Need help and guidance deciding which ATAR subjects to choose?

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Its pretty daunting deciding which subjects to choose for years 11 and 12

... so we have popped together a few idea on how to help you make those choices. The most important thing is to pick subjects that you’re interested in and capable of doing. Never choose a subject just because it scales well.

To be eligible to study any bachelor degree course at most Universities, you normally need to have completed the following:

  • graduated from high school and met the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • obtained a sufficiently high ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) to meet the indicative ATAR requirement for the course you wish to study
  • received a scaled mark of at least 50 in: English ATAR or Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

Here are a few steps and ideas to help things become clearer:

1. Think

Think about your interests and career aspirations.  Browse through University websites and courses sites to help you get a clearer picture.  An example is  Curtins study areas, looke through it for ideas (maybe some careers you haven't thought of yet!). You’ll find some career suggestions and courses that relate to those careers.

Course pages on Curtin University's courses pages list any prerequisites and required subjects you need for that course.

2. Ask

Talk to your family, friends and school career advisers about your plans and ideas -  get feedback from people you may know who work in your area of interest (your family, friends and school career advisers might be able to put you in touch with someone).

3. Attend

Attend career expos, information evenings and University Open Days.  All Unis will have there - check out  Curtin’s Open Day ...and look out for their information sessions.

4. Explore

Explore the web and printed material for information on career choices, pathways and courses.

5. Talk

Call, visit or email future students centres at the University you are interested in.  They can help answer your questions.

You can contact Future Student services at Curtin's Bentley campus via phone or email, (call +61 8 9266 1000 or email, or visit for a face-to-face conversation. The Curtin Future Students team also host information sessions throughout the year and may give a presentation at your school.

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