11to12 Circulars - Edition 3 March 2022

Examinations

Examination reports for the 2021 ATAR course examinations

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that the 2021 ATAR course examination reports will be available from Wednesday, 6 April 2022 on the course page of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website once logged into the extranet.

The Extranet is the Authority’s secure area for teachers to access materials and resources to support them in their work. Please use the link below to log into the Extranet or to register: https://scsa.wa.edu.au/extranet/login.

The 2021 Summary examination reports for candidates will also be available on the course page.

An examination report is not available for some courses where there were insufficient candidates to enable any valid statistical analysis.


Calculators in the Year 12 ATAR course examinations 2022

Contact
Barclay Jones
(08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

Information relating to approved use of calculators in Year 12 ATAR course written examinations for 2022 is provided in the syllabus design brief, the Year 12 Information Handbook Part I: Information for all students 2022, located on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/year-12-information and the front cover of the ATAR course examinations that are scheduled for release in August 2022.

Calculators are permitted in the examination room for the Year 12 ATAR course written examinations in Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist only. The use of a calculator is limited to ‘Section Two: Calculator assumed’. Use of a calculator during ‘Section One: Calculator free’ will be deemed a breach of examination rules that may result in a penalty.

Calculators are not approved inside the examination room of the Year 12 ATAR course written examinations in Ancient History, Applied Information and Technology, Career and Enterprise, Children, Family and the Community, Chinese First Language, Chinese Second language, Dance, Drama, English, English as an Additional Language or Dialect, French Background Language, French Second Language, German Background Language, German Second Language, Health Studies, Indonesian Second Language, Italian Background Language, Italian Second Language, Japanese Second Language, Literature, Media Production Analysis, Modern History, Music, Outdoor Education, Philosophy and Ethics, Politics and Law, Religion and Life and Visual Arts. Possession of a calculator in the ATAR written course examination may be deemed a breach of examination rules that may result in a penalty.


2022 Year 12 Practical examination requirements documents and practical marking keys for ATAR courses

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Barclay Jones (08) 9273 6309
Barclay.Jones@scsa.wa.edu.au

Teachers are advised that the 2022 Year 12 Practical examination requirements documents and the practical marking keys for ATAR courses with practical examinations are available on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The materials are located on the relevant ATAR course page. Please see the links below.

Both teachers and students must be familiar with the course specific practical examination requirements document and practical marking keys. They contain important information about the reporting of achievement, how the examination is structured and conducted as well as key dates.

Aviation
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/technologies/aviation

Chinese: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/chinese-second-language

Dance
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/dance

Design
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/design

Drama
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/drama

English as an Additional Language/Dialect
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/english/english-as-an-additional-language-or-dialect

French: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/french-background-language

French: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/french-second-language

German: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/german-background-language

German: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/german-second-language

Indonesian: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/indonesian-second-language

Italian: Background Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/italian-background-language

Italian: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/italian-second-language

Japanese: Second Language
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/languages/japanese-second-language

Materials Design and Technology
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/technologies/materials-design-and-technology

Media Production and Analysis
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/media-production-and-analysis

Music
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/music

Physical Education Studies
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/health-and-physical-education/physical-education-studies

Visual Arts
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/visual-arts


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

2022 Nominal hours for Certificate II qualifications

Contact
Arti Dogra
(08) 9273 6751
Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au

Sandra Thompson (08) 9273 6750
Sandra.Thompson@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are advised to check the total nominal hours of the units of competency students will be undertaking towards achievement of their Certificate II qualification. This will ensure that it meets the minimum 220 nominal hour requirement to be allocated full unit equivalence towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Depending on the selection of elective units of competency, common qualifications may require low total nominal hours include SIS20319 Certificate II in Sport Coaching and FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. The nominal hours for units of competency can be accessed from the Department of Training and Workforce Development via the training product search: https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/training-product-search.

Further information about the allocation of unit equivalence for VET qualifications can be found on page 67 of the 2022 WACE Manual https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/further-resources/wace-manual.


VET Awards Selection Report 2021 now online

Contact
Arti Dogra
(08) 9273 6751
Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) recommends that School Leaders and people delivering VET to secondary school students read the Awards Selection Report now available on the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/certification/exhibitions-and-awards under Awards for outstanding achievement in VET.

The report provides valuable information for teachers who supported the nomination of students in 2021 and for those who plan to do so in 2022.

It presents statistics on the number of students involved in the awards selection process and detailed information on how students were selected for awards, including feedback and recommendations for teachers.

The 2022 VET Awards for Outstanding Achievement Brochure and 2022 VET Awards Nomination Kit will be available on the website in April under Awards for outstanding achievement in VET.

Access to the online nomination process will be available to schools in Term 3. The last date for schools to submit VET award nominations via SIRS is Monday, 29 August 2022 at 4.30 pm.


2022 VET ESQUAL – important information

Contact
Arti Dogra 
(08) 9273 6751
Arti.Dogra@scsa.wa.edu.au

Sandra Thompson (08) 9273 6750
Sandra.Thompson@scsa.wa.edu.au

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Qualification Estimate (ESQUAL) is a mandatory Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) reporting activity required by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) to be completed by 5 May 2022.

Schools are required to report the qualifications being undertaken by students (including students who access training offsite at external providers) and the student details for each qualification.

Details of the units of competence within each qualification are not required to be reported. Schools are only required to update the ESQUAL file after the 5 May deadline if there is a significant change in VET offerings.

Schools will also need to indicate the delivery arrangement (for example, auspice, profile, fee for service) for each VET qualification.

For more information about the reporting process, the full list of delivery arrangement definitions and the ESQUAL file format, refer to the Section 3.3 of the Data Procedures Manual 2022. The manual can be downloaded from the Authority website at: https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/data-procedures-manual

Important information

Uploading an ESQUAL file to Student Information and Record System (SIRS) causes the previous file to be completely erased. To correctly update the information in your ESQUAL upload file, all students should be included in each upload. This ensures that information on your school record in SIRS is maintained correctly.


SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

Final dates for Year 12 students to withdraw from courses, 2022

Contact
Jenny Offer
(08) 9273 6313
Jenny.Offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded of the final dates to withdraw Year 12 students from courses:

  • Thursday, 21 July 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from ATAR courses with practical examination components. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.
  • Monday, 8 August 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from ATAR courses which do not have practical examination components. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.
  • Monday, 8 August 2022 – final date for withdrawing students from General, Foundation, Preliminary and Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry specific courses. No changes will be made to student enrolments in these courses after this date.

As withdrawing from a course is a significant decision, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) strongly encourages students and their schools to use the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) checker to test the possible impact of their decision. The WACE checker is available on the Authority website at https://wacechecker2021.scsa.wa.edu.au/.

Schools are reminded that students who are enrolled in a Year 12 ATAR course must sit the external examination in that course. For ATAR courses with practical components, students must sit both the written and practical examinations. Students who do not sit an ATAR course examination and do not have an approved sickness/misadventure application for that course, will not have the grades for the pair of units completed in that year contribute to the calculation of the WACE.

As a consequence, a student may not meet the requirements to receive a WACE.