Higher School Certificate Information for Students - Bass High School Year 11 2021 Year 12 2022

 
Higher School Certificate Information for Students - Bass High School Year 11 2021 Year 12 2022
Bass High School

      Higher School Certificate
       Information for Students

                  Year 11 2021

                  Year 12 2022

Information for Students Progressing to Year 11 in 2021
                 and to Year 12 in 2022
Contents

The Higher School Certificate Program of Study ............................................................ 2

A Message for Parents and Students ................................................................................ 3
Information About the HSC ............................................................................................. 4

What Types of Courses Can I Select?.............................................................................. 4
What Are Units? .............................................................................................................. 7

Requirements for the Award of the HSC ......................................................................... 8

Course Changes in Stage 6 .............................................................................................. 8
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) ................................................................. 9

FAQ on the ATAR ......................................................................................................... 10

Courses Offered at Bass High School ............................................................................ 14
TAFE Delivered EVET Courses .................................................................................... 16

Assessment and Reporting ............................................................................................. 18
What Contributions are Payable?................................................................................... 19

Course Descriptions ....................................................................................................... 20

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses ...................................................... 51
Board Endorsed Courses ................................................................................................ 57

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The Higher School Certificate Program of Study

The purpose of the Higher School Certificate program of study is to

• provide a curriculum structure that encourages students to complete secondary education;
• foster the intellectual, social and moral development of students, in particular developing their:
      - knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in the fields of study they choose.
      -   capacity to manage their own learning.
      -   desire to continue learning in formal or informal settings after school.
      -   capacity to work together with others.
      -   respect for the cultural diversity of Australian society.
• provide a flexible structure within which students can prepare for:
     - further education and training
      -   employment
      -   full and active participation as citizens
• provide formal assessment and certification of students' achievements
• provide a context within which schools also have the opportunity to foster students' physical and
  spiritual development.

Additional information about courses and the HSC is available at:
www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

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A Message for Parents and Students

This booklet has been prepared to help students intending to continue their education at Bass High
School into Year 11 in the year 2021 to make informed decisions. It is the first step in the process
towards students making their subject choices for next year. Each student will be interviewed and
individually advised during Term 3. These decisions are very important and may affect their future
success at school and beyond.

Students should choose subjects because they are interested in them, have the abilities to cope with
them and finally, may help them gain entry into courses after school or into employment.

It is important that students prepare at school for an occupational future. It is also important that
students receive the type of broad educational base from which a variety of occupational choices may
stem. It is particularly important that students have the best possible preparation for taking part in a
society that is subject to rapid change and increasing in diversity, remembering that most jobs now
require students to have studied to Year 12 level.

Due to economic and social change more students are now staying on at school to find a place in the
workplace. All students are strongly advised to consider not only their needs and interests in selecting
subjects but their ability to handle the particular subject at the Higher School Certificate level. In
particular they should consider their abilities in English expression, Mathematics and Science as well
as their past performance in relation to other students. Approximately 25% of students in this year will
gain entry and attend university straight from school. Many others do not wish to go to university; their
subject choices may be very broad and include Vocational Courses (VET Courses), these courses may
give a student a head start into a chosen career. From past experience approximately 70% of students
leaving Year 12 attend further study, usually at a TAFE college. Many of these students then continue
their study onto university after completing a TAFE course.

Students need to carefully select subjects for Years 11 and 12. There are many people around the
school that they can rely on for advice to help them make a thoughtful choice. The Principal, Deputy
Principals, Career Advisor, Head Teachers, Student Advisor and teachers are all very willing to help.

The HSC has many pathways. Choose carefully.

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Information About the HSC

General Information
This is your introduction to the HSC and the many options now available.

• The Higher School Certificate recognises 13 years of schooling. In the interests of greater career
  choices and increased opportunities at university and TAFE, it offers you a full range of study areas
  matching individual abilities, interests and goals.
• Courses will be linked to further education and training.
• Extension courses (including undergraduate university courses) will enable students to undertake
  more in-depth study in areas of special interest.
• Vocational Education and Training courses can count towards the HSC and will also lead to
  qualifications recognised across a range of industries.
• The HSC will include life skills courses for students with special education needs.
• The HSC will fairly assess each student’s knowledge and skills.
• If you meet the minimum standard expected in a course you will receive a mark of 50. If you have a
  higher standard of performance you will receive a higher mark.
• For each course you will receive easy-to-understand reports which contain much more information.
  These reports provide clearer indications of what you have demonstrated you know, understand and
  can do in each course.

What Types of Courses Can I Select?

There are different types of courses that you can select in Years 11 and 12.

Board Developed Courses
These courses have been developed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). There is a
syllabus for each course which contains:

• the course objectives, structure, content and outcomes.
• specific course requirements.
• assessment requirements.
• sample examination papers and marking guidelines.
• the performance scale (except for Vocational Education and Training Courses).
All students entered for the HSC who are studying these courses follow these syllabuses. Courses are
examined externally at the end of the HSC course and can count towards the calculation of the
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

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Board Endorsed Courses
There are two main types of Board Endorsed Courses – Content Endorsed Courses and School
Designed Courses.

• Content Endorsed Courses (CECs) have syllabuses endorsed by NESA to cater for areas of special
  interest not covered in the Board Developed Courses.
      -   Most HSC VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses delivered by TAFE are
          Content Endorsed Courses.
• Schools may also design special courses to meet student needs. These courses must be approved by
  the NESA. Once approval is granted, schools offer selected courses to senior students as part of the
  Higher School Certificate.
      -   Some Board Endorsed Courses are one-year courses.
There is no external examination for any Content Endorsed Course or School Designed Course, but all
Board Endorsed Courses count towards the Higher School Certificate and appear on your Record of
Achievement. Board Endorsed Courses do not count in the calculation of the ATAR.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate
(HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA). VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-
specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for
secondary students are developed by NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on
national training packages.
VET courses allow students to gain both HSC or RoSA qualifications and a national qualification or a
statement of attainment recognised throughout Australia as part of the Australian Qualification
Framework (AQF). These qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary
training providers and universities and will assist students to progress to various education and training
sectors and employment.
Public Schools NSW, Ultimo is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90072) to
deliver and assess VET qualifications to secondary students.
It is mandatory for all students studying a VET course to create a Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon
enrolment. Students will require a form of identification for the creation of the USI. Examples include
a Medicare Card, Australian Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or a valid Passport.
Assessment in all VET courses is competency based. The student is assessed on what they can do (the
skills) and what they know (the knowledge) that will equip them in the workplace. Students are either
deemed “competent” or “not yet competent” by the teacher. Students who have successfully achieved
competency will have the skills and knowledge to complete workplace activities in a range of different
situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance expected in the workplace.
Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure each learner has achieved all the
outcomes (skills and knowledge) to the level of the qualification. Competency-based training is based
on performance standards that have been set by industry. Students will receive documentation showing
any competencies achieved for the VET course undertaken.
Board Developed VET courses are classified as Category B subjects and ONLY ONE can contribute
to the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). These courses have an optional
HSC examination. Students wishing to include a VET course in the ATAR calculation must sit the
HSC examination after they have completed a minimum of 4 Preliminary and/or HSC units.
Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirements and include 70 hours of
industry specific mandatory work placement or simulated workplace hours as determined by NESA.

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Stage 6 Board Endorsed VET Courses count towards the HSC or RoSA but do not have HSC
examinations therefore do not count in the calculation of the ATAR. Board Endorsed VET Courses
have mandatory or recommended industry specific work placement.
Due to the specific requirements of a VET course it is recommended students speak to the VET
Coordinator or Careers Adviser before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the
requirements and the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge and skills.

Life Skills Courses as Part of a Special Program of Study
Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) Life Skills courses will be available for students following a Special
Program of Study for the Higher School Certificate.

Students accessing a Special Program of Study in Stage 6 will, in general, need to have completed at
least four Generic Life Skills courses within a Special Program of Study in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10).
Further, participation in a Special Program of Study will be based upon an individual transition-
planning process which will occur for both Year 11 and Year 12.

Life Skills courses will have Board Developed status and can be used in place of other Board
Developed Courses to meet requirements for the award of the Higher School Certificate. Each Life
Skills course comprises a 2 unit Year 11 course and a 2 unit Year 12 course.

The Board expects that most students would meet the outcomes for a 2 unit Year 11 course and a
2 unit Year 12 course over approximately 240 indicative hours in total (i.e.120 indicative hours in each
course).

Meeting the HSC Minimum Standard in Literacy and Numeracy
Students need reading, writing and numeracy for everyday life after school.
This is why students in NSW are being supported to meet a minimum standard of literacy and
numeracy to receive the HSC from 2021.

Students will show they meet the HSC minimum standard by passing online tests of basic literacy and
numeracy skills, which are available for them to sit when they are ready in Year 10, 11 and 12 and
after the HSC.

Some students with disability studying Life Skills courses may be exempt from meeting the minimum
standard to receive their HSC credential.

For more information on HSC Minimum Standards in Literacy and Numeracy please see the NESA
website www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

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What Are Units?

All courses offered for the Higher School Certificate have a unit value. Subjects may have a value of 1
unit or 2 units. Most courses are 2 unit.
Each unit involves class time of approximately 2 hours per week (60 hours per year). In the HSC each
unit has a value of 50 marks. Hence a 2 unit course has a value of 100 marks.

2 units = 4 hours per week (120 hours per year) = 100 marks

What follows is a guideline to help you understand the pattern of courses.

2 Unit Course
This is the basic structure for all courses. It has a value of 100 marks.

Extension Course
• Extension study is available in a number of subjects. Extension courses build on the content of the 2
  unit course and carry an additional value of 1 unit. Requiring students to work beyond the standard
  of the 2 unit course, extension courses are available in English, Mathematics, History, Music, some
  Languages and VET. Undergraduate university courses will be available in some subjects.
• English and Mathematics Extension Courses are available at Year 11 and Year 12 levels. Students
  must study the Year 11 extension course in these subjects before proceeding to the two Year 12
  extension courses (Extension 1 and Extension 2). The Extension 2 course requires students to work
  beyond the standard of the Extension 1 course.
• Year 12 extension courses in subjects other than English and Mathematics are offered and examined
  in Year 12 only.

1 Unit Course
• 1 unit equals approximately 2 hours of class time each week or 60 hours per year.
• Studies of Religion can be undertaken as either a 1 unit or a 2 unit course.
• There are a number of 1 unit Board Endorsed Courses. These courses do not count in the ATAR.

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Requirements for the Award of the HSC
If you wish to be awarded the HSC:
• you must have satisfactorily completed courses that meet the pattern of study required by the NESA
    for the award of the Higher School Certificate. This includes the completion of the practical, oral or
    project works required for specific courses and the assessment requirements for each course.
• you must have sat for and made a serious attempt at the Higher School Certificate examinations.
• you must study a minimum of 12 units in the Year 11 course (Year 11) and a minimum of 10 units
    in the Year 12 course. Both the Year 11 course and the Year 12 course must include the following:
        - at least 6 units from Board Developed Courses including at least 2 units of a Board
            Developed Course in English
      -   at least three courses of 2 units value or greater
      -   at least four subjects
At most 6 units of courses in Science can contribute to Higher School Certificate eligibility.

If you wish to receive the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), you must study a minimum of
10 Board Developed units in the Year 12 Course. A booklet containing important information about
university entry requirements is published by UAC and available from the Career Adviser.

If you do not wish to receive an ATAR, the rest of your courses may be made up from Board Endorsed
Courses once you have studied six units from Board Developed Courses.

Course Changes in Stage 6
NESA allows some flexibility for swapping between courses to ensure the pattern of study undertaken
best suits a student’s needs. These changes however must still allow the student to meet the minimum
requirements of the courses that are studied in terms of fulfilling the recommended hours and meeting
the learning outcomes of the course.

To meet these requirements Year 11 students will be allowed to change between courses up until one
month after students commence year 11. After this date no further changes will be allowed.

The exception to this rule is changing between courses within the same subject areas, which is only
possible in English and Mathematics. These courses allow a longer period of time before changes are
no longer permitted. The deadline for changes within English and Mathematics courses are outlined in
the table below:

                                                 Year 11

                                          Advanced to Standard          After Yr 11 Semester 1 Report
              English
                                           Standard to Studies          After Yr 11 Semester 1 Report

              Maths                      Mathematics to Standard        After Yr 11 Semester 1 Report

                                                 Year 12

                                          Advanced to Standard          After Yr 12 Semester 1 Report
              English
                                           Standard to Studies          After Yr 12 Semester 1 Report

                                        Mathematics to Standard 2               Not possible
              Maths
                                         Standard 2 to Standard 1       After Yr 12 Semester 1 Report

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Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

These following rules apply for students seeking University entrance.

Rule # 1 – Eligibility for an ATAR

A student must complete at least ten units of Board Developed courses including at least two units of
English. The Board Developed courses must include at least three courses of two units or greater, and
at least four subjects.

NB. English Studies students who want an ATAR will not be able to include any other Category B
units and will need at least 8 units of Category A courses.

Rule # 2 – Calculation of the ATAR

The ATAR will be based on an aggregate of scaled marks in ten units of Board Developed Courses
comprising:

• the best two units of English
• the best eight units from the remaining units, subject to the provision that no more than two units of
  Board Developed VET Courses be included.

Board Developed VET Courses
• Business Services (VET)
• Construction (VET)
• Hospitality Kitchen Operations (VET)
• Retail Services (VET)

Board Endorsed VET Course
This course DOES NOT contribute toward an ATAR
• Sport Coaching (VET)

Content Endorsed Courses
These courses DO NOT contribute towards an ATAR:
•   Numeracy CEC (Numeracy skills for everyday life)
•   Photography, Video and Digital Imaging
•   Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies
•   Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies - Rugby League
•   Visual Design

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FAQ on the ATAR

How can I find out more?
There is a lot more information about the ATAR on UAC’s website at https://www.uac.edu.au/future-
applicants/atar

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Courses Offered at Bass High School

These courses will only run in 2021 if there is sufficient demand from students to form classes. If a
particular course cannot commence because of insufficient demand, students who have indicated a
preference for this course will need to make an alternative choice later in the year. Remember that in
Year 11 students must complete an English course and study a total of 12 units.

Board Developed Courses for the Higher School Certificate
English (Studies) - Category B
English (Standard)
English (Advanced)
English Extension 1
Mathematics Standard
Mathematics Advanced
Mathematics Extension 1
Agriculture
Ancient History
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Community and Family Studies
Design and Technology
Drama
Earth and Environmental Science
Economics
Food Technology
Geography
Industrial Technology - Multimedia
Information Processes and Technology
Investigating Science
Japanese Beginners
Legal Studies
Modern History
Music 1
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Physics
Visual Arts
Board Developed VET Courses – optional HSC exam
Business Services (240 indicative hours)
Construction (240 indicative hours)
Hospitality Kitchen Operations (240 indicative hours)
Retail Services (240 indicative hours)
Board Endorsed VET Course
Sport Coaching (240 indicative hours)

Content Endorsed Courses
Numeracy CEC (Numeracy skills for everyday life)
Photography, Video and Digital Imaging
Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies
Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies - Rugby League
Visual Design
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Vocational Education & Training (VET)
The Board Developed VET Courses offered at Bass High are:
• Business Services (VET)
• Construction (VET)
• Hospitality Kitchen Operations (VET)
• Retail Services (VET)
The Board Endorsed VET Course offered at Bass High is:
• Sport Coaching (VET)
Each course will be taught as a 2 Unit course. Students may wish to study more than one of these
courses as part of their 12 Year 11 units. The teachers of these courses have been trained and assessed
to the relevant industry standards.

The VET courses below will include a written examination in the Higher School Certificate in addition
to the other requirements of the course if this course is to be included in the calculation of an ATAR.

  Subject                            Course
  Business Services                  Business Services - Certificate II in Business (240 hours)

  Construction                       Construction - Certificate II in Construction Pathways (240 hours)

                                     Hospitality - Kitchen Operations - Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  Hospitality - Kitchen Operations
                                     (240 hours)
  Retail Services                    Retail Services - Certificate III in Retail (240hours)

Other HSC VET Courses
VET courses are also available in other industry areas. These are:
• Financial Services (Accounting) (Board Developed Course delivered by TAFE)
• Electrotechnology (Board Developed Course delivered by TAFE)
• Human Services (Nursing) (Board Developed Course delivered by TAFE or NSW Area Health)

A wide range of Content Endorsed and Board Endorsed VET Courses are available through TAFE
(You should check with your Careers Advisor on the available TAFE delivered HSC VET courses).

Content Endorsed Courses Offered at Bass High School in 2021
   Course
  Numeracy CEC (Numeracy skills for everyday life)                   2 unit Year 11 and Year 12

   Photography, Video and Digital Imaging                            2 unit Year 11 and Year 12

   Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies                           2 unit Year 11 and Year 12

   Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies - Rugby League            2 unit Year 11 and Year 12

   Visual Design                                                     2 unit Year 11 and Year 12

Exclusions applying to Content Endorsed Courses are listed in the course descriptions of this booklet
with the relevant Content Endorsed Courses (CEC) course description.
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TAFE Delivered EVET Courses

There are a number of EVET courses offered to Year 11 and Year 12 students in 2021 & 2022. Note
that the courses offered by each college are subject to change. See the Careers Advisor for copy of the
2021 EVET course guide. Further information can be obtained from the website:
www.tafensw.edu.au/study/types-courses/tvet
Note that these external courses must be studied in addition to the 12 or 13 units studied at Bass
High School.

Languages

Students interested in studying a language may be able to study the languages below through other
institutions such as Saturday School or the Open High School. Further information can be obtained
from the following websites:

http://www.theopenhs-d.schools.nsw.edu.au/
https://saturdaycl-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/

or see Mr Dimech for details.

HSC Course Notes
• A number of subjects include a requirement for the development of project work for either internal
  or external assessment, for example, Agriculture, Visual Arts, Drama, Design and Technology,
  Dance. Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part
  for assessment in any other subject.
• There is only one History Extension Course. It can be studied with either the Ancient History
  Course or the Modern History Course.

Additional information about courses and the HSC is available at:
https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

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Assessment and Reporting

• The HSC reports will provide you with more detailed descriptions of the knowledge, skills and
  understanding you have attained in each subject.
• Teachers are provided with a syllabus package for each course. The packages include the syllabus
  content which teachers use to develop teaching programs, examination specifications, sample
  examination papers, sample marking guidelines and a performance scale.
• The syllabuses, along with assessment and examination information and a performance scale that
  will be used to describe your level of achievement, give a clear idea of the standards that are
  expected.
• School-based assessment tasks will contribute to 50% of your HSC mark. Your school assessment
  mark will be based on your performance in assessment tasks that you undertake during the course.
      -   The other 50% will come from the HSC examination.
      -   Your HSC mark for 2 unit courses will be reported on a scale of 0 to 100. A mark of 50 will
          represent the minimum standard expected. If you achieve the minimum standard expected in
          a course you will receive a mark of 50. There will be five performance bands above 50 that
          correspond to different levels of achievement in knowledge, skills and understanding. The
          band from 90 – 100 will correspond to the highest level of achievement.
• On satisfactory completion of your HSC you will receive a portfolio containing:
      -   The HSC Testamur. This is the official certificate confirming your achievement of all
          requirements for the award.
      -   The Record of Achievement. This document lists the courses you have studied and reports
          the marks and bands you have achieved.
      -   Course Reports. For every HSC Board Developed Course you will receive a Course Report
          showing your marks, the Performance Scale and the band descriptions for that course. A
          graph showing the state-wide distribution of marks in the course is also shown.
• Further information, including samples of certificates may be found at
  https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

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What Contributions are Payable?
Subject Contributions
In Year 11 & 12 some subject contributions are levied in order to cover the cost of materials,
instruments, patterns, etc. These contributions are compulsory.

Hospitality (VET) also has a refundable bond payable at the beginning of Year 11 to cover the use of
uniform and toolbox and will be refunded on their return in good order and condition.

 What contributions are payable              Amount     What contributions are payable           Amount

                                                        Hospitality (VET)                        $100.00
 School Contribution (per family)
                                              $60.00
 includes P&C Membership
                                                            Industrial Technology - Multimedia     Nil

 Agriculture                                   Nil      Information Processes Technology           Nil

 Ancient History                               Nil      Investigating Science                      Nil

 Biology                                       Nil      Japanese Beginners                         Nil

 Business Services (VET)                       Nil      Legal Studies                              Nil

 Business Studies                              Nil      Mathematics                                Nil

 Chemistry                                     Nil          Modern History                         Nil

 Community and Family Studies                  Nil      Music                                      Nil

 Construction (VET)                          $100.00    Photography, Video and Digital Imaging    $30.00

 Design & Technology                          $30.00    PDHPE                                      Nil

 Drama                                         Nil      Physics                                    Nil

 Earth and Environmental Science               Nil      Retail Services (VET)                      Nil

 Economics                                     Nil      SLR                                        Nil

                                                        SLR - Rugby League- includes Gym
 English                                       Nil                                                $50.00
                                                         Membership

 Food Technology                              $20.00        Sport Coaching (VET)                    Nil

 Geography                                     Nil          Visual Arts                           $30.00

 Hospitality (VET) Bond - Refundable Yr 12    $50.00        Visual Design                         $30.00

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Course Descriptions: Board Developed Courses
 Course: English Studies                                                                              Year 11 Course No: 30105
                                                                                                      Year 12 Course No: 30115
 2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12                                                     Board Developed Course – Category B
 Exclusions: Students may not study any other Stage 6 English course in conjunction with English Studies.
 Those students who take English Studies in the 2021 HSC and want to receive an ATAR will need to remember that only 2 units of
 Category B courses can be included, and at least 2 units of English must be included, in the ATAR calculation.
 Therefore, English Studies students who want an ATAR will not be able to include any other Category B units and will need at least 8 units
 of Category A courses.
 Course Description
 English Studies addresses the needs of those students who wish to complete and be awarded a Higher School Certificate but who are
 seeking an alternative to the current Standard English course. The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to become
 competent, confident and engaged communicators and to study and enjoy a breadth and variety of texts in English. The course focuses on
 supporting students to refine their skills and knowledge in English and consolidate their literacy skills to enhance their personal,
 educational, social and vocational lives.
 English Studies is distinctive in its focus on the development of students’ language, literacy and literary skills. It centres on empowering
 students to comprehend, interpret and evaluate the ideas, values, language forms, features and structures of texts from a range of
 everyday, social, cultural, academic, community and workplace contexts. It offers comprehensive and contemporary language
 experiences in the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.

 Year 11 Course Content
     Mandatory module – Achieving through English: English in education, work and community (30-40 hours)
     An additional 2–4 modules (20-30 hours each)
 Year 12 Course Content
     Mandatory Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences (30 hours)
     An additional 2–4 modules (20-45 hours each)

 Particular Course Requirements
 Across Stage 6 the selection of texts will give students experiences of the following as appropriate:
 • reading, viewing, listening to and composing a wide range of texts, including literary texts written about intercultural experiences and
   peoples and cultures of Asia
 • Australian texts including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences
   of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives, popular and youth cultures
 • a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts

 Assessment: Year 12 Course only
 External Assessment                             Weighting       Internal Assessment                                         Weighting
 Paper 1 (2.5 hours)                                              Mandatory Common Module: Texts and                              30
 Common Module: Texts and Human                       70          Human Experiences
 Experience
 Please note – English Studies external                           2 to 4 Elective Modules:
 examination is OPTIONAL, and if                                  Module L                                                        25
 completed, will contribute to the                                Module M                                                        20
 awarding of an ATAR                                              Module H                                                        25
                                                                                                                                 100
                                                                  Assessment Modes and Components:
                                                                  Knowledge and understanding of course                           50
                                                                  content
                                                                  Skills in comprehending texts, communicating                    50
                                                                  ideas and using language accurately,
                                                                  appropriately and effectively
                                                      70                                                                         100
 The Year 12 formal school-based assessment program for English Studies reflects the following requirements:
 •   a maximum of four assessment tasks
 •   the minimum weighting for an individual task is 10%
 •   the maximum weighting for an individual task is 40%
 •   one task may be a formal written examination with a maximum weighting of 20%
 •   one task must be a collection of classwork demonstrating student learning across the modules studied with a minimum weighting of 30%
 •   assessment of the Common Module must integrate teacher or student selected related material

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Course: English (Standard)                                                                           Year 11 Course No: 11130
                                                                                                     Year 12 Course No: 15130
2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12                                                                       Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Advanced); English (ESL); English Studies; English (Extension)

Course Description
The English Standard course is designed for students to increase their expertise in English to enhance their personal,
educational, social and vocational lives. The English Standard course provides students, who have a diverse range of
literacy skills, with the opportunity to analyse, study and enjoy a breadth and variety of English texts to become confident
and effective communicators. English Standard offers a rich language experience that is reflected through the integrated
modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.
Year 11 Course Content                        Year 12 Course Content
 • Common Module: Reading to Write (40 hours) • Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences (30 hours)
 • Module A: Contemporary Possibilities (40    • Module A: Language, Identity and Culture (30 hours)
   hours)                                      • Module B: Close Study of Literature (30 hours)
 • Module B: Close Study of Literature (40     • Module C: The Craft of Writing                         (30
   hours)                                        hours – studied concurrently with the Common Module and
                                                 Modules A and B)

Particular Course Requirements
Across Stage 6 the selection of texts will give students experience of the following:
 • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
 • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and
    the peoples and cultures of Asia
 • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into
    diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
 • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate

Assessment: Year 12 Course only
External Assessment            Weighting        Internal Assessment                                                         Weighting
A written examination paper consisting of:
Paper 1 (1.5 hours)                 40          Common Module: Texts and Human Experience & Module C: Craft                      30
Common Module: Texts                            of Writing
and Human Experience

Paper 2 (2 hours)                   60           Module A                                                                        25
Module A                                         Module B                                                                        20
Module B                                         Trial Examination                                                               25
Module C
                                                                                                                                 100
                                                Assessment Modes and Components:
                                                Knowledge and understanding of course content                                    50
                                                Skills in responding to texts and communication of ideas appropriate             50
                                                to audience, purpose and context across all modes.
                                                *mandatory multimodal presentation

                                   100                                                                                           100
The Year 12 formal school-based assessment program for English Standard reflects the following requirements:
 • a maximum of four assessment tasks
 • the minimum weighting for an individual formal task is 10%
 • the maximum weighting for an individual formal task is 40%
 • one task may be a formal written examination with a maximum weighting of 30%
 • one task must focus on Module C – The Craft of Writing with a minimum weighting of 25%
 • one task must be a multimodal presentation enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills
   across a range of modes
 • assessment of the Common Module must integrate student selected related material

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Course: English (Advanced)                                                                            Year 11 Course No: 11140
                                                                                                      Year 12 Course No: 15140
2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12                                                                     Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Standard); Fundamentals of English; English (ESL) Board Developed Course

Course Description
The English Advanced course is designed for students who have a particular interest and ability in the subject and who desire to engage
with challenging learning experiences that will enrich their personal, intellectual, academic, social and vocational lives. Students
appreciate, analyse and respond imaginatively and critically to literary texts drawn from a range of personal, social, historical and
cultural contexts, including literature from the past and present and from Australian and other cultures. They study challenging written,
spoken, visual, multimodal and digital texts that represent and reflect a changing global world.

Year 11 Course Content
 • Common Module: Reading to Write (40 hours)
 • Module A: Narratives that Shape our World (40 hours)
 • Module B: Critical Study of Literature (40 hours)
Year 12 Course Content
 •   Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences (30 hours)
 •   Module A: Textual Conversations (30 hours)
 •   Module B: Critical Study of Literature (30 hours)
 •   Module C: The Craft of Writing (30 hours – studied concurrently with the Common Module and Modules A and B)

Particular Course Requirements
Across Stage 6 the selection of texts will give students experience of:
 • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
 • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and
   the peoples and cultures of Asia
 • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into
   diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
 • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate

Assessment: Year 12 Course only

External Assessment           Weighting         Internal Assessment                                                          Weighting

A written examination paper consisting of:
Paper 1 (1.5 hours)                40           Common Module: Texts and Human Experience & Module C: Craft                       30
Common Module: Texts                            of Writing
and Human Experience

Paper 2 (2 hours)                  60            Module A                                                                        25
Module A                                         Module B                                                                        20
Module B                                         Trial Examination                                                               25
Module C                                                                                                                         100

                                                Assessment Modes and Components:

                                                Knowledge and understanding of course content                                     50

                                                Skills in responding to texts and communication of ideas appropriate              50
                                                to audience, purpose and context across all modes.
                                                *mandatory multimodal presentation

                                   100                                                                                           100

The Year 12 formal school-based assessment program for English Advanced reflects the following requirements:
 • a maximum of four assessment tasks
 • the minimum weighting for an individual formal task is 10%
 • the maximum weighting for an individual formal task is 40%
 • one task may be a formal written examination with a maximum weighting of 30%
 • one task must focus on Module C – The Craft of Writing with a minimum weighting of 25%
 • one task must be a multimodal presentation enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills across a
   range of modes
 • assessment of the Common Module must integrate student selected related material

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Courses: Year 11 English Extension                                                      Year 11 Course No: 11150
         Year 12 English Extension 1                                                    Year 12 Course No: 15160
1 unit for each of Year 11and Year 12                                                          Board Developed Course

Prerequisites:
(a) English (Advanced)
(b) Preliminary English Extension is a prerequisite for English Extension Course 1
Exclusions: English (Standard); English Studies; Fundamentals of English; English (ESL)

Course Description
The English Extension 1 course provides students who undertake Advanced English and are accomplished in their use
of English with the opportunity to extend their use of language and self-expression in creative and critical ways.
Through engaging with increasingly complex concepts through a broad range of literature, from a range of contexts,
they refine their understanding and appreciation of the cultural roles and the significance of texts.

Year 11 Course Content
Module: Texts, Culture and Value (40 hours)
Related research project (20 hours)

Year 12 Course Content
Common module: Literary Worlds with ONE elective option (60 hours)

Particular Course Requirements
Across Stage 6 the selection of texts will give students experience of the following:
 • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural
   experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
 • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give
   insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
 • a range of types of text drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media, multimedia and digital texts
 • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate

Assessment: Year 12 Course only

External               Weighting         Internal Assessment                                                 Weighting
Assessment

 A written                    50         Common Module: Literary Worlds                                          25
examination of two
hours duration                           Module A, B or C                                                        25

                                                                                                                 50

                                         Assessment Modes and Components:

                                         Knowledge and understanding of complex texts and of how                 25
                                         and why they are valued

                                         Skills in complex analysis, sustained composition and                   25
                                         independent investigation

                              50                                                                                 50

The Year 12 formal school-based assessment program for English Extension 1 reflects the following requirements:
 •   three assessment tasks
 •   the minimum weighting for an individual task is 20%
 •   the maximum weighting for an individual task is 40%
 •   one task may be a formal written examination with a maximum weighting of 30%
 •   one task must be a creative response with a maximum weighting of 40%
 •   at least one task must integrate student selected related material

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Course: Year 12 English Extension 2                                                              Course No: 15170

1 unit for Year 12 only                                                                      Board Developed Course

Prerequisites:
(a) English (Advanced)
(b) Year 11English Extension is a prerequisite for English Extension Course 1
(c) English Extension Course 1 is a prerequisite for English Extension Course 2

Exclusions: English (Standard); English Studies; Fundamentals of English; English (ESL)

Course Description
The English Extension 2 course enables students who are accomplished in their use of English with the opportunity to
craft language and refine their personal voice in critical and creative ways. They can master skills in the composition
process to create a substantial and original Major Work that extends their knowledge, understanding and skills developed
throughout Stage 6 English courses. Through the creative process they pursue areas of interest independently, develop
deep knowledge and manipulate language in their own extended compositions.

Year 12 Course Content
 • The Composition Process
 • Major Work
 • Reflection Statement
 • The Major Work Journal (60 hours)

Particular Course Requirements
Students undertake extensive independent investigation involving a range of complex texts during the composition
process and document this in their Major Work Journal and Reflection Statement

Assessment: Year 12 Course only

External Assessment       Weighting     Internal Assessment                                                Weighting

Submission of Major           50        Proposal: Presentations of proposal for Major Work                     50
Work                                    Viva Voce: Interview and discussion/
Including a                             exploration of the work in progress
1000–1500 word                          Report: The impact of independent investigation on the
(maximum) reflection                    development of the Major Work
statement

                                                                                                               50

                                        Assessment Modes and Components:

                                        Skills in extensive independent research                               25

                                        Skills in sustained composition                                        25

                              50                                                                               50

The Year 12 formal school-based assessment program for English Extension 2 has the following requirements:
Please note: Assessment will be based on the process of composing the Major Work.
As part of that process, there will be three assessment tasks:
 • a Viva Voce with a weighting of 30%
 • a Literature Review with a weighting of 40%
 • a Critique of the Creative Process with a weighting of 30%

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Course: Year 11 Mathematics Standard                                                                  Course No: 11236
        Year 12 Mathematics Standard 1 and 2                                                     Course No: 15231/15232
2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12                                                             Board Developed Course

Prerequisites: The course is constructed on the assumption that students have achieved the outcomes in the core of the Stage 5.1/5.2
Mathematics course for the RoSA, together with the recommended options Trigonometry and Further Algebra.
Exclusions: Students may not study any other Stage 6 Mathematics course in conjunction with Standard Mathematics.

Course Description
Standard Mathematics focuses on mathematical skills and techniques which have direct application to everyday activity. The course
content is written in five areas of study, with an emphasis on application of specific skills and on tasks that involve integrating
mathematical skills and techniques across a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. These tasks may draw from more than one area
of study, and encourage transfer of knowledge across the entire course, as well as linking with study in other Stage 6 subjects.
The course is fully prescribed, and is designed to support TAFE and other vocational courses. It provides an appropriate mathematical
background for students who do not wish to pursue the formal study of mathematics at tertiary level, while giving a strong foundation
for university study in the areas of business, humanities, nursing and paramedical sciences.

Main Topics Covered                                                 Year 12 Standard 1 Course
                                                                     • Algebra
Year 11 Course                                                            - MS-A3: Types of Relationships
 • Algebra                                                           • Measurement
      - MS-A1: Formulae and Equations                                     - MS-M3: Right-angled Triangles
      - MS-A2: Linear Relationships                                       - MS-M4: Rates
 • Measurement                                                            - MS-M5: Scale Drawings
      - MS-M1: Applications of Measurement                           • Financial Mathematics
      - MS-M2: Working with Time                                          - MS-F2: Investment
 • Financial Mathematics                                                  - MS-F3: Depreciation and Loans
      - MS-F1: Money Matters                                         • Statistical Analysis
 • Statistical Analysis                                                   - MS-S3: Further Statistical Analysis
      - MS-S1: Data Analysis                                         • Networks
      - MS-S2: Relative Frequency and probab ility                        - MS-N1: Networks and Paths
                                                                    Year 12 Standard 2 Course
                                                                     • Algebra
                                                                          - MS-A4: Types of Relationships
                                                                     • Measurement
                                                                          - MS-M6: Non-right-angled Trigonometry
                                                                          - MS-M7: Rates and Ratios
                                                                     • Financial Mathematics
                                                                          - MS-F4: Investments and Loans
                                                                          - MS-F5: Annuities
                                                                     • Statistical Analysis
                                                                          - MS-S4: Bivariate Data Analysis
                                                                          - MS-S5: The Normal Distribution
                                                                     • Networks
                                                                          - MS-N2: Networks Concepts
                                                                          - MS-N3: Critical Path Analysis

The Year 12 Standard 1 course has the option of students opting in or out of the HSC exam.

External Assessment (Year 12)                                  Weighting       Internal Assessment (Year 12)            Weighting

A single Year 12 examination of two and one half hours’             100        A variety of assessment tasks across          100
duration.                                                                      all of the content of the course.
No more than 30% of the examination will be based on the                       Once the assessment of the Year 12
Year 11 course. Questions based on the Year 11 course can                      course has commenced, some Year
also be asked when they lead in to questions based on the                      11 course work can be included in
Year 12 course. Marks from these lead-in questions will not                    assessment tasks for Standard
be counted in the 30% Year 11 allowance.                                       Mathematics. No more than 30% of
Calculators, including graphics calculators, that meet Board                   the assessment is to be based on the
requirements (as advised through the Official Notices                          Preliminary course.
section of the Board Bulletin) may be used.
Geometrical instruments and approved geometrical
templates may be used.

                                                                    100                                                      100

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Course: Year 11 Mathematics Advanced                                                             Course No: 11255
        Year 12 Mathematics Advanced                                                             Course No: 15255
2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12                                                      Board Developed Course

Prerequisites: The course is constructed on the assumption that students have achieved the outcomes in the core of
the Stage 5.3 Mathematics course for the RoSA, along with the recommended options.
Exclusions: Standard Mathematics

Course Description
The course is intended to give students who have demonstrated competence in the skills of Stage 5 Mathematics an
understanding of and competence in some further aspects of mathematics which are applicable to the real world with
emphasis on statistics, algebra and calculus. It has general educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies
in science and commerce. The course provides a sufficient basis for further studies in mathematics as a minor
discipline at tertiary level. Students who require substantial mathematics at a tertiary level, supporting the physical
sciences, computer science or engineering, should undertake the Mathematics Extension 1 course or both the
Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses.

Main Topics Covered

Year 11 Course                                               Year 12 Course
 • Functions                                                    •   Functions
      - MA-F1: Working with Functions                                - MA-F2: Graphing Techniques
 • Trigonometric Functions                                      • Trigonometric Functions
      - MA-T1: Trigonometry and Measure of Angles                    - MA-T3: Trigonometric Functions and Graphs
      - MA-T2: Trigonometric Functions and Identities           •   Calculus
 • Calculus
                                                                     - MA-C2: Differential Calculus
      - MA-C1: Introduction to Differentiation
 • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions                             - MA-C3: Applications of Differentiation
      - MA-E1: Logarithms and Exponentials                           - MA-C4: Integral Calculus
                                                                • Financial Mathematics
 • Statistical Analysis
      - MA-S1: Probability and Discrete Probability                  - MA-M1: Modelling Financial Situations
                                                                • Statistical Analysis
        Distributions
                                                                     - MA-S2: Descriptive Statistical and Bivariate
                                                                       Data Analysis
                                                                     - MA-S3: Random Variables

External Assessment                                          Internal Assessment

A single written examination paper of three hours         The objectives of the course are grouped into two
duration, consisting of ten questions of equal value.     components, Component A and Component B, for
                                                          assessment purposes. Component A (80%) is primarily
Questions from the Year 11 course will be short and       concerned with the student’s knowledge, understanding
represent a minor part of a total question. Marks can be  and skills developed in each Content Area listed in the
awarded for demonstration of knowledge and skills from syllabus. Component B (20%) is primarily concerned
the Year 11 course (or earlier) when required for         with the student’s reasoning, interpretative, explanatory
questions on the Year 12 course. That is, questions based and communicative abilities. A number of tasks will be
on the Year 11 course can be asked when they lead in to   used to determine a student’s school-based assessment
questions based on topics from the Year 12 course. Marks and any one task may contribute to measuring attainment
from these lead-in questions will not be counted in the   in both components.
two-question allowance from the Year 11 course.
                                                          Once the assessment of the Year 12 course has
Board-approved calculators, geometrical instruments and commenced, some Year 11 course work can be included
approved geometrical templates may be used.               in assessment tasks for Mathematics. No more than 20%
                                                          of the assessment is to be based on the Year 11 course.

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Course: Year 11 Mathematics Extension 1                                                        Course No: 11250
        Year 12 Mathematics Extension 1                                                        Course No: 15250
1 unit in each of Year 11 (Year 11 Mathematics Extension) and Year 12                        Board Developed Course

Prerequisites: The course is constructed on the assumption that students have achieved the outcomes in the core of
the Stage 5.3 Mathematics course for the RoSA, along with the recommended options.
Exclusions: Standard Mathematics

Course Description
The content of this course and its depth of treatment indicate that it is intended for students who have demonstrated a
mastery of the skills of Stage 5 Mathematics and are interested in the study of further skills and ideas in mathematics.
The course is intended to give these students a thorough understanding of and competence in aspects of mathematics,
including many which are applicable to the real world with emphasis on algebra and calculus. It has general
educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies of science, industrial arts and commerce. The course is a
recommended minimum basis for further studies in mathematics as a major discipline at a tertiary level and for the
study of mathematics in support of the physical and engineering sciences. Although the course is sufficient for these
purposes, students of outstanding mathematical ability should consider undertaking the Mathematics Extension 2
course.

Main Topics Covered
Year 11 Course                                               Year 12 Course
 • Functions                                                  • Proof
      - ME-F1: Further Work with Functions                          - ME-P1: Proof by Mathematical Induction
      - ME-F2: Polynomials                                    • Vectors
 • Trigonometric Functions                                          - ME-V1: Introduction to Vectors
      - ME-T1: Inverse Trigonometric Functions                •   Trigonometric Functions
      - ME-T2:Further Trigonometric Identities                      - ME-T3: Trigonometric Equations
 • Calculus                                                   • Calculus
      - ME-C1: Rates of Change                                      - ME-C2: Further Calculus Skills
 • Combinations                                                     - ME-C3: Applications of Calculus
      - ME-A1: Working with Combinatorics                     •   Statistical Analysis
                                                                    - ME-S1: The Binomial Distribution

External Assessment                                          Internal Assessment

Two written examination papers. One paper is the             The objectives of the course are grouped into two
Mathematics course paper and is of three hours duration.     components, Component A and Component B, for
The other paper, of two hours duration, is based on the      assessment purposes. Component A (70%) is primarily
Mathematics Extension 1 course and consists of seven         concerned with the student’s knowledge, understanding
questions of equal value.                                    and skills developed in each Content Area listed in the
                                                             syllabus. Component B (30%) is primarily concerned
Questions from the Year 11 course will be short and          with the student’s reasoning, interpretative, explanatory
represent a minor part of a total question. Marks can be     and communicative abilities. A number of tasks will be
awarded for demonstration of knowledge and skills from       used to determine a student’s school-based assessment
the Year 11 course (or earlier) when required for            and any one task may contribute to measuring attainment
questions on the Year 12 course. That is, questions based    in both components.
on the Year 11 course can be asked when they lead in to
questions based on topics from the Year 12 course. Marks School assessment for the Mathematics Extension 1 Year
from these lead-in questions will not be counted in the   12 course can be based on the whole of the Mathematics
two-question allowance from the Year 11 course.           Extension 1 course (Year 11 and Year 12 courses).
                                                          Assessment for this course should not begin until the
Board-approved calculators, geometrical instruments and school program of Year 12 assessments for other subjects
approved geometrical templates may be used.               begins (this is usually no earlier than Term 4 of Year 11).

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Course: Year 12 Mathematics Extension 2                                                           Course No: 15260

2 units for Year 12                                                                           Board Developed Course

The course is designed for students with a special interest in mathematics who have shown that they possess special
aptitude for the subject.
Exclusions: Standard Mathematics

Course Description
The course offers a suitable preparation for study of mathematics at tertiary level, as well as a deeper and more
extensive treatment of certain topics than is offered in other mathematics courses. It represents a distinctly high level
in school mathematics involving the development of considerable manipulative skill and a high degree of
understanding of the fundamental ideas of algebra and calculus. These topics are treated in some depth. Thus, the
course provides a sufficient basis for a wide range of useful applications of mathematics as well as an adequate
foundation for the further study of the subject.

Main Topics Covered

Year 12 Course
 • Proof
      - MEX-P1: The Nature of Proof
      - MEX-P1: Further Proof by Mathematical Induction
 • Vectors
      - MEX-V1: Further Work with Vectors
 • Complex Numbers
      - MEX-N1: Introduction to Complex Numbers
      - MEX-N2: Using Complex Numbers
 • Calculus
      - MEX-C1: Further Integration
 • Mechanics
      - MEX-M1: Applications of Calculus to Mechanics
External Assessment                                           Internal Assessment

Two written examination papers. One paper is the              The objectives of the course are grouped into two
Mathematics Extension 1 course paper and is of two            components, Component A and Component B, for
hours duration. The other paper, of three hours duration,     assessment purposes. Component A (60%) is primarily
is based on the Mathematics Extension 2 course and            concerned with the student’s knowledge, understanding
consists of eight questions of equal value.                   and skills developed in each Content Area listed in the
                                                              syllabus. Component B (40%) is primarily concerned
Board-approved calculators, geometrical instruments and       with the student’s reasoning, interpretative, explanatory
approved geometrical templates may be used.                   and communicative abilities. A number of tasks will be
                                                              used to determine a student’s school-based assessment
                                                              and any one task may contribute to measuring attainment
                                                              in both components.

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