Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.
Time to RELAX.
Help is at hand.
Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.
A report from the Mitchell Institute published on 21st March identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway.
STEP 1 Get SCASA
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE. The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.
If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a new edition of this Handbook out in Term 2.
STEP 2 Hear Your Dream
You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.
Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.
I have done this Coggle brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.
Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.
STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??
For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:
- enable more students to go to university
- ensure students don’t fail when they get there.
Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents. READ ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA HERE.
TAFE has always been more flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered.
These new Jobs and Skills Centres are to open on 16th April in the Metro area and regional TAFE colleges also provide career advice.
- Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
- Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
- Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
- Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
- Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers
Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….
You really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..
But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).
The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.
There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.
Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES
There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course.
There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.
Even the Medicine Faculty at Curtin, which has one of the hardest courses to get into, has suggested that you contact them if you haven’t done WACE chemistry and still want to apply.
The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.
The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.
Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:
- sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
- be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
- enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I
Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor
If I have seen further than others it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Stand on the shoulders of your career advisors.
Build from their knowledge to design your ideal career pathway.
If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.