Courses, VET and endorsed programs

Business Management and Enterprise 3: correction of error

Maria Tsovleas (08) 9273 6363

Teachers of Business Management and Enterprise are advised the following content has been amended in the syllabus for teaching and examination in 2014.
Unit 3B

Text from the 2014 version of the syllabus

Updated text

Political and legal

  • financial transactions
    • sources of internal funding, including:
      • debentures
      • share capital
      • retained profits
  • sources of external funding, including:
    • trade credit
    • venture capital
    • secured loans
    • financial institutions, including banks and finance companies
    • government

Political and legal

  • financial transactions
    • sources of internal funding, including:
      • retained profits
    • sources of external funding, including:
      • debentures
      • share capital
      • trade credit
      • venture capital
      • secured loans
      • financial institutions, including banks and finance companies
      • government

The updated syllabus is identified with the following footnote:

Business Management and Enterprise: Accredited April 2008 (updated July 2014)
For teaching 2013 and 2014, examined in 2013 and 2014

The Scope and Sequence for Business Management and Enterprise has been updated accordingly.

Minor edits to 2015/16 syllabuses

John Newman (08) 9273 6757

Minor edits to the following syllabuses are listed in the table below. The updated version of each syllabus can be found within the relevant Learning Area section of the WACE 2015-2016 section of the Authority website.


Minor edit

Accounting and Finance General Year 11

On page 9:

‘Recording, processing and communicating financial information (50-60%)’ now reads:
‘Recording, processing and communicating financial information’

Business Management and Enterprise ATAR Year 12

Two of the Sources of internal funding (page 11):

  • debentures
  • share capital

have been moved to the list of Sources of external funding (page 12).

Chemistry Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR and General

In the glossary for all of the syllabuses the definitions of system and systemic error now reads:

System - A group of interacting objects, materials or processes that form an integrated whole. Systems can be open or closed.

Systematic error - The contribution to the uncertainty in a measurement result that is identifiable and quantifiable, for example, imperfect calibration of measurement instruments.

Integrated Science ATAR Year 12

Correction on page 10 to the equation to calculate the specific heat of water to read :

  • use the equation E = mcΔT to calculate the specific heat of water

Italian Second Language ATAR Year 11

All Italian language references to the topic Communicating in a modern world now read asComunicare nel mondo moderno.

Mathematics Applications
Year 12

On page 34 of the Glossary there is a minor correction in the ACARA supplied example of effective annual interest charged  from 0.9416 to 0.93807.

Mathematics Essential  Year 11

On page 15 of syllabus
2.3.7 now reads:
2.3.7      use ratio to describe simple scales
Examples in context – Ratios:
*             discussing the use of ratios, percentages or fractions as different ways of relating the quantities in mixtures, for example cordial or mortar
*             calculating ratio of food, clothing, transport costs within a budget

2.3.12 now reads:
2.3.12 use rates to determine costs
Examples in context – Rates:

  • calculating cost of tradesman using rates per hour, call-out fees
  • using rates to calculate fuel consumption for different vehicles under different driving conditions
  • calculating food, clothing, transport costs per day, week or month

Mathematics Foundation Year 11

On page 25 the content points 2.2.4 and 2.2.5 have been combined to now reads:

‘2.2.4 - understand, recall, use and extend basic multiplication and division facts to facilitate mental calculation’.

Physical Education Studies ATAR Year 12

Inclusion of the updated reduced prescribed list of sports for practical (performance) WACE examinations on pages 3 and 18 of the WACE examination.

Preliminary Visual  Arts

Re-wording of the third dot point in aims of the syllabus to read as:

  • respond to own artworks and the artworks of others.

SIRS reporting of VET integrated into WACE 2015-16 course units 2015 and beyond

Angela Kiely(08) 9273 6751
Nicole Gazey (08) 9442 9401

From 2015 the Authority does not require schools to notify the agency on whether VET units of competency have been integrated into WACE 2015-16 course units. Under the WACE 2015-16 arrangements, all VET achievement, regardless of how a school chooses to deliver a qualification, will attract unit equivalence towards the WACE (except VET industry specific courses which attract course unit credit towards the WACE).

Schools may still decide to undertake their own processes to continue integrating a VET qualification into a WACE course, however no student work relating to VET is to be used as evidence to meet the Authority’s moderation processes of WACE courses and the Authority does not need to be notified of the delivery arrangement.

In terms of the Authority’s reporting requirements, VET units of competency are only required to be reported as VET integrated if the student is enrolled in a VET industry specific course. This process ensures course completion will be correctly recognised in SIRS and that WACE course unit credit is allocated upon completion of the course requirements. The course type identifier for a VET industry specific course is VETCOS. Using the course type identifier COS to distinguish a VET integrated enrolment will be disallowed when reporting enrolments to the Authority’s SIRS database.

There will be no changes to the process for integrating VET into existing WACE courses in 2015.


2014 WACE Music examination

Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6309

There will be no Stage 2 WACE Music examination in Jazz and Western Art.

Please ensure students sitting the Stage 2 WACE examination Music are enrolled in the correct context. As there are no enrolments this year for Stage 2 WACE examination Music – Jazz and Western Art, these contexts will not be examined. Only the Contemporary context will be available for Stage 2 WACE examination Music candidates.

2014 WACE written examination timetable available online

Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6309

The 2014 WACE written examinations will be held from Monday, 3 November to Friday 21 November. The timetable can be accessed from the Authority’s website at

Items required by candidates for 2014 WACE Practical (performance) examinations (Physical Education Studies)

Rick Browner (08) 9273 6312

Candidates who do not have the required equipment and/or clothing will not be permitted to participate in a practical examination.

The following list includes personal items, safety equipment and/or clothing required by candidates participating in the 2014 WACE practical (performance) examinations.

Any candidate who arrives at an examination without the items listed below will not be permitted to participate in the practical examination. Please note that students who do not complete the examination will be deemed as having not completed the course. This may affect WACE achievement.


No special equipment required

Artistic Gymnastics

Close fitting clothes such as a leotard

Australian Football

Enclosed shoes or boots


Badminton racquet, non-marking athletic shoes


Non-marking athletic shoes


Cricket bat, batting helmet, gloves, pads, protector and enclosed shoes or boots for a hard wicket


Riding helmet, riding boots, safety vest, horse


Collared shirt, enclosed shoes, personal set of golf clubs


Hockey stick, shin and mouth protection, footwear suitable for a synthetic playing surface


Non-marking athletic shoes


Shin guards, enclosed shoes or boots


Batting helmet, softball bat, glove, enclosed footwear


Protective eye goggles, squash racquet, non-marking athletic shoes


Bathers that conform to Swimming Australia regulations


Tennis racquet, enclosed shoes suitable for a hard surface


Enclosed shoes or boots free of screw-in studs or cleats


Non-marking athletic shoes

WACE examination dates 2015

Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6377

The 2015 WACE written examinations will run from Monday, 2 November to
Friday, 27 November.

The 2015 WACE practical examinations will be scheduled as follows:

  1. Saturday, 26 September to Sunday, 4 October (Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday included)
    Aviation, Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education Studies
  1. Saturday, 26 September to Sunday, 11 October (Saturday, Sunday and the public holiday included)
    English as an Additional Language/Dialect (overseas schools)
  1. Saturday, 17 October
    Chinese: Second Language
  1. Saturday, 17 October and Sunday, 18 October
    Japanese: Second Language and Indonesian: Second Language
  1. Saturday, 17 October to Sunday, 25 October (Saturday and Sunday included)
    English as an Additional Language/Dialect (Western Australian schools), French, German and Italian

A school will notbe able to specify particular day/s for the practical examinations to be held for all of its students. Students from a school must be randomly allocated to examination times throughout all of the days allotted for a course. This process ensures anonymity for all candidates.

Schools are advised to plan activities such as school examinations, final-day assembly, graduation, valedictory dinners and leavers’ breakfast on dates other than those listed above. These activities should be scheduled when there are no examinations for local students, such as between Monday, 5 October and Friday, 16 October or between Monday, 26 October and Friday, 30 October.

Schools are requested to communicate the written and practical examination dates to students, teachers and parents. No allowance in the timetable can be made for holidays, work or personal arrangements.

French WACE practical (oral) examination

Jenny Morup (08) 9273 6309

Candidates who do not bring a stimulus item into the French practical (oral) examination will not be assessed in Part B of that examination.

The French practical (oral) examination design brief requires Stage 2 and Stage 3 candidates to bring one stimulus item of their choice for Part B of the examination.

If a candidate does not bring a stimulus item into the examination then Part B: Discussion prompted by stimulus item will not be assessed. For this part of the examination, the candidate will receive a zero (0). Part B of the examination is worth 10% of the total examination.

If the candidate (except private candidates) does not bring a stimulus item to the examination due to an unforseen event beyond their control at the time of the examination, then they could submit a sickness/misadventure application. Forgetting to bring the stimulus item or leaving it at home does not constitute an unforseen event beyond the control of the candidate at the time of the examination. Further information about the sickness/misadventure process is available on the Authority’s website


Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) Handbook


In response to feedback from schools, the Authority has published an OLNA Handbook, which provides information on:

  • demonstrating the minimum standard through OLNA
  • administering the assessments
  • using feedback to assist students.

The OLNA Handbook also provides information on policies, procedures and guidelines relevant for schools, teachers and other members of the education community.
The Authority has also published, to support teachers, the OLNA Writing guide. The guide exemplifies writing where the OLNA standard has been demonstrated and also where it has not.
The handbook and the guide are accessible via the Authority’s website at
In addition, applications for markers for the Writing component will open on 25 July 2014 and can be accessed via the Authority’s employment page at: