Western Australian Certificate Of Education
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 (WACE) is awarded to senior secondary school students who satisfy its requirements. It is a senior secondary certificate recognized 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.
- Business Management and Enterprise – ATAR
- English EAL/D – ATAR
- Computer Science – General
- Mathematics Applications ATAR
- Chemistry ATAR
- Human Biology ATAR
From Year 11, students have options to prepare for their educational pathway.
Students are given the option to continue with the program of Vietnamese Ministry of Education combined with the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program to gain the required language foundation and skills or transfer to the Western Australian Certificate of Education program (WACE) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).