Mapping out appropriate study directions for Year 11 and 12 students has become an important yet complex task for parents and students. There have, for example, been significant changes in courses in Years 11 and 12, as well as in the criteria relating to university and TAFE entrance.
During Year 10, students will have been thinking seriously about the decisions they must make for the next two years. The transition to study in Year 11 is an extremely important one involving a number of changes. In particular, the recent changes to the WACE requirements are a significant consideration for our Year 10s entering Year 11.
This site is designed to help each student and their parents to decide which courses will best suit their abilities, interests and aspirations.
Based on the experience of recent years, approximately one quarter of the students who continue with their studies through to Year 12 will leave to seek employment or continue their studies at the likes of TAFEWA. Approximately three quarters continue their studies at one of the universities.
When selecting courses for university, students should be enrolled in at least four ATAR Courses to maximize their chances for standard university admission.
It is important for students to realise that the courses required in Year 12 to maximize entry vary.
It is therefore important that students carefully consider their capacity to undertake those traditionally more difficult courses like Physics, Chemistry and the higher level Mathematics.
Furthermore, Year 12 is a highly competitive year with approximately 12,000 students aiming to receive a Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Consequently, Year 11 students need to carefully evaluate their performance before selecting courses for Year 12. When doing so they should consider either:
Although this site has been primarily addressed to students, it has also been written for parents. We hope that, as a family, you will go through the material together so that decisions are made as a family group.
The College will have a 6 line grid. This effectively means that the boys will able to choose 6 subjects in Year 11 and 6 subjects in Year 12. The student’s load of six courses may consist of a combination of ATAR, General, Certificate and/or Vocational Education and Training courses.
An overview of possible Year 11 Learning Programs:
Making plans for the next few years will help students to achieve what they want to do. The student who looks ahead, and thinks about what jobs or courses of study will best suit his abilities, interests, and personality, will be happier and more content. Students are encouraged to make sure that they do not limit their interest to one choice! They should try to have several different possibilities in mind, and obtain information about all of them.
A resource program which has information on all sorts of career related topics e.g. education and training, employment and career development. https://myfuture.edu.au/
A resource designed to help students make decisions about study, training and your first job. https://joboutlook.gov.au/
Good Universities Guide
A resource providing career, course and scholarship information for students across Australia. https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/
A resource providing information on all Universities courses offered within Australia. https://www.courseseeker.edu.au/
Mr Kernutt is available for support and information relating to careers and transition from school. As part of their education towards independent living, students are encouraged to take responsibility by initiating their own appointments via SEQTA whenever possible.
Most students will opt to progress to Years 11 and 12 at Trinity College. In doing so they hope to obtain Secondary Graduation (the Western Australian Certificate of Education – WACE) and qualify for entrance to university, TAFE, an apprenticeship or the workforce. The courses offered at Trinity College in Year 11 and 12 are well suited for students with these aspirations. In determining specific pathways, students should consider the following questions:
It is important to realise that the courses required in Years 11 and 12 to maximise entry into TAFE or university vary.
A number of factors should be taken into consideration when selecting courses for Years 11 and 12. These include the student’s ability, interests and aspirations. If these correlate well then it should be possible for the student to arrange a programme that is both appropriate and interesting. It is best to make a selection that will keep the career options as open as possible while satisfying the student’s interests and abilities.
The following pathways should be kept in mind when selecting courses for Years 11 and 12.
|Pathway Description||Year 11||Year 12|
|Typical university oriented pathway||ATAR||ATAR
Curtin Uni Ready
|Typical pathway to further training and/or employment||General
Work Place Learning
Work Place Learning
Typically, university-bound students would study a program of courses at ATAR level (minimum of 4) over their senior secondary years. All ATAR courses can be included in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for university entry.
It is important that students carefully consider their capacity to undertake studies, especially courses which are academically rigorous such as Chemistry, English Literature, higher level Mathematics and Physics.
Students who may be headed to TAFE and further education such as an apprenticeship would study a program of courses at the General level along with Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate programs.
Students should select courses on the basis of not only those which interest them, but mainly on the basis of those in which they have the background to achieve success. Experience has taught us that those students who are successful in Years 11 and 12 have normally demonstrated their ability in Years 7-10.
To guide students with their course selection this handbook provides students with the recommended minimum grades or percentage scores in Year 10 deemed to be the minimum standard to achieve satisfactorily in Year 11.
Students may have their grades reviewed during the year and may be given the opportunity to change their course choices. Students opting for the more difficult courses will have to continue achieving high grades throughout Year 10 if they wish to remain enrolled in those courses for Year 11.
It is a requirement for Secondary Graduation (completion and achievement of the Western Australian Certificate of Education - WACE) that students must complete in their final year at least one course from each of list A (Arts / Languages / Social Science) and list B (Mathematics / Science / Technology).
The courses offered at Trinity College are as follows:
|List A: Arts/Languages/Social Science||List B: Mathematics/Science/Technology|
|BME Business Management and Enterprise
CAE Career and Enterprise
HIM History – Modern
MPA Media Production and Analysis
PAL Politics and Law
REL Religion and Life
VAR Visual Art
It is proposed that the courses listed will be offered if sufficient students enrol in each course.
A student’s final choice may be restricted by:
|Student Assembly – Head of Learning Area talks providing background to subject offerings|
|2.9||Year 10 Course Information Evening.|
|2.9||Link to Course Selection site distributed to students.|
|2.9||Reports released on the final day of school.|
|Term 2 Holidays||Subject Selection Form to be completed by the middle Friday of holidays.|
|Term 3 onwards||Student eligibility for Year 11 courses determined from Year 10, Semester One results.|
|3.1||Year 7-10 Parent-Student-Teacher interviews.|
|3.1 - 3.2||Individual student (and parent) interviews with course counsellor. Subject selection are finalised at this interview.|
|Term 4||Review results for subject selection as required.|
|Dec 2023||Subject allocation letters.|
The Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) The WASSA is issued to each Year 12 student at the completion of their senior secondary schooling.
Senior secondary school typically takes two years. The WASSA lists all courses and programs that a student has completed and the grades and marks achieved.
The WASSA formally records, as relevant:
The Western Australian Certificate of Education signifies that students have met the breadth and depth, achievement standard and the literacy and numeracy standard requirements in their senior secondary schooling.
Explanatory notes relating to WACE requirements
How does my child demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy?
Students can meet the minimum standard either by demonstrating Band 8 or higher in the NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests in Year 9 or by meeting the minimum standard of the reading, writing and numeracy components of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).
|Accounting & Finance ATAR||
|55% in Humanities and a ‘C’ grade in Mathematics.|
|ATACF||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Accounting and Finance.|
|Applied Information & Technology ATAR||
|Minimum of ‘C’ grade in Year 10 English Course 1, or, 60% or better in English Course 2.|
|ATAIT||Minimum of a ‘C’ in Year 11 A1/A2 Applied Information Technology or a ‘C’ in Year 11 A1/A2 Computer Science.|
|Aviation: ATAR||A1AVN/A2AVN||Minimum of 65% Course average in Year 10 Science. A high level of Mathematics from Year 10 is desirable.|
|ATAVN||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Aviation.|
|Biology: ATAR||A1BLY/A2BLY||Minimum of 65% Course average in Year 10 Science.|
|ATBLY||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Biology.|
|Business Management & Enterprise: ATAR||-|
|ATBME||A strong ‘C’ grade average in Year 10 Humanities subjects and a demonstrated mature work ethic equivalent to a Year 12 standard.|
|Chemistry: ATAR||A1CHE/A2CHE||Minimum of 72% Course average in Year 10 Science.|
|ATCHE||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Chemistry.|
|Computer Science: ATAR||A1CSC/A2CSC||Minimum of ‘C’ in Course 1a or a ‘65%’ in Course 1b in Year 10 Mathematics|
|ATCSC||Minimum of a ‘C’ in Year 11 A1/A2 Applied Information Technology or B average across ATAR subjects along with an acceptance interview with Head of Digital Technologies.|
|Dance: ATAR||A1DAN/A2DAN||Minimum of 60% in year 10 English (Course 2) or a 'C' grade or better in English (Course 1). Previous dance experience is recommended with a sound knowledge of dance skills, techniques, processes, elements and principles explored in the Year 7–10 Arts curriculum.|
|ATDAN||Minimum of 55% in year 11 Dance or students with a good knowledge of dance, equivalent to units 1 & 2 as explored in year 11 Dance Arts Curriculum.|
|Design: ATAR (Technical Graphics Context)||A1DEST/A2DEST||A basic knowledge of CAD or Adobe programs is important.|
|ATDEST||Entry level is for students who have studied Year 11 A1/A2 Design, however students may be considered if they have studied a Year 10 Design course with the recommendation of the Head of Learning Area. A basic knowledge of CAD or Adobe programs would be beneficial.|
|Drama: ATAR||A1DRA/A2DRA||Minimum of 60% in Year 10 English Course 2 or, a ‘C’ grade or better in English Course 1. Previous Drama experience is recommended but not required. Students must also commit to out of school rehearsals for this course.|
|ATDRA||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Drama.|
|Economics: ATAR||A1ECO/A2ECO||55% in Humanities and a ‘C’ grade in English.|
|ATECO||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Economics. NOTE: If you have not done Units 1/2 of the course and you would like to be considered for this course see the Head of Learning Area Humanities.|
|Engineering Studies: ATAR (Mechatronic)||A1EST/A2EST||Consistent achievement at least a ‘B’ grade in a Year 10 Design and Technology or related science subject.|
|ATEST||Entry is for students who have passed the Year 11 A1/A2 Engineering Studies course. However, students who have studied Year 11 A1/A2 Physics and/or a high mathematics course may be considered. Engineering Studies is for students who have advanced skills and understandings and are ready to work with content at a sophisticated level of complexity.|
|English: ATAR||A1ENG/A2ENG||Minimum of 60% in Year 10 English Course 2 (Mainstream), or, a minimum of 55% in English Course 1 (Literature). A pass in the National Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment is strongly recommended.|
|ATENG||Successful completion (>50%) of Year 11 A1/A2 English.|
|Geography: ATAR||A1GEO/A2GEO||55% in Humanities and a ‘C’ grade in English.|
|ATGEO||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Geography. NOTE: If you have not done A1/A2 Geography and you would like to be considered for this course see the Head of Learning Area Humanities.|
|Human Biology: ATAR||A1HBY/A2HBY||Minimum of 65% Course average in Year 10 Science.|
|ATHBY||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Human Biology.|
|Italian (Second Language): ATAR||A1ISL/A2ISL||Minimum of a ‘C’ in Year 10 Italian.|
|ATISL||Minimum of a high 'C' (55 %+) in Year 11 A1/A2 Italian.|
|Literature: ATAR||A1LIT/A2LIT||Minimum of 65% or better in Year 10 English Course 1 (Literature), or, 70% or better in English Course 2 (English). A pass in the National Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment is strongly recommended. Pathway: LIT ATAR Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.|
|ATLIT||Successful completion (>50%) in Year 11 A1/A2 Literature.|
|Mathematics Applications: ATAR||A1MAA/A2MAA||Minimum 'B' grade in Year 10 Mathematics 2 course and any Mathematics 1b course grade.|
|ATMAA||Minimum 'C' grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Mathematics Applications.|
|Mathematics Methods: ATAR||A1MAM/A2MAM||Minimum 'C' grade in Year 10 Mathematics 1a course.|
|ATMAM||Minimum 'C' grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Mathematics Methods.|
|Mathematics Specialist: ATAR||A1MAS/A2MAS||Minimum 60% in Year 10 Mathematics 1a course.|
|ATMAS||Minimum 'C' grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Mathematics Specialist.|
|Media Production & Analysis: ATAR||A1MPA/A2MPA||Minimum of 60% in Year 10 English Course 2 (Mainstream), or, a minimum of 55% in English Course 1 (Literature).|
|ATMPA||Minimum 'C' grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Media Production & Analysis or, 65% or better in Year 11 English ATAR.|
|Modern History: ATAR||A1HIM/A2HIM||55% in Humanities and a ‘C’ grade in English.|
|ATHIM||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Modern History. In addition, a minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 English. NOTE: If you have not done A1/A2 Modern History and you would like to be considered for this course see the Head of Learning Area Humanities. Content in Year 12 is not dependent upon knowledge from Year 11.|
|Music: ATAR (Wester Art)||A1MUSW/A2MUSW||Minimum of a ‘B’ in Year 10 Music and appropriate instrumental/composition ability. For further information regarding Music please contact Dr Robert Braham, Director of Music.|
Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Music and appropriate instrumental/composition ability. For further information regarding Music please contact Dr Robert Braham, Director of Music.
|Physical Education Studies: ATAR||A1PES/A2PES||Minimum ‘B’ grade in Year 10 Physical Education with Excellent work habits. Students would be expected to have achieved an average B grade across their CORE subjects.|
|ATPES||Minimum ‘B’ in Year 11 A1/A2 Physical Education Studies, or, a high ‘C’ with the recommendation of the Head of Learning Area. NOTE: If you have not met the prerequisites, or, have not completed the A1/A2 course and you would like to be considered for this course, see Head of Learning Area HPE.|
|Physics: ATAR||A1PHY/A2PHY||Minimum of 72% Course average in Year 10 Science.|
|ATPHY||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 A1/A2 Physics.|
|Politics & Law: ATAR||A1PAL/A2PAL||55% in Humanities and a ‘C’ grade in English.|
|ATPAL||Minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 Politics and Law. In addition, a minimum of 55% in Year 11 A1/A2 English. NOTE: If you have not done the Units 1/2 course and you would like to be considered for this course see the Head of Learning Area Humanities. Content in Year 12 is not dependent upon knowledge from Year 11.|
|Psychology: ATAR||A1PAL/A2PAL||A minimum of 65% course average in Year 10 Science and English is desirable.|
|ATPAL||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 Psychology.|
|Religion & Life: ATAR||A1REL/A2REL||Minimum of 60% in Year 10 Religious Education. Pathway: REL ATAR Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.|
|ATREL||Successful completion of Year 11 A1/A2 Religion & Life.|
|Visual Arts: ATAR||A1VAR/A2VAR||Minimum 'B' grade in Year 9 and/or Year 10 Art and C grade in Year 10 English.|
|ATVAR||Minimum of a high 'C' (55% +) in Year 11 A1/A2 Visual Arts.|
|Applied Information & Technology: GENERAL||G1AIT/G2AIT||No prerequisites required.|
|GTAIT||No prerequisites required.|
|Aviation: GENERAL||G1AVN/G2AVN||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 10 Science.|
|GTAVN||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 Aviation.|
|Career & Enterprise: GENERAL||G1CAE/G2CAE||No prerequisites required. This subject is compulsory for students who select either ONSITE GENERAL OR ONSITE SPECIALIST.|
|GTCAE||No prerequisites required. Students who have General Economics in Year 11 should give consideration to this course.|
|Design: GENERAL (Game Design)||G1DESG/G2DESG||No prerequisites required.|
|GTDESG||No prerequisites required.|
|Earth & Environmental Science: GENERAL||G1EES/G2EES||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 10 Science.|
|GTEES||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 Earth & Environmental Science.|
|Economics: GENERAL||G1ECO/G2ECO||No prerequisites required.|
|GTECO||No prerequisites required.|
|English: GENERAL||G1ENG/G2ENG||No prerequisites required.|
|GTENG||Successful completion of English: General Units 1 & 2 in Year 11. Students who do not successfully complete English: General Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 will typically be required to enrol in English: Foundation.|
|Geography: GENERAL||G1GEO/G2GEO||No prerequisites required.|
|GTGEO||No prerequisites required.|
|Human Biology: GENERAL||G1HBY/G2HBY||A minimum of 50% course average in Year 10 Science and English is desirable.|
|GTHBY||Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in Year 11 General Human Biology.|
|Mathematics Essential: GENERAL||G1MAE/G2MAE||No prerequisites required.|
|GTMAE||No prerequisites required.|
|Materials Design & Technology: GENERAL (Metal)||G1MDTM/G2MDTM||No prerequisites required.|
|GTMDTM||It is preferable that students have studied Materials in Year 11 but students who have studied a Year 10 related Design and Technology course may be eligible with the recommendation of the Head of Learning Area.|
|Materials Design & Technology: GENERAL (Wood)||G1MDTW/G2MDTW||No prerequisites required.|
|GTMDTW||It is preferable that students have studied Materials in Year 11 but students who have studied a Year 10 related Design and Technology course may be eligible with the recommendation of the Head of Learning Area.|
|Physical Education Studies: GENERAL||G1PES/G2PES||No prerequisites required.|
|GTPES||No prerequisites required.|
|Media Production & Analysis: GENERAL||G1MPA/G2MPW||No prerequisites required.|
|GTMPA||No prerequisites required.|
|Religion & Life: GENERAL||G1REL/G2REL||Completion of Year 10 Religious Education.|
|GTREL||Completion of Year 11 Religion & Life.|
|Visual Arts: GENERAL||G1VAR/G2VAR||Some evidence of artistic ability is desirable. Pathway: Visual Arts: General in Year 12.|
|GTVAR||Some evidence of artistic ability is desirable.|
|Certificate IV Business||C4BUS||A minimum of a 'C' grade in English Year 11. Only Available in Year 12. Entry is subject to an interview.|
|Certificate II Sport & Recreation (Year 11)||C2SPR||No prerequisites required.|
|Certificate II Outdoor Education (Year 12)||C2OR||No prerequisites required.|
Year 11 students moving into Year 12 2024: subject data is due Friday 25 August
Year 7,8,9 students moving into 2024: elective data is due Friday 1 September