General Information

Changes to the WACE for Year 11s in 2020

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On 2 May 2019 the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sue Ellery MLC announced changes to the WACE for students commencing Year 11 in 2020. Read the Minister’s Statement: (or under 'Minister Ellery')

A letter from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s Board Chair, Professor Patrick Garnett has been sent to all secondary schools:

The Year 10 Information Handbook and further support materials are now available:

From 2020, Year 11 students may elect to undertake a combination of Year 12 General and ATAR courses rather than including a VET qualification in their WACE.

Further support materials will be made available as the year progresses.

Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 and information materials available online

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The Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 and the Year 12 in 2021: Information for Year 10 Students and their Parents presentation are available on the Authority website at and

The Year 12 in 2021: Information for Year 10 Students and their Parents presentation has been developed to support schools for their Year 10 subject selection presentation.

The Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 is essential reading for Year 10s, their families and teachers. It contains information for students on a range of important topics including the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

The handbook and presentation provide information about the new option for the course completion requirement to achieve the WACE from 2021.

Some additional materials have provided this year that schools may choose to use for reference when counselling Year 10s. These include:

  • Study options table graphic – WACE 2021
  • WACE Requirements infographic – WACE 2021
  • Sample programs infographic – WACE 2021
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – WACE Requirements.

The additional materials are also available on the Year 10 Information and WACE Requirements pages.