Western Australian Certificate of Education International Program (WACE International)
The SCSA has set a minimum standard for students in Year 12 for literacy and numeracy based on the Australian Core Skills Framework – Level 3. This is a standard regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday work and life in a knowledge-based economy. It helps students develop transferable skills, such as critical and creative thinking, personal and social capabilities, and intercultural understandings.
These skills are integral to enable students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, including embarking upon further education, training, and work.
Western Australian Certificate of Education International Program (WACE International) 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).
The subject areas of the program are developed around seven essential skills to create confident, dynamic, creative and knowledgeable generations of students. WASS students become independent individuals who are fully equipped with the skills necessary to contribute to society. They become capable of communicating with and respecting the cultures of the nations, to work towards the good common interests and to be responsible members of the community.
Skills applied in subjects include:
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social capability
- Ethical understanding
- Intercultural understanding
Subjects offering at WASS
Courses are grouped into List A (Arts, Languages and Social Sciences) and List B (Mathematics, Science and Technology). Each course is organized into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus. Each year’s syllabus is divided into two units which are delivered as a pair. The notional time for the pair of units is 110 class contact hours. The cognitive complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.
- English EAL/D – ATAR
- Computer Science – General
- Accounting and Finance – ATAR
- Chemistry – ATAR
- Mathematics Applications – ATAR
- Human Biology – ATAR
WASS students have other options for their diploma pathways. Students can choose the Integrated Bilingual program and study EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to receive the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training’s high school diploma and take the English proficiency exams. Alternatively, for the Diploma pathways, they can choose the Western Australian Certificate of Education International Program (WACE International) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).