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Senior School Pathways

Ashdale Secondary College responds flexibly to the 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 achieve a positive future.

Studying at the senior level means that students can take greater responsibility for their decisions. 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 (University) Pathway Program
  • General Pathway Program (Non-University)

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 could be easier for that student.

Ashdale Secondary College is at the forefront of curriculum innovation, 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 (University) 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. Students will also be required to complete a Certificate II or higher.  A one-year certificate 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 ATAR courses are a B grade or higher in Year 10 subjects. Students must have met OLNA requirements (minimum literacy and numeracy).

General Pathway Courses (Non-University)

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.


The Scholarship program will fund selected Year 12 ATAR students to attend external revision courses throughout the year. These courses offer valuable insights into important content and are regularly facilitated by ATAR exam markers, specialist ATAR teachers, ATAR textbooks, and study guide writers.

Scholarship Criteria
  • All students with a predicted ATAR of 80+ are eligible to apply.
  • Students can apply for funding to attend two revision courses per round. Round one occurs during the July holidays, and round two during the October holidays. $5,000 will be available for each round.
  • Applications are being ranked according to predicted ATAR.
  • Each revision course will be selected in consultation with the Senior School Coordinator and Senior School Deputy.
  • Any funds remaining for each round will be offered to students with a predicted ATAR of 70+.
Application Process

Students can apply via email to:

Applications must include the courses the individual wishes the P&C Scholarship Program to fund.

Important Dates

Last date for applications for special examination arrangements with SCSA for WACE exams, 18 Mar
Last date for Year 12 course changes, 26 Mar
Round 1 OLNA testing for Year 11s and 12s, 22 Apr – 3 May
Last date for Year 11 Course Changes, 3 May
Year 12 Externally Set Tasks (ESTs), 6 – 10 May
Year 12 Semester One Exams, 13 – 24 May
Year 12 Semester 1 Workplace Learning, 13 – 24 May
Year 11 Semester One Exams, 27 May – 7 Jun
Year 11 Semester 1 Workplace Learning, 27 May – 7 Jun
Year 12 Ball, 23 Aug
Round 2 OLNA testing for Year 10s, 11s and 12s, 2 – 13 Sep
Year 12 Semester 2 Workplace Learning, 2 – 13 Sep
Year 11 Dinner Dance, 12 Sep
Year 12 General Final Day, 20 Sep
Year 12 Breakfast and Final Assembly, 20 Sep
Year 12 Semester 2 Exams, 30 Sep – 11 Oct
Year 11 Semester 2 Exams, 14 Oct – 24 Oct
Year 12 Graduation Rehearsal, 17 Oct
Year 12 ATAR Final Day, 18 Oct
Year 12 Graduation, 24 Oct
Year 11 General Final Day, 11 Nov
Year 11 ATAR Final Day, 29 Nov

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