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 timemanagement 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 itsequivalent OR  be granted provisional eligibility In order to receive the HSC students must:  study an approved pattern of Preliminary and HSCcourses  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 – 3terms)  10 units in you HSC pattern (Year 12 – 4 terms starting Term 4 Year11) Both study patterns must include:  at least six units of Board Developed courses  at least two units of a Board Developed course inEnglish  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 contentmissed. 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. 2.11 Where to go for Help  Head Teachers for advice about the content of particularsubjects  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 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.

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 Yes Business Studies 2 in Year 11 and 12 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 Advanced EAL/D English Studies Preliminary Extension 1 HSC Extension 1 HSC Extension 2 2 in Year 11 and 12 2 in Year 11 and 12 2 in Year 11 and 12 2 in Year 11 and 12 1 in Year 12 only 1 in Year 12 only 1 in Year 11 only Yes Yes Yes Yes/No Yes Yes 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 Furniture Technologies 2 in Year 11 and / or 12 Yes 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 Standard 1 or Standard 2 Mathematics Preliminary Extension 1 HSC Extension 1 HSC Extension 2 2 in Year 11 2 in Year 12 2 in Year 11 and 12 1 in Year 11 1 in Year 12 1 in Year 12 Yes Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes Modern History History Extension 2 in Year 11 and 12 1 in Year 12 Yes Yes

3. Summary of Courses Offered to Students at Ku-ring-gai High School (cont.) Course Units ATAR Music 1 Music 2 HSC Music Extension 2 in Year 11 and 12 2 in Year 11 and 12 1 in Year 12 only Yes Yes Yes Personal Development Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) 2 in Year 11 and 12 Yes Physics 2 in Year 11 and 12 Yes Photography, Video and Digital Imaging (Board Endorsed Course) 2 in Year 11 and/or Year 12 No Society and Culture 2 in Year 11 and 12 Yes Software Design and Development 2 in Year 11 and 12 Yes Spanish Beginners Spanish Continuers 2 2 in Year 11 and 12 3 2 in Year 11 and 12 Yes Yes Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (Board Endorsed Course) 1 or 2 in Year 11 and / or 12 No 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 Exclusions: Nil Board Developed Course 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 Chinesespeaking 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 Exclusions: Nil Board Developed Course 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 Exclusions: Nil Board Developed Course 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 Exclusions: Nil Board Developed Course 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.

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