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Curriculum for Years 11 and 12

Schools that provide secondary education for Years 11 and 12 must comply with the curriculum requirements set out in section 12 of the Act that relate to the curriculum for students who are candidates for the Higher School Certificate.

Schools registered for Years 11 and 12 must deliver:

  • an educational program based on, and taught in accordance with, the outcomes of NESA syllabuses for Stage 6 
  • courses of study that include a course of study in English
  • courses of study for each student each year that comply with a pattern of study for Year 11 and Year 12 as described on the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE ) website for candidates for the Higher School Certificate (ACE 8005).

A secondary school that is registered for Years 11 and 12 but not accredited to enter candidates for the Higher School certificate must notify parents of students in writing each year:

  • that the school is not accredited to present candidates for the Higher School Certificate
  • as a consequence, that  students who complete their Year 12 course at the school will not be eligible for a Higher School Certificate.

Schools that are registered and also accredited for courses leading to the award of the Higher School Certificate, must also comply with the curriculum requirements set out in Part 8 of the Education Act that relate to the curriculum for students who are candidates for the Higher School Certificate (refer to section 5.2 of the Manual).

Evidence of compliance

A non-government secondary school registered for Years 11 and 12 must maintain documentation for each calendar year of the current registration period that includes:

  • timetables for each Year/class showing the allocation of time and teachers for each course
  • the scope and sequence of learning/units of work in relation to the outcomes of  NESA syllabuses for each course for each Year
  • an assessment plan indicating how students’ performance in each course is assessed, monitored and recorded
  • courses of study for each student each year that comply with a pattern of study for Year 11 and Year 12 as described on the ACE website for candidates for the Higher School certificate (ACE 8005)
  • an overview of the process for reporting student achievement
  • evidence that the school, if registered or exempt from registration only, informs parents of students in writing each year that the school is not eligible to enter candidates for the Higher School Certificate and indicates the consequences for potential candidates for that credential of the school not being accredited.

A school must also maintain, until the end of each calendar year, teaching programs for each unit of work for each Year/class that correspond to those identified in the scope and sequence of learning/units of work.

Schools must be able to demonstrate evidence of alignment between NESA syllabuses and the school's curriculum documentation including scope and sequences, teaching programs and assessment plans used by the school. In some circumstances, upon request or as part of an inspection visit, a school may need to provide student work that demonstrates alignment to the teaching programs.

A school must have resources and equipment available for providing the required KLAs/courses.

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