Breaking down the curriculum in Western Australia


General education in Western Australia

The Western Australian education system is split into five different phases of schooling — Early Childhood (Kindergarten to Year 2), Middle to Late Childhood (Years 3 to 6), Early Adolescence (Years 7 to 8), Middle Adolescence (Years 9 to 10) and Late Adolescence/Early Adulthood (Years 11 to 12). In the Early and Middle Childhood years, the emphasis is on literacy and numeracy skills. When students move into Late Childhood and Early Adolescence, the focus shifts to include all eight learning areas. In Middle Adolescence, there is increased emphasis on choosing learning pathways and building individual learning needs before students focus on their own strengths, interests and goals in senior secondary years as they work towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Western Australian curriculum in Years 7 to 12

The Western Australian Curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 10 includes the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History. The next phase of the rollout will see Humanities and Social Science and Health and Physical Education implemented in 2017. The Arts, Technologies and Languages will the follow on in 2018.

In Years 11 and 12, students complete the Western Australian Certificate of Education. 

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