Years 11 & 12 Courses

Students are encouraged to select courses tailored to their individual requirements and academic ability. All courses offered at Prendiville Catholic College in Year 11 and Year 12 are accredited by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Multiple pathways to the WACE

The WACE breadth and depth of study requirement previously outlined, specifies that students must complete a minimum of 20 units (10 courses) during Years 11 and 12, including a minimum of 10 Year 12 units or equivalents. Students may use ATAR courses, three categories of General courses (standard General, VET industry specific, Foundation, but not Preliminary), VET programs, or endorsed programs to meet this requirement.

There are limits to the number of VET programs (not VET industry specific courses) and endorsed programs that may contribute to achievement of the WACE.

School based Achievement

A student’s school-based achievement in ATAR and General courses is recorded in grades (A, B, C, D or E) and marks out of 100 for each completed course unit or pair of units.

Student achievement in VET Industry Specific (VETIS) courses is recorded as ‘completed’ upon completion of all course requirements. The notation ‘completed’ counts as a C grade or better in all other General courses.

Student achievement in Preliminary course units is recorded as ‘completed’ or ‘not completed’.

Student achievement in VET programs is competency-based and specific requirements are outlined in national training packages or accredited courses.

Student achievement in endorsed programs is reported as the particular program that has been completed.

ATAR course examinations

ATAR course examinations are conducted for each ATAR course.

Examinations are compulsory for all students enrolled in ATAR courses.

Courses available

Schools choose to offer courses to meet the needs and interests of their students in accordance with the resources they have available. The wide range of WACE courses:

  • enables students to study courses similar to those offered in other parts of Australia
  • provides multiple pathways to university, training and employment.

There are two groups of WACE courses:

  • ATAR Courses – for students who are typically aiming to enrol in university directly from school. These courses will be examined by the Authority and the results accepted by TISC for the purpose of university selection.
  • General Courses – for students who are typically aiming to enter further training or the workforce directly from school. These courses require students to sit an Externally Set Task (EST).

Students can select from ATAR or General courses  but students wishing to receive an ATAR are required to complete a minimum of four ATAR courses in Year 12.

Each course has four units, each unit is typically completed in a semester. Units 1 and 2 (Year 11) are typically studied as a pair, Units 3 and 4 (Year 12) must be studied as a pair. 

The complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12. For this reason, a student cannot complete Year 12 units in a course and then enrol in Year 11 units in the same course.

There are no restrictions on course selections for achievement of the WACE except for:

  • the List A and List B requirement
  • the enrolment criteria for Languages and English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

Students considering university studies should go to the TISC website for information on university entry requirements and the ATAR.

Students in Years 11 and 12 must choose six courses each year. With English or Literature mandated under the WACE and Religion and Life mandated in Catholic Schools, students must select either ATAR or General for these courses and an additional four courses. 


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