Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

If you didn’t do so well in your WACE or you just never got around to it, you can still complete the exams to qualify for university entry. This option is particularly useful where the course you’re interested in studying has specific WACE subject prerequisites (such as mathematics) which you don’t meet.

This option is available only to permanent residents and citizens of Australia and New Zealand and is valid in Western Australia only. You must be at least 19 years of age before 1 March in the year these subjects are taken.

As a mature age candidate, you need to sit a minimum of two WACE subjects in the same year and complete the examination at the end of the year. You then compete with other students wishing to enter university on the basis of your exam result. Your subject choice needs to take into consideration:

  • Unacceptable subject combinations
  • Prerequisite subjects for your intended Curtin course (find a course for information on its prerequisite subjects)
  • The English language requirement must be met in addition to any prerequisite requirements.

Have questions about courses, entry requirements, alternative pathways or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.