Recommended Minimum Entrance Requirements
The Recommended Minimum Entrance Requirements for each course unit are included in each of the course descriptions. These are stated to help students choose appropriate courses in which they should succeed – provided they work hard.
Before students submit their selections, they need to consider the type of commitment they are able to give outside of school hours. Students undertaking courses leading to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), normally an ATAR course pathway, need to do a minimum of three hours study per course per week, each and every week. That means if they are studying five such courses, they need to do a minimum of fifteen hours of homework and/or study per week.
Students undertaking a VET pathway need to do a minimum of 1.5 hours per course per week, each and every week. That means that a typical six course unit load requires nine hours of homework and/or study per week.
Homework does not only consist of the work given to students by the teacher, but also of a self-directed component. This may include organising notes, revision, research, exam study, practical study or additional tasks or questions.
Handing in Work on Time
It is vital in Year 11 that all assessment work is handed in on time, for all courses. Failure to do so may result in the assessment receiving an automatic zero % or not demonstrated.
Your attendance and participation in class is the key to achievement of success. Studies show that students who attend school regularly are more likely to succeed at school. Aim for 100% attendance. The only acceptable reasons for absences are if you are sick or have a school activity such as an excursion. Work commitments and holidays are not acceptable reasons for being absent from school. If you are going to be absent, see your teachers before your absence to collect work, ensuring that you keep up with your coursework and study.
Medical Conditions Affecting School/Exam Performance
It is the responsibility of the student to notify the School of any medical condition that may affect performance as soon as they enrol or become aware of the condition. If special consideration is required in exams or class as a result of the medical condition, a medical certificate and/or other documentation must be provided to the Deputy Principal, so that arrangements can be put in place. This is a School Curriculum Standards Authority (SCSA) requirement.
When a student selects a program of study, he/she is committing to the courses for the duration of the course. Changing a course is discouraged and can be avoided by:
- Choosing appropriate courses – note the Minimum Entrance Requirements
- Discussing any problems with your teacher and parents
- Working harder when the going gets tough; hand all work in on time, seek extra help and attend 100% of your classes. If a student realizes that he / she is not in an appropriate course (e.g. too difficult or too easy), it is recommended that the student arranges to meet with the School Administration Team / Deputy Principal as soon as possible and, at the latest, prior to the end of Week 4, Term 1. Any student who changes a course after the commencement of the course must catch up on any work missed in the new course selected. Course changes may result in an increase in course fees.
In order to be considered for university admission, a school leaver ATAR applicant should have:
(a) met the WACE requirements as prescribed by SCSA.
(b) achieved competence in English as prescribed by the individual universities, and
(c) obtained a sufficiently high ATAR for entry to a particular university and/or course.
For some university courses there are additional special requirements such as prerequisite studies, interviews, portfolios, auditions, fitness requirements, etc.
For detailed information about university admission requirements, students and parents should refer to the appropriate Admission Requirements for School Leavers on the Tertiary Institution Service Centre (TISC) website www.tisc.edu.au
Students may also make contact directly with the universities for information on courses and admission requirements. University websites have specific sections for prospective students, parents and guardians.
Note: Students in Year 11 in 2019 should refer to the Admission Requirements for School Leavers in 2021.
Curtin University of Technology
Future Students Centre Phone: (08) 9266 1000
Email: can be found via Curtin’s website Contact Us Page
Prospective Students and Admissions Centre Phone: 1300 Murdoch (687 3624)
Edith Cowan University
Student Recruitment Phone: (08) 6304 6304
The University of Western Australia
UWA Admissions Centre Phone: (08) 6488 6000
The University of Notre Dame (Private)
Phone: (08) 9433 0555
Technical and Further Educations (TAFE) institutions are constantly reviewing and adjusting their entry processes for school leavers.
Parents and students should access the latest and most detailed information from:
As a guide only, key points of the new TRAINING WA entry requirements include:
Qualifications offered by Training WA (TAFE) will be divided into two groups.
- The first group of qualifications will require applicants to address entry requirements only. These are qualifications for which there are more places available than applicants.
- The second group of qualifications will require applicants to address both entry requirements and selection criteria – these are qualifications for which there are more applicants than places available. Selection criteria will focus on past secondary education achievement/skill development, previous qualifications and workplace experience, whether paid or unpaid.
What does this mean for students selecting their learning program for years 11 and 12?
Yanchep Secondary College offers two distinct pathways for senior students:
- ATAR (Academic) Pathway:
- For students aspiring to direct entry to university:
- Students must select at least five ATAR level Year 11 courses
- Vocational/training pathway
- Students must complete at least one VET Certificate II course and 5 General Year 11 courses.
- Students should select a broad range of courses and experiences for which they have satisfied the recommended minimum entrance requirements. A student wanting to be prepared for the broadest range of TRAINING WA courses, in addition to an English course, would typically include in their program of study a Mathematics course, combined with VET Certificate courses in their area of interest. Students must achieve to the highest level of which they are capable. Completing a VET Certificate II qualification (AQTF Certificate) at school will increase a student’s chances of entry to competitive TRAINING WA courses and meet one of the WACE (graduation) requirements. Participating in all classes and learning experiences and submitting all work on time are the most important strategies for doing this.