Years 9 & 10

Introduction

Students entering Year 9 are moving on to the next stage (Stage 5) of your continued study for the School Certificate.

Year 9 is the first opportunity at the College to select elective courses. This information is meant to help in that selection.

What are you required to study at Edmund Rice College?


(a) All students are required to study the following CORE subjects in Years 9 and 10:-


  • (i) Religion Studies
  • (ii) English
  • (iii) Mathematics
  • (iv) Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • (v) Science
  • (vi) Australian Geography and Australian History to satisfy the Board of Studies’ requirement for the study of Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) in Years 9 and 10


AND



(b) Students are required to select ELECTIVE subjects that total 400 hours of study over both Years 9 and 10:-


200 Hour Electives

(ie each studied in Years 9 and 10)
100 Hour Electives

(ie each studied in Years 9 and 10)

Drama

Music

Visual Arts
Chinese
Italian
Graphics Technology
 (previously Technical Drawing)

Information & Software Technology (previously Computing Studies)
Drama

Music (in Year 9 only)

Visual Arts

Visual Design
Chinese
Italian


Physical Activity and Sports Studies

Commerce

Food Technology

Electronics

Engineering (previously Power Mechanics)

Metal

Timber (previously Woodwork)

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(i) A variety of elective subject combinations is possible:-

2 x 200 Hour Electives eg  Chinese in Years 9 and 10 (200 Hours) and
 Graphics Technology in Years 9 and 10 (200 Hours)



OR


1 x 200 Hour Elective and

2 x 100 Hour Electives

eg  Chinese in Years 9 and 10 (200 Hours) and
 Graphics Technology in Years 9 and 10 (200 Hours)



OR


4 x 100 Hour Electives

eg Commerce, Engineering, Physical Activity 
and Sports Studies and French (100 Hours each). 
Two will be studied in Year 9 and the other two in Year 10.



Subjects affecting Years 11, 12 Choices


For the Higher School Certificate, the College offers Continuers Course in Chinese. For students to do these courses it is recommended that they have studied the Language in Years 9 and 10 or be able to demonstrate a high standard of proficiency in the Language.



For Mathematics and Science, a minimum standard of achievement will be required in Year 10, in order to be enrolled in the more demanding courses in Years 11 and 12.


Concluding Comments


Overall, choose subjects that are within your level of ability and those you will enjoy. There are no ‘better’ subjects. Give yourself a variety of subjects and consider those subjects that interest you.



In the following pages you will find a brief explanation of all the subjects we intend to offer for your School Certificate years in 2009 and 2010. Read these pages carefully and pursue your concerns with the nominated contact person.



All questions about the selection process should be directed to Mr Brian Ireland, Director of Studies.