Secondary Schools Program

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’.  ASC International has nine different secondary school options that an international student can choose from.


"These courses serve to ensure continuation of a student’s visa and transition from PSS into mainstream high school. They review and consolidate, in English language, a student’s previous learning in their home country. The courses further develop the English vocabulary and terminology needed for successful continuation of secondary studies in Australia."


Ariel Wee

Qualified Secondary Teacher and International Marketing Manager



Bridging Courses

Benefits of Bridging Courses

  • Review, in English, a student’s previous learning from their home country.
  • Familiarise students with Australian Curriculum and education system.
  • Students can meet their future teachers and classmates with whom they share their studies in the following year.
  • Further develop their language competencies in a mainstream classroom environment.
  • Gives students time to settle into a new country, culture and home.
  • Advanced language learning and high school transition support.

Middle-School (Years 7-10)

Lower secondary education builds on the student's learning from primary school. The course content spans the following learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages


Senior School (Years 11 And 12)

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).


Course Content

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:

  • Humanities (Arts, Languages and Social Sciences subjects)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects)


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:

  • Demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and a minimum standard of numeracy
  • Complete four or more Year 12 ATAR Courses
  • Complete a minimum of 20 units or equivalents:
  • A minimum of 10 Year 12 units or equivalent
  • Two completed Year 11 English units and two completed Year 12 English units
  • Two Year 12 course units from one of the Humanities subjects or the STEM subjects


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: