The Italian Community School of Dante Alighieri Society of WA (DASWA) will deliver the Year 11 and 12 ATAR Italian: Background Language courses from 2022.

Cost: $3,340 for a whole year intensive course (110  contact hours in a year), inclusive of all learning materials

The courses are delivered after school hours in both online and face-to-face modes by teachers with a TRBWA registration and recognised teaching qualifications. Teachers will provide the achievement data (marks and grades) to the Authority through each student’ school and a mentor school if applicable.

Our teachers will deliver a learning program and an assessment program based on Authority requirements and the Italian: Background Language syllabus.

The course outline and assessment outline will be provided to the students prior to the commencement of the course.

If you are interested in enrolling in our course, notify Fabiana Padova, DASWA School Coordinator, via email at as well as your school then proceed to complete your online enrolment application as per instructions below.

Applications for WACE courses are currently closed but will reopen for new enrolments in Year 11 and 12 from Monday 24 January 2022 to Thursday 24 February 2022. Applications are to be submitted online via the Student Records Management System (SRMS) student portal

If you have any questions regarding enrolments, please use the Student guide for online applications for WACE language courses to complete the applications or email

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All materials for the delivery and assessment of the Background Language courses are available on the Authority website at

The Background Language syllabuses are equivalent to four units in the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Students typically study Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Year 11, and Unit 3 and Unit 4 in Year 12. Alternatively, students can choose to study only Unit 3 and Unit 4 without having completed Unit 1 and Unit 2.

For Western Australian developed Background Language courses, the syllabus content is the equivalent of two years of study: one at Year 11 and one at Year 12. Each year is equivalent to two units for WACE requirements. Sequencing and timing of delivery of the content is a school decision, but students are required to cover all of the course content.

Schools are required to develop assessment tasks that meet the requirements of the syllabus. Schools are also required to develop a marking key for each task. Students’ marks for each task must be recorded. At the conclusion of the year, marks are weighted and combined to derive a school mark out of 100. In Western Australian-developed Background Language courses, schools are required to assess and report using a year-long (combined) assessment outline for the pair of units completed each year, i.e. one grade and one school mark out of 100 at the end of Year 11 for the pair of units, and one grade and one school mark out of 100 at the end of Year 12 for the pair of units.

The school reports student achievement in completed ATAR units/courses in terms of grades (A to E). The grade assigned describes the overall achievement of a student for the completed pair of units.

On completion of the Year 11 and/or the Year 12 pair of units, our Italian Community School, determines a grade and a school mark out of 100 for each student and provides these to the main or mentor school. When assigning a grade, schools use the grade descriptions provided in the language syllabus. The school mark represents the student’s overall achievement on the school-based assessment program (as represented in the school’s assessment outline).

Schools are required to submit a school mark out of 100 and a grade for the pair of units for each student enrolled in Year 11 or Year 12 course units to the Authority.

Students typically sit the external examination in Year 12. For the Background Language courses both practical (oral) and written examinations are held. Examinations are conducted in a nominated examination venue in Western Australia.

Any achievement in a Background Language course contributes to students’ Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA). The result of the external examination can contribute towards the calculation of the students’ Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) used for university entrance. School candidates completing course units and sitting the external examination in an Interstate Language will receive the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) LOTE bonus. For more information, contact

For more information, read the Italian: Background Language Year 11 syllabus, the Italian: Background Language Year 12 syllabus and the WACE manual.