement.
  12. The Council’s SIRS database is set to check the student’s results automatically and where
    achieved, record English language competence based on these results. For students who have not achieved a C grade in one of their English course units, schools will need to compare a selection of the student’s work with the work samples.
  13. The Special Considerations – WACE Requirements Committee will consider requests from
    schools and/or students for waiving of the WACE requirements in exceptional circumstances. The Committee will meet as required throughout the year.

Key terms

  • A WACE course is accredited by the Curriculum Council and consists of units, each with its own syllabus.
  • A course unit refers to a unit from a course (e.g. PAENG – Preliminary Stage English unit, 1AENG – English Stage 1 unit).
  • A course unit is typically 55 hours of class contact time.
  • A pair of course
 

More Information
(1600 Kb) The WACE - your guide to the Western Australian Certificate of Education, statement of results and course report, 2013 (uploaded 18/12/13)
(1000 Kb) Year 10 Parent Presentation - WACE 2015-16 (uploaded 17/04/14)
 

 

 

 

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