2020 Handbook - Canberra College

 
2020 Handbook - Canberra College
2020
Handbook
2020 Handbook - Canberra College
ELLEN PUZEY, Wasted Time, 2018. Graphite on paper 841 x 594 mm

                This handbook outlines courses of study and provides College information.

   Discover what the college has to offer – we are here to support you in your transition from secondary
                                education to the life of further study or work.

             Further information about the college is available at www.canberrac.act.edu.au
                                   or contact the College on ph.61423288

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CONTENTS

Welcome to Canberra college ................. 4                       ESL Bridging (A) ............................... 25
                                                                      English Integrating the Australian                               Specialist Methods Mathematics (T) 35
College Information ................................. 5                   Curriculum (T) ............................ 25               Mathematical Methods Integrating
    Student Services ................................ 5               Literature Integrating the Australian                                Australian Curriculum (T) .......... 35
    Choosing Your Courses ...................... 5                        Curriculum (T) ............................ 25               Mathematical Applications
    Certificate Requirements ................... 6                    Essential English Integrating the                                    Integrating Australian
    Employment Pathways ...................... 7                          Australian Curriculum (A) .......... 26                          Curriculum (T)............................ 35
An overview of certification .................... 8                   English as a Second Language (ESL                                Essential Mathematics integrating
   Glossary of Terms ............................. 9                      Integrating the Australian                                       Australian Curriculum A/M ...... 36
Course selection ...................................... 9                 Curriculum) (T/A) ...................... 26             Media .................................................... 36
   Package Planner ............................. 10                   Philosophy (T/A) .............................. 27            Media (T/A) ..................................... 36
Courses Offered in 2019 ...................... 11                Fashion and Textiles .............................. 27           Music ..................................................... 37
                                                                    Textiles and Fashion (T/A) ............... 27                    Music (A) ......................................... 37
Assessment and certification ................. 12
   Assessment ...................................... 12          History ................................................... 28      Music Industry (C)............................ 37
   Course outlines ................................ 12               History (T/A) .................................... 28           Music (T) .......................................... 37
   Unit Outlines .................................... 12         Hospitality and Food Studies ................. 29                   Jazz (A/T) ......................................... 37
   Unit Grades...................................... 12             Hospitality (C) ................................. 29          Photography .......................................... 38
   Appeals ............................................ 12          Food Science and Management (T) . 29                             Photography (T/A) ........................... 38
   Breaches of Academic Discipline ..... 13                         Food for Life (A) ............................... 29          HOPE...................................................... 39
   Recognition ..................................... 13          Information Technology ........................ 30                  Sports Development (T/A/M) .......... 39
   Status............................................... 13          Information Technology (T/A/V)...... 30                         Exercise Science (T/A/M) ................. 39
   Variation to Assessment .................. 13                     Information Technology —                                        Health & Wellbeing (T/A/M) ........... 39
   ACT Scaling Test (AST) ..................... 13                       Programming Stream (A/T/V) Year                             Physical Education Studies (A/M) .... 39
Additional programs .............................. 13                    11 and 12................................... 30             Outdoor and Environment Education
   Vocational Education....................... 14                    Information Technology - Digital Media                              (T/A/M/R) ................................. 40
   ANU Extension ................................. 15                    Stream (A/T/V) .......................... 30                Sport (R) .......................................... 40
   Big Picture Academy ........................ 16               Languages .............................................. 31      Registered Units .................................... 41
   Pre-Med Program ............................ 16                  Assessment ...................................... 31
                                                                                                                                  Science................................................... 42
   Sports Academy .............................. 16                 English (R) ........................................ 31
                                                                                                                                      Biology (T/A).................................... 42
   CCCares ........................................... 16           Translating &Interpreting Skills(T) ... 31
                                                                                                                                      Human Biology (T/A) ....................... 42
   Futures & Inclusion Support............. 18                      Chinese (T/A) ................................... 31
                                                                                                                                      Chemistry (T) ................................... 42
Behavioural Sciences ............................. 19               Indonesian ( T/A)……………………………31
                                                                                                                                      Physics (T) ........................................ 42
   Psychology (T/A) .............................. 19                French (T/A) .................................... 32
                                                                                                                                      Pre-Med .......................................... 43
   Sociology (T/A) ............................... 19               German (T/A) ................................... 32
                                                                                                                                      Additional Science Activities ............ 44
                                                                    Italian (T/A) ..................................... 32
Commerce and Social Sciences .............. 20                                                                                    Technology ............................................ 44
                                                                    Japanese (T/A) ................................. 32
   Accounting (T/A).............................. 20                                                                                 Automotive Technology (A) ............. 44
   Business (T/A) .................................. 20          Library Services ...................................... 33
                                                                                                                                     Design Technology &Graphics (T/A) 44
   Business Services (A/V) .................... 20               Mathematics .......................................... 34           Furniture Making (A) ....................... 45
   Economics (T/A) ............................... 20               Mathematics (T) ............................. 34                 Metal Engineering (A) ..................... 45
   Commerce (T/A) .............................. 21                 Specialist Mathematics Integrating
                                                                                                                                  Tourism and Event Management .......... 46
   Legal Studies (T/A)........................... 21                     Australian Curriculum (T) .......... 34
                                                                                                                                     Tourism and Event Management
   Global Studies T/A ........................... 21                Specialist Methods Integrating
                                                                                                                                         (T/A/V/M) ................................. 46
                                                                         Australian Curriculum (T) .......... 34
Community Services .............................. 22                                                                              Visual Art ............................................... 46
                                                                    Mathematical Methods Integrating
Social and Community Work (A) ............ 22                    Australian Curriculum (T) ....................... 34                 Ceramics (T/A) ................................ 47
Dance ..................................................... 23      Mathematical Applications Integrating                             Visual Art (T/A) ............................... 47
   Dance (T/A) ..................................... 23                  Australian Curriculum (T) .......... 34
Drama .................................................... 24       Specialist Mathematics Integrating
   Drama (T/A) .................................... 24                   Australian Curriculum (T) .......... 35

English Courses ...................................... 25
   English (T) ........................................ 25
   Literature (T).................................... 25
   Essential English (A)......................... 25
   ESL (T/A) .......................................... 25

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Welcome from the Principal

Canberra College values learning and is focused on        All students are strongly encouraged and supported
developing all our students in preparation for the        to follow a course of study that reflects their
world of today and tomorrow. All students                 interests, passions and learning styles. A range of
complete an educational package which leads to            student support services are also available across
the award of an ACT Senior Certificate.                   the college to provide pastoral care, course advice,
                                                          counselling services, career planning and study
The college provides a range of programs that             options.
reflect the diversity of pathways our students can
pursue. Pathways of learning include Tertiary,            Canberra College is a place where students are
Accredited and Vocational courses where nationally        supported, connected, challenged and inspired to
recognised training packages and Australian School        be learners, researchers and innovators!
Based Apprenticeships can be included. Courses are
delivered in a variety of ways; through traditional       I look forward to welcoming you to our college.
and contemporary classes or targeted programs.            Michael Battenally
These speciality programs include a Big Picture
Academy, Futures Program, International Student           Principal
Program and CCCares.

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College information

Student Services                                                with an eye for getting into a particular career or course.
                                                                There are other reasons such as learning something new
The Student Services team includes an Executive
                                                                and following up on an interest. Students who embark
Teacher, four Student Advisors, administrative officers
                                                                with enthusiasm and readiness to work at their best
and a School Psychologist. They work in conjunction with
                                                                usually find that most subjects are enjoyable. That’s not
the Careers and Work Experience team. The Student
                                                                to say that schoolwork is always easy or fun!
Services team works with students to:
                                                                Application for University Entrance
• assist in the transition to pathways beyond school,
  including gaining university or CIT entrance,                 Application for places in all public universities in NSW
  apprenticeships, traineeships or the world of work            and ACT is made through the University Admission
• coordinate course selection for new and continuing            Centre (UAC). Entry to particular courses is competitive
  students                                                      and offers of a place are made on the basis of a ranking
• provide assistance with academic, social or personal          called the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
  concerns for students and stakeholders                        When each course quota is filled and the cut-off is
• monitor packages, points and absences                         established, no other applications are accepted.
                                                                Students must accept an offer of a place by the due date
The Student Services team works as a liaison between            otherwise the offer will lapse.
students, parents and staff; the Student Services area is
open throughout the school day for appointments and             The UAC Guide, which contains course information cut-
casual drop-ins.                                                offs from previous years and application procedures, is
                                                                issued to students in August of their final year.
iGroup (Information Group) and Student Meetings                 Information sessions on course selection and application
iGroups meet each Monday for 30 minutes. This is                procedures are run by the College to help students with
compulsory for all students. iGroup teachers                    their applications.
communicate to students various college notices such as
                                                                For states other than NSW and ACT, students must
sporting events, excursions, career and study
                                                                obtain the application forms and cut-off information
opportunities. The iGroup teachers monitor student
                                                                from the relevant admission centres. For addresses and
attendance and that study packages are on track for
                                                                contact numbers, refer to the UAC Guide or the Careers
completion. They also ensure that students’ personal
                                                                Office at the college.
details are updated. They are the first port of call for
students who are experiencing difficulties.                     Prerequisite Subjects for University Entrance
Student Year Meetings occur regularly during this time          As well as meeting the ATAR cut-off, some tertiary
slot and are a forum for guest speakers, presentations          courses require students to have studied certain subjects
and the acknowledgment of student achievements. The             or gained a minimum standard of attainment in Year 11
meetings are run by members of the Student Leadership           and 12. This is referred to as prerequisite study or
Group (SLG). These meetings are also a compulsory               assumed knowledge. Details of courses requiring this
component of iGroup.                                            knowledge and achievement levels are in the UAC Guide.
                                                                This information is also available in the Year 10 guide,
Choosing Your Courses                                           University Entry Requirements, distributed to all high
The best guides to course selection at college are your         schools. Both publications are available on the web at
interests and successes to date. Most students coming to        http://www.uac.edu.au/schoolink/year-10.shtml
the College have not yet decided on a career. Even those
                                                                Special Entrance Requirements for University
who have strong ideas need to keep their options open.
                                                                Entrance and CIT
Things change in the work force, at universities and in
the lives of students. Some students will need to include       Some University and CIT courses such as Art, Drama,
specific subjects based on tertiary prerequisites and           Music and Design require students to have relevant
students can check this through Student Services or             skills, experience and folios of work in addition to
Careers.                                                        obtaining a Senior Secondary Certificate. Students may
                                                                be required to
Students are expected to enrol in 5 subjects at the
beginning of Year 11. Not all courses need to be studied

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attend interviews, auditions and special testing as part of       Early Exit Program — Students studying for a
the application for each course. The UAC Year 10 Booklet          Senior Secondary Certificate
and the UAC Guide contain information detailing these             Students who have gained 17 standard units for an
requirements. The Student Services/Careers Advisors can           Accredited package by the end of their third semester or
provide current information for any course.                       middle of their fourth semester may apply to be released
                                                                  from the College ahead of other Year 12 students. These
Scholarships and Cadetships for University                        students are invited to the Year 12 Graduation, Year 12
Entrance                                                          Breakfast and Formal.
Students requiring financial assistance to undertake
tertiary study should consider applying for a cadetship or
scholarship. These are advertised in the major                    Certificate Requirements
metropolitan newspapers and application is made                   The following five documents are available which report
directly to each university or industry group. An offer of        studies undertaken at the Canberra College.
assistance is based on academic achievement and
cadetship applicants are required to sit a test and have          ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
an interview. Details are available from the Student              This Certificate is issued at the end of Year 12 showing
Services and Careers Advisors.                                    results obtained in all units completed. It is issued by the
                                                                  ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. To receive this
Application to the Canberra Institute of                          certificate at the end of Year 12, students must
Technology (CIT)                                                  satisfactorily complete 17 standard units with at least
Applications for places in higher level courses such as           four accredited minors from at least three different
Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses are made by                  course areas in their package. (See Glossary). Students
postal enrolments in response to newspaper and on line            are required to complete at least one course in English to
advertisements. A Senior Secondary Certificate is                 be awarded this certificate.
required and attendance at Information Sessions run by
CIT (again advertised) is essential for some courses.             ATAR Statement
Students wishing to enter a Certificate Course will need a        Students who wish to go on to tertiary study will also be
Year 10 Certificate and should apply directly to CIT in           given this statement which shows each student’s ranking
person. Sessions are run to assist students with course           compared to all other students in the ACT, plus an
information and their applications.                               Aggregate Score. It is issued by the ACT Board of Senior
                                                                  Secondary Studies. This statement entitles those who
Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)
                                                                  qualify for it to be considered for admission by Australian
An Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) is a             tertiary institutions. The ATAR shows the University
system of training to help students gain entry into their         Admission Rank compared to all other students in
chosen industry. Students are able to enter into a                Australia, which is the criterion used for tertiary
traineeship on a part time basis whilst remaining at              entrance, and the Aggregate Score which is the score
school. ASBAs are available in a number of industries.            from which the University Admission Rank is derived.
Students can consult the staff in the Careers Office about
these.                                                            To receive this statement students must complete a
                                                                  study program from A, T, H, M, C, E, R and V Courses (see
Apprenticeships and Traineeships                                  Glossary) which accrue a minimum of 20 standard units.
Students looking for on-the-job training should consider          There must be at least 18 A, T, H, M, C and E standard
an apprenticeship or traineeship to develop personal              units and these must be arranged into courses to form
work skills and job specific skills. Employers offering           either:
these training programs advertise in the daily                    • five major courses
newspapers and are listed at Centrelink and with private
                                                                  • four major courses and one minor course
providers. Information is available from Student
Services/ Careers Advisors.                                       • three major courses and three minor courses
                                                                     (of these, at least three majors and one minor must
                                                                     be T courses and at least one course must be English)
                                                                  • in addition, students must sit the ACT Scaling Test
                                                                    (AST). This is held in September of year 12

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Australian Qualifications Framework                             Vocational Education Involves:
— Cert I and Cert II                                            • Courses that are developed for students to meet the
Students who successfully complete Vocational Courses             needs and standards of local industry (employers)
(V/C Courses), including participation in Structured Work       • Courses which are competency based; students
Placements where applicable (‘on the job training’) will          demonstrate their skills in a workplace environment
be granted a nationally recognised Certificate I or             • Courses which may have a period of on-the-job
Certificate II under the Australian Qualifications                training with an employer
Framework.
                                                                Students who undertake Vocational (V/C) Courses
Employment Pathways                                             • Gain practical work related skills that employers
The College provides Vocational Education and Training,           recognise
which is responsive to the changing needs of students in        • Gain credit transfer and/or advanced standing into
today’s workforce. Students can select work based                 other training courses
programs which are designed to articulate into further          • Gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification
study and assist students to obtain employment upon               in addition to the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
graduation. The courses have been developed in                  • Make valuable contacts with employers
partnership with industry, unions and employers.
                                                                • Try out a possible career before finishing Year 12
As a nationally accredited Registered Training                  • Prepare themselves for the world of work
Organisation (RTO), the College is able to provide
structured work–based training which has been
approved at a national level. Students are able to
graduate with full or partial VET qualifications that are
recognised across Australia.

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An overview of certification

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Course selection

                                                                  ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
Glossary of Terms
                                                                  Formerly known as Year 12 Certificate
The following explains terms that apply to courses at
Canberra College.                                                 Vocational (V) Course
                                                                  These courses are industry approved and will give
Accredited (A) Course
                                                                  advanced standing in some CIT and TAFE courses.
An ‘A’ course provides a general education and is                 Students can gain a nationally recognised Certificate I or
designed to meet the needs of students studying in Years          Certificate II if the course is fully completed.
11 and 12. It does not contribute to a student’s ATAR
calculation.                                                      Major Course
                                                                  A minimum of three and a half semester units is required
Competency based (C) Course
                                                                  for a major course.
A ‘C’ Course provides vocational education but can’t
contribute to ATAR calculation. Only one ‘C’ or ‘E’ course        Double Major
can be included in the minimum requirements for Year              A minimum of seven semester units is required for a
12 certification.                                                 double major course.

External Vocational (E) Course                                    Major/Minor
‘E’ classification is given to a Board registered course,         A minimum of five and a half semester units is required
Vocational program Industry 1, which leads to a                   for a major/minor course.
nationally recognised vocational qualification (Certificate
or Statement of Attainment) and is delivered by an                Minor Course
external Registered Training Organisation. Only one ‘C’           A minimum of two semester units or equivalent is
or ‘E’ course can be included in the requirements for             required for a minor course.
Year 12 certification.
                                                                  Half Semester Unit (Quadrimester)
Higher education (H) Course                                       A half semester unit has a value of 0.5.
An ‘H’ course is designed and accredited by an Australian
higher education provider. On successful completion of            Semester Unit
the course, students will be given recognition towards an         A standard semester unit has a value of 1.0.
undergraduate degree with that provider.
                                                                  ACT Scaling Test (AST)
Modified (M) Course                                               The ACT Scaling Test is a test designed to obtain
An ‘M’ course provides appropriate educational                    information about students’ aptitude for study at post-
experiences for students with specific disabilities.              secondary level. It measures quantitative and verbal
                                                                  reasoning through multiple choice components, a short
Registered (R) Unit/Course                                        response test and an extended written response to a set
An ‘R’ course is designed to provide learning experiences         topic. The results are used by the BSSS to scale course
in personal development, recreational, community and              scores and thus provide parity between colleges and
work related activities.                                          courses. This test occurs in September every year and all
                                                                  students who are seeking an ATAR must sit it.
Tertiary accredited (T) Course
A ‘T’ course provides the study skills and knowledge              Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
considered necessary for higher education and further             ATAR is a percentile rank which compares the
study. Scores obtained in a designated number of ‘T’              performance of one student with other Year 12 students.
courses are used to calculate a student’s ATAR.                   It is used as the basis for entrance to universities.

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Package Planner
You may find it useful to fill in this sheet in order to get a clear picture of which subjects you should choose for Years 11 and
12. Fill it out in pencil so that you can make changes easily.

My goals at college are: ..................................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................................................

My career goal is: ...........................................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................................................

To reach my career goal I need a :                                  Senior Secondary Certificate only
                                                                    T package
Therefore, my study package should be something like this …...

   Year 11                        Subject 1                    Subject 2                   Subject 3                     Subject4                    Subject 5                   Subject 6*

 Semester 1

 Semester 2

   Year 12                        Subject 1                    Subject 2                   Subject 3                     Subject4                    Subject 5                   Subject 6*

 Semester 1

 Semester 2

* 5 subjects per semester is a minimum. We highly recommend beginning a T course with all T subjects.

Checklist
In my package, have I selected courses I will enjoy and do well in? ..............................................................................................

How many ‘T’ courses have I chosen? ............................................................................................................................................

How many ‘A’ courses have I chosen?............................................................................................................................................

I will have majors in: .......................................................................................................................................................................

I will have minors in: .......................................................................................................................................................................

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Courses offered in 2019
                                                                   Special Programs
Arts
                                                                   Big Picture
Art (T/A)
                                                                   CCCares
Ceramics (T/A)
                                                                   Futures and Inclusion Support Program
Dance (T/A)
Drama (T/A)
                                                                   Information Technology
Jazz (T/A)
                                                                   IT - Digital Media Stream (T/A/V)
Media (T/A)                                                        IT - Programming and Robotics Stream (T/V)
Music (T/A)
Music Industry (C)                                                 Languages
Photography (T/A)                                                  Chinese (T/A)
                                                                   French (T/A)
Commerce & Social Sciences                                         German (T/A)
Accounting (T/A)                                                   Italian (T/A)
Business Services (A/V)                                            Japanese (T/A)
Business (T/A)                                                     Translating and Interpreting (T)
Commerce (T/A)                                                     Indonesian ( T/A)
Economics (T/A)
Legal Studies (T/A)                                                Mathematics
Global Studies (T/A)                                               Essential Mathematics integrating Australian Curriculum (A)
                                                                   Mathematical Applications Integrating Aus Curriculum (T)
Humanities                                                         Mathematical Methods Integrating Australian Curriculum (T)
English Integrating the Australian Curriculum (T)                  Specialist Methods Integrating Australian Curriculum (T)
Literature Integrating the Australian Curriculum (T)               Specialist Mathematics Integrating Australian Curriculum (T)
Essential English Integrating the Australian Curriculum (A)
ESL Integrating the Australian Curriculum (English as a            Health, Outdoor Education and Physical Education (HOPE)
Second Language) (T/A)                                             Exercise Science (T/A/M)
ESL Bridging Integrating the Australian Curriculum (English        Outdoor and Environment Education (T/A/M/R)
as a Second Language) (A)
                                                                   Physical Education Studies (A/M)
History (T/A)
                                                                   Sports Development (T/A/M)
Ancient History (T/A) (Integrating Australian Curriculum)
                                                                   Health and Wellbeing (T/A/M)
Modern History (T/A) (Integrating Australian Curriculum)
Pre-Modern History (T/A/M) (aligning with Australian
                                                                   Behavioural Science
Curriculum)
                                                                   Psychology (T/A)
Philosophy (T/A)
                                                                   Sociology (T/A)
                                                                   Social and Community Work (A)
Hospitality & Food Studies
                                                                   Sciences
Food for life (A)
                                                                   Biology (T/A)
Food Science & Management (T)
                                                                   Chemistry (T)
Hospitality (C)
                                                                   Human Biology (T/A)
                                                                   Physics (T)
Technology
                                                                   Pre-Med (R)
Automotive Technology (A)
Design Technology & Graphics (T/A)
                                                                   Tourism and Event Management
Textiles & Fashion (A/T/M)
                                                                   Tourism Studies (A/V/T)
Furniture Making (A)
Metal Engineering (A)
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Assessment and certification

Assessment                                                    students receive P (pass) grades. Students are advised of
Assessment in all courses at Canberra College is internal,    the criteria for grades at the beginning of each unit. A Q
continuous and cumulative. There are no external              grade can be awarded for participation in C Courses.
examinations. Student performance over a range of             The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies provides a set of
assessment tasks is taken into account when arriving at       grade descriptors for each course studied. These grades are
unit grades and course scores (for T courses) completed       used by all colleges in the ACT system and appear on the
at minor, major, major/minor and double major level.          Senior Secondary Certificate
The assessment instruments used vary from course to           The grade descriptors have been based on the following
course and sometimes from unit to unit. They are              models.
defined in course frameworks and fully described in
course documents approved at the time of accreditation.       A. Awarded to those students who have very high
                                                                 achievement in all aspects of the unit of study. They
Course outlines                                                  understand the most difficult ideas of the unit,
Course Outlines are available in the College library or          demonstrate initiative, can identify and solve problems
from the Executive Teachers in each faculty. The written         and are able to communicate their ideas clearly.
Course Outline describes:                                     B. Awarded to those students who have achieved a high
• the objectives of the course                                   level of understanding in the unit studied and are able
                                                                 to apply the skills learned in the unit to a wide range of
• the content of the course
                                                                 problems.
• the criteria for the course
                                                              C. Awarded to those students who understand most of the
• the course score calculations                                  important ideas and have learned many of the skills
• moderating and scaling procedures                              covered in the unit to a level which would allow them to
                                                                 continue appropriate study in the area or to carry out
Typical assessment methods include written tests, oral
                                                                 work requiring these skills.
presentations, essays and assignments, research work,
reports, practical work and other measures appropriate        D. Awarded to those students who know the basic
to the material being studied. In some units,                    terminology of the area of study, have learned some of
assessments may be based partly on material                      the skills and understand some of the important ideas
encountered during excursions. Detailed copies of all            covered in the unit.
college courses, accredited by the BSSS, are available        E. Awarded to those students who although having met
from the college as well as on line from the BSSS                the requirements for attendance and completion of
website.                                                         work, have learned few of the skills covered by the unit.

                                                              To complete a unit satisfactorily, students must comply
Unit Outlines
                                                              with the College’s expectations with regard to attendance
At the beginning of each unit, every student receives a       and with the requirements for completion of work in that
copy of the Unit Outline which describes:                     unit. Students who do not comply with these requirements
• the unit objectives                                         will not be assessed and receive a void (V) grade.
• the unit content
• attendance requirements
                                                              Appeals
• the assessment tasks and the due dates                      Students have rights of appeal at every stage of the
                                                              assessment process: against the procedures by which marks
• grade descriptors
                                                              are given as the result of individual assessment tasks, against
                                                              unit grades and scores or course scores. Detailed advice
Unit Grades
                                                              about appeals and appeal procedures is available from the
For every successfully completed T or A unit, students        ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies website. They are
are awarded an A-E grade for that unit, with A being the      also available from the Assessment Coordinator or from the
highest grade. In some courses, such as Registered            Student Assessment Handbook and iGroup teachers.
courses (R),

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Breaches of Academic Discipline                                       Variation to Assessment
Since college assessments are used for a number of public             Variation to Assessment is the process by which
purposes, it is essential that their integrity be maintained.         allowance may be made to vary normal assessment
Attempts to subvert that integrity by any form of dishonest           procedures for a student who, as a result of
dealing or misrepresentation with respect to any part of the          misadventure or illness, has been disadvantaged in terms
assessment process, including any form of plagiarism, are             of assessment for part of a semester unit.
regarded very seriously by both the College and the Board
                                                                      Any claim for variation to assessment must be supported
of Senior Secondary Studies. A copy of the Departmental
                                                                      by a medical certificate(or other documentation) and
plagiarism policy is available on request.
                                                                      negotiated in conjunction with Student Services.
Recognition
                                                                      ACT Scaling Test (AST)
Recognition may be awarded in specified units where a
                                                                      All Year 12 students who require an aggregate score and
student has studied work deemed by the College to be the
                                                                      percentile ranking for tertiary entrance must sit for the
equivalent of Year 11 or 12 studies in units offered by the
                                                                      ACT Scaling Test. The ACT Scaling Test is used to scale the
College.
                                                                      students’ course scores including the best three tertiary
Status                                                                majors and 0.6 of the next best tertiary course score and
                                                                      these are combined to form the students’ Aggregate
The College may award status in specified units when a
                                                                      Scores. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is
student is unable to complete work because of illness or
                                                                      a percentile ranking calculated from the Aggregate
misadventure. Status is awarded in these circumstances
                                                                      Scores. Since individual and college results depend on
only if a student has completed insufficient assessment in a
                                                                      the students’ performance in the AST, students are
unit to justify the award of a grade on the A to E scale. This
                                                                      expected to attend every AST practice and preparation
will only happen with documentary evidence.
                                                                      session offered.

 Additional programs

Canberra College offers access to a wide range of special
programs including:
•    Nationally Certified Vocational Education and ASBAs
•    ANU Extension for senior secondary students
•    Big Picture Academy
•    Pre-Med Program
•    Sports Academy
•    CCCares
•    Futures: Learning and Inclusion Support Program
•    WINN@CC: one to one tutoring and mentoring

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Vocational education and training (VET) is a term used to
                                                              describe education and training arrangements designed to
                                                              prepare people for work or to improve the knowledge and
                                                              skills of people who are already working. It also describes
                                                              one of the three major sectors of education and training,
                                                              the other two being school and higher education sectors.

Vocational Education                                          VET programs offer students a wide range of educational
                                                              experiences directly involved with work and career
The College offers and delivers Vocational Education
                                                              opportunities. These can range from Certificate 1 through
courses and services and issues nationally recognised
                                                              six levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework, to
qualifications through the BSSS (the Board of Senior
                                                              Advanced Diplomas.
Secondary Studies).

The College offers a comprehensive Vocational                 Recognition of Prior Learning
Education program.                                            If a student has experience that may be relevant to a
Training packages may be offered from the list below:         vocational course that they intend to enrol in, they are
                                                              entitled to seek acknowledgement of this experience
• Business Administration (see Commerce, Legal and
                                                              through the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, known as
  Social Sciences)
                                                              ‘RPL’.
• Hospitality (see Hospitality & Food Studies)
• Information Technology (see Information                     If you apply for RPL you will be asked to supply evidence to
  Technology)                                                 support your application. This evidence may include
                                                              examples of relevant life experiences, work experiences,
• Music Industry (see Music)
                                                              details of study or training, and references from people
• Tourism (see Tourism and Event Management)                  who can confirm your claim. You will be given guidance
Please consult Faculty Areas in the table of contents for     about the collection of evidence as well as an Information
information about these vocational courses.                   Kit. RPL can only be given to a whole unit of Competency
                                                              and therefore you must address all the elements and
Vocational Education provides students with the relevant      criteria in the document provided by the teacher.
industry skills and knowledge to gain certification for
articulation into CIT courses or directly into further        Your application will be considered by teachers at the
employment.                                                   College and you will probably be asked to come for an
                                                              interview to give you an opportunity to itemise your
The structure of the course is as follows:                    experiences and skills and relate them to the course.

Students complete a year 11/12 package at                     If your application is successful, it will mean that you will
Tertiary/Accredited level, adding their vocational studies    be exempt from parts of the course, and you may be able
to help them complete gain a year 12 qualification.           to complete the vocational aspects of your course in a
Students successfully undertaking vocational studies will:    shorter time.
• be deemed competent against a National Training
                                                              RPL is available to all students who enrol in a vocational
  Package and receive a nationally recognised
                                                              course at the College.
  certificate.
• often be required to complete Structured Work               Credit Transfer for Students
  Placements, as part of the National Training Package        Students with vocational qualifications from Canberra
  that they are enrolled in.                                  College are entitled to Credit Transfer in relevant courses
                                                              to other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Credit
Vocational Education                                          Transfer ensures that students do not need to repeat
Canberra College has developed a comprehensive                training for competencies that they have already achieved.
vocational education curriculum in order to provide           Students can therefore save themselves course fees and
students with the relevant skills, knowledge and              training time. This also ensures that duplication of
attitudes necessary for their entry into employment,          certification will not occur.
training and further education.

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Students will usually need to produce their vocational                 Animal Studies                Multimedia
certificate in order for credit transfer to be arranged.               Horticulture                  Electro-Technology

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA)                         Panel Beating                 Music
                                                                       Hospitality                   Engineering
An Australian School Based Apprenticeship opens a lot of
                                                                       Building & Construction       Pharmacy
new doors for students and business. Year 11 and 12
                                                                       IT                            Floristry
students can spend up to two full days per week on-the-job
and complete their Senior Secondary Certificate along with             Business Administration       Retail
a nationally recognised certificate (usually a Certificate II).        Library                       Hairdressing
Apprenticeships are flexible, offering both the student and            Desktop Publishing            Sports Administration
the employer many options for completion of on-the-job
training. It is a mutual agreement between the trainee and
the employer. The College has access to a wide range of
employee networks within the ACT and can assist in the
facilitation of Australian School Based Apprenticeships

ASBA features include:
• a Training Contract which links to an industrial award or
  agreement, signed by an employer and the student in                  ANU Extension
  employment based training (if the student is under 18
                                                                       The ANU Extension Program provides students with a
  parent/guardian signature is required)
                                                                       taste of the university learning experience, and an
• the training component is undertaken by a Registered
                                                                       opportunity to study courses using facilities and staff
  Training Organisation (RTO), such as a public or private
                                                                       located on the ANU campus. Courses are developed and
  training provider, eg: CIT
                                                                       delivered by ACT college teachers and ANU staff.
• attainment of a senior secondary certificate and a VET               Students who successfully complete the program will
  qualification as part of the student’s Year 12 package               gain credit towards their studies at ANU in each of the
• attendance at school/college, work and training                      subject areas completed. Completed units will also be
                                                                       listed on the Senior Secondary Certificate and a
Nationally Recognised Qualifications                                   completed program can be counted towards the ATAR.
• Certificate II ASBA Training Contract consists of a
  minimum of 11 hours per week with a minimum of 8                     Classes have been offered in Mathematics, Conservation
  hours per week on the job training and a minimum of 3                Biology, Chemistry, Astro Physics & Engineering,
  hours off the job structured training (Theory)                       Continuing Chinese, Indonesian (culture) and Japanese.
                                                                       Under current arrangements, when completed, the
• Cert III min 15 hours – this is broken into 12 hours on
                                                                       course presented at ANU will be equivalent to a Minor.
  the job training and 3 hours of structured off the job
                                                                       In the case of Mathematics, the result for the ANU
  training (Theory)
                                                                       course will be merged with results from a Major-Minor
Why you should consider an ASBA                                        at the student’s home college to form a Double Major.
                                                                       For Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Japanese students
• You gain a nationally recognised qualification at the
                                                                       will complete a Major in the home college and a Minor at
  appropriate certificate level
                                                                       ANU.
• It makes you stand out from a crowd
• It gives you valuable on the job experience and work                 All students in Year 10 with a confirmed enrolment at an
  contacts                                                             ACT Government secondary College and who intend to
                                                                       study at least one of the subjects offered, at the highest
• It contributes to further training in your chosen industry
                                                                       level when they enrol at the college, will be able to
  area
                                                                       apply. Students must normally have studied the subject
• In many cases it can lead to full time employment –                  at the highest level available at their current high school
  traineeships/apprentices after you leave college                     and achieved ‘A’ grades or equivalent standard. Students
• You get credit towards your ACT senior Secondary                     may apply at the end of their Year 10 studies on line.
  Certificate                                                          Students are selected in Term One and classes start in
• You get paid a national training wage                                Term Two.

ASBAs are available in a wide variety of industries including:

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Big Picture Academy                                            Pre-Med Program
Enrolling in a Big Picture Education Package is an             This program helps to prepare students for careers in the
important step in a style of lifelong learning and enquiry     health professions. These include careers in nursing,
that focuses on project based learning, individualised         medicine, paramedics, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy
learning programs and working in an authentic real             and many others. The course delivers professional
world model. “All the components that make up the              information and careers advice to support students
student’s learning experience - the curriculum; the            seeking university, CIT or employment pathways into the
learning environment; the use of time during the school        health professions.
day; the choice of workshops or college classes; the
focus and depth of investigation through the Big Picture       Sports Development
learning goals - is developed based on the student’s           This program caters for competitors, coaches and officials
individual interests, talents, and needs”.                     in a range of sports who have the talent, potential,
http://www.bigpicture.org                                      commitment and desire to develop their performance and
An LTI (Learning through Internship) allows students to        involvement in a particular sport to a high level.
explore their interests in real world setting with an          Entry to the program can be gained by application to the
expert mentor to guide them. Students are linked               Sports Development Coordinator and enrolling in the
carefully from the school to internship and an ILP             Sports Development Course. Generally, the applicant must
(Individual Learning Plan) by an advisory teacher who          be involved in a club and spending time outside of school
works with them as an individual to set their goals each       training, competing and preparing. Students spend 75% of
semester. Students are supported by a literacy class and       their course time competing in and training for their
a numeracy class and all classes have a maximum of 20          chosen sport either with the College or with a local club.
students. The learning goals in all classes are focused on     Participants benefit from the program through:
skills that support the projects and tasks that are
                                                               • access to a local gym
undertaken on the internship, with a mentor.
                                                               • access to expert advice
These learning goals are based on knowledge of self and        • assistance with study programs
individual aspirations or personal qualities. Students will
be required to use real world strategies to communicate        CCCares
in a variety of forums and using a range of strategies
including technology, writing speaking and listening. They     The Canberra College in partnership with ACT Education &
will present work to a panel and will demonstrate how          Training Directorate, ACT Health and significant
they conducted their study project at the internship. This     government and non-government community agencies,
will involve using empirical and quantitative reasoning;       provides an education and support program for pregnant
using mathematical and scientific thinking in the real         and parenting students and young carers in the ACT and
world. The study, related to their interest is based in        surrounding districts.
social reasoning; how do the perspectives of others            CCCares, endeavours to provide a best practice model for
influence your work in the real world?                         pregnant and parenting students to access education in
Canberra College Big Picture is committed to helping           the ACT. CCCares offers the Senior Secondary Certificate;
students to gain direction, personalise their learning,        goal oriented learning packages, on-line learning,
connect them with the world beyond school and to               vocational education and employability skills within a
ultimately ensure that the post school destination is one      mainstream ACT Government College context.
that suits them. All students participate in a graduation      In past years the program has also been recognised by
portfolio, which is a rich, tangible record of rigorous,       numerous awards, including the Australian Government’s
enquiry-based, real-world learning that typifies a Big         National Awards for Quality Schooling, the 2013 ACT VET
Picture student. The portfolio can be used by all students
graduating from Big Picture campuses to pursue
employment, vocational education or university entry.
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CCCares works in partnership with a wealth of services
in Schools Award and in November 2009, the program was
                                                                  and agencies to support our young people.
recognised for its achievements as the inaugural Schools
First National Impact Award winner.                               Our program offers:
CCCares provides holistic health, education and welfare           • On-line curriculum
support and connections for young people that assist them         • Vocational Education with competency based training
to optimise their outcomes in our society.                          provided by external RTO’s.

Through the ACT Government’s commitment to teenage                • Classroom based learning
parents the program has now been able to move into a              • Access to community with the assistance of our
brand new purpose built facility located on the Woden               community liaison officer
campus.                                                           • Take home learning packages
                                                                  • MACH nurse clinics x 4 each week
                                                                  • Monthly antenatal nurse visits
                                                                  • Advocacy and support programs
                                                                  • Daily transport assistance in our 12 seater buses
                                                                  • Fortnightly visits from a paediatrician
                                                                  • Fit for work program
                                                                  • Dress for success program
                                                                  • Adjunct care child-minding model
                                                                  • Cooking facilities + lunch and morning tea program
                                                                  • Emergency food and clothing relief
                                                                  • Excursions
                                                                  • Post-school transition options with assistance given
                                                                    by our employment consultants

CCCares Program Outline
CCCares operates every week day, in an open plan learning
environment. We have classrooms, kitchens, playrooms,
sleep rooms, change rooms, a medical suite, gymnasium
and outside play areas on site. CCCares offers
transportation to students and their children from their
homes to school and back again each school day.

CCCares uses Personalised Learning Plans to:
• develop the social and emotional intelligences needed
  to become connected to their chosen community
• improve students’ literacy, numeracy and IT skills
• work to develop an awareness of local and global issues
• provide a supportive environment which encourages
  young people to identify and manage their personal
  circumstances
• design Pathways Plans with young parents to develop
  the necessary skills and personal strengths they need to
  become marketable and employable in the future
•    assist our young people to become financially
    independent

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Futures Program: Additional Learning
                                                             • Horticulture
 and Inclusion Support Programs
                                                             • Community Exploration
 The Futures Program is a specific program designed
 to support students with particular needs in education.     • History
 The Futures Program caters for students who are in
 Additional Learning Support classes and Inclusion           • Media
 Support Students who mostly attend mainstream classes       Where necessary, students can break Semester long units
 but receive one to one support from Inclusion Support       into single term: Q Units, or complete a Registered (R) Unit
 Program Advisors.                                           in all of the above course areas. See the section on R Units
 Additional Learning Support Program                         for further information.

 Additional Learning support classes have fewer students     Students also complete week long Work Experience
 than mainstream classes and have highly scaffolded and      placements twice a year. Further participation in work
 supported learning. As well as the classroom teacher        placements – one or two days a week - and work sampling
 they frequently have a Learning Support Assistant in the    is strongly encouraged and supported, as it is integral for
 classroom. Most classes use modified courses. Core          students in preparation for post-college life. Opportunities
 classes are streamed according to academic ability and      for students to participate in traineeships and the ASBA
 are combined Year 11 and 12 groups. Classes also            program are also strongly supported. Students are also
 provide preparation for employment and for life as an       able to participate in volunteer opportunities and
 independent member of the community.                        partnerships such as: Floriade, Lifeline, Canberra Hospital,
                                                             Catering for a variety of functions and events.
 Students in this program may undertake a range of
 packages including on-line learning, specialised classes    To be eligible for enrolment into this program students
 and, where possible, one or more mainstream classes.        must meet the current disability criteria. More detailed
 Embedded throughout the program is a focus on the           information may be obtained by calling the Executive
 development of the individual in conjunction with the       Teacher on 6142 3296.
 continued development of practical maths and literacy
                                                             On successful completion of the two year program
 skills. Our focus is the enhancement of the student’s
                                                             students graduate with a Senior Secondary
 general understanding of the world through each of their
                                                             Certificate
 units including specific support in work placements and
 life skills.
                                                             This is available to students in mainstream classes who
 All students in the Additional Learning Support classes     meet the ACT Student Disability Criteria and who have
 undertake the following Modified or Accredited courses:     generated resourcing points through the Student Centred
                                                             Appraisal of Need process. The ACT Student Disability
 1. English (A/M)                                            Criteria covers the following area:
 2. Mathematics (A/M)                                        1.   Intellectual Disability
                                                             2.   Language Disorder
 3. Pathways to Work and Learning
                                                             3.   Physical Disability
 4. Life, Leisure and Learning                               4.   Hearing Impairment or Deafness
                                                             5.   Vision Impairment or Blindness
 Students also undertake two elective units each             6.   Pervasive Developmental Disorder
 semester which may include the following, offered           7.   Mental Health Disorder
 according to staff availability:                            8.   Chronic Medical Condition

 • Physical Education                                        Assistance for students who meet the criteria may be
                                                             offered in a number of ways depending on the specific
 • Food Studies
                                                             needs of the student. This decision is made through
 • Art                                                       consultation with the student and staff to define the most
                                                             appropriate delivery of support.
 • Photography

 • Everyday Science

 • Woodwork
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Examples of this support may include:                        All students in the Futures Program have an Individual
                                                             Learning Plan (ILP) which identifies the student’s individual
• Tutorial and mentoring support in study lines
                                                             needs and priorities for learning. A focus of the plan is
• Professional development for staff on particular
                                                             specific adjustments for learning in the classroom with
  student needs.
• Provision of advice to staff on reasonable                 relevant strategies. The plan will also address any significant
  accommodations for tests and assignments                   learning, mental health or physical needs of the student and
• Co-ordination of case meetings                             strategies to support the student. It may also discuss post
                                                             school transitions and include recommendations about
                                                             work experience and placements, links with post-school
                                                             agencies and learning experiences that are transferable to
                                                             independent community living. Students, Parents and
                                                             Carers participate in an annual meeting which reviews the
                                                             ILP.

    Behavioural Sciences

The Behavioural Sciences area offers T and A courses in      Year 11 Semester 1 students choose Individual Differences
Psychology and Sociology.
                                                             Sociology (T/A)
Psychology. The study of Psychology provides a
comprehensive understanding of individuals, families         Units are offered on a rotational basis.
and communities. Psychology explores common human            Sociology encourages students to be creative and critical
experiences both across and within cultures. It promotes     thinkers, skilled communicators and ethical decision
objective thinking and evidence based research, drawing      makers, as well informed members of community and
on various methods of enquiry as the basis for exploring     global culture.
understanding and interpreting human behaviour.
Psychology provides a repertoire of research                 There is a strong emphasis on discussion and class
methodology, analysis and communication skills vital for     interaction. Content includes the theoretical principles of
careers that involve working with people.                    sociology, local and global case studies presented through
                                                             lectures, seminars, case studies, media, guest speakers,
Sociology focuses on a study of society and social           excursions, surveys and individual projects.
behaviour and questions the ‘common-sense’ or
‘natural’ view of social experience.                         Units may be selected from the following areas and are
                                                             offered on rotation. It is also possible to combine majors in
Behavioural Studies is an interdisciplinary course           Sociology and Psychology to form a Behavioural Science
consisting of a combination of units from Sociology and      Major or Double major This, however, needs to be
Psychology adding up to a Major, Major/Minor or Double       considered in consultation with Student Services.
Major.
                                                             List of Units
Psychology (T/A)                                             • Unit 1: Identity
The following are the list of units required for a major.
                                                             • Unit 2: Sociology of Social Justice
•    Unit 1: Individual Differences
                                                             • Unit 3: Cultural Icons
•    Unit 2: Into the Mind
                                                             • Unit 4: Power and Institutions
•    Unit 3: Psychology of Wellness
•    Unit 4: Psychology in Society                           Year 11 Semester 1 students choose Identity.
Excursions—Action Learning/Research
During the course of study students may have the option
of participating in four excursions based in action
learning principles which are linked to choices in
assessment.

These excursions are:
• Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney (day trip)
• Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong (day trip)
• Psychology Skills Camp, Birrigai, ACT (overnight)
• The ‘Street Retreat’, Sydney (overnight)
• Jewish Museum of Sydney (day trip)

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