Upcoming changes to WACE graduation

As you may have heard, the Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery announced a new pathway to achieve WACE graduation for the Class of 2021, who will complete Year 11 in 2020.

Currently, there are two ways students can achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education, and therefore graduate from senior school. Students must complete a minimum of five courses in Year 12 and could choose the following academic pathways:

  • ATAR Pathway:  Where a student studies a minimum of 4 ATAR courses, or
  • VET Pathway:  Where a student studies 4 General courses and must complete a Certificate II or higher.

From 2020 onwards (Year 12, 2021), in addition to these two existing pathways, students will also be able to achieve their WACE graduation by studying the following academic pathway:

  • General Pathway:  Where a student can study five General courses in Year 12.

All other graduation requirements, including meeting the minimum literacy and numeracy standards remain unchanged.

Currently, CBC Fremantle is analysing these new changes and the impact it may have on our students.  We believe that all academic pathways are equal and that each boy can choose his appropriate pathway that enables him to be engaged, is tailored to his abilities and interests and allows him to achieve his future career goals.

Further information on the new pathway can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website, here.

On Monday 27 May the Year 11, 2020 Course Information Evening will be held.  Specific information regarding the academic pathway change will be communicated at this event.

Scott McDonnell
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning