Junior Secondary Years 7-10 Course Code: 094025B
Senior Secondary Years 11-12 Course Code: 093594K
In Western Australia, secondary school runs from Year 7 to 12. Students start Year 7, the first year of secondary school, in the year they turn 12 years old by 30 June. Years 11 and 12 are considered ‘Senior School’.
Lower secondary education builds on the student's learning from primary school. The course content spans the following learning areas:
Course Code 005169A
Year 11 is the start of a student’s preparation for secondary school graduation and university studies. Upon successful completion of Years 11 and 12, students are awarded a Western Australian Certificate of Education(WACE). Students can choose a mixture of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), vocational education and training (VET) programs and General subjects.
The range of subjects and programs offered varies from school to school. Year 11 students also have the opportunity to study the subject English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) to help them gain entry into the Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP).
In Senior School, students often choose one English subject plus another five elective subjects. At least one elective subject is selected from the two following disciplines:
Most students in Year 11 are advised to take ATAR level subjects to give them the best opportunity to proceed into tertiary studies at the end of their following year - Year 12 WACE or WAUFP.
Students complete two years of Senior School and satisfy the requirements to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). WACE is recognised by universities for entry to undergraduate programs and by training providers for courses preparing them for entry into the workforce.
To achieve a WACE, students typically need to:
For a list of subjects that apply to a specific school, please contact ASC International.
Detailed descriptions of all upper secondary subjects can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website: www.scsa.wa.edu.au.
“ASC International offers a well-rounded education with many co-curricular and enrichment activities such as camps, sport events, arts and additional language support. These enabled me to explore my hobbies and career interests. My teachers were not only passionate about teaching but also dedicated to us. They made every effort to assist me whenever I approached them for help. The School also provided me with a comprehensive range of study materials to help me understand and master the syllabus. More importantly, my teachers gave me invaluable emotional and mental support. I did not panic or feel fearful during my Year 12 examinations as they had boosted my self-confidence with their guidance and study techniques. I faced my examinations with the absolute certainty that I would achieve my goal of going to university.”
Ruby Wang, Architecture Undergraduate,
The University of Western Australia.
In 2017, more than half our graduating Year 12 students scored above the equivalent of 90% Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR). Highly competitive degree programs including Architecture, Engineering, Law, Veterinary Science and Medicine typically require very high ATAR scores as part of their entry requirements.