Years 11 & 12

The College offers an extensive range of subjects delivered in modern facilities to cater for the specific interests of boys.

NESA Requirements for the HSC

Students must undertake a programme of study which consists of a minimum of:

  • 12 units of Preliminary Courses
  • 10 units of Higher School Certificate Courses


Both the Preliminary course pattern and the HSC course pattern must include:

  • At least 6 units of Board Developed Courses
  • At least 2 units of a Board Developed Course in English
  • At least 3 courses of two units in value (or greater), and
  • At least 4 subjects


No more than 6 units of courses in Science can contribute to Higher School Certificate eligibility.


Students must satisfactorily complete the Preliminary course before they are eligible to commence the corresponding HSC course.


Pattern of Study requirements for the HSC at Edmund Rice College

  • Minimum units of study in the Preliminary Course = 12
  • Minimum units of study in the HSC Course = 10
  • Compulsory subjects in Preliminary Course
    • at least 1 unit of Studies of Religion I or Catholic Studies
    • at least 2 units of English
    • at least 2 units of Mathematics
  • Compulsory subjects in HSC course
    • at least 1 unit of Catholic Studies/Studies of Religion I
    • at least 2 units of English

What do you consider when choosing your Programme of Study?


A number of variables impact on your selection of subjects for your HSC. Consider:


  • Your abilities Assess your grades on your Year 9 and 10 reports. Select subjects that are within your level of ability. A realistic appreciation of your abilities is essential.
  • Your career aspirations beyond Year 12 Select subjects that would help you to pursue this vocation. Before you select your subjects you might need to research in the Careers Room, study requirements for this career interest.
  • Your interests Select subjects whose contents you would find interesting. Ask the Head of Department about the content. A profile of each subject is included in this booklet.
  • Matriculation requirements (entry to University) Research prerequisites for courses of study at University and ensure that you are meeting these requirements. Select the subjects that will help you gain a Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry to a particular course of study.

Yr10 into Yr11 2021 Information Booklet

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Webinar on Subject Selection Y10 into Y11 2021

HSC 2021 ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK

 

 

YEAR 11 & YEAR 12 SUBJECT

 FACULTY

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Information Processes and Technology (2 units)

Computing

 

Software Design and Development (2 units)

Computing

 

Drama (2 units)

Creative Arts

Major Project

Music 1 (2 units)

Creative Arts

Major Project

Visual Arts (2 units)

Creative Arts

Major Project

English Advanced (2 units)

English

Initial level assigned to student, based on performance.

English Extension (1 unit)

English

 

English Standard (2 units)

English

Initial level assigned to student

English Studies (2 units)

English

ATAR – only if student sits the HSC examination

Ancient History (2 units)

History

 

Modern History (2 units)

History

 

Chinese Beginners (2 units)

Languages

 

Chinese Continuers (2 units)

Languages

See the relevant page in the booklet for other specific exclusions.

Italian Beginners (2 units)

Languages

 

Mathematics Standard (2 units)

Mathematics

Initial level assigned to student

Mathematics Advanced (2 units)

Mathematics

Initial level assigned to student

Mathematics Extension (1 unit)

Mathematics

 

Ceramics (1 unit)

Creative Arts

 

Computing Applications (1 unit)

Computing

 

Film Studies (Photography, Video & Digital Imaging) (1 unit)

Creative Arts

 

Marine Studies (1 unit)

Science

Students will be required to complete a qualification swim to undertake some modules

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies (1 unit)

PDHPE

 

PD Health PE
(2 units)

PDHPE

 

Studies of Religion 2 (2 units)

Religion

 

Studies of Religion 1 (1 unit)

Religion

At ERC students must study either this subject or Studies in Catholic Thought in Year 11 AND Year 12

Studies of Religion (Accelerated)

Religion

By invitation

Catholic Studies (1 unit)

Religion

Non-ATAR counting course. At ERC students must study either this subject or Studies of Religion in Year 11 AND Year 12

Biology (2 units)

Science

 

Chemistry (2 units)

Science

 

Earth & Environmental Science (2 units)

Science

 

Physics (2 units)

Science

 

Business Studies (2 units)

Social Science

 

Economics (2 units)

Social Science

 

Geography (2 units)

Social Science

 

Legal Studies (2 units)

Social Science

 

Design & Technology

TAS

Major Project

Industrial Technology (Graphics Technologies / Metal & Engineering Technologies / Timber & Furniture Technologies) (2 units)

TAS

Graphics OR Metals OR Timber focus area must be selected.
Major Project

Business Services (Certificate II in Business BSB20115) (2 units)

VET

Vocational Education and Training: Work Placement compulsory

Construction (Certificate II in Construction Pathways CPC20211) (2 units)

VET

Vocational Education and Training: Work Placement compulsory

Hospitality (Certificate II in Hospitality Food and Beverage SIT20316) (2 units)

VET

Vocational Education and Training: Work Placement compulsory

Metal & Engineering (Certificate I in Engineering MEM10105) (2 units)

VET

Vocational Education and Training: Work Placement compulsory

 

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses


The following Board Developed VET courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate:


  • Construction (2 unit) (Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211))
  • Hospitality (2 unit) (Certificate II in Hospitality Food and Beverage (SIT20212))

They enable students to study courses which are relevant to industry needs and have clear links beyond high school.

The courses allow students to gain both Higher School Certificate qualifications and accreditation with industry at the workplace as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The national framework is recognised across Australia and helps student to move easily between the various education and training sectors and employment. All of the VET courses offered are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

  • Each course has a specific workplace component and a minimum number of hours students must spend in the workplace.
  • Students receive special documentation showing competencies gained.
  • Students who undertake the optional written HSC examination in any of the above courses may have the result of that course included in the calculation of their ATAR.
  • Other models of delivering VET courses are possible but these options need to be discussed with  Mr Ireland and their suitability will be assessed on an individual basis.

(Please note that the Training Packages listed above are frequently reviewed and modified by ASQA and hence the numbering and naming of the qualifications are subject to change.)

The VET subjects are delivered by qualified Edmund Rice College teachers under the authority of the Wollongong Catholic Education Office acting as our Registered Training Organisation.

Matriculation to University

Matriculation means satisfying the minimum educational requirements necessary for admission to a University in NSW and ACT. This implies that the following two requirements are satisfied:


  • That subject prerequisite(s) for a course of study has been met.

  • That the student gains an Admission Rank (ATAR) high enough to gain entry into a particular course of study.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank


Eligible students receive an ATAR which informs them of their relative position within the overall ranking of HSC candidates. The ATAR is the basis of admission to tertiary institutions. It is represented as a rank between 0.00 and 100 with increments of 0.05 for the purpose of assisting institutions to rank applicants for tertiary selection.

Eligibility for a ATAR

To be eligible a student must:

  1. satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of ATAR Courses ie Board Developed Courses for which there are formal examinations conducted by the Board of Studies that yield a graded assessment.
  2. include (in the minimum 10 units) at least two units of English and
  3. include at least 8 units of Category A Courses
  4. complete at least three Board Developed Courses of 2 units or greater and
  5. complete at least 4 subjects

Calculation of the ATAR will be based on an aggregate of scaled marks in 10 units of ATAR Courses comprising:

  1. the best 2 units of English, and
  2. the best eight units from the remaining units subject to the provision that no more than two units of Category B courses will be included.

Board Developed Courses are classified by the Universities as Category A or Category B. The criteria for Category A courses are academic rigour, depth of knowledge and understanding and the degree to which the course contributes to assumed knowledge for tertiary studies. The subjects that have been classified as Category B are indicated as such in the Table of Subjects on pages 4 and 5. All of the other listed subjects are classified as Category A Courses.

 

Glossary

Board Developed Courses (BDC): These courses are developed by the Board of Studies. These courses are examined externally at the end of the HSC course and can count towards the calculation of the Universities Admission Index (ATAR).


Board Endorsed Course (BEC): One type of a BEC is a Content Endorsed Course (CEC). CECs are endorsed by the BOS to cater for areas of special interest not covered in the BDC. These courses do not have external examinations therefore they do not contribute to an ATAR. However, they count towards the HSC and appear on the Record of Achievement.


ATAR Courses (ATAR): Are Board Developed Courses for which there are examinations conducted by the NSW Board of Studies that yield a graded assessment. These are the only courses that can be included in the ATAR Calculations. ATAR courses are classified as either Category A courses or Category B courses.


Preliminary Course: A programme of study undertaken mainly in Terms 1, 2, 3 of Year 11. The same subjects are then taken in Year 12 for the HSC course of study with the possible discontinuation of 2 Units.


Higher School Certificate Course: A programme of study that builds on the Preliminary Course and basically commences in Term 4 of Year 11. The Preliminary Course must be completed before the HSC course can commence.

Extension Course: Extension study is available in a number of subjects. Extension courses build on the content of the 2 Unit course and carry an additional value of 1 unit. Extension Courses are available in English, Mathematics, History, Music, Languages and Vocational Education and Training (VET).