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An e-circular item in March from the Curriculum Council indicated a clarification around the 220 hours part of the exam exemption for Year 12s in 2012 (this year’s Year 11s)

The current policy with respect to students seeking exemptions from WACE examinations is as follows:

Full-time Year 12 students who are enrolled to complete, in the current year, at least 220 nominal hours of VET (which must lead to the completion of at least one qualification or skill set that meets a licensing, regulatory or defined industry need) and are enrolled in three or fewer Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 pairs of units are eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting the WACE examinations.

Students enrolled to complete a School Apprenticeship Link program, Aboriginal School Based Traineeship, School Based Traineeship, School Based Apprenticeship or Pre-Apprenticeship are eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting examinations.

 A clarification of the exemption from sitting the WACE course examinations for 2012 is detailed below.

 Students with either of the following are eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting WACE examinations in 2012:

  •  Students with VET enrolments in units of competency (from related industry areas*) in excess of 220 nominal hours in Year 12 that lead to achievement in full or partial qualifications and who are enrolled in three or fewer Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 pairs of units
  •  Students who are enrolled to complete a School Apprenticeship Link program, Aboriginal School Based Traineeship, School Based Traineeship, School Based Apprenticeship or Pre-Apprenticeship in Year 12 and who are enrolled in three or fewer Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 pairs of units.

 *Related industry areas refer to units of competency that align with a clear industry pathway.

 It is of concern to Secondary Directorate as the clarification/ruling around the 220 hours must come from related industry areas has been made post schools setting up their programs for Year11 students for this year and next, it was the previous understanding that it did not matter whether the 220 hours of VET were in related industry areas or not as long as it leading to full or partial qualification achievement.   

 We are seeking your assistance in finding some real case studies from your schools where current Year 11 students will be affected by this ruling i.e. the students would be seeking an exam exemption in 2012 and their 220 hours of VET in Year 12 will be coming from unrelated industry areas, therefore their exemption will not be granted. 

We require these so we can take the issue up with the Curriculum Council as a matter of urgency

Click the link –> to open the eCircular_Ed1_2011

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