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 Year 10 Course Information

2018 Yr 10 Subject Information


Year 11 & 12 Overview

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Information about Curtin University for Yr 11 & Yr12 students.

From 2015, all students who are in their 11th or 12th year of schooling must be involved in either:

  • education at school OR
  • other training (e.g. TAFE, traineeship or apprenticeship) OR
  • worthwhile full time employment.

This means that most Year 10 students will return to school. Any student who does not wish to return to school will need to seek exemption by completing an Application for Exemption Form.

Students may choose to complete a program in Years 11 and 12 that leads to employement, a traineeship or apprenticeship, TAFE or University.

Students will be able to access University entrance by completing four or more ATAR Courses, and by completing the external WACE examinations in Year 12.  This will ensure that they are as competitive as possible.

The following should act as a very general guide:

Course Course in Senior School (year 11& 12) Post school destination
1 General courses within a VET program (this must include the completion of at least 1 Certificate program in school or at TAFE by the end of Year 12). Employment Apprenticeship/ Traineeship TAFE course
2 General courses (this must include the completion of at least 1 Certificate II program by the end of Year 12). Employment Apprenticeship/ Traineeship TAFE course
3 Minimum of four ATAR courses University course

What historically have students done at Lesmurdie SHS?

  • Approximately 50% of LSHS students complete Yr 12 with the intention of going to University. In other words they have chosen courses that enable them to apply for University.
  • About 90% of these students are successful in getting in to University. As a general guide, to have a reasonable chance of going to University, students need to be ranked academically in the top 40% of their year group.
  • Approximately 20% do Course 2 (table above) with the intention of going to TAFE and approximately 30% do a VET type course (Course 1 above). 

Which Courses do I choose?

The WACE Course structure contains various Courses in each Learning Area.

The principle of the WACE Courses structure is that General courses are less complex in content and concepts than ATAR courses.

It should be noted that students must choose six (6)  Courses to study from any number of Learning Areas. All students in Senior School must study four (4) unit of English across the normal two years of Years 11 and 12  in order to meet requirements to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), commonly known as graduation. At LSHS, students must complete a pair of English Units in Year 11 and a pair of English Units in their Year 12. It is also strongly advised that all students also choose to study WACE Courses in Mathematics.

You must choose 6 Courses which you are likely to study for 2 years:

One course must be English.
General English (VET- Vocational Education and Training students/TAFE bound students).
ATAR English  (University/TAFE bound students).

Five other courses – At least 1 Course from List A and B below must be included. To view List A and List B courses click here.

Where students choose to study less than four (4) ATAR Courses  in Year 12 then they must choose to complete a Certificate II (National Training Qualification Framework) by the end of Year 12.

Students intending to apply for courses at TAFE after they complete Senior School may be required to demonstrate competency in literacy and numeracy (TAFE Literacy and Numeracy requirements). For entry into competitive courses, points for entry into various TAFE courses are awarded according to the grades received in each of the WACE courses studied.

Students intending to apply for University entrance after they complete Senior School will be required to demonstrateCompetence in Englishas prescribed by Universities throught the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Any student studying an ATAR Course during their Year 12 will be required to sit an external examination conducted by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). This is a SCSA requirement for students to be credited with each of their ATAR  Courses.

Failure to sit the external examination for ATAR Courses studied during the Exit Year will result in the Course not contributing to the achievement of the WACE

A Guide to Assist Students with Choosing Courses

All students will undertake career development in Year 10. Information collected and plans developed during this process should be used to guide the selection of Courses.

Talk to people that you know to find out about careers and Senior School courses. Talk to:

  1. your parents/relatives/friends;
  2. class teachers ;
  3. Ms Amanda Joiner – Senior School Manager; or
  4. Mr. Borsei – VET Coordinator

Course Selection for 2017

Courses for 2017 – 18

Course Selection Suggestions


Cert II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Cert II in Information Digital Media Technology

Cert II in Sampling Measurement

Cert II in Sport Recreation

Cert II in Business

Cert III in Business

Cert I in Furnishing

Cert II in Visual Arts (2)

Cert-II Visual Arts-Wood Context

Cert II Hospitality FoH

Cert II in Tourism

Cert II Wood

Cert II in Auto