School Curriculum And Standards Authority (SCSA) AWARDS

General exhibitions

Forty awards, known as general exhibitions, are awarded to the eligible students who obtain the highest Schools’ Curriculum and Standards Authroity WACE award scores based on the average of five untruncated scaled scores, calculated to two decimal places, with at least two from each of List A and List B. The average marks scaling process is used to determine the scaled scores.


Certificates of distinction

Certificates of Distinction are awarded to eligible students who are in the top 0.5 per cent of candidates, based on the WACE course score, or the top two candidates (whichever is the greater) in a course where at least 100 candidates sat the WACE examination. The number of Certificates of Distinction issued for each course is based on the number of candidates who sat the ATAR examination with the exception of Mathematics and Mathematics: Specialist where the number is based on the number of candidates who sat the Mathematics and Mathematics: Specialist combinations.


Certificates of Commendation

A certificate of Commendation is to be awarded to each eligible student who, in their last three consecutive years of senior secondary school WACE enrolment, obtains at least 20 A grades in course units (including at least three two-unit combinations). The number of A grades in course units (including at least three two-unit combinations), may be reduced on a sliding scale to 14) if an AQF Certificate II or higher is achieved.

The following table summarises requirements for a certificate of commendation. Repeated course units cannot be used in the determination of this award.

Minimum number of course units with A grades Number of two-unit combinations required AQF Certificate II or higher required Minimum number of unit equivalents
20 3 No 0
19 3 Yes 1
18 3 Yes 2
17 3 Yes 3
16 3 Yes 4
15 3 Yes 5
14 3 Yes 6


Course exhibitions

A course exhibition may be awarded to the eligible student obtaining the highest combined mark for each WACE course, provided that the mark is equal to or greater than 95. To be eligible for a course exhibition, the student must have completed at least two course units in the year of the award. No course exhibition will be available for students who have not sat the examination in that course. Only one exhibition is awarded in each course.

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WACE requirements 2016

Achievement of a WACE signifies that a student has successfully met the breadth and depth, the achievement standard and English language competence requirements in their senior secondary schooling.

In summary, for 2014, the minimum requirements for students to receive a WACE are:

Breadth and depth
Complete a minimum of 20 course units or the equivalent.  This requirement must include at least:

  • 10 Year 12 units or the equivalent
  • two Year 11 units from an English course and one pair of Year 12 units from an English course
  • one pair of Year 12 units from each of List A (Arts/languages/social sciences) and List B (mathematics/science/technology).

Achievement standard

  • Achievement of at least 14 C grades or higher (or the equivalent) in Year 11 and 12 units, with a minimum of 6 C grades or the equivalent in Year 12 units.
  • completion of at least four Year 12 ATAR courses or a Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification.

Literacy and Numeracy Standard

  • Completion of at least four units of an English course post-Year 10 and studied over at least 2 years.
  • Demonstration of the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.


Graduation Ceremony

Only students who have met secondary graduation requirements will be recognised as graduates of Kelmscott SHS at the end of year graduation ceremony. All students will have the right to attend the graduation ceremony but only students meeting secondary graduation requirements will be presented with a graduation certificate and be allowed to sit on stage.

Graduation Ball

Only graduating students will be invited to the Graduation Ball (even as a partner). Where a student has worked hard but has still failed to graduate an invitation to attend the ball may be extended through an appeal process.