KU-RING-GAI HIGH SCHOOL

KU-RING-GAI HIGH SCHOOL
KU-RING-GAI HIGH SCHOOL
    Inspire, Challenge, Create




        2018-2019
    Preliminary & HSC
       Senior Subject
  Information Handbook
CONTENTS

1.     Principal’s Message


2.     Studying for the Higher School Certificate

2.1    Requirements for the Award of the HSC

2.2    Course Requirements

2.3    Types of HSC Courses

2.4    TAFE delivered VET courses

2.5    Studying during an apprenticeship or traineeship

2.6    Accumulation of the HSC

2.7    Acceleration

2.8    Leaving school with the HSC

2.9    Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

2.10   Assessment and Reporting

2.11   Where to go for Help


3.     Summary of Courses Offered to Students at Ku-ring-gai High School


4.     Instructions on how to complete the on-line Subject Selection Process


5.     Details of All Courses offered at Ku-ring-gai High School
1. Principal’s Message

This handbook has been produced to provide students and their parents with advice about the Higher School
Certificate and the senior curriculum at Ku-ring-gai High School. Preparing for the final years of schooling requires
students to set goals and select subjects that support their post-schooling aspirations. Years 11 and 12 are
different to the previous years of school and require even greater student and family commitment. Students are
strongly advised to set a strong foundation of schoolwork and study habits in Year 10 as they prepare for the
academic demands of the HSC.
Many factors assist in contributing to student success at school generally, but are particularly important for Years
11 and 12. Essentially, success in the HSC is linked to engagement in learning at school and the “learning
community” of the school. Some key points for parents and students that must be considered in choosing
subjects and being successful in Years 11 and 12 are:

Students:
     Always choose subjects you like, are competent at and are likely to enjoy;

       Discuss these choices with family and your teachers. Seek as much information from teachers and other
        “people who know”– it is your education, so do not base your choices on the choices of friends.

       Always get the facts from your teachers and listen to their advice. Teachers know your learning style.

       If you have no clear idea of what you want to do upon leaving school yet require continuing with your
        education, keep your options open and choose your subjects accordingly.

       Successful HSC students are students who demonstrate independence within their work habits. They
        don’t have parents nagging them to study, they listen to advice from teachers and they complete their
        tasks on time.

       Students who demonstrate talent in the creative arts in Years 7 – 10 often neglect these talents in the
        senior school, thinking that they should try other subjects in senior school. This can be a big mistake for
        creative people. The school offers a full range of subjects within the Creative Arts; the Board Developed
        Courses are equally academic in their rigour.

Parents:
Parental support is absolutely essential. Ensure that you are available to talk with or assist in any way during
study times. Study can also be a very lonely activity and students can find it difficult to be motivated.

Allow your child to stay focused on their studies and balance the demands of any part-time work. Research
indicates that many students who fail to meet expectations in the HSC are the result of too many extended hours
working part-time. Part-time work is an important part of adolescence and preparing for adulthood. However, it
is not essential for success in the HSC. If your child is working part-time, they will need to adopt very good time-
management practices. In Year 12, it is advised that no part-time work be undertaken. The work “at hand” is the
attainment of the Higher School Certificate.
I hope that you will find the information in this handbook useful to help you select a senior course or study best
suited to your future requirements. I encourage you to research your course needs thoroughly, weigh up the
advice you receive and be realistic in your choice of course.


Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
Please Note: Course Costs listed for subjects are an estimate at this time. A statement of account for Year 11,
2018 will be issued at a later date
2. Studying for the Higher School Certificate

 The Higher School Certificate (HSC) recognises 13 years of schooling. In the interests of greater career choices
 and increased opportunities for study at university, colleges and TAFE NSW, the HSC offers a full range of study
 areas matching individual abilities, interests and goals.

 To be eligible to enter for the HSC students must:
     hold a NSW Stage 5 Record of Achievement (ROSA) or its equivalent OR
     be granted provisional eligibility

 In order to receive the HSC students must:
      study an approved pattern of Preliminary and HSC courses
      complete the HSC: All My Own Work (or its equivalent) before you submit any work for Preliminary or HSC
     courses, unless you are only entered for Year 11 and Year 12 Life Skills courses
      have a satisfactory record of attendance and application in each course
      satisfactorily undertake the school’s assessment program in each course
      sit for and make a serious attempt at the required HSC exams.
      complete a sufficient number of Preliminary and HSC courses within five examination years

 Preliminary courses are those usually taken in Year 11 and do not have an external examination.
 HSC courses are usually studied in Year 12 and end with an HSC examination. The study of HSC courses will
 commence in Term 4 of Year 11.

 Students must complete the Preliminary course in a subject before undertaking the HSC course in the
 subject. In some circumstances both the Preliminary and HSC component of a subject can be studied in one
 year. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are not classified as Preliminary or HSC and can be
 studied in either year.

2.1 Requirements for the Award of the HSC

 English is the only compulsory Higher School Certificate subject.

 To be eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate you must satisfactorily complete at least:
       12 units in your Preliminary study pattern (Year 11 – 3 terms)
       10 units in you HSC pattern (Year 12 – 4 terms starting Term 4 Year 11)

 Both study patterns must include:
       at least six units of Board Developed courses
       at least two units of a Board Developed course in English
       at least three courses of two unit value or greater
       at least four subjects

 Oral, practical and project work required for specific courses and the assessment requirements for each course
 must be completed.

 A serious attempt at the required Higher School Certificate examinations must be made.
2.2 Course Requirements

 Most courses offered for the Higher School Certificate have a 2 unit Preliminary and a 2 unit HSC component.
 Each 2 unit course requires approximately 120 hours per year, or 4 hours per week, of classroom study.

 Extension study is available in English, Mathematics, History, Music, some languages and some VET courses in
 the Preliminary and / or HSC years. Extension courses are designed to build on the content of the 2 unit
 course and require students to develop greater competence and understanding.

2.3 Types of HSC courses

 Board Developed courses are the large number of courses set and examined by the NSW Education Standards
 Authority (NESA) They contribute to the calculation of the ATAR.

 Board Endorsed courses are developed by schools, TAFE and universities. All Board Endorsed Courses count
 towards the Higher School Certificate and are listed on the Record of Achievement. However, Board Endorsed
 Courses do not count towards the calculation of the ATAR, as there is no external exam and assessment is
 school based.

 Special education (Life Skills) Students that have special education needs can attain the HSC by studying Life
 Skills courses. All Life skills count towards the Higher School Certificate and are listed on the Record of
 Achievement. There are specific entry general eligibility and study pattern requirements for the Life Skills
 courses that lead to the HSC. Life Skills courses do not count towards the ATAR.

 Vocational Education and Training (VET) - Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses teach industry
 specific skills that are relevant to future study and employment. These are competency based and students
 gain both an HSC qualifications and Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) accreditation. A workplace
 component is a compulsory part of all VET Framework courses. VET courses may be counted as either
 Preliminary or HSC courses.

 The VET Curriculum Framework courses delivered at Ku-ring-gai are:
      2.3.1    Entertainment
      2.3.2    Hospitality

2.4 TAFE Delivered VET Courses

 Other VET courses are Board Endorsed and are usually delivered at TAFE NSW (referred to as TVET courses).
 These courses have no external examination and do not contribute to the ATAR. Examples include Human
 Services, Children’s Services, Community Services, Design Fundamentals, Computer Assembly .

 Important things to consider when selecting TVET courses:
    1. block delivery of course hours – 4 hours one afternoon per week (usually 1.00 – 5.00pm)
    2. transport might be difficult! Travel to TAFE may involve several buses and significant travel time.
        School bus passes cannot be used to travel to and from TAFE.
    3. adult learning environment – students take responsibility for their own learning at tertiary level.
    4. be informed about course content! Read all course information available from your Careers Adviser or
        Head Teacher VET.
    5. attendance is required at all lessons. One missed lesson equals a week of course content missed.

2.5 Studying during an apprenticeship or traineeship
Students can complete a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while at school. These combine paid work
and study, lead to a recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) credential and count towards the HSC.
2.6 Accumulation of the Higher School Certificate

 Students may accumulate an HSC over a five-year period. The five-year period will commence in the first year
 a student attempts an HSC examination or completes an HSC VET course. This pattern of study is called
 Pathways

 Students accumulating an HSC will receive a Results Notice for each calendar year of study. The cumulative
 record will record all Preliminary and HSC courses satisfactorily completed including repeat attempts. The
 mark of the final attempt on a particular course is the mark counted in the ATAR.

2.7 Acceleration

 Students may undertake Preliminary or HSC courses in advance of their usual cohort. Decisions about
 acceleration will be made by the Principal. Accelerants may be able to undertake additional units for the HSC
 or undertake further study at TAFE NSW or university while still at school.

2.8 Leaving school without the HSC

 If you decide to leave school before completing your HSC, you have three other options to show your
 achievements and credentials:

 1. eRecord: You can retrieve a record of your grades from Students Online on the NESA website at any time.
 2. Record of School Achievement (RoSA): You may be eligible for a RoSA if you meet certain criteria. The
    RoSA shows your courses and grades for Years 10 and 11, and any HSC courses you have taken.
 3. Literacy and numeracy test results: You can take optional online literacy and numeracy tests and show
    the results to potential employers.

 Talk to your teachers about the RoSA and the literacy and numeracy tests if you are thinking about leaving
 school before you complete the HSC.
2.9 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – ATAR

 The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 0 and 99.95 with increments of 0.05. It
 provides a measure of your overall academic achievement in the NSW HSC in relation to that of other
 students and assists institutions to rank applicants for tertiary selection. It is calculated by the institutions and
 released by UAC. The ATAR is a rank not a mark.
 To be eligible for an ATAR students must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units (including at least two units
 of English) of ATAR courses including at least eight units of Category A courses. Courses completed must
 include at least three Board Developed courses of two units or greater and at least four subjects.

 ATAR courses are Board Developed Courses for which there are examinations conducted by the NSW
 Education Standards Authority (NESA) that yield a graded assessment. These are the only courses that can be
 included in the ATAR calculations. ATAR courses are classified as either Category A or Category B courses.

2.10 Assessment and Reporting

 The HSC is based on a standards referenced framework. Student performance is assessed and reported
 against standards of achievement established for each course.

 School based assessment tasks constitute 50% of the HSC mark. The other 50% comes from the HSC
 examination. The HSC mark for 2 unit courses is reported on a scale of 0 to 100. A mark of 50 represents the
 minimum standard expected. There are five performance bands above 50 that correspond to different levels
 of achievement in knowledge, skills and understanding. Band 6 corresponds to the highest level of
 achievement, indicating a range of marks between 90 and 100.

  On satisfactory completion of the HSC students receive a portfolio containing:

  The Higher School Certificate Testamur
  The official certificate confirming achievement of all requirements for the award of the HSC.

  The Record of Achievement
  The document listing the results of each HSC course satisfactorily completed.

  Course Reports
  Reports of marks, the performance scale and band descriptors for each course.

  AQF Certificate in VET
  Certificate or Statement of Attainment for each Board Developed VET course studied showing units
  of competency successfully completed.


2.11 Where to go for Help

     Head Teachers for advice about the content of particular subjects
     Careers Adviser for advice on careers, tertiary institution requirements, TAFE NSW courses, and VET
      courses
     Parents
     Board of Studies Liaison Officer or http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-
      12/hsc/subject-selection
     University Entry Requirements Year 10 Booklet produced by University Admission Centre (UAC) at
      www.uac.edu.au
3. Summary of Courses Offered to Students at Ku-ring-gai High School

 Course                                        Units                      ATAR
 Ancient History                               2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes

 Biology                                       2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Business Studies                              2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
                                                                          Yes
 Chemistry                                     2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Chinese and Literature                        2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Community and Family Studies                  2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Dance                                         2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Design and Technology                         2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Drama                                         2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 English
       Standard                                2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
       Advanced                                2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
       EAL/D                                   2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
       English Studies                         2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes/No
       Preliminary Extension 1                 1 in Year 12 only          Yes
       HSC Extension 1                         1 in Year 12 only          Yes
       HSC Extension 2                         1 in Year 11 only          Yes
 Earth and Environmental Science               2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Entertainment                                 2 in Year 11 and / or 12   Yes Category B
 Food Technology                               2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Geography                                     2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Hospitality                                   2 in Year 11 and / or 12   Yes Category B
 Industrial Technology –Timber Products and    2 in Year 11 and / or 12   Yes
 Furniture Technologies
 Information Processes and Technology          2 in Year 11 and / or 12   Yes
 Investigating Science                         2 in Year 11 and / or 12   Yes
 Legal Studies                                 2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 Mathematics
      Standard                                 2 in Year 11               Yes
      Standard 1 or Standard 2                 2 in Year 12               Yes/No
      Mathematics                              2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
      Preliminary Extension 1                  1 in Year 11               Yes
      HSC Extension 1                          1 in Year 12               Yes
      HSC Extension 2                          1 in Year 12               Yes

 Modern History                                2 in Year 11 and 12        Yes
 History Extension                             1 in Year 12               Yes
3. Summary of Courses Offered to Students at Ku-ring-gai High School (cont.)

       Course                                        Units                             ATAR
       Music 1                                       2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Music 2                                       2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       HSC Music Extension                           1 in Year 12 only                 Yes

       Personal Development Health & Physical        2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Education (PDHPE)
       Physics                                       2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
      Photography, Video and Digital Imaging         2 in Year 11 and/or Year 12       No
      (Board Endorsed Course)
       Society and Culture                           2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Software Design and Development               2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Spanish Beginners                         2   2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Spanish Continuers                        3   2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation               1 or 2 in Year 11 and / or 12     No
       (Board Endorsed Course)
       Textiles and Design                           2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes
       Visual Arts                                   2 in Year 11 and 12               Yes




    4. Instructions on how to complete the on-line Subject Selection Process

1    The link to the Subject Selection form is on the Year 10 Welfare page on Edmodo
2    You must follow the prompts to complete your subject selection

     You must complete this process and submit your choices on-line by Tuesday 13th June 2017 via
     the link on the Year 10 Edmodo Welfare page

3    You will then receive email confirmation of your selection
4    You must:
      Print your Subject Selection confirmation,
      Sign it yourself
      Have your parent/carer sign it
      Return it to your Roll Call teacher by Friday 16th June.
Ancient History
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                               Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                                   ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
The study of Ancient History engages students in an investigation of life in early societies based on the analysis
and interpretation of physical and written remains. It offers students the opportunity to investigate the possible
motivations and actions of individuals and groups. Ancient History stimulates students’ curiosity and imagination
and enriches their appreciation of humanity by introducing them to a range of cultures and beliefs.
The study of Ancient History is of contemporary relevance. It equips students with the skills to analyse and
challenge accepted theories and interpretations about the ancient world, especially in light of new evidence or
technologies. It requires students to analyse different interpretations and representations of the ancient world in
forms such as literature, film and museum displays. Ancient History also raises important ethical issues
associated with present and future ownership, administration and presentation of the cultural past.
The knowledge, understanding and skills that students acquire through studying Ancient History provide a firm
foundation for further study, the world of work, active and informed citizenship, and for lifelong learning.
The Year 11 course is structured to provide students with opportunities to develop and apply their
understanding of methods and issues involved in the investigation of the ancient past. Through the use of
archaeological and written sources, students investigate various aspects of the ancient world, including historical
sites, people, societies, events and developments.
The Year 12 course is structured to provide students with opportunities to apply their understanding of
archaeological and written sources and relevant historiographical issues in the investigation of the ancient past
Main Topics Covered
Preliminary
Investigating Ancient History: the nature of Ancient History (at least ONE option) and at least TWO case
studies (e.g. Deir el Medina, Persepolis)
Features of Ancient Societies: an investigation of at least TWO societies through a key feature (e.g.
Death and Funerary Customs of Egypt)
Historical Investigation: the investigation can be integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary Course
and need not be completed as one project. It may be conducted individually or collaboratively

HSC
Core: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum
Ancient Societies (e.g Minoan Crete)
Personalities in their Time (e.g. Hatshepsut)
Historical Period (e.g. New Kingdome Egypt to the Death of Thutmose IV)

COST = $45

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a
variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Biology
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                         Board Developed
Exclusions: Nil                                                                        ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
The study of Biology in Stage 6 enables students to develop an appreciation and understanding of
biological concepts that are used to explore the diversity of life, from a molecular to a biological
systems level, and the interactions between living things and the environments in which they live.
Through applying Working Scientifically skills processes and the use of biological technologies, the
course aims to examine how biological practices are developed and used.
Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Cells as the Basis of Life
Organisation of Living Things
Biological Diversity
Ecosystem Dynamics

HSC
Heredity
Genetic Change
Infectious Disease
Non-infectious Disease and Disorders

 Particular Course requirements - Practical Investigations
Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced
investigations. Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 course
and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time for each year, including time
allocated to practical investigations in depth studies.
Practical investigations include:
     undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital
        technologies
     fieldwork.
Secondary-sourced investigations include:
     locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
     using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.
One fieldwork exercise must be completed in Year 11.


COST = $45 plus fieldwork excursion

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Business Studies
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                         Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                              ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Business Studies is distinctive in that it encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business
in contexts that students will encounter throughout their lives. It offers learning from the planning of
a small business to the management of the operations, marketing, finance and human resource
functions in large businesses. Through the analysis of contemporary business strategies, the course
also provides rigour and depth and lays an excellent foundation for students either in tertiary study
or in future employment. Business Studies fosters intellectual, social and moral development by
assisting students to think critically about the role of business and its ethical responsibilities to society.
Business Studies aims to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values that enable students to
make judgments about the performance of businesses in a dynamic business environment.

Main Topics Covered:

Preliminary course:
Nature of business – the nature and role of business in a changing environment.
Business management – the nature and responsibilities of management in the business
environment.
Business planning – the processes of establishing and planning a small to medium enterprise.

HSC course:
Operations - the strategies for effective operations management in large businesses.
Marketing - the main elements involved in the development and implementation of successful
marketing strategies.
Finance - the role of interpreting financial information in the planning and management of a
business.
Human resources - the contribution of human resource management to business performance.

Course Cost: $45

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Chemistry
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                       Board Developed
Exclusions: Nil                                                                      ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
The study of Chemistry in Stage 6 enables students to develop an appreciation and understanding of
materials and their properties, structures, interactions and related applications. Through applying
Working Scientifically skills processes, the course aims to examine how chemical theories, models and
practices are used and developed.
Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Properties and Structure of Matter
Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
Reactive Chemistry
Drivers of Reactions

HSC
Equilibrium and Acid Reactions
Acid/base Reactions
Organic Chemistry
Applying Chemical Ideas


 Particular Course requirements - Practical Investigations
Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations.
Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 course and must occupy a
minimum of 35 hours of course time for each year, including time allocated to practical investigations
in depth studies.
Practical investigations include:
     undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
     fieldwork.
Secondary-sourced investigations include:
     locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
     using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.



COST = $45

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Chinese and Literature
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                          Board Developed Course

Pre-requisites: Year 10 Chinese or equivalent knowledge is assumed
Exclusions: Chinese Beginners; Chinese Continuers; Chinese Extension; Heritage Chinese (Mandarin)
Eligibility rules apply to the study of this subject                                   ATAR: Yes

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
In the Preliminary course, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of Chinese through the study
of language texts and contemporary issues.*

HSC
In the HSC course, students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of Chinese through the
study of prescribed texts, prescribed themes, and mandatory contemporary issues.

Course Description:
Students will study language and culture through the following prescribed themes and mandatory contemporary
issues:

Prescribed Themes                                 Mandatory Contemporary Issues
 The individual and the community                 The role of the individual in today’s society
                                                   Changing gender roles in today’s society
                                                   The role of family and marriage in contemporary society
 Youth culture                                    Pressures on young people today
                                                   The place of education in young people’s lives
                                                   The impact on young people of changes in traditional
                                                    social values
 Chinese communities overseas                     Adapting to new cultures (education, leisure, lifestyle)
                                                   The maintenance of Chinese culture in non-Chinese
                                                    cultural contexts
 Global issues                                    Economic growth and its impact
                                                   Environmental issues
                                                   The impact of international influences on Chinese-
                                                    speaking countries

COST = $45

Chinese and Literature was formerly known as Chinese Background Speakers.
With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a
variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Community & Family Studies
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                              Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                                   ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Community and Family Studies is designed to develop in each student an understanding of the diverse nature
and interdependence of families and communities, within Australian society. The course enables students to plan
and manage resources effectively in order to address contemporary issues facing families and communities.

Main Topics Covered
Preliminary
Resource Management: Basic concepts of the resource management process
Individuals and Groups: The individual’s roles, relationships and tasks within groups
Families and Communities: Family structures and functions and the interaction between family and community
HSC
Research Methodology: Research methodology and skills culminating in the production of an Independent
Research Project
Groups in Context: Issues facing individuals and groups who adopt role of parenting and caring in contemporary
society
Parenting and Caring: Issues facing individuals and groups who adopt roles of parenting and caring in
contemporary society

HSC
Students will select ONE of the following options:
Family and Social Interactions: Government and community structures that support and protect family members
throughout their lifespan
Social Impact of Technology: The impact of evolving technologies on individuals and lifestyle.
Individuals and Work: Contemporary issues confronting individuals as they manage roles within both their family
and work environments
Particular Course requirements
Students are required to complete an Independent Research Project as part of the HSC internal assessment. The
focus of the Independent Research Project should be related to the course content of one or more of the
following areas: individuals, groups, families, communities, resource management.

COST = $45

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a
variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Dance
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                              Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                          ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Students study dance as an art form. Students studying Dance bring with them a wide range of prior dance
experience. Physical training and preparation of the body is fundamental and of paramount importance to the
course and informs all three components of the course. Time is allocated by the teacher to suit the specific
circumstances/context of the class.
Preliminary and HSC Dance focuses on the generic style of dance technique, which is based on the foundations
of contemporary and ballet technique. Some experience in these styles is recommended.
Dance is studied as an art form in this course. This means that dance is analysed, performed and
choreographed as a means of communicating a concept/intent to an audience. Students must approach the
subject with an open mind, and from an artistic point of view, to achieve success in this course.
The interrelation of the course components is a major feature in the study of dance as an art form and is
emphasised throughout both courses.

How will this course help in the future?
Dance provides students with a variety of skills, which will be beneficial to them in any career. It would be
particularly useful for those who may be considering a dance-related career such as choreography, dance
teaching, dance therapy, physiotherapy or dance writing and criticism.
Main Topics Covered
Students study dance as an artform with core studies in the interrelated components of Performance,
Composition and Appreciation. The knowledge that students gain in Year 11 provides the fundamentals of
dance as an artform and is implicit in the content for Year 12.

Preliminary
Safe Dance Practice, Dance Technique, Performance Quality, Dance Composition, Australian Dance
History and Dance Analysis

HSC
In the HSC Course, students continue common study in the three core components of Performance,
Composition and Appreciation and undertake an in-depth study of dance in one of the Major Study
components, Performance, Composition, Appreciation or Dance and Technology (The Virtual Body or Dance
Film).
In the HSC course, students continue their study of dance as an artform. They continue core study in the three

Course Cost: $75.00

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a
variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Design & Technology
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                              Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                                   ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Students study design processes, design theory and factors in relation to design projects. In the Preliminary
Course, students study designing and producing which includes the completion of at least two design projects.

In the HSC course, students undertake a study of innovation and emerging technologies, which includes a case
study of an innovation. They also study designing and producing which includes the completion of a Major Design
Project.

Main Topics Covered:

Preliminary Course
Designing and Producing including the study of design theory, design processes, creativity, collaborative design,
research, management, using resources, communication, manufacturing and production, computer-based
technologies, safety, evaluation, environmental issues, analysis, marketing and manipulation of materials, tools
and techniques.

HSC Course
Innovation and Emerging Technologies including a case study of innovation. The study of designing and producing
includes a Major Design Project. The project folio includes a project proposal and management, project
development and realisation, and project evaluation.

Particular Course Requirements:
In the Preliminary course, students must participate in hands on practical activities. In the HSC course, the
comprehensive study of designing and producing that were studied in the Preliminary course are synthesised
and applied. This culminates in the development and realisation of a major design project and the presentation
of a case study.


Course Cost: $55 plus material costs in year 11 and year 12

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) there will
be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a variety
of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Drama
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                        Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                                ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Students in Drama study the practices of Making, Performing and Critically Studying. Students engage
with these components through collaborative and individual experiences.

Preliminary Course
Content comprises an interaction between the components of Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting,
Elements of Production in Performance and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles. Learning
comes from practical experiences in each of these areas.

HSC Course
Australian Drama and Theatre and Studies in Drama and Theatre involve the theoretical study through
practical exploration of themes, issues, styles and movements of traditions of theatre, exploring
relevant acting techniques, performance styles and spaces.

The Group Performance (3-6 students) involves creating a piece of original theatre (8–12 minutes
duration). It provides opportunity for each student to demonstrate his or her performance skills.

For the Individual Project, students demonstrate their expertise in a particular area. They choose one
project from Critical Analysis or Design or Performance or Script-writing or Video Drama.

Main Topics Covered:
Improvisation, Play Building, Acting
Elements of Production in Performance
Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles

HSC Course
Australian Drama and Theatre (Core content)
Studies in Drama and Theatre
Group Performance (Core content)
Individual Project
Particular Course Requirements:
The Preliminary course informs learning in the HSC course. In the study of theoretical components,
students engage in practical workshop activities and performances to assist their understanding,
analysis and synthesis of material covered in areas of study. In preparing for the Group performance, a
published topic list is used as a starting point. The Individual Project is negotiated between the student
and the teacher at the beginning of the HSC course. Students choosing Individual Project Design or
Critical Analysis should base their work on one of the texts listed in the published text list. This list
changes every two years. Students must ensure that they do not choose a text or topic they are
studying in Drama in the written component or in any other HSC course when choosing Individual
Projects.

Course Cost: $55

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
ENGLISH Standard
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                                Board Developed
Exclusions: EAL/D, Standard English, English Studies                                          ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
English Standard is designed for all students to increase their expertise in English and consolidate their
English literacy skills in order to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives. The
students learn to respond to and compose a wide variety of texts in a range of situations in order to be
effective, creative and confident communicators.
Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Common module: Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English
Module A: Contemporary Possibilities
Module B: Close Study of Literature
Students are required to study ONE complex multimodal or digital text in Module A. (This may include
the study of film. Students are required to study ONE substantial literary print text in Module B, for
example prose fiction, drama or a poetry text, which may constitute a selection of poems from the work
of one poet.
Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film,
media and digital texts.
. The Year 11 course requires students to support their study of texts with their own wide reading

HSC
Common module: Texts and Human Experiences
Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
Module B: Close Study of Literature
Module C: The Craft of Writing
Optional: This module may be studied concurrently with the common module and/or Modules A and B
Students are required to closely study three types of prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the
following categories:
● prose fiction
● poetry OR drama
● film OR media OR nonfiction
The selection of texts for Module C: The Craft of Writing does not contribute to the required pattern of
prescribed texts for the course.

Students must study ONE related text in the Common module: Texts and Human Experiences


COST = $45


With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
ENGLISH Advanced
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                               Board Developed
Exclusions: EAL/D, English Advanced, English Studies                                         ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
English Advanced is designed for students to undertake the challenge of higher-order thinking to
enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives. These students apply critical and
creative skills in their composition of and response to texts in order to develop their academic
achievement through understanding the nature and function of complex texts.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Common module: Reading to Write
Module A: Narratives that Shape our World
Module B: Critical Study of Literature
There are no prescribed texts for Year 11. Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from
prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts. The Year 11 course requires
students to support their study of texts with their own wide reading

HSC
Common module: Texts and Human Experiences
Module A: Textual Conversations
Module B: Critical Study of Literature
Module C: The Craft of Writing
Optional: This module may be studied concurrently with the common module and/or Modules A and B
Students are required to closely study four prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the following
categories:
● Shakespearean drama
● prose fiction
● poetry OR drama
The fourth text may be film, media or nonfiction text or may be selected from one of the categories
above. The selection of texts for Module C: The Craft of Writing may be drawn from any types of texts
and do not contribute to the required pattern of prescribed texts for the course.
Students must study ONE related text in the common module: Texts and Human Experiences.



COST = $45


With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
ENGLISH EAL/D
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                             Board Developed
Exclusions: English Standard, English Advanced, English Studies                            ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
English EAL/D is designed for students from diverse non-English speaking, Aboriginal or Torres Strait
Islander backgrounds as designated by the course entry requirements. The students engage in a
variety of language learning experiences to develop and consolidate their use, understanding and
appreciation of Standard Australian English, to enhance their personal, social, educational and
vocational lives. The students learn to respond to and compose a wide variety of texts in a range of
situations in order to be effective, creative and confident communicators.
Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Module A: Language and Texts in Context
Module B: Close Study of Text
Module C: Texts and Society
Optional teacher-developed module
There are no prescribed texts for Year 11.
Students are required to study one substantial literary text, for example film, prose fiction, drama or
a poetry text, which may constitute a selection of poems from the work of one poet. Students must
study a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and
digital texts.
The Year 11 course requires students to support their study of texts with their own wide reading.

HSC
Module A: Texts and Human Experiences
Module B: Language, Identity and Culture
Module C: Close Study of Text
Focus on Writing (studied concurrently with the above modules)
Students are required to closely study three types of prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the
following categories:
● prose fiction
● poetry OR drama
● film OR media OR nonfiction
The selections of texts for the Focus on Writing module do not contribute to the required pattern of
prescribed texts for the course.
Students must study ONE related text in Module A: Texts and Human Experiences.


COST = $45


With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
ENGLISH STUDIES
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                              Board Developed
Exclusions: English Standard, Advanced, EAL/D                   ATAR: Yes/No (optional HSC exam)
Course Description:
English Studies is designed for students who wish to refine their skills and knowledge in English and
consolidate their English literacy skills to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational
lives. It is a course for students who wish to be awarded a Higher School Certificate, but who are
seeking an alternative to the English Standard course.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Mandatory module – Achieving through English: English in education, work and community and
two – four additional modules.

● be involved in planning, research and presentation activities as part of one individual and/or
  collaborative project
● develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted, edited and presented in written, graphic
  and/or electronic forms across all the modules undertaken during the year
● engage with the community through avenues for example visits, surveys, interviews, work
  experience, listening to guest speakers and/or excursions

HSC
Mandatory common module – Texts and Human Experiences and two – four elective modules

●   read, view, listen to and compose a wide range of texts including print and multimodal texts
●   study at least one substantial print text (for example a novel, biography or drama)
●   study at least one substantial multimodal text (for example film or a television series).

In Year 12 students will also be required to:
● study ONE text from the prescribed text list and one related text for the Common Module – Texts
    and Human Experiences.


COST = $45


With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
English Extension 1/English Extension 2
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                                 Board Developed
Exclusions: English Standard, English EAL/D, English Studies                                  ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
English Extension is designed for students undertaking English Advanced who choose to study at a more
intensive level in diverse but specific areas. They enjoy engaging with complex levels of conceptualisation
and seek the opportunity to work in increasingly independent ways.
Main Topics Covered
Preliminary Extension 1
Module: Texts, Culture and Value
Related research project - This project may be undertaken concurrently with the module.
Teachers prescribe ONE text from the past and its manifestations in one or more recent cultures
Students select ONE text and its manifestations in one or more recent cultures. Students research a range
of texts as part of their independent project.
For the Year 11 English Extension course students are required to:
         ●       undertake the common module
         ●       undertake the related independent research project.

HSC English Extension 1
Common module: Literary Worlds with ONE elective option
The study of at least THREE texts must be selected from a prescribed text list for the module study
including at least TWO extended print texts:
For the Year 12 English Extension 1 course students are required to:
● complete the Year 11 English Extension course as a prerequisite
● complete 60 indicative hours
● undertake ONE elective option from the common module eg at least TWO extended print texts

HSC English Extension 2- Prerequisite: HSC English Extension 1
The Composition Process
Major Work
Reflection Statement
The Major Work Journal
Students are required to study at least TWO related texts
For the Year 12 English Extension 2 course students are required to:
● be undertaking study of the Year 12 English Extension 1 course
● complete 60 indicative hours
● complete a Major Work and Reflection Statement
● document coursework in a Major Work Journal.
The selection of texts will depend on the Major Work form and will be appropriate to the purpose,
audience and context of the composition.


COST = $45


With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Earth and Environmental Science
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                        Board Developed
Exclusions: Nil                                                                      ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
The study of Earth and Environmental Science in Stage 6 enables students to develop an appreciation
and understanding of geological and environmental concepts that help explain the changing face of
the Earth over time. Through applying Working Scientifically skills processes, the course aims to
examine how earth and environmental science models and practices are used and developed.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary
Earth's Resources
Plate Tectonics
Energy Transformations
Human Impacts

HSC
Earth's Processes
Hazards
Climate Science
Resource Management

 Particular Course requirements - Practical Investigations
Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations.
Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 course and must occupy a
minimum of 35 hours of course time for each year, including time allocated to practical investigations
in depth studies.
Practical investigations include:
     undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
     fieldwork.
Secondary-sourced investigations include:
     locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
     using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.
One fieldwork exercise must be completed in Year 11 and in Year 12.

 COST = $45 plus fieldwork excursion

 With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority
 (NESA) there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
 The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year
 12 with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Macquarie Park
                                              Registered Training Organisation 90222
                                         ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY 240 indicative hours- 2018

QUALIFICATION: Statement of Attainment towards CUA30415 Certificate III in Live Production and Services
      Board Developed Course – NESA Course No: 26401               Exclusions with other Board Developed Courses - nil
      Minimum mandatory work placement – 70 hours                  Category B status for the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
      A total of 4 units of credit – Preliminary and/or HSC        Consumables - $100
    Course Description:
    This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain national vocational qualifications for employment in the Entertainment
    industry. Students will be able to gain skills in communication, safe work practices, working with others, resolving complaints,
    staging and using audio, lighting and vision systems. Possible occupations include stage hand, lighting technician, set designer and
    sound technician.
    HSC Course Structure:
    This course consists of four core units of competency and eight elective units.
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
Core – Attempt all units
Unit code                       Unit title                                                                   HSC indicative hours of credit
    CPCCWHS1001                 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry                                        10
    CUAIND301                   Work effectively in the creative arts industry                                             20
    CUAWHS302                   Apply work health and safety practices                                                     15
    SITXCCS303                  Provide service to customers                                                               20
Electives - Attempt ALL units
    CUASOU301                   Undertake live audio operations                                                            25
    CUASTA301                   Assist with production operations for live performances                                    25
    CUALGT301                   Operate basic lighting                                                                     25
    CUAVSS302                   Operate vision systems                                                                     25
    MEM18002B                   Use power tools/hand held operations                                                       20
    CUASOU306                   Operate sound reinforcement systems                                                        20
    CUASMT301                   Work effectively backstage during performances                                             25
    CUASTA202                   Assist with bump in and bump out of shows                                                  20
ASSESSMENT AND COURSE COMPLETION
    Competency-based Assessment:
    Students in this course work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of competency. To be
     assessed as competent a student must demonstrate that they can effectively carry out tasks to industry standard. Students will be
    progressively assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ in individual units of competency.
    Work placement:
     Students must complete a minimum of 70 hours work placement in an Entertainment related industry workplace (35 hours in each of Years 11
    and 12). It is permissible for up to 50% to be undertaken in other entertainment production environments intended for public performance,
    including school productions.
    Optional HSC examination:
    Students completing this course are eligible to sit an optional, written HSC examination. The questions will be drawn from the Mandatory
    Units of Competency. The purpose of the examination is to provide a mark which may be used in the calculation of the ATAR. The
    examination is independent of the competency-based assessment undertaken during the course and has no impact on the eligibility of a
    student to receive an AQF VET qualification.
    N Determinations:
    Where a student has not met NESA course completion criteria, including meeting work placement requirements, they will receive an ‘N’
    determination (course not satisfactorily completed). The course will then not count towards the HSC although units of competency
    achieved will still count towards an AQF VET qualification.
    Appeals:
    Students may lodge appeals against assessment decisions or ‘N’ determinations through their school or college.
    Recognition of Prior Learning:
    Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning by submitting current evidence of their competency against relevant unit s of
    competency. If a student is assessed as competent in a unit of competency there is no need for further training for that unit.
Food Technology
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                                Board Developed
Exclusions: Nil                                                     Course
                                                                                                      ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Students will develop an understanding about food systems and skills that enable students to make informed
decisions and carry out responsible actions. Students will also develop an appreciation of the importance of
food to the wellbeing of the individual and to the social and economic future of Australia.

Main Topics Covered:

Preliminary Course:
Food Availability and Selection – Influences of food availability & factors affecting availability.
Food Quality– safe food preparation, functional properties of food, food selection.
Nutrition – Food nutrients & diet for optimum nutrition.

HSC Course:
The Australian Food Industry Sectors, policy & legislation
Food Manufacture - production, processing, preservation, packaging, storage & distribution.
Food Product Development - Steps in food production development, reasons for development.
Contemporary Nutrition Issues - Diet & health in Australia, influences on nutrition status.

Particular Course Requirements:
There is no prerequisite study for the 2 unit Preliminary Course. Completion of the 2 unit Preliminary Course
is a prerequisite to the study of the 2 unit HSC Course.
In order to meet the course requirements students must learn about food availability and selection, food
quality, nutrition, the Australian food industry, food manufacture, food product development and
contemporary nutrition issues.
It is a mandatory requirement that students undertake practical activities. Such experimental learning
activities are specified in the ‘learning to’ section of each strand.


COST = $65 plus material costs in years 11 and year 12

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) there
will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 with a
variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
Geography
2 Units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                              Board Developed Course
Exclusions: Nil                                                                                   ATAR: Yes
Course Description:
Geography is an investigation of the world which provides an accurate description and interpretation of the
varied character of the earth and its people. Geography is a life-long interest, stimulating a natural curiosity
about how and why the world’s people and their environments are so varied. There are four primary reasons
why students should study the subject of Geography:
•    by definition, Geography provides knowledge of the earth and helps people to plan and make decisions
     about the spatial dimensions of the world
•    Geography provides an intellectual challenge to reach a deeper understanding of the variable character of
     life on our planet
•    with a strong grasp of Geography, students are well prepared to explore issues as informed citizens in a
     changing world
•    students of Geography develop skills and understandings transferable and applicable to the world of work.
Studies in both physical and human geography provide an important information base on which students
investigate contemporary geographical issues to explore why spatial and ecological differences exist, the
importance of effective management and how they may take an active role in shaping future society. Clarifying,
analysing, acquiring and judging values and attitudes allows students to respond to geographical issues,
questions and problems. Studying Geography Stage 6 prepares students for post-school studies and future
employment, and for active participation as informed citizens.
The Preliminary Course investigates biophysical and human geography and develops students’ knowledge and
understanding about the spatial and ecological dimensions of geography. Enquiry methodologies are used to
investigate the unique characteristics of our world through fieldwork, geographical skills and the student of
contemporary geographical issues
The HSC Course enables students to appreciate geographical perspectives about the contemporary world. There
are specific studies about biophysical and human processes, interactions and trends. Fieldwork and a variety of
case studies combine with an assessment of the geographers’ contribution to understanding our environment
and demonstrate the relevance of geographical study.
Main Topics Covered
Preliminary
Biophysical Interactions – how biophysical processes contribute to sustainable management.
Global Challenges – geographical study of issues at a global scale.
Senior Geography Project – a geographical study of student’s own choosing.
HSC
Ecosystems at Risk – the functioning of ecosystems, their management and protection.
Urban Places – study of cities and urban dynamics
People and Economic Activity – geographic study of economic activity in a local and global context.

COST = $45 plus fieldwork excursion

With the move from NSW Board of Studies (BOSTES) to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
there will be changes to school based assessment requirements from 2018.
The number of school based assessments will be capped to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12
with a variety of tasks to assess student knowledge, understanding and skills.
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