Senior Schooling

Senior Schooling

Senior School Pathway

At Kinross College, every child matters every day. Our focus in Senior School is on the holistic needs of students and provides an innovative, inclusive, adult learning environment. Our approach respects all students and supports them in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and values to be successful in their future.

Being in Senior School means that students are now held more accountable for their decisions and are held to a greater level of responsibility for their actions. This allows students to choose courses in their chosen pathway that assist them in moving towards their future career pathway.

Two types of study pathways are offered at the College:

  • ATAR Pathway Program (University direct entry)
  • General Pathway Program (TAFE, apprenticeship, or work post school)

All students will study six (6) course equivalents in Year 11 and six (6) in Year 12. Once a student has commenced their program of study, the College encourages students to continue with the same courses into Year 12. Course changes are usually only considered where the program of study better supports that student in achieving their WACE.

Kinross College is offering an extensive array of courses to accommodate our students’ diverse needs. We provide a comprehensive counselling program for all Year 10 students as they consider their Year 11 and 12 course selections. This counselling is based on preference for success in desired career pathways. All parents are encouraged to engage in this process and to consider the recommendations on course selections as suggested by the classroom teachers. The counselling will continue through to the end of Year 12.

ATAR Pathway Courses

These courses are examined externally for university entrance. Students will be required to study a minimum of five ATAR courses in Year 11 and, subsequently, the corresponding five ATAR courses in Year 12. A one-year certificate II or general course is recommended for Year 11 students in the ATAR pathway.

For ATAR courses studied in Year 12, in addition to the grade (determined by the College), students are required to complete an external exam for each course. The final mark for each course is 50% of their school mark and 50% of the mark attained in the external exam.

The entrance requirements for most ATAR courses are a B grade or higher in Year 10 subjects. Students must have met OLNA requirements (minimum literacy and numeracy). Individual needs will be always taken into consideration.

General Pathway Courses

These courses are for students aiming to enter further training or the workforce after finishing Year 12. These courses are assessed at the College level. However, students will complete an Externally Set Task (EST), a task set by SCSA for moderation purposes. These courses do not contribute to direct university entrance eligibility. It is recommended that students select a course to study over the two years, as it can be challenging to pick up a new course in Year 12 if the background has yet to be developed in Year 11.

There are no minimum requirements for general courses.

What will my child study in Senior Secondary School

The senior school curriculum is based on providing students with every opportunity to achieve the West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). This is the minimum aim for every student.

To reach this goal, senior students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 20 units (which can include VET study) in Year 11 & 12, including:
  • English in Year 11 & 12
  • At least one List A subject (arts, languages, social sciences)
  • At least one List B subject (mathematics, science, technology)
  • Achieve 14 C grades or better in Years 11 & 12 (6 of which much be achieved in Year 12)
  • All 3 OLNA’s, Numeracy, Reading & Writing

Vocational Education and Training

Our students can also access Nationally recognised training courses while studying at Kinross College through our school run Certificate offerings, partnerships with local RTO’s and North Metropolitan TAFE.

My Future

All students with an Education Department email address can log in and use this great career/training guide. Get planning your future today!


Students can find a range of career quizzes, Education and Training pathways, career resources and research into occupations and industries.


The WACE Manual 2023 describes policies and procedures to be followed in relation to achieving the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in 2023.

What is WACE?

The WACE is a certificate recognised nationally in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). It signifies that a student has successfully met the breadth and depth standard, the achievement standard and the literacy and numeracy standard in their senior secondary schooling. It is a minimum requirement for many careers and grants entrance into most universities.

However, pathways to employment, further training and university are continually changing and evolving. At Kinross, we put a lot of effort into working with families to ensure students are provided with a suitable course.