Choice is fundamental to what we offer at PLC.
We are the only girls’ school in WA to offer two programmes at Year 11 and 12; the Western Australian Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. Once students have chosen their pathway, we will help distinguish their personal identity within that community, through mentoring programmes that begin in Year 12 and continue with opportunities for life through our Old Collegians Association.
There are a number of programmes that differentiate PLC from other Schools including:
- Choice of studying IB Diploma or WACE courses
- Emphasis on personal wellbeing and clear personal pathway
- Free access to the PLC Learning Hub
- Mentoring programme, both in School and as an Old Collegian
- Wellbeing programme that focuses on solidifying lifelong practices
- Service Learning opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
- ‘The Everest Programme’ – A unique leadership programme designed to assist girls to understand and distinguish themselves at school and beyond.
Teaching and Learning in Years 11 – 12
Year 11 and 12 at PLC is where students are offered a wide range of subject choices. This choice allows students to select a course that will best suit their learning styles and career plans. Through the academic pathways girls are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning as they prepare for life beyond school.
The College offers three distinct academic pathways in Year 11 and 12: the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) course is offered with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) pathway, which leads to direct university entrance. The College offers the WACE non-ATAR pathway, referred to as the General pathway, which leads to direct entry to TAFE and other organisations as well as application entry into university. We also offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, which leads to a ranking out of 45 that is converted into an ATAR for university entrance in Australia. The IB Diploma course is valued and recognised by all Australian and International universities. Students taking the IB Diploma undertake a critical thinking course called The Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Research Essay and carry out a range of creative, active and service activities (CAS).