Across the School, we are committed to providing choice for our girls. This becomes particularly important as girls move into Years 11 and 12, where we offer three distinct streams:
- The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, which leads to a ranking out of 45 that is converted into an ATAR for university entrance in Australia. This programme is viewed favourably by Universities Internationally.
- 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 WACE non-ATAR pathway, referred to as the General or VET pathway, which leads to direct entry to TAFE and other organisations as well as application entry into university.
In addition to offering three course pathways, we offer shared classes with Scotch College, allowing further opportunities for choice. 2016 saw PLC host 19 classes for Scotch boys and Scotch host 21 classes for PLC girls.
Many schools construct their timetable by offering subjects in ‘blocks’ or ‘lines’, which means students can only select one subject per ‘line’. This is an easy process for the timetabler but dramatically minimises the flexibility for students to study their subjects of choice. At PLC, we construct our timetable around the selections made by our students each year. In 2015 we had 154 Year 12 students and we constructed 143 unique timetables for them.