Year 10 - Australian Curriculum

The areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health and Physical Education  are delivered as per the Australian Curriculum for Year 10.

Year 11 & 12 - ATAR Pathways  - Tertiary Entrance 

Students working through ATAR will study courses in the class area leading to the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and at a level high enough to generate an Australian Tertiary Aggregate Rank (ATAR) which they may use to apply for university study post school. Students must sit the external state based exams at the end of Year 12 and internal College based exams each semester.


Students will also work towards nationally recognised certificates in the Farm and Trade areas. These National recognised qualifications will assist students to access employment, and further training in the TAFE sector.


Students spend three days in class and two days on Farm and/or Trades.  Students in this pathway will have less time to complete Trade Certificates and may elect to work solely in Agriculture in an attempt to achieve Certificate lll.


  • General Pathway students can elect more Trades or more agriculture dependent on their career aspiration.         

  • ATAR units are much more rigorous academically and should only be chosen where an aspiration to generate an ATAR is genuine and realistic.

  • On Application and depending on farm resources, ATAR students may elect to drop a day of Trades in favour of an extra day on farm.  This in only likely to be approved for students who are in their second year at the College or those attempting Certificate lll in Agriculture. 


General Pathways

Students will study courses in the class area leading to the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Students will use their certificates gained on Farm and in the Trades area as well as their WACE to access employment, traineeships, apprenticeships and further training at TAFE. Students will not generate an ATAR.


Trade Course on Offer - The College offers four areas delivering nationally recognised training to students in these Trades. The knowledge and skills gained by students lead to a wide range of employment opportunities and further training.


Trades Facilities - The Trade Training Centre at the College is a state of the art training facility.  The four Trade areas offered are:   Metals, Furnishings (Wood), Automotive and Building and Construction. Students attend Trades once or twice a week, depending on what course they have selected to study. 

Who Studies Trades? - All students in Year 10 and 11 are required to undertake the four trade areas as part of their course for the year.


In Year 11 and 12, depending on which pathway the student has selected, students will attend their Trade subjects once a week and may elect the option of having an extra day in the Trade area.


Building and Construction (BC) - In Building and Construction students are instructed in laying bricks, making limestone blocks, building sheds and gazebos, other building structure, mixing and laying concrete and much more.  Students work both inside the Trades workshop and out on site.


Metals and Engineering - Students have the opportunity to work in a state of the art industry metals workshop.  Year 10’s start with small projects, by the time they reach Year 12 they are able to make trailers, yards, ramps and many more large projects.

Furnishings (Wood)

The variety of equipment the students have access to in the Woodwork workshop allows them to create large projects such as cabinets, tables, bed and TV stands. Students in Year 10 develop skills and refine them on smaller projects before moving to the larger projects in Year 11 and 12.



In Automotive students are taught skills from basic fundamentals through to complete servicing during Year 10—12.  If students obtain permission from the Auto instructor, they are able to bring in their own vehicle to work on during class time.


Trades  Career Options

Automotive Electrician, Bricklayer, Cabinetmaker, Carpenter, Carpenter and Joiner, Diesel Motor Mechanic, Fitter (General), Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Furniture Maker, Furniture Finisher, Joiner, Metal Fabricator, Metal Machinist (First class), Motor Mechanics (General), Motorcycle Mechanic, Sheet metal Trades Worker, Small Engine Mechanic, Welder (First class), Wood Machinist


Trade Links


WA College of Agriculture - Harvey is a co-educational facility for approximately 128 male and female students, with each student boarding in a  village style dorm. Each  dorm consists of 16 rooms with a shared living area, which includes a TV, lounge, fridge and microwave.

The College aims is to introduce and develop independent living skills, encouraging students to have confidence, responsibility, motivation and pride in themselves. 

Weekly after school activities may include;

  • Shopping trips to Harvey twice a week

  • Involvement in local sporting competitions

Weekend residential activities may include;

  • Shopping trips to Mandurah, Perth and Bunbury

  • Day trips to the beach, fishing, local swimming pool

  • Bunbury cinema

  • Weekend picnic lunch

  • At the beginning of the year students attend the Busselton camp.


Students have the use of the tennis and basketball courts, footy oval and gym.  They may sign out and go for a walk or run around designated areas of the College farm.  Mountain bikes may also be bought onto the College grounds for use in designated areas.


For students who have a horse or motor bike, these can be bought onto College grounds once permission has been approved by the Principal, Head of Residence and Farm Manager.


Students also have access to a pool table, table tennis, TV room and several common rooms with Foxtel.  There is a music room for students interested in playing their instruments.


There are a number of major annual residential events which include the College Ball, WACoA Sports Carnival, Annual College Dinner and Open Day.


The College is well situated for access by public transport.  Train and bus schedules are available for both students and parents.  With parental authority, students may bring private vehicles on to the property with the express use of transport to and from home or work experience only.


A team of specialist services are available to the College upon request by parents/staff or students.  This consists of:

a)   School Nurse – who attends periodically for health education services.

b)   School Psychologist – Attends weekly with consultations made by appointment.

c)   School Chaplain – A school funded appointment shared between schools in the Harvey district to supply spiritual and personal guidance.  Available upon request or during set times both in and out of hours. (see noticeboard for times)

All appointments can be made through the Vice Principal or Head of Boarding.