Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following FAQs and their answers are provided to assist schools in understanding some of the key requirements regarding the delivery of the SCSA's curriculum programs.

What are the eligibility requirements for students undertaking an SCSA curriculum program?+

There are no entry requirements set by the SCSA for students to commence its international curriculum programs. However, international schools must ensure that students are enrolled in an appropriate curriculum for their age, and have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills to commence their studies. Schools may consider entry requirements in their school assessment policy.

What is the English proficiency level for students studying the SCSA’s curriculum programs?+

Schools are required to deliver the SCSA's curriculum programs in Standard Australian English. Students, through the teaching and learning programs developed by schools, are expected to achieve the literacy standard at the relevant year level.

What are the minimum requirements for schools to be approved by the SCSA to deliver Western Australian curriculum programs?+

Schools must possess the appropriate facilities and resources to deliver the nominated curriculum program(s). The SCSA will conduct an audit of teacher and administration readiness to deliver its curriculum programs, and will work with schools to customise training to support curriculum program delivery.

The resources a school possesses will be validated during the application process.

Schools must have their country's or state’s relevant government approvals to deliver the SCSA’s education programs prior to commencing delivery.

All the SCSA's curriculum programs must be delivered by teachers in Standard Australian English

How much will it cost?+

The SCSA provides pricing information for our curriculum programs after preliminary information is submitted by prospective international schools. For more information, contact us via int.ed@scsa.wa.edu.au.

What support will the SCSA provide to approved international schools?+

The SCSA provides a range of services and support to approved international schools, including professional learning, clearly established policies and procedures, reviews, visits and data analysis.

Will my school have access to curriculum specialists?+

Yes, the SCSA will provide schools with support from a network of curriculum specialists with experience in curriculum development, moderation and school-based delivery.

How do I become an SCSA approved international school?+

All applications for accreditation must be submitted using a two-stage online application process. The SCSA Board will evaluate and consider school readiness to deliver the nominated curriculum programs based on the information supplied. The SCSA will advise the school whether they have been approved or if further information is required.

Find out how to become an international school.

What is the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)?+

Students must demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy required to achieve the WACE by completing the OLNA. Students in the AUSMAT program are also required to demonstrate the standard.

The OLNA is run twice a year for students in Years 10 to 12 and may be undertaken after Year 12 only on application by a student.

Find out more about the OLNA and the literacy and numeracy standard.

Note: the other requirements of the WACE must also be met to achieve it.

What is the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and what are the mandatory requirements to achieve a WACE?+

The WACE is the Western Australian senior secondary school certificate of education. It is recognised nationally and internationally by universities and other tertiary institutions, industry and training providers.

Students may select courses that lead to a range of options post-school. Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) courses can be used in the calculation of an ATAR. The ranking is completed by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) on the basis of Year 12 results. For more information visit the TISC website. Universities world-wide typically require students to provide a WACE in addition to possessing the necessary ATAR to gain access to their courses.

There are various standards that a student must demonstrate to achieve a WACE.

What is the difference between the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and the Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programs?+

The WACE is a two-year senior secondary school program completed over Years 11 and 12. The AUSMAT is a one-year, Year 12 school secondary school program. Students enrolled in either the WACE or AUSMAT will complete the same final year Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) course examinations. Successful completion of the WACE or AUSMAT programs will result in students achieving WACE certification.

We can support you to identify the program appropriate for your students as part of the application process.

Please contact the SCSA if you wish to learn more.

Will I receive a senior secondary certificate that is globally recognised?+

Yes, students who successfully complete the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programs will receive WACE certification. The WACE is recognised for entry to universities in Western Australia, Australia’s group of eight universities and leading universities around the world, including in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Successful completion of the WACE or AUSMAT programs open pathways to a wide range of post-school opportunities.

All senior secondary students will receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA). The WASSA is a transcript of grades and marks that may be used for additional information by employers, universities and further training providers.

What is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)?+

The ATAR ranks a student's position relative to all other students who have undertaken their final ATAR course examinations. The ATAR is calculated by the Tertiary Institute Services Centre (TISC) using a student’s best four scaled ATAR course scores (the scaling process is completed by TISC).

The ATAR can be used to gain entry to universities in Western Australia, Australia or world-wide.

What is the Kindergarten to Year 10 Western Australian (WA) curriculum and what are the mandatory requirements?+

The Kindergarten to Year 10 Western Australian curriculum is embedded in the SCSA’s Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (the Outline). The Outline provides Pre-primary to Year 10 year-level syllabuses across the eight learning areas of English, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technologies, and the Arts. It also includes support for children in Kindergarten.

A school delivering the Western Australian curriculum must teach the curriculum content of all eight learning areas relevant to each year level.

Explore the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

Is the curriculum content in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline the same as the Australian Curriculum? +

The Western Australian curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 10 adopted the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science.

The SCSA has adapted the Australian Curriculum content to develop year-level syllabuses for Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies, the Arts and Languages.

The Western Australian syllabuses remain broadly consistent with the Australian Curriculum, but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers.

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