School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Awards
Forty awards, known as General Exhibitions, are awarded to the eligible students who obtain the highest School Curriculum & Standards Authority WACE award. Scores are based on the average of five un-truncated 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 Merit & Certificates of Distinction
Certificates of Merit and Certificates of Distinction recognise student achievement in the WACE and are dependent on the degree of difficulty of the courses and programs undertaken, together with the student’s level of achievement. These awards will be based on the grades awarded to students by their schools.
A Certificate of Merit or a Certificate of Distinction is to be awarded to each eligible student who, in their last three consecutive years of senior secondary school WACE enrolment, accumulates:
- 150–189 points = a Certificate of Merit
- 190–200 points = a Certificate of Distinction
Points for the achievement of Certificates of Merit and Certificates of Distinction are calculated according to the following rules and table:
- points are accrued at the unit level
- points are accrued from 20 Year 11 and Year 12 units of which at least ten must be Year 12 units
- the units used to calculate a student’s points will be those that maximise the student’s score (maximum points = 200)
- if a unit/course is repeated the result for the first attempt is used in the determination of these awards
- unit equivalents from AQF VET industry certificates achieved can be used to meet the requirements. A maximum of eight unit equivalents can be used. An AQF VET industry Certificate II or higher must been achieved. Achieved certificates in the following combination may be used:
- one Certificate III or above
- two Certificate II
- Endorsed programs and AQF VET vocational certificates may contribute a unit equivalence of up to four units – two Year 11 units and two Year 12 units. Endorsed programs and AQF VET vocational certificates are not allocated points and do not reduce the number of points required.