WACE General Pathway

The WACE General Pathway applies to a student who studies less than four ATAR subjects.  This pathway may comprise a variety of subject options with the aim of suiting the academic needs and interests of the student whilst ensuring they meet requirements for WACE graduation and entrance into tertiary study, be that university, TAFE, an Apprenticeship or the workforce.

In Year 11, students must select an English course (ATAR or General) and then choose five additional courses that can be either ATAR or General courses.  The total number of courses may be less if a student also selects a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate.

In Year 12, students must select an English course (ATAR or General) and then choose four or three additional courses that can be either ATAR or General courses.  The total number of courses will vary according to their Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate.

A few examples for a Year 12 student could include:

Student A (Certificate IV plus four WACE courses)

  • Certificate IV Education Support
  • English (ATAR)
  • Physical Education Studies (ATAR)
  • Maths Essentials (General)
  • Human Biological Science (General)

Student B (Certificate IV plus three WACE courses)

  • Certificate IV Business
  • English (General)
  • Textiles (ATAR)
  • Career & Enterprise (General)

Student C (No Certificate course, must take five WACE courses)

  • English (General)
  • Dance (ATAR)
  • Drama (ATAR)
  • Maths Essentials (General)
  • Media and Production Analysis (General)

 

Certificate IV and English Competency for university entrance

For students not wishing to complete an ATAR pathway but wanting to pursue a direct entry to a university Bachelor’s Degree, a VET Certificate IV Year 12 may be helpful. The successful completion of a Certificate IV and either a scaled score of above 50% in English ATAR, the STAT test (see below) or a relevant English qualification outlined below will credit students with the minimum entry requirements into Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame and TAFE.

 

Western Australian University Information for Students Completing a Certificate IV and General English

Students can meet the minimum university entrance requirement if they do not complete English ATAR but have the following:

UWA

UWA does not recognise the Certificate  IV for direct admission to their undergraduate degree.

Curtin
Certificate IV and successful completion of the STAT.

ECU
Certificate IV and an A grade in General English and a submission of a portfolio.

Notre Dame
Certificate IV and successful completion of the written English section of the STAT only. The applicant must receive a written permission letter from the university to sit the STAT.

Murdoch
Certificate IV and a B grade or higher in English General. If the applicant wishes to study Nursing, Teaching, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Law and Criminology they will also need to complete the STAT and obtain the minimum score specified by the course entry requirements.

Students who do not gain admission to the undergraduate Bachelor’s degree programs, will have the opportunity to undertake university enabling programs (6 months) offered at each of the above universities (except UWA).  These can be applied for when completing their TISC application from August.

For more information on the STAT

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

 

http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/stat.tisc