Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Requirements

To achieve a WACE, students must:

  • Complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment to demonstrate a minimum standard based on skills regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge-based economy.
  • Complete a minimum of four Year 12 ATAR courses including the external examination (i.e. be eligible for an ATAR) or complete a Certificate II or higher. Katanning Senior High School recommends that students study 5 ATAR courses.
  • Complete two Year 11 English units and a pair of Year 12 English units.
  • Complete at least one pair of units from a Year 12 List A (arts/languages/social sciences) course and one pair of units from a Year 12 List B course (mathematics/sciences/technologies).
  • Complete at least 20 units
    (or equivalents) including a minimum of 10 Year 12 units.
  • Achieve a minimum of 14 C grades in Year 11 and Year 12 units (or equivalents) including at least 6 C grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents).
  • If students do not meet the literacy and numeracy standard by the time they exit secondary school, they can apply to the Authority to re-sit the assessment.

    All students (whether they have achieved the WACE or not) will receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement – a record of all courses and or programs completed.


Please refer to the SCSA website for up to date and further information.