The SSO course selection system is currently CLOSED
In 2020, Course Selection appointments are mandatory due to COVID-19.
Appointments can be available between 8:30am and 5:00pm from Wednesday 24 June 2020 to Friday 3 July 2020.
Prior to attending an appointment, students and their parents should have read the 2021 Course Selection Guide available below.
To arrange an appointment, please ring Larissa Symons at the school on (08) 9531 7000.
Welcome to Next Step!
Next Step is for Year 10 students going into Year 11 in 2021. Next Step aims to demystify all the pathway options available for Pinjarra SHS students, as well as provide info about how to select and prepare yourself for those pathways.
Before you start, we recommend you download and read the Year 11 Course Selection Guide for 2021 and complete the Student Career Exploration Workbook. Click on the booklets to download them.
About WASSA & WACE
The Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement, also known as the WASSA, is issued to all Year 12 students at the completion of their secondary schooling. The WASSA provides a formal record of what students leaving in Year 12 have achieved, as a result of their school education in Western Australia.
All students will receive a WASSA. Not all students will receive a WACE.
The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is awarded to senior secondary school students who satisfy its requirements, usually at the end of Year 12. Generally, students will complete two years of senior secondary study to achieve the WACE, although the School Curriculum and Standards Authority allows students to meet the WACE requirements over a lifetime.
The WACE is recognised by universities, industry and other training providers.
Achievement of a WACE signifies that a student has successfully met the breadth and depth standard, the achievement standard and the literacy and numeracy standard in their senior secondary schooling.
For further information about WACE and WACE requirements, navigate through the content and links below.
The pathway a student chooses, and therefore the courses they choose to study in Year 11 and 12, will depend on their post school intentions.
Click on the guides below to download them.
Beyond School Study Guide
Year 10 Information Handbook
Year 12 in 2022 Powerpoint
About the Pathways
An ATAR pathway is designed for students aiming to go to university.
In an ATAR pathway, students will choose between 4 and 6 ATAR courses. At Pinjarra Senior High School, we strongly recommend that students select 5 ATAR courses in this pathway. The remaining course(s) can come from either the General, VET or Endorsed programs
About General Courses
A general pathway is suitable for students who do not choose an ATAR pathway and do not wish to leave the school for offsite training programs or Authority-Developed Workplace Learning.
These courses are not externally examined. However, they each have an externally set task (EST) which is a common assessment task set by the Authority. General courses are suitable for students who are typically aiming to enter further vocationally based training or the workforce straight from school.
A VET pathway is ideal for students wanting to move toward further study at TAFE, an apprenticeship or a traineeship. This pathway is also suitable for students intending to move into the workforce after school.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides you with skills and knowledge to perform effectively in the workplace. A VET qualification prepares you for, or in some instances qualifies you to do, a specific job. VET can contribute directly to your career goals no matter what your destination is.
In a VET pathway, students will choose ONE Certificate II course and Authority-Developed Workplace Learning (AWPL). The remaining courses will be a combination of General courses which will complement the VET pathway chosen.
Course Offerings for 2021
Profile Offerings for 2021 at South Metro TAFE and North Metro TAFE are available below.
Students entering Year 11 in 2021 will be eligible to apply for these courses. Students at PSHS can only apply for courses which are run on a Thursday or Friday.
Please note that Year 11 students cannot apply for the “Skill set” certificates toward the end of the list on page three as these are reserved for Education Support centre students only.
Entry to these courses is competitive and students are NOT guaranteed acceptance. Applications will be available in Term 3. For further details. please contact Lelaine Boardman at the school.
Links & Downloads
About Endorsed Programs
An endorsed program is a significant learning program that has been developed for senior secondary students. The program may have been developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, or it may have been developed by a private provider or a school and subsequently endorsed by the Authority.
Each endorsed program consists of a series of lessons, classes and/or activities designed to lead to the achievement of a common goal or set of learning outcomes. Endorsed programs can be delivered as part of the school curriculum or as extra-curricular activities.
Authority Developed Workplace Learning is an example of an Endorsed Program which counts towards the WACE. There is a limit on how many Endorsed Programs can be used towards meeting the WACE requirements.
Selecting Your Courses
Subject Selection Online (SSO) is an online system used by Year 10 students to select their courses for Year 11. The system takes into account their current academic status as well as current course choices in order to provide a customised selection of courses for students to choose from.
Parents/caregivers are encouraged to discuss course selections with their children.
Applying for Courses Using SSO
Students and parents/caregivers are asked to familiarise themselves with the contents of the Course Selection Guide 2021 before selecting courses. The guide is to be read in conjunction with the information on the Next Step site and advice and information available from the school.
In conversation with parents/caregivers, students need to:
- Make notes on the courses and pathways that are of interest to them
- Identify their career aspirations and check that the courses being considered are relevant/aligned
- Consider and identify their preferred post school pathway – ATAR, General or VET
- Prepare questions to ask the course counsellor at the interview
To complete the process students will need to make an appointment for a Course Selection interview.
This can be done by contacting PSHS reception on 9531 7000.
At the interview, the course counsellor will work with students and parents/caregivers to complete a preliminary course selection for 2021 using the SSO website. Students and parents/caregivers will be provided with a printout of their preliminary selections and a signed copy will be retained by the school. Initial selections are considered preliminary as some courses may not run if there are insufficient numbers. Where this is the case, students will be contacted to make adjustments to their selections.