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Understanding ATAR - Important changes to Year 11 and 12 courses

Does your child need help with their ATAR courses?

There are a lot of changes happening for Year 11 and 12 students in 2016.

The curriculum taught to our students is undergoing major reform. The former WACE courses (1AB, 2AB, 3AB) that has been taught in Year 11 and 12 since 2008 is now replaced by distinct Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR subjects.

ATAR stands for Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. ATAR courses have been written in-line with the Australian Curriculum.

 What does this mean for your child?

This means the courses taught and what students will be examined on in Year 11 and 12 will be very different to the former WACE curriculum.

In 2016, Year 12 students will sit for the first time an ATAR examination to get a WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) and to achieve an ATAR.

Students will also need to have achieve a ‘C Grade’ in at least 14 ATAR units in Year 11 and 12.

To attain an ATAR to go onto University studies, students must study at least five ATAR courses each year. Their results will be ranked against other students to give  a ranking for University entrance.

 What can you do to help your child?

Before students commence Year 11 or 12, it is appropriate that students review their success in the courses they studied this year to decide if any changes or support is required prior to commencing next year.

At Academic Group, our Education Consultants are available to help parents and students who would like additional support to achieve a good ATAR.

We can answer your questions about ATAR and provide information about the support that is available throughout the year. Call us on 9314 9500.

 ATAR Head Start Courses

ATAR Head Start courses are available in January 2016 for students who wish to gain an overview of the new ATAR syllabus for their subjects.

Students will be taught by an experienced ATAR specialist who will preview important course concepts. Head Start courses will provide your child a head start in their units prior to the start of the school year. 

These courses are excellent if your child struggled this year or if you want them to be prepared for the year ahead.

The Head Start courses will provide the best preparation to start the year with confidence.

The Head Start program is also an excellent refresher for students who have commenced the year’s work in Term 4.

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