Overview of WACE Requirements

Achievement of a WACE signifies that a student has successfully met the breadth and depth, the achievement standard and Literacy and Numeracy requirements in their senior secondary schooling. In order to meet the WACE requirements students must ensure the following requirements are met by the conclusion of Year 12.

General          requirements

 Demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and a minimum standard of numeracy based on the skills regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge‐based economy.

complete a minimum of 20 units or equivalents as described below

 complete four or more Year 12 ATAR courses or complete an AQF Certificate II or higher.

Breadth and depth

 Students will complete a minimum of 20 course units or the equivalent. This requirement must include at least:

 a minimum of 10 Year 12 units or the equivalent

 two completed Year 11 English units and one pair of completed Year 12 English units

 one pair of Year 12 course units from each of List A (arts/English/languages/social sciences) and List B (mathematics/ science/technology)

Achievement Standard

Students will be required to achieve 14 grades (or equivalents) in Year 11 and Year 12, including at least six C grades in Year 12 units(or equivalents)

Unit equivalents can be obtained through VET and Endorsed programs

 complete four or more Year 12 ATAR courses or complete an AQF VET  Certificate II or higher.

Literacy and Numeracy competence

Complete at least four units of an English Course post Year 10 and studied over 2 years.

Demonstrate a minimum standard of Literacy and numeracy.

 

Section 8.2 of the 2015-2016 WACE Manual provides a detailed explanation of these requirements; available at http://www.curriculum.wa.edu.au/

Depth & Breadth Lists

Students must complete at least one pair of course units from each of List A and List B.  (Please note this is the full list and Prendiville does not offer every subject on the list.)

 

WACE List A and List B subjects for breadth of study : 

List A (arts/languages/social sciences)

List B (mathematics/science/technology)

AIS

Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies

ACF

Accounting and Finance

ABL

Aboriginal Languages of Western Australia

APS

Animal Production Systems

HIA

Ancient History

AIT

Applied Information Technology

ARA

Arabic1

AET

Automotive Engineering and Technology

BME

Business Management and Enterprise

AVN

Aviation

CAE

Career and Enterprise

BLY

Biology

CFC

Children, Family and the Community

BCN

Building and Construction

CBL CSL CFL

Chinese: Background Language

Chinese: Second Language

Chinese: First Language

CHE

Chemistry

DAN

Dance

CSC

Computer Science

DRA

Drama

DES

Design

ECO

Economics

EES

Earth and Environmental Science

ENG

English

EST

Engineering Studies

ELD

English as an Additional Language or Dialect

FST

Food Science and Technology

FBL

FSL

French: Background Language

French: Second Language

HBY

Human Biology

GEO

Geography

HPO

Health, Physical and Outdoor Education

GBL

GSL

German: Background Language

German: Second Language

ISC

Integrated Science

HEA

Health Studies

MMS

Marine and Maritime Studies

HEB

Hebrew1

MDT

Materials Design and Technology

IBL

IND

IFL

Indonesian: Background Language

Indonesian: Second Language

Indonesian: First Language

MAT

MAA

MAE

MAM

MAS

Mathematics

Mathematics Applications

Mathematics Essential

Mathematics Methods

Mathematics Specialist

ITB

ISL

Italian: Background Language

Italian: Second Language

OED

Outdoor Education

JBS

JSL

JFL

Japanese: Background Language

Japanese: Second Language

Japanese: First Language

PES

Physical Education Studies

KBL

Korean: Background Language

PHY

Physics

LIT

Literature

PPS

Plant Production Systems

MBS

Malay: Background Speakers1

PSY

Psychology

MPA

Media Production and Analysis

   

GRE

Modern Greek1

   

HIM

Modern History

   

MUS

Music

   

PAE

Philosophy and Ethics

   

PAL

Politics and Law

   

PBS

Persian: Background Speakers

   

REL

Religion and Life

   

VAR

Visual Arts

   

These subjects must be taught and assessed in the school to count as List A or List B.

 

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