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The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is administered by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. There are 55 accredited WACE courses.

The WACE provides multiple pathways to University, TAFE, other training organizations and employment. It is recognized nationally.

The structure of the certification enables students to do a broader range of subjects than in the past.
Students must complete at least 20 units, of which at least 10 must be from WACE/ATAR courses.  The 20 units must include at least 4 units from English, Literature and/or EALD and one pair of units from each of list A (Arts/language/social science) and List B (Maths/Science/Technology).

A student’s WACE course score combines school marks with their examination mark.
For more information go to http://www.curriculum.wa.edu.au and view the WACE handbook and the Year 12 Information Handbook.

Changes to WACE in 2016 will mean students will also need to meet a satisfactory standard of literacy and numeracy according to their Year 9 NAPLAN result or OLNA test score.



  • The syllabus for all WACE courses  can be found at http://www.curriculum.wa.edu.au
  • Examiners’ reports for each subject which provide feedback on the previous year’s examination.
  • Previous exam papers.  The last six years’ exams are published in a convenient format, known as Creelman Exam Questions, published by Academic Task Force.


Entrance to public universities in WA is based on a ranking process.  Places in university courses are offered based on a student’s ATAR.

A student’s ATAR is calculated by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) from the results provided to it by the Curriculum Council.  This result is used to rank a student for admission to various University courses.  For more information go the the TISC website: www.tisc.edu.au

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