Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide - 2021 edition - Wesley College

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Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide - 2021 edition - Wesley College

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Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide - 2021 edition - Wesley College
                                     FRENCH: SECOND LANGUAGE ATAR 66
                                                                                  This selection guide
                                                                                 provides details and
COURSE LISTS				9                    ATAR						67
                                16   MATHEMATICS ESSENTIAL GENERAL 70
                                     MATHEMATICS APPLICATIONS ATAR 71           explanations of courses
                                     MATHEMATICS METHODS ATAR
                                     MATHEMATICS SPECIALIST ATAR
                                                                        75        available to study in
                                                                                    Years 11 and 12.
DRAMA ATAR				22                     SCIENCE
ATAR						24                         CHEMISTRY ATAR				81
MUSIC ATAR					26                    HUMAN BIOLOGY ATAR			              83
VISUAL ARTS ATAR				28               PHYSICS ATAR				85
CUA20715 CERTIFICATE II IN 		   30   GENERAL					87
PHOTOGRAPHY)				30                   COMPUTER SCIENCE ATAR		            90
ENGLISH                              ENGINEERING STUDIES ATAR		         92
LITERATURE ATAR				35                GENERAL					94
ENGLISH ATAR				36                   MATERIALS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY -             Monday 21 June		    Release of Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide
EAL/D ATAR					37                    MATERIALS GENERAL			96
                                     MATERIALS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY -             				for 2022
                                     WOOD GENERAL				98
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                  Wednesday 23 June   Subject Selection Expo with students and teachers.
                                     ICT20120 CERTIFICATE II IN APPLIED
PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDIES           ICT30120 CERTIFICATE III IN INFORMATION   Thursday 24 June    Year 11 2022 Parent/Guardian Information
GENERAL					46                       TECHNOLOGY				101
SPORT COACHING				49                 WORKPLACE LEARNING (INSTEP)        103
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES       OTHER VET OPPORTUNITIES		          104    From Wed 21 July    Year 10 Student/Parent/Mentor Interviews with
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ATAR     52   ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY TO UNIVERSITY –       				                subject selection a key focus
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND              YEAR 12 STUDENTS ONLY			           105
ENTERPRISE ATAR				53                                                          Friday 6 August		   Subject selections need to be entered online by
                                                                               				this date
MODERN HISTORY ATAR			          57
                                                                               Friday 5 November   Workplace Learning (INSTEP) applications close
ENTERPRISE GENERAL 			          63                                                                     3
Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide - 2021 edition - Wesley College
At the end of Year 12, all students receive
                              a Western Australian Statement of Student
                              Achievement (WASSA). The WASSA is a
                              formal record of what a Year 12 student has
                              achieved as a result of their school education
                              in Western Australia. If they have met all the
                              requirements in this completion, they will
                              achieve a Western Australian Certificate of
                              Education (WACE).
                              Basic WACE requirements:
                              • Literacy and numeracy competency this is achieved from past
                                Year 9 NAPLAN results or OLNA test in Years 10-12.
                              • Completion of at least 20 course units, or the equivalent, across
                                Years 11 and 12. Please note, completion does not mean passing
                                but, for ATAR courses, it does mean sitting the final examination.
                              • Breadth and depth requirements: detailed below, this means:
                                 - covering a course from List A (arts/languages/social sciences)
                                   and List B (mathematics/science/technology);

                                 - a minimum of 10 (or the equivalent) of Year 12 units;
Let’s start

                                 - 2 completed Year 11 English units and a pair of Year 12 English
                                   units (or Literature or EALD).
with an

                              • At least 14 C grades, or the equivalent, in units across Years 11
                                and 12, with at least 6 C grades (or the equivalent) having been
                                achieved in Year 12 units.

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The College offers three pathways – an ATAR pathway, a Vocational pathway and a Hybrid
pathway. The options should be seen as equally valid as the College has a view that each
pathway offers students a rigorous, success oriented and targeted pathway to post-school
education and/or employment. So, the best pathway is the one that is best for each individual
student based on their interests, recent subject results and future intentions. In summary:
A Vocational Pathway typically leads to work or further study at TAFE. General subjects do not
have examinations. Often they are combined with VET courses.
An ATAR pathway usually leads to direct entry to university. You need at least 4 ATAR subjects
from which your ranking is calculated.
A Hybrid pathway is designed for students who wish to complete a few ATAR subjects, but not
the 4 required for an ATAR score. This may be combined with UniReady or a Certificate IV and
ATAR English for direct university entry.
It is important to note that students who score less than 60% in English in Year 10, will struggle
to complete most ATAR courses.                                                                                  Hybrid Pathway and Alternative
The following table provides an overview of how each of the different pathways is typically
structured.                                                                                                     Entry to University
                          Vocational Pathway               Hybrid Pathway               ATAR Pathway            A Hybrid pathway is one that offers an alternate pathway to university or a route to a
                                                                                                                vocational course at TAFE or an apprenticeship. Alternative pathways to university include
                                                                                                                either UniReady or a Certificate IV and English ATAR in Year 12. For more information see the
                       A combination of General       Up to 3 ATAR classes. The     Either 6 ATAR courses
                                                                                                                Alternative Pathways Section of this guide.
                       courses, VET courses and/      other 3 lines made up of      or 5 ATAR courses and 1
 YEAR 11
                       or INSTEP.                     General or VET classes.       General or 1 VET course.    This pathway allows students to focus on up to three ATAR subjects that they are particularly
                                                                                                                interested in or will help them find success on a future career be that at university or TAFE. It
                                                                                                                also allows them to pursue a VET course linked to their future pathway.
                       A combination of General       Up to 3 ATAR classes. The     Ideally a minimum of 5
                       courses, VET courses and/      other 3 lines made up of      ATAR courses. 4 ATAR        This pathway can be individually shaped to suit a student’s interest and strengths while still
 YEAR 12               or INSTEP.                     General or VET classes or     courses and 1 General,      offering access to many university courses.
                                                      UniReady.                     or 1 VET course is the
                                                                                                                Any student interested in this pathway should contact Jayne Duncan (Head of Careers) or
                                                                                    minimum requirement.
                                                                                                                Andrew Pateman (Dean of Academic Studies 9-12) for more information.
                       Externally Set Tasks (ESTs)    Examinations for UniReady     ATAR examinations are
                       are compulsory for all         and ATAR subjects. ESTs for   compulsory for students     VET credit transfer and unit equivalents
 EXAMINATIONS/         students enrolled in Units 3   General Courses.              enrolled in Units 3 and 4
 ESTS                  and 4 of General Courses in                                  of an ATAR course.          A completed Certificate II course is counted as being equivalent to completing one Year 11
                       Year 12.                                                                                 and one Year 12 ATAR or General course and counts as 4 C grades and 4 of the 20 course units
                       TAFE or Apprenticeship         UniReady, if completed,       ATAR entry to university
                                                                                                                needed to complete the WACE.

                       (Portfolio entry to ECU,
                                                      provides an equivalent                                    The table below displays the unit equivalents for Certificate II and Certificate III courses.
                                                      of 70 ATAR and English
                       Curtin or Murdoch, ECU
                                                      requirement for many Curtin
                       UniPrep course, Notre                                                                                                                       YEAR 11 CREDIT              YEAR 12 CREDIT
 POST-SCHOOL                                          Courses and some courses at                                  COMPLETED
                       Dame Tertiary Pathway                                                                                           TOTAL EQUIVALENTS          ALLOCATION (UNIT            ALLOCATION (UNIT
 DESTINATIONS                                         other universities.                                         QUALIFICATION
                       Program, Curtin UniReady                                                                                                                     EQUIVALENTS)                EQUIVALENTS)
                       Enabling Program are also a
                                                                                                                Certificate II                 4 units                      2                           2
                                                                                                                Certificate III
                                                                                                                (or higher)                    6 units                      2                           4

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1. The courses over the next few pages have been organised into two lists, List A and List B. In
   order to meet the breadth of study requirement for a WACE, students must complete at least
   one pair of Year 12 Units 3 and 4 from both a List A and a List B course. List A contains the   Lists
   Arts/Language/HASS courses and List B the Mathematics/Science/Technology courses.
2. All students entering Year 11 must choose seven courses, one being a reserve choice, in order
   of preference from Lists A and B. If you are entering Year 12 then you must enter six courses   ATAR Courses List A
   in order of preference (Independent Learning counts as a choice). The timetable grid for
   next year will be generated from the student selections made in July. Subsequent changes        Tertiary Entrance/ATAR Pathways
   are subject to the constraints of the grid.
                                                                                                                                       YEAR 11   YEAR 12
3. Please note that INSTEP is a seventh subject at Wesley. Students interested in doing                          SUBJECT               COURSE    COURSE
   INSTEP are asked to contact Ms Duncan directly in the Senior Studies Centre and tick the                                             CODE      CODE
   appropriate box on their subject selection form.
                                                                                                   Business Management & Enterprise    AEBME     ATBME

The College reserves the right not to offer any course which attracts an inadequate enrolment.     Drama                               AEDRA     ATDRA
In spite of the great flexibility of computer-generated timetables we may be unable to             Economics                           AEECO     ATECO
accommodate some combinations of courses.
                                                                                                   English                             AEENG     ATENG
                                                                                                   English as Additional Language or
                                                                                                                                       AEELD     ATELD
                                                                                                   French                              AEFSL      ATFSL
                                                                                                   Geography                           AEGEO     ATGEO
                                                                                                   History – Modern                    AEHIM     ATHIM
                                                                                                   Indonesian: Second Language         AEIND     ATIND
                                                                                                   Literature                           AELIT     ATLIT
                                                                                                   Media Production and Analysis        AEMPA    ATMPA
                                                                                                   Music - Western Art                 AEMUSW    ATMUSW
                                                                                                   Philosophy and Ethics               AEPAE     ATPAE
                                                                                                   Politics and Law                    AEPAL     ATPAL
                                                                                                   Visual Arts                         AEVAR     ATVAR

                                                                                                   General Courses List A
                                                                                                   General and VET/General Pathways

                                                                                                                                       YEAR 11   YEAR 12
                                                                                                                 SUBJECT               COURSE    COURSE
                                                                                                                                        CODE      CODE
                                                                                                   English                             GEENG     GTENG
                                                                                                   Business Management and
                                                                                                                                       GEBME     GTBME

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ATAR Courses List B                                    Unlisted
Tertiary Entrance/ATAR Pathways                        Non-Tertiary Endorsed/VET Programs
                              YEAR 11     YEAR 12
                                                                                                 YEAR 11   YEAR 12
            SUBJECT           COURSE      COURSE
                                                                    SUBJECT                      COURSE    COURSE
                               CODE        CODE
                                                                                                  CODE      CODE
Accounting and Finance            AEACF   ATACF
                                                       Workplace Learning                        EWPL      TWPL
Biology                           AEBLY   ATBLY
Chemistry                     AECHE       ATCHE        Certificate II in Sport Coaching
                                                                                                 C2ESPC    C2TSPC
                                                       -one-year course
Computer Science                  AECSC   ATCSC
                                                       Certificate II in Advanced Digital
                                                                                                 C2EADT    C2TADT
Design – Photography              AEDES   ATDES        Technologies -one-year course
Engineering Studies               AEEST   ATEST        Certificate III in Information
                                                       Technology -one-year course
Human Biological Science      AEHBY       ATHBY
                                                       Certificate II Visual Art (Art /
Mathematics Applications          AEMAA   ATMAA                                                  C2EVA     C2TVA
                                                       Photography) -two-year course
Mathematics Methods           AEMAM       ATMAM
                                                       The Arts Lab                              ECAPAL    TCAPAL
Mathematics Specialist            AEMAS   ATMAS
Physical Education Studies        AEPES    ATPES
Physics                           AEPHY   ATPHY        We also offer access to a range of Certificates run off-site. For more information, or if you
                                                       have specific needs or requests, please make an appointment with Ms Jayne Duncan (Head of
                                                       Careers) or Mr Andrew Pateman (Dean of Academic Studies).

General Courses List B                                 For more information, please see the following relevant policies.
General and VET/General Pathways                       Student Academic Pathway Policy
                                                       Student Academic Pathway Procedures
                              YEAR 11     YEAR 12
            SUBJECT           COURSE      COURSE
                               CODE        CODE        Advice on course selections can be obtained from many sources within the school – individual
Design -Tech Graphics         GEDEST      GTDEST       subject teachers, Heads of Learning Area, your Head of Year (Mr McLernon or Ms Healy),
                                                       Mentor, the Head of Career Development (Ms Duncan), the Dean of Academic Studies (Mr
Marine and Maritime Studies   GEMMS       GTMMS        Pateman), Dean of Academic Administration (Mr Rumble) and the Dean of Curriculum (Ms
Mathematics Essential         GEMAE       GTMAE
Materials D&T – Wood          GEMDTW GTMDTW
Materials D&T – Metal         GEMDTM      GTMDTM
Physical Education Studies        GEPES   GTPES
Physical Education Studies        GEPES   GTPES

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ATAR and
University Entry
ATAR EXAMINATIONS                                  For students who do not achieve English
                                                   competency outright, the universities have a
External ATAR examinations will be
                                                   number of English competency concessions
conducted for Units 3 and 4 in all Year 12
                                                   available. These often change mid-year
ATAR courses. These examinations are a
                                                   and should be confirmed at the start of the
compulsory part of completing the courses.
                                                   beginning of 2022.
All ATAR courses have a written examination,
however, some also include a practical, oral or    If students fail to meet these concessional
performance component.                             requirements as outlined above but have a
                                                   high enough ATAR to access a course, they
TERTIARY ENTRANCE                                  will be invited to demonstrate their English
REQUIREMENTS                                       competence by sitting a Special Tertiary
To be considered for university admission as a     Admissions Test (STAT) in early January
                                                   following the release of their results.
school leaver upon the completion of Year 12
through an ATAR pathway:
•   meet the requirements for a WACE, and
•   achieve competence in English as
    prescribed by the individual universities
    (see details below), and
•   obtain a sufficiently high ATAR for entry to
    a particular course, and
•   satisfy any prerequisites or special
    requirements for entry to a particular
Some courses have specific prerequisites. See
the TISC (Tertiary Institutions Service Centre)
website for guides for University Admission
2023 Admission Requirements for School
For UWA, ECU and Curtin, a scaled mark of
at least 50% is required for English ATAR, or
Literature ATAR, or EAL/D ATAR.
For ECU only, English competence can also be
achieved with an A, B or C grade in English
ATAR, or Literature, or ELD.
The above achievement satisfies the outright
competence in English requirement.
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                                                                                                    population had been enrolled in that subject.        •   English or Literature with EAL/D
The ATAR is a ranking system used Australia-wide, with the highest possible score being 99.95,
                                                                                                    This usually means that ‘harder’ subjects tend
and is derived from the Tertiary Entry Aggregate (TEA). The ranking considers the total number                                                           •   Mathematics Applications with Mathematics
                                                                                                    to be scaled up and ‘easier’ subjects tend to be
of students with a TEA as well as the number of people of Year 12 school leaving age in the                                                                  Specialist
                                                                                                    scaled down. The final scaled marks are those
population of Western Australia. An ATAR of 75.0 indicates you have an overall rating equal to or                                                        •   Mathematics Applications with Mathematics
                                                                                                    used to determine the TEA and then ATAR.
better than 75%, that is, in the top 25% of the Year 12 school-leaving age population of WA.                                                                 Methods.
Below are some indicative ATAR results needed for university entry.
                                                                                                    BONUSES                                              However, it is important to note that it is
                                                                                                                                                         possible to study these pairs of subjects towards
                                                                                                    A number of ATAR courses now attract a 10%           meeting the WACE requirements but you are not
         ATAR                                        SAMPLE COURSES
                                                                                                    bonus when determining the TEA. These                permitted to use the marks from both subjects
                                                                                                    include:                                             in a pair in calculating a TEA or ATAR. Only the
        99.65           Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) (U)
                                                                                                    •     Language subjects – Indonesian and French      higher scaled mark in the pair will count.
        98.00           Veterinary Science (M)                                                      •     Mathematics Specialist                         Please note also that Notre Dame University
                                                                                                                                                         in Fremantle does not rely solely on the ATAR
        93.00           Physiotherapy (C)                                                           •     Mathematics Methods
                                                                                                                                                         but selects students on the basis of information
                                                                                                    An example using the bonuses and calculating a       from student applications, student interviews
        92.00           Actuarial Science (C)
                                                                                                    TEA and ATAR will now be shown:                      conducted by the university, the school and
        90.00           Law (C)                                                                     A student takes 6 ATAR subjects and his final        other referees.
                                                                                                    scaled results are shown below                       ALTERNATIVE ENTRY
                        Electronic and Communication Engineering/Computer Science
                        (C); Engineering (C); Computer Systems Engineering (C); Speech                                                                   There are multiple alternative entry pathways
        80.00                                                                                           Chemistry                             82
                        Pathology (C); Occupational Therapy (C); Pharmacy (C); Science                                                                   to university, and this is an increasingly
                                                                                                        Mathematics Methods                   76         popular option. For more information see the
                        (U); Arts (U); Commerce (U); Engineering (EC)
                                                                                                        English                               70         Alternative Pathways Section of this guide.
        78.80           Geophysics (C)                                                                  Physics                               68

                        Science/Commerce (C); Nursing (M); Internetworking and
                                                                                                        French                                65         CHANGING COURSES
        75.00                                                                                           Mathematics Specialist               60
                        Security (M)                                                                                                                     Subject changes during the year are disruptive
                                                                                                    The sum of his best 4 courses, called the Tertiary   to a student’s learning and are not always
        73.00           Nutrition and Food Science (C)
                                                                                                    Entrance Aggregate or TEA, is (82 + 76 + 70 + 68)    possible or may require significant compromise.
                        Chiropractic Science (M); Sport and Health Science (M); Literacy            = 296. However, this student has done 3 courses      It is therefore important to choose subjects
                        and Cultural Studies (C); Construction Management (C);                      which have an additional bonus and the bonus         wisely to ensure a good fit. Subject changes
        70.00                                                                                                                                            during Semester 1 are strongly discouraged
                        Psychology (C); Environmental Science (M); Biomedical Science               is applied whether the subject is part of his best
                        (M); Animal Science (M); Secondary Education (C)                            4 or not. An additional 7.6 (from Mathematics        and will only be entertained in extenuating
                                                                                                    Methods), 6.5 (from French) and 6.0 (from            circumstances.
Key: U = University of Western Australia, M = Murdoch University, C = Curtin University,
     EC = Edith Cowan University                                                                    Mathematics Specialist) is added to his TEA. This    Some students in Year 11 do poorly in the mid-
                                                                                                    makes his overall TEA equal to 316.1.                year examinations and, for some, it seems
                                                                                                    This TEA of 316.1 equates to an ATAR of 96.65.       pointless to continue with the subject for
CALCULATING A TEA AND ATAR                                                                                                                               another semester. If the timetable allows, these
                                                                                                    Note that, without the bonuses, his TEA of 296
A combined mark for each course is obtained when the SCSA adds 50% of the moderated school          would equate to 93.5                                 students may be able to change to an alternative
assessment to 50% of the WACE examination mark. The school marks are moderated statistically                                                             subject in Semester 2. These students will receive
to ensure comparability between schools so that no student is advantaged or disadvantaged by                                                             a grade for Unit 1 of their first subject and Unit
virtue of the school they have attended. The SCSA then pass the combined marks for each course      ‘UNACCEPTABLE SUBJECT                                2 of their alternative subject. Note this option of
to TISC and they standardise the marks and then scale them. The process of statistically scaling    COMBINATIONS’                                        changing mid-year is not available to students in
the marks attempts to give each student the mark they would have received if the entire ATAR        There are some ‘unacceptable’ subject                Year 12.
                                                                                                    combinations in which both subjects cannot be
                                                                                                    counted in the TEA. These include:

Year 11 and 12 Course Selection Guide - 2021 edition - Wesley College
Year 11 and 12                                                                                      Head of
  Courses                                                                                             Learning Areas

                                                                                                       Mr Stephen Roberts                     Mr Adam Kealley    Mr Paul Deegan
                                                                                                        Head of The Arts                      Head of English   Head of Health and
                                                                                                                                                                Physical Education
                                                                                                      Creative Arts: Mrs Yvonne Wiese
                                                                                                      Performing Arts: Mrs Vivien Ling

                                                                                                        Ms Angela Jones                    Mrs Claire Leong         Ms Jo Watt
                                                                                                       Head of Humanities                 Head of Languages     Head of Mathematics
                                                                                                       and Social Sciences
  The following pages are separated into the eight Learning Areas at Wesley College. Each section
  provides information on the Learning Area, the courses offered and key information to help you
  in your selection.
  Each course has information outlined in the same manner and covers:

WHO IS THIS         WHAT DO YOU            HOW ARE YOU                                    FURTHER
COURSE FOR?           STUDY?                ASSESSED?                                   INFORMATION       Mr Ian Simpson                 Mr Alan Drakesmith      Ms Jayne Duncan
                                                                                                          Head of Science                Head of Technologies     Head of Career

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The Arts.                                                              PATHWAYS
                                                                       The most common course selections are represented in the block
                                                                       diagram below.
  • Design: Photography ATAR (AEDES/ATDES)
  • Drama ATAR (AEDRA/ATDRA)                                                                      Y E A R 11                Y E A R 12                TERTI A RY
                                                                           Y E A R 10
                                                                                                  OP TI ONS                 OP TI ONS                 OP TI ONS
  • Media Production and Analysis ATAR (AEMPA/ATMPA)
  • Music ATAR (AEMUS/ATMUS)                                                                                                                      Bachelor of Fine Ar t s,
                                                                         C Grade or above      Year 11 ATAR Ar t         Year 12 ATAR Ar t         Architec ture, Ar t s,
  • Visual Arts ATAR (AEVAR/ATVAR)                                            in Ar t             Unit s 1& 2               Unit s 3 &4            Management , EC Y,
                                                                                                                                                      Cur tin , U WA
  • CUA20715 Certificate II in Visual Arts (Art and Photography)
    (C2EVA/C2TVA)                                                                               Cer tificate II in        Cer tificate II in         Cer tificate III and
                                                                                              Visual Ar t s (Ar t and   Visual Ar t s (Ar t and    IV, Diploma of Visual
  • The Arts Lab (ECAPAL/TCAPAL)                                                                 Photography)              Photography)                  Ar t s. TAFE

WHY STUDY ARTS?                                                         C Grade or above in   Year 11 ATAR Design       Year 12 ATAR Design       TAFE Cer t IV Design
                                                                                                                                                   or Bachelor of Ar t s
                                                                                               Photography Unit s        Photography Unit s
                                                                           Photography                                                            Photography/Graphic
                                                                                                      1& 2                      3 &4
An education rich in the Arts maximises opportunities for                                                                                                Design
learners to engage with innovative thinkers and leaders, and to
experience the Arts both as audience members and as artists.            C Grade or above in   Year 11 ATAR Drama        Year 12 ATAR Drama
                                                                                                                                                  WA APA /NIDA /Drama
                                                                                                                                                  or Theatre studies at
Such an education is vital to students’ success as individuals                Drama                Unit s 1& 2               Unit s 3 &4          universit y or ac ting at
and as members of society, emphasizing not only creativity
and imagination but also the values of cultural understanding                                                                                      WA S creen Academy,
and social harmony that the Arts can engender. Wesley College            C Grade or above     Year 11 ATAR Media        Year 12 ATAR Media        Bachelor of Ar t s, Film
                                                                                                                                                  and Television or TAFE
                                                                             in Media              Unit s 1& 2               Unit s 3 &4
recognises the role of the Arts in achieving this and offers a well-                                                                               Journalism or S creen
balanced and in-depth Arts education in the primary, middle and
senior years.                                                                                                                                        WA APA , UWA
                                                                         C Grade or above     Year 11 ATAR Music        Year 12 ATAR Music          Bachelor of Music
Students in the Arts develop cognitive abilities and forms of                in Music              Unit s 1& 2               Unit s 3 &4              Per formance/
                                                                                                                                                    Comp osition /Ar t s
intelligence that complement training in other disciplines, and in                                                                                    Management
                                                                                                                                                   TAFE Cer tificates in
some cases discover talents and passions that will shape careers.                                                                                          Music
                                                                                                  The Ar t s L ab          The Ar t s L ab
Highly skilled specialist teachers deliver the Arts curriculum
in an innovative manner, focusing on creative and imaginative
approaches leading to divergent and creative thinking.

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Design: Photography                                                                            Students will learn how to design their photographs to target specific audiences and will develop
                                                                                               design skills that embrace elements of graphic design to complement their photography. The

                                                                                               design process develops the ability to think visually and to communicate ideas. using the skill to
                                                                                               manipulate images, signs, symbols and graphics.

                                                                                               Photography equipment used during the course includes:
                                                                                               • DSLR Cameras
Who is this course for?                                                                        • A range of specialized camera lenses
This course is for students who are interested in photography and digital imaging. Year 10     • Studio lighting
Photography is an advantage but not compulsory, and a C grade or above in Year 10 English is
recommended.                                                                                   • Studio backgrounds and use of props
                                                                                               • Photoshop editing and production
This course is for students who like:                                                          • High resolution photo scanners and ink-jet printers
• taking photographs and using digital cameras. Instagram, Facebook, YouTube                   Design Photography covers the full design process of commercial photography. Students will
• creating original digital photographs/images and designs (creative thinking)                 learn to interpret images and to use visual language to describe their images and the images they
• experimenting with digital technology – DSLR cameras, lenses, studio lighting (creative      choose for reference and inspiration.
   thinking)                                                                                   The course is a combination of practical and written work and includes sketching, scanning,
• analysing the meaning within photos and designs (critical thinking)                          photography, printing and evaluating the messages communicated in their photographic designs.
• understanding the influence of photographs and how meaning is constructed through the use    Students will develop a portfolio of work that includes the printed graphic record of their designs
   of signs and symbols                                                                        and photography projects. Projects are typically programmed to be approximately of 8-10 weeks
• forming their own opinions about photographs, advertisements and print media (critical       duration.
• working collaboratively on design projects in the photography studio and on location         How are you assessed?
   (collaboration).                                                                            Assessment has two components, practical and written. The assessment weightings of
                                                                                               components in both Year 11 and 12 is as follows:
For students who are good at:
• interpreting images and photographs (critical thinking)                                      Assessment                                                 Weight
• communicating visually through the use of images (communication)                             Practical component: portfolio of design projects            50%
• creating influential advertisements (creative thinking)                                      Written component: topic tests                               20%
• planning and communicating ideas (critical thinking)                                         Examination                                                  30%
• using digital and photo technology (creative thinking)
• working independently and collaboratively (collaboration).                                   FAQ
                                                                                               Do I need my own camera? No. The College will provide a high quality DSLR camera for each
For students who want to go on to:                                                             student. Students are however welcome to use their own camera if they have one.
• study photography, design, communication and/or digital art at tertiary level                How much time is spent on practical work? The course is split 50/50 between practical and
• work in the design, advertising, media and fashion industry                                  written work.
• create photographs for social media, advertising, commercial and personal use.               How much written work is there? The design process does include writing and drawing. The
                                                                                               design process should be mostly visual, using sketching, scanning, downloaded images, diagrams,
What do you study?                                                                             mind maps, and planning tools such as time plans and lighting plans. The written work is
                                                                                               descriptive and analytical. The course includes extensive development in the use of visual
The Design Photography course introduces students to the planning and production of            language.
professional, commercial quality photographs that are designed to communicate clearly and      Is there an examination? Yes, there is a written 2.5 hour examination at the end of each semester.
creatively and to be visually persuasive.
                                                                                               What online resources are available to help with my learning? Students are provided with
Photographs with a strong visual message are the core of the design projects. Projects may     professional quality software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe InDesign,
involve studio photography and/or location photography. The College studio is equipped with    to support their study. YouTube videos are highly recommended for instruction of all types in the
professional standard lighting and camera systems to facilitate student projects. Location     subject and can be accessed to support study. High quality photo proofing and high resolution
photography is typically in an urban environment but may equally be in a country or beach      ink-jet printing is available at all times.
location. Photographs are designed with a specific purpose and a message intended for a
commercial advertisement, a billboard or poster, a magazine cover, a newspaper insert or an
infographic.                                                                                   Further Information
                                                                                               Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages
                                                                                               SCSA Curriculum Documents
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Drama                                                                                             Critical analysis: Theatre Review, Performance spaces and the conventions of theatre, Elements
                                                                                                  of Production e.g. costume, set, lighting, etc, Playbuilding with poetry and Dramatic forms e.g.

ATAR                                                                                              Mask, Greek theatre, Commedia dell’Arte
                                                                                                  In Drama, the syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration.

                                                                                                  Year 11
Who is this course for?
                                                                                                  Unit 1 focusses on representational, realistic drama forms and styles. Students explore
This course is for students who are interested in Drama. Year 10 Drama is an advantage but not    techniques of characterisation through different approaches to text interpretation, particularly
compulsory, and a C grade or above in Year 10 English is recommended.                             those based on the work of Stanislavski and other representational drama. Unit 2 focusses on
                                                                                                  presentational, non-realist drama. Students explore techniques of role and/or character through
                                                                                                  different approaches to text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Brecht and
This course is for students who like:                                                             other presentational drama.
• film, television, musical theatre, performing for an audience
• sound recording, set design, costume design (creative thinking)                                 Year 12
• analysing the role of drama in society and drama works (critical thinking)
                                                                                                  Unit 3 focusses on reinterpretation of dramatic text, context, forms and styles for contemporary
• studying the influence of drama and how meaning is constructed                                  audiences through applying theoretical and practitioner approaches. Unit 4 focusses on
• reflecting upon and forming their own opinions about themselves and others through              interpreting, manipulating and synthesising a range of practical and theoretical approaches to
   analysing drama (critical thinking)                                                            contemporary and devised drama.
• working collaboratively (collaboration).
                                                                                                  How are you assessed?
For students who are good at:
                                                                                                               YEAR 11                                         YEAR 12
• public speaking, speech and drama, design, dance
• communicating effectively (communication)                                                       Assessment                          Weight      Assessment                          Weight
• storytelling/constructing narratives (creative thinking)                                        Performance/Production                  40%     Performance/Production                30%
• planning and communicating ideas (creative thinking)                                            Response                                40%     Response                              30%
• working independently and collaboratively (collaboration).                                      Written Examination                     10%     Written Examination                   20%
                                                                                                  Practical Examination                   10%     Practical Examination                 20%
For students who want to go on to:
• study the Arts at university, or study at WAAPA, NIDA or TAFE                                   FAQ
• work in the performance industry                                                                Is there an examination? There is a practical and written examination each semester.
• work in television or film industries                                                           How much time is spent on practical work? 50% of class time.
• produce dramatic content.                                                                       How much time is spent on written work? 50% of class time.
                                                                                                  How much written work is there? There are two or three written assessments per semester, a
What do you study?                                                                                written examination, and one day dedicated to drama theory per week.
The course is designed to build skills, knowledge and experience in drama as a creative and       Do I have to work in groups? You will work in groups for four of the assessments in Year 11.
performing art. Taking Drama will allow students to develop communication and presentation        Do I have to be in the school production if I do ATAR Drama? Performing in the school production
skills as well as improving their confidence and ability to work with others. It incorporates     is never compulsory.
aesthetic, theoretical and critical concepts. The program is developmental, moving from
improvisation and practical voice and physical skill learning, to play-building and devising      Do we get to see live theatre performances? Yes, we will see two performances per year.
characters. Interpreting text and experimenting with design and technical elements of
production are also key areas. Drama is essentially a cooperative process. Drama has a body
of knowledge: facts, conventions, history, skills and methods of working. Drama is taught in an   Further Information
environment that encourages the students to take responsibility for their own learning and to     Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages
value the ideas and contributions of others.
                                                                                                  SCSA Curriculum Documents
The students are encouraged to be involved in College productions as performers or stage crew.
Elective students also must participate in various theatre excursions and specialist workshops
throughout the year. Students are assessed on Voice and Movement skills, Improvisation,
Elements of Drama, Characterisation, Actor-audience relationships, Scripted drama: Scene work,
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Media Production                                                                                    •
                                                                                                        HDSLR cameras
                                                                                                        Camera gripping equipment
& Analysis ATAR                                                                                     •   Studio and location lighting
                                                                                                    •   Studio and location audio recording
                                                                                                    •   Green screen and studio environments
Who is this course for?                                                                             •   Non-linear video and audio editing software
This course is for students who are interested in the Arts. Year 10 Media is an advantage but not
compulsory, and a C grade or above in Year 10 English is recommended.
                                                                                                    In Media Production and Analysis, students examine works from a variety of media producers
                                                                                                    across a range of forms, genres and contexts. The course provides a specific emphasis on
This course is for students who like:                                                               representations in media to develop deeper understandings of the multiplicity of factors that
                                                                                                    influence how meanings are constructed and interpreted.
• film, television, pop culture, documentaries, independent film, social media
                                                                                                    Students plan and produce audiovisual media works designed to develop effective storytelling
• telling/constructing stories and producing their own media works (creative thinking)              and technical skills, as well as conceptual understandings of the theory explored.
• experimenting with digital and media technologies, such as DSLR cameras, lighting, sound
   recording, non-linear editing (creative thinking)
• analysing the role of media in society and media works (critical thinking)                        How are you assessed?
• understanding the influence of media and how meaning is constructed                                            YEAR 11                                            YEAR 12
• reflecting upon and forming their own opinions about themselves and others through
   analysing media (critical thinking)                                                              Assessment                          Weight        Assessment                        Weight

• working collaboratively (collaboration).                                                          Production and performance              50%       Production                          50%
                                                                                                    Written analysis                        50%       Response                            20%
For students who are good at:                                                                                                                         Examination                         30%
• critical analysis - interpreting and evaluating media works (critical thinking)
• communicating effectively; (communication)                                                        FAQ
• storytelling/constructing narratives (creative thinking)                                          How much time is spent on practical work? The practical component amounts to 50% of the
                                                                                                    overall class and ATAR mark. Approximately 35% of class time is allocated for planning and
• planning and communicating ideas (creative thinking)                                              editing. However, to achieve good results, much of this work is also required to be done out of
• using digital and media technologies (creative thinking)                                          class in the students’ own time.
• working independently and collaboratively (collaboration).                                        How much time is spent on written work? The written component amounts to 50% of the overall
                                                                                                    class and ATAR mark. This is a combination of in-class responses, take-home responses, course
                                                                                                    revision materials and the written examination. This takes up approximately 65% of class time.
For students who want to go on to:
                                                                                                    How much written work is there? There are a number of in-class short answer responses and
• study the Arts at a university or TAFE                                                            extended responses, course revision summaries and a written examination.
• work in the media industries                                                                      Do I have to work in groups? It is advised that students work collaboratively in small groups with
• produce media content.                                                                            their production work as well as study groups.
                                                                                                    Will I make a film? Yes. All students will have the opportunity to plan, film and edit short film
What do you study?
                                                                                                    Do we watch films? Yes. There will be plenty of opportunities to view and respond to a range of
Our students live in an increasingly media-based culture, a world where digital media is            media works, including television and film productions.
ubiquitous. In order to be informed and effective producers and consumers of media, students
need to understand the role of media in society, and how and why various forms of media are         What online resources are available? There is a range of reading materials and teaching summary
constructed. The ATAR Media Production and Analysis course examines these with a focus              documents on Schoolbox. Students are encouraged to research and seek further online resources
on film, television and social media content. As part of the course, students have access to,       as part of their own independent inquiry.
and specific training in the use of, industry standard equipment and software. Students use
professional equipment in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on making effective
choices and decisions to support the images they produce. Producing media involves a creative       Further Information
process, from brainstorming and researching ideas to experimenting with techniques, that is         Schoolbox Course and Unit pages
underpinned by a continual process of evaluation and reflection.
                                                                                                    SCSA Curriculum Documents
Students will develop film making skills using state of the art technologies and are mentored by
professional practitioners with extensive industry experience.
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Music                                                                                                 The Music course is comprised of two components - written and practical. The written
                                                                                                      component consists of aural and theory, composing and arranging and cultural and historical

ATAR                                                                                                  analysis, all of which are taught and assessed in the classroom in the context of Western Art
                                                                                                      Music. The practical component allows the student to choose between performance on their
                                                                                                      musical instrument or a composition portfolio. Students can choose to perform on voice or
                                                                                                      instrument in a choice of four contexts: Western Art Music, Jazz, Contemporary Music and
                                                                                                      Music Theatre, and/or submit a composition portfolio to fulfil the requirements of the practical
Who is this course for?                                                                               component. The Music ATAR course provides an opportunity for creative expression, the
                                                                                                      development of aesthetic appreciation and the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from
This course is for students who are interested in music. The ability to read music fluently and to    listening to and making music independently and collaboratively with others. Studying music may
play an instrument (classical, jazz or contemporary) to a minimum Australian Music Examinations       also provide a pathway for further training and employment in a range of professions within the
Board (AMEB) standard of Grade 4, or equivalent, is a prerequisite of this course of study. The       music industry.
completion of Year 10 Music and/or the equivalent of AMEB Grade 3 Theory/Musicianship is an
advantage but not compulsory.
                                                                                                      How are you assessed?
This course is for students who like:                                                                 Assessment has two components, practical and written. The assessment weightings of
                                                                                                      components for both Year 11 and 12 is as follows:
• all styles of music – contemporary, jazz and classical
• performing on their instrument and in ensembles
• composing music                                                                                     Assessment                                                 Weight
• working collaboratively                                                                             Practical component                                          50%

• understanding how meaning is constructed in music                                                   Written component                                            50%

For students who are good at:                                                                         FAQ
• music analysis (critical thinking)                                                                  Do I have to have studied Music in Year 10? It is not essential to have studied Music in Year 10.
                                                                                                      However, students who do not undertake Music in Year 10 should have theoretical knowledge of
• performance or composition                                                                          AMEB Grade 3 Theory, or equivalent.
• working independently and collaboratively (collaboration)                                           Do I have to learn an instrument to do this course? If you are undertaking the practical
                                                                                                      performance component, it is imperative that you are having ongoing lessons with your
For students who want to go on to:                                                                    instrumental teacher. You will not be able to meet the practical requirements of the course
                                                                                                      without regular instrumental lessons.
• study Music or Arts Management at a tertiary level
                                                                                                      Is there an examination? There are two examinations at the end of each semester, one for the
• work in the entertainment industry                                                                  written component and one for the practical component. The written examination is 2.5 hours
• be part of a community ensemble                                                                     long and is scheduled as part of your semester examination timetable. The practical examination
                                                                                                      requires you to present a program of works and is approximately 10-15 minutes long. This is
• do anything else in life but be the richer for the experience of studying Music                     scheduled separately to the written examination. You must prepare your program of works with
                                                                                                      your instrumental teacher.
What do you study?                                                                                    How much time is spent on the practical component in class? There is no time in class allocated to
                                                                                                      the practical component, other than practical assessments. The practical is undertaken in your
Students listen, perform, improvise, compose and analyse music, developing skills to confidently      own practice time.
engage with a diverse array of musical experiences both independently and collaboratively.
Through continuous sequential music learning, students develop music knowledge, skills and            What online resources are available to help with my learning? Each student will receive a copy
understanding to create, communicate and evaluate music ideas with increasing depth and               of Sibelius music software to put on their laptop. This software will enable them to complete
complexity.                                                                                           composition assessments and assignments at home. Students are also provided with the online
                                                                                                      programs Auralia and Musition to support their study.
Students are encouraged to reach their creative and expressive potential.
There is a large practical component of the course, and students who have studied a musical
instrument, reaching a minimum of AMEB Grade 4 level will benefit the most from this course.          Further Information
The varied nature of the course enables students to develop desirable skills in areas such as self-   Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages
management, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and communication. All these skills make       SCSA Curriculum Documents
them an attractive prospect for potential employers. Graduate students frequently gain entry
and undertake further study at a tertiary level.

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Visual Arts                                                                                            The Arts
ATAR                                                                                                   Lab
Who is this course for?                                                                                Who is this course for?
Would you like to be a multi-skilled, well-rounded, lateral thinker? Do you enjoy problem-solving      This course is for students who want:
and expressing yourself? If you are someone who enjoys making and thinking about art and are
an innovative, flexible, agile thinker you are well placed to do this course. Visual Arts encourages   •   to engage in the Arts without the rigidity of a traditional curriculum
self-discipline and builds capacity for self-criticism. This course also considers the artistic,       •   authentic and creative learning experiences
aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society.                                                    •   to be mentored by industry professionals
The ATAR Visual Arts course prepares you for a future where creative and critical thinking             •   to undertake project-based learning
skills are in increasing demand. The course positions you to pursue a range of post-school             •   to specialise in an Arts area (take this course plus an ATAR Arts course)
opportunities for further education and working in the growing creative industries. Graphic            •   to create art that crosses the traditional arts disciplines
designer, illustrator, gallery/museum officer, architect, web designer, urban and regional planner
and Art teacher are a few of the many occupations that are related to Visual Arts and benefit          •   to create art during traditional timetabled classes in addition to hours spent outside of class time
from knowledge and skills in this area.                                                                For students who are good at:
No prerequisite, although the study of Visual Arts in Year 10 is encouraged.                           •   any of the arts – drama, public speaking, music, design, dance, media, visual art
                                                                                                       •   working independently and being self-motivated
What do you study?                                                                                     •   working collaboratively and communicating effectively
                                                                                                       For students who want to go on to:
In inspirational studio spaces, practical projects are an opportunity to explore your own ideas in
a diverse range of mediums and technologies, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture,      •   study the Arts at a tertiary level
ceramics, textiles, glass, mixed media, photography and digital media.                                 •   work in the visual arts, performance, music, media, and photography industries
Students of Visual Arts develop the formal, conceptual, analytical, experimental and expressive        •   continue creating art in some way
use of art making. Through themed projects, you will examine the effectiveness of various              What do you study?
solutions by exploring possibilities and experimenting with a range of media. You will examine art
making in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms.                                            The Arts Lab offers an engaging, innovative, inter-disciplinary holistic arts program that links with partners
                                                                                                       in the arts industry. The philosophy of the Arts Lab is to create a home for activity to occur, providing a space
In Visual Arts you will develop your capacity to problem solve, think critically and imaginatively,    for students of any branch(es) of the Arts to collaborate and create art with an opportunity to share with our
and to articulate and represent your ideas through visual communication. In addition, you will         community. Students are invited to work on Arts passion projects that serve to further their artistic growth
learn effective methods for the documentation and presentation of your resolved ideas.                 as well as connect and plan for the future. Students will receive endorsed foundational experiences and
                                                                                                       develop skills beyond the confines of a traditional curriculum.
                                                                                                       As with the traditional curriculum, individual arts disciplines can maintain their own space within the Arts
How are you assessed?                                                                                  Lab. However, all the areas will have the opportunity to interact with one another and blur the lines between
The Visual Arts course has both practical and written components, with assessment in each              arts disciplines. The Arts Lab, therefore, will provide an insight into an authentic arts world while still
contributing to 50 % of your final grade. Written tasks explore the visual analysis of artworks        providing the essential structure and pathways associated with project-based learning. Within the Arts Lab,
and how and why artists make art, and relate this study back to your own art making by way of          students will work alongside associated industry artists in a symbiotic relationship where those that observe
                                                                                                       learn from those that are doing in authentic and organic ways.
influence and inspiration.
                                                                                                       How are you assessed?
             YEAR 11                                             YEAR 12                               Students are required to submit a portfolio to be assessed.
                                                                                                       The portfolio must contain evidence of:
Assessment                            Weight     Assessment                            Weight
                                                                                                       •      knowledge and understanding demonstrated
Written Component                      50%       Production                              50%
                                                                                                       •      abilities, skills and/or techniques demonstrated
Practical Component                    50%       Critical Analysis                       25%
                                                                                                       •      a logbook of participation and engagement both within and outside the classroom performance
                                                 Investigation                           25%
                                                                                                       •      validation checklist completed and signed by the Arts Lab coordinator.
                                                                                                       At the time of publication, it is envisaged that students will be recognised with unit equivalents and C Grade
Further Information                                                                                    equivalents through the Community Arts Performance SCSA endorsed program. The number of units will
                                                                                                       be determined according to documented hours completed and satisfactory completion of the portfolio and
Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages                                                                        associated tasks.
SCSA Curriculum Documents                                                                              How do I get into The Arts Lab?
                                                                                                       Once selection is made, an application process will be in place for students that wish to apply to the Arts Lab.
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Please note:

CUA20715 Certificate II in                                                              This course is
                                                                                        delivered over
                                                                                                         Future Pathways
                                                                                                         Visual Arts related industries, such as interior design, graphic design, painting and decoration,
Visual Arts (Art and Photography)                                                         two years
                                                                                                         fashion design, makeup artist, artist or craftsperson, gallery officer, set designer and
                                                                                                         photographer. There are no additional charges for participation in this certificate.

                                                                                                         CUA20715 Certificate II in Visual Arts (Art and Photography)
Course Description
                                                                                                         This qualification is delivered and assessed at school in partnership with Australian Institute of
The CUA20715 Certificate II in Visual Arts (Art and Photography) is an entry-level qualification,        Education and Training (AIET), RTO code 121314. Students who have been assessed as meeting
delivered over two years. It is aimed at students who want to develop creative and technical skills      the requirements of the training package will be issued with an AQF Certification.
that underpin visual arts practice. Students may wish to study a pathway and application within
this course that provides a specialist visual arts outcome, depending on the electives studied. The
course is delivered in the context below.
• Product design and manufacture
• Drawing techniques
• Design process
• Painting and printmaking skills
• Photography techniques
To obtain this qualification, students must complete 9 units, comprising 4 core units and 6
elective units. Throughout the course, there will be multiple opportunities for students to
demonstrate competence. Each unit area comprises resources and assessment activities.

Course Units

       CORE                                 DESCRIPTION

BSBWHS201            Contribute to health and safety of self and others

CUAACD101            Use basic drawing techniques

CUADIG202            Develop digital imaging skills

CUAPPR201            Make simple creative work

CUAPRI201            Develop printmaking skills

CUAPAI201            Develop painting skills

CUARES202            Source and use relevant information to own arts practice

BSBDES201            Follow a design process

ICPDMT321            Capture a digital image

Achievement is demonstrated through successful completion of assessments, both practical
and/or written, against each of the units of competency listed above. Students are assessed as
either being competent or not meeting the requirements. Students will need to demonstrate
competence in each unit of competency to achieve this qualification. Students will sit a Language,
Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine their suitability for the course and
whether extra support is required.

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English.                                                               PATHWAYS
                                                                       The most common course selections are represented in the block
                                                                       diagram below.
  • Literature ATAR (AELIT/ATLIT)
  • English ATAR (AEENG/ATENG)                                                                      Y E A R 11              Y E A R 12              TERTI A RY
                                                                            Y E A R 10
                                                                                                    OP TI ONS               OP TI ONS               OP TI ONS
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR (AEELD/
                                                                        B Grade or above in
  • English GENERAL (GEENG/GTENG)                                        English Fur ther OR
                                                                        A or High B Grade in
                                                                                                 Year 11 Literature
                                                                                                  ATAR Unit s 1& 2
                                                                                                                         Year 12 Literature
                                                                                                                          ATAR Unit s 3&4
                                                                          Standard English                                                        Bachelor of Ar t s in
                                                                                                                                                journalism , education ,
                                                                                                                                                   communication ,
WHY STUDY ENGLISH?                                                     High C Grade or above
                                                                                                                                                  creative writing or
                                                                       in Standard English OR     Year 11 English       Year 12 English ATAR
At its simplest level, when you study English you study the              A Grade in Prac tical
                                                                                                  ATAR Unit s 1& 2           Unit s 3 &4

fundamentals of modern communication: reading, writing,
viewing, speaking and listening.                                        Mid C Grade or below
                                                                       in Standard English OR      Year 11 English         Year 12 English
However, English is also so much more than this. English teaches         B Grade or below in     G eneral Unit s 1& 2    G eneral Unit s 3 &4   TAFE or employment
                                                                           Prac tical English
you how language works - its power and its beauty. It teaches
you to question and critique the world around you. You engage
                                                                         Student s who meet
with and appreciate a wide range of texts and text types, covering      the SC SA criteria for   Year 11 E ALD ATAR     Year 12 E ALD ATAR       Universit y Pathway
                                                                                                      Unit s 1& 2            Unit s 3 &4
familiar and unfamiliar topics. You learn about the lives of others,            E ALD

in Australia and around the world, in the present and the past.
You also learn skills for life post-school, including written and
verbal communication, analysis, and critical thinking and
creativity, which can be transferred to a wide range of occupations
and contexts.

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English Learning                                                                                    Literature
Area FAQs                                                                                           ATAR
Do I have to study English? Yes! In order to meet the breadth and depth requirements of the         Who is this course for?
WACE, all students must compete four units from an English learning area course across Year         Literature ATAR is for those students with a critical mind and who enjoy reading and exploring
11 and 12, including at least one pair of Year 12 units.                                            the contexts surrounding texts. If you are the type of student who enjoys subjects such as
                                                                                                    history, psychology and/or philosophy, then Literature complements these.
Can I do Literature if I did not study Further English in Year 10? Absolutely! Students who         Ideally, you should be exiting Year 10 with an A or B grade in Further English or an A or high B
achieved an A or high B grade in Standard English are strongly encouraged to take Literature        in Standard English but a passion for literature and a commitment to the course are the most
in Year 11 and 12. Those students who achieved a mid-B grade or below should speak to               important prerequisites.
their classroom teacher or the English HOLA about their suitability for a Literature pathway.
A passion for reading and a commitment to the rigours of the course are the most important
prerequisites.                                                                                      What do you study?
                                                                                                    Each year you will study at least two poets and their works, two novels and two plays, along with
                                                                                                    a wide range of supporting texts and literary theory. You will engage with the classics as well as
What are the main differences between Literature ATAR, English ATAR and English                     more contemporary works.
General? Literature ATAR focuses almost exclusively on the study and analysis of poetry,
prose and drama. However, you will still do some creative writing in these three forms and you      The Literature course focusses on developing your analytical skills through offering your own
will engage in oral presentations. Literature requires a commitment to pre-reading.                 readings of texts, considering context, values, attitudes, representations, generic conventions
                                                                                                    and literary techniques. It also teaches you how to apply existing literary theories to your
Unlike Literature, where you are predominantly limited to studying the three text types of          readings. The course allows you to engage in rigorous discussions surrounding the world we live
poetry, prose and drama, English ATAR covers a wide range of text types. You will spend about       in, the issues, attitudes and place of texts in our society.
two-thirds of your time analysing these texts and the remaining third will be composing your
own texts in a variety of forms. You will also engage in oral presentations. In English, there is   You will also learn to create your own original poetry, prose and/or drama texts.
less pre-reading expected than in Literature, but the workload in terms of homework, study
and preparation is rigorous and comparable with other ATAR subjects.
                                                                                                    How are you assessed?
The English General course offers more of a balance between analysis and composition than
Literature ATAR or English ATAR. It also does not currently satisfy the university English          The majority of the Literature course mark comes from analysis. You will respond to both unseen
competency requirements for many universities. English General is focussed more on the              texts and those studied in class from the Literature set textual list, in either short or extended
practical application of the English language.                                                      essay form, in-class or at home. The remainder of your mark comes from oral and creative tasks.
                                                                                                    You will also complete a three-part written examination at the end of each semester. The
                                                                                                    assessment weightings of components for both Year 11 and 12 is as follows:
Can I study both English and Literature? Absolutely! TISC now allow this as an acceptable
combination and so both courses can be counted towards your ATAR score.
                                                                                                    Assessment                                                  Weight
                                                                                                    Extended written response                                   10-20%
What are the literacy and English competency requirements for WACE and university
entrance? In order to achieve your WACE, you will need to have attained Band 8 or above in          Short written response                                      30-40%
NAPLAN or Category 3 in OLNA. You will also need to have completed four English learning            Creative production of a literary text                      10-20%
area units in Year 11 and 12. These can be ATAR or General units, provided that you complete
a pair of units in Year 12.                                                                         Oral                                                        10-20%

The requirements for English competency to enter university are different and additional            Examination                                                 20-30%
to the requirements to achieve a WACE. Please check the TISC handbook carefully, when
released later in the year. The effects of scaling and moderating change each year and are
dependent on a number of factors but, generally speaking, those students with an end of             Further Information
Year 12 school mark of 58% or below tend to be impacted significantly by the scaling and
moderating process.                                                                                 Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages
                                                                                                    SCSA Curriculum Documents

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English                                                                                                 EAL/D
ATAR                                                                                                    ATAR
Who is this course for?                                                                                 Who is this course for?
The English ATAR course is for those students on a university pathway who enjoy the breadth             English ATAR as an Additional Language or Dialect is for those students on a university pathway
and diversity of all the English learning area has to offer. Students who enrol in this course should   who speak English as an additional language or dialect, and whose use of Standard Australian
be exiting Year 10 with an A to C grade in Further English, an A to high C in Standard English, or      English (SAE) is restricted. To enrol in this course, you must meet the following SCSA-set criteria
an A in Practical English.                                                                              by the Year 12 enrolment deadline:
                                                                                                        • Your first language is not English, and you have not resided in Australia or another
What do you study?                                                                                          predominantly English-speaking country for a total period of more than seven years prior
                                                                                                            to 1 January of the year you will be in Year 12, and you have been enrolled at schools where
In English ATAR you will study a wide range of texts and text types, including novels, short                English has not been the main language of communication and/or course delivery for more
stories, films, documentaries, television, podcasts, speeches, blogs, feature articles, memoirs,            than seven years immediately prior to 1 January of the year you will be in Year 12.
autobiographies and biographies. These texts will be drawn from your contemporary world, the
past, and from Australia and other cultures.                                                                OR
The English course focuses on developing both your analytical and creative skills. You will             • You are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or from Cocos Island or Christmas Island, and
examine the genre, purpose, audience and context of the texts you study, as well as the various             SAE is an additional language/dialect for you, and SAE has been the language of instruction at
ideas, issues, perspectives, representations, attitudes, values and voices they offer through               your school but your exposure to it was primarily within this school context.
their purposeful construction. You will also engage in robust discussions and create your own           For further information: SCSA Eligibility Guide
imaginative, interpretive and persuasive texts.
                                                                                                        What do you study?
How are you assessed?                                                                                   In EAL/D ATAR you will learn about the structure and linguistic features of spoken and written
Primarily, the assessments across Year 11 and 12 in this course mirror the three sections of the        Standard Australian English (SAE) so that you can communicate effectively in a range of contexts
WACE English examination: short answers on unseen texts, extended essays on studied texts,              and for a range of purposes.
and composition of your own texts, in a variety of genres. You will also participate in at least        You will study a variety of texts and text types, including spoken, written and multimodal
one speaking and listening task per semester and you will complete a three-section written              texts, as well as literary, academic and everyday texts. You will analyse the purpose, audience
examination at the end of each semester.                                                                and context of these texts, and how they represent ideas, perspectives, attitudes, values, and
                                                                                                        culturally based assumptions. You will consider how these representations vary across cultures
Assessment                                                   Weight                                     and within different contexts, particularly the Australian context, while exploring the interrelated
                                                                                                        nature of language and culture. You will also create your own texts for different purposes and
Responding                                                   35-40%                                     audiences in different forms, modes and media.
Creating                                                     35-40%
Examination                                                  20-30%                                     How are you assessed?
                                                                                                        You will be assessed in the EAL/D course in a number of ways, including research investigations;
                                                                                                        written, oral and multimedia responses to studied texts; production of written texts in different
Further Information                                                                                     forms and genres; and oral productions, including group discussions, interviews, debates,
Schoolbox Course and Unit Pages                                                                         conversations and speeches. You will also complete an oral and written examination at the end of
                                                                                                        each semester.
SCSA Curriculum Documents
                                                                                                        Year 11
                                                                                                         Assessment                                                 Weight
                                                                                                         Investigation                                               15-25%
                                                                                                         Response                                                    15-25%
                                                                                                         Production (written)                                        15-25%
                                                                                                         Production (oral)                                           15-25%
                                                                                                         Written examination                                          15%
                                                                                                         Practical (oral) examination                                  5%
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