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Understanding WACE: Your Path to Success in Year 12

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is a key milestone for Year 12 students in Australia. This guide details WACE requirements and tips for success.

Grace Magusara
Operations Co-Ordinator
June 26, 2024
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The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is a significant milestone for Year 12 students in Australia. Achieving the WACE signifies that a student has met the educational standards set by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). This guide provides a detailed overview of WACE, its requirements, and tips for success.

What is WACE?

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is awarded to students who successfully meet the academic and curriculum requirements set by the SCSA. It is a key credential for students wishing to pursue further education or enter the workforce.

WACE Achievement Requirements

To be awarded the WACE, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Breadth and Depth: Complete a minimum of 20 units or equivalent. This must include:
    • At least ten Year 12 units (or equivalent)
    • Two completed Year 11 English units and one pair of completed Year 12 English units
  2. Achievement Standard: Achieve at least 14 C grades (or equivalents) in Year 11 and Year 12 units, with a minimum of six C grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents).
  3. Literacy and Numeracy: Demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy, which can be met through the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) or prequalified through NAPLAN.

Course Requirements for WACE

Year 11

Students must complete:

  • A minimum of two Year 11 units in English.
  • A total of six Year 11 units across various subjects.

Year 12

Students must complete:

  • A minimum of one pair of Year 12 units in English.
  • Five additional pairs of Year 12 units (or equivalents) across different subjects.

Literacy and Numeracy Standards

Literacy Standard

To meet the literacy requirement, students must:

  • Achieve Band 8 or higher in the reading and writing components of Year 9 NAPLAN, or
  • Pass the reading and writing components of the OLNA.

Numeracy Standard

To meet the numeracy requirement, students must:

  • Achieve Band 8 or higher in the numeracy component of Year 9 NAPLAN, or
  • Pass the numeracy component of the OLNA.

Tips for Achieving WACE

Stay Organised

  • Create a Study Schedule: Allocate specific times for each subject to ensure consistent study habits.
  • Use a Planner: Track assignments, exams, and important dates to stay on top of your responsibilities.

Engage Actively in Learning

  • Participate in Class: Engage in discussions and ask questions to deepen your understanding.
  • Study Groups: Collaborate with peers to review material and prepare for exams.

Regular Revision

  • Review Notes Frequently: Regularly go over class notes to reinforce learning.
  • Practice Past Exams: Familiarise yourself with the exam format and types of questions by practising past papers.
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Seek Support

  • Tutoring Services: Utilise tutoring services to get personalised help and guidance.
  • Teacher Assistance: Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers for additional support or clarification on difficult topics.
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Utilising WACE Resources

Online Resources

  • Student Portal: Check your personal details, enrolments, and access important documents like your examination timetable.
  • WACE Checker: Track your progress towards meeting WACE requirements.

School Resources

  • Counsellors and Advisers: Seek advice on course selection and career planning.
  • Library: Access study materials, textbooks, and other resources to support your learning.

Support Networks

  • Family and Friends: Lean on your support network for encouragement and assistance.
  • Peer Study Groups: Collaborate with classmates to enhance learning and stay motivated.


Achieving the WACE is a significant accomplishment that opens doors to further education and career opportunities. By understanding the requirements, staying organised, and utilising available resources, you can successfully navigate your final year of high school. Our tutoring services are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today for personalised guidance and help in achieving your academic goals.

For more detailed information, visit the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. Let us help you make your Year 12 journey a success!

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