Interstate Languages

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) accesses a number of language courses from other states through processes established as part of the Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL) or through arrangements made with individual states.

Students can study Interstate Languages courses through a community language school or as part of a school program. These courses are available to students in Year 11 and Year 12.

In addition, Year 12 students can register with the Authority, through their main school, to sit only the external examination in an Interstate Language as a non-school candidate, provided they sit external examinations in at least three other ATAR courses in the same year, so that the language examination mark can be scaled. The mark of the external examination can contribute towards the calculation of the student’s ATAR used for university entrance.

The external examinations for these mostly small candidature or community languages are borrowed from the host states. External examinations are:

  • available to Year 11 and Year 12 students who are enrolled in and have completed the relevant Interstate Language course units (Units 3 and 4) at a school or community organisation
  • available to Year 12 non-school candidates, who are enrolled in at least three other examinations in the same year as sitting the Interstate Language examination.

The Authority has developed WACE versions of the syllabus for those interstate languages currently being delivered by schools in Western Australia.

The Guidelines document sets out the processes for course delivery and assessment

Oral examination requirements

Students are required to prepare a detailed or in-depth study for their oral examination. Students will be expected to discuss their detailed or in-depth study in Section 2 Discussion, of the external oral examination. The documents below will assist students to prepare for the oral examination.

Interstate Languages available for study

The following interstate language courses are available on the host State's website. Following the link will take you outside the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The link will open in a new window.

New South Wales

South Australia

Victoria

Past Examinations

Past examination papers for the following interstate languages are available on the host examining body’s website. Following the link will take you outside the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website. The link will open in a new window.