Stage 6

Course: Legal Studies

Course No: 15220

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil
Course Description

The Preliminary course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the nature and functions of law and law-making, the development of Australian and international legal systems, the Australian constitution and law reform. It examines an individual’s rights and responsibilities, how disputes are resolved, and examines a contemporary issue concerning the individual and technology. Students have the opportunity to investigate issues that illustrate how the law operates in practice. This is achieved by investigating, analysing and synthesising legal information and investigating legal issues from a variety of perspectives.

 

The HSC course investigates the key areas of law, justice and human rights through a variety of focus studies which consider how changes in societies influence law reform.

Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course (from 2010)

  • Part I – The Legal System (40% of course time)
  • Part II – The Individual and the Law (30% of course time)
  • Part III – The Law in Practice (30% of course time)

The Law in Practice unit is designed to provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the principles of law covered in the first sections of the course. This section may be integrated with Part I and Part II.

 

HSC Course (2010)

  • Law and Society (25% of course time)
  • Focus Study: Crime (25% of course time)
  • Additional Focus Studies (50% of course time)

Students will study two focus studies chosen from:

  • Consumers
  • Family
  • Global environment
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Shelter
  • Technological change
  • Workplace
  • World order

Key themes incorporated across all topics: Justice, Law and Society; Culture, Values and Ethics; Conflict and Cooperation; Continuity and Change; Legal Processes and Institutions; Effectiveness of the Legal System.

Particular Course Requirements
No special requirements.

 

Course: Business Studies

Course No: 15040
2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil
Course Description

Business Studies investigates the role, operation and management of businesses within our society. Factors in the establishment, operation and management of a small business are integral to this course. Students investigate the role of global business and its impact on Australian business. Students develop research and independent learning skills in addition to analytical and problem-solving competencies through their studies.

Main Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course

  • Nature of Business (25%) – the nature and role of business
  • Key Business Functions (30%) – analysis of nature and role of key business functions
  • Establishing a Business (25%) – issues and steps in establishing and maintaining a business
  • Developing a Business Plan (20%) – the role of planning for success in business

HSC Course

  • Business Management and Change (20%) – the nature and responsibilities of management
  • Financial Planning and Management (20%) – financial management for success in business
  • Marketing (20%) – the nature and role of marketing for business
  • Employment Relations (20%) – the nature of effective employment relations in business
  • Global Business (20%) – the implications of globalisation on business
Particular Course Requirements
In the Preliminary course there is a research project investigating the operation of a small business or planning the establishment of a small business.

 

Course: HSC Ancient History

Course No: 15020

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

 Exclusions: Nil
Course Description
The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate past people, groups, events, institutions, societies and historical sites from the sources available, by applying the methods used by historians and archaeologists.

 

The HSC course provides the opportunity for students to investigate in depth the range and nature of archaeological and written sources that provide evidence for a life in Pompeii and Herculaneum. They also study the key features and sources of an ancient society, historical period and ancient personality.

Main Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course

Part 1: Introduction

  • Investigating the past: History, Archaeology and Science
  • Case Studies (at least ONE)

Part II: Studies of Ancient Societies, Sites and Sources

  • At least ONE study to be chosen.

Part III: Historical Investigation

  • The investigation can be either integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary course or attempted as one project, individually or as part of a group.

HSC Course

  • Part I: Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum (25%)
  • Part II: ONE Ancient Society (25%)
  • Part III: ONE Personality in their Times (25%)
  • Part IV: ONE Historical Period (25%)
Particular Course Requirements
In the Preliminary course, choices of studies in Parts I, II and III, must be chosen from different civilisations. The Historical Investigation and choice of topics in Parts I and II must not overlap or duplicate significantly any topic attempted for the HSC Ancient History or History Extension course.

 

Course: HSC Modern History

Course No: 15270

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil
Course Description
The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate the role of key features, issues, individuals, groups, events and concepts from the C19th to the present using the methods of historical inquiry.
The HSC course provides the opportunity for students to investigate in depth a source-based study of World War I. They also study key features and issues in the history of ONE country during the C20th, ONE personality and ONE international study in peace and conflict.
Main Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course

Part 1: Case Studies (50%)

  • At least TWO Case Studies should be undertaken (see below).

Part II: Historical Investigation (20%)

  • The investigation can be either integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary course or attempted as one project, individually or as part of a group.

Part III: Core Study: The World at the Beginning of the C20th (30%)

  • A source-based approach is to be used.

HSC Course

  • Part I: Core Study: World War I: 1914–1919: A source-based study (25%)
  • Part II: ONE National Study (25%)
  • Part III: ONE Personality in the C20th (25%)
  • Part IV: ONE International Study in Peace and Conflict (25%)
Particular Course Requirements

  • One Case Study must be from Europe, North America or Australia (see list A on p.18 of the syllabus).
  • One Case Study must be from Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East or Central/South America (see list B on p.18 of the syllabus).
  • The Historical Investigation and choice of Case Study must not overlap or duplicate significantly any topic attempted for the HSC Modern History or History Extension courses.

 

Course: Geography

Course No: 15190

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil
Course Description
The Preliminary course investigates biophysical and human geography and develops students’ knowledge and understanding about the spatial and ecological dimensions of geography. Enquiry methodologies are used to investigate the unique characteristics of our world through fieldwork, geographical skills and the study of contemporary geographical issues.

 

The HSC course enables students to appreciate geographical perspectives about the contemporary world. There are specific studies about biophysical and human processes, interactions and trends. Fieldwork and a variety of case studies combine with an assessment of the geographers’ contribution to understanding our environment and demonstrates the relevance of geographical study.

Main Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course

  • Biophysical Interactions (45%) – how biophysical processes contribute to sustainable management.
  • Global Challenges (45%) – geographical study of issues at a global scale.
  • Senior Geography Project (10%) – a geographical study of student’s own choosing.

HSC Course

  • Ecosystems at Risk (33%) – the functioning of ecosystems, their management and protection.
  • Urban Places (33%) – study of cities and urban dynamics.
  • People and Economic Activity (33%) – geographic study of economic activity in a local and global context.

Key concepts incorporated across all topics: change, environment, sustainability, spatial and ecological dimensions, interaction, technology, management and cultural integration.

Particular Course Requirements
Students complete a senior geography project (SGP) in the Preliminary course and must undertake 12 hours of fieldwork in both the Preliminary and HSC courses.

 

Course: Economics

Course No: 15110

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil
Course Description

Economics provides understanding for students about many aspects of the economy and its operation that are frequently reported in the media. It investigates issues such as why unemployment or inflation rates change and how these changes will impact on individuals in society. Economics develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the operation of the global and Australian economy. It develops the analytical, problem-solving and communication skills of students. There is a strong emphasis on the problems and issues in a contemporary Australian economic context within the course.

Main Topics Covered

 

Preliminary Course

  • Introduction to Economics (10%) – the nature of economics and the operation of an economy
  • Consumers and Business (10%) – the role of consumers and business in the economy
  • Markets (20%) – the role of markets, demand, supply and competition
  • Labour Markets (20%) – the workforce and role of labour in the economy
  • Financial Markets (20%) – the financial market in Australia including the share market
  • Government in the Economy (20%) – the role of government in the Australian economy.

HSC Course

  • The Global Economy (25%) – Features of the global economy and globalisation
  • Australia’s Place in the Global Economy (25%) – Australia’s trade and finance
  • Economic Issues (25%) – issues including growth, unemployment, inflation, wealth and management.
  • Economic Policies and Management (25%) – the range of policies to manage the economy.

 

Retail Services Year 11 and 12 (Vet Course)

The course is designed to provide students with appropriate learning opportunities that will enable them to acquire a range of technical, personal and interpersonal skills valued both within and beyond the workplace. They will also acquire underpinning skills and knowledge related to functional areas within the Retail industry.

 

This course is a Category B course and provided you sit for the HSC exam it will count towards your ATAR. If you do not wish the course to count to your ATAR, you will not sit for the HSC exam.

This is a VET course – you can count it towards your HSC and ATAR and also receive a qualification that is recognised by industry Australia wide. There are two one-week work placement periods (one in Year 11 and one in Year 12). Students are also involved in a Retail Skills Show Case, where they compete against other Central Coast schools. Areas of competition may include, window display, merchandising, store presentation and selling techniques. Completion of phases A, B and C gives students credit towards an AQF Certificate II in Retail Services. Excursions to retail outlets (possibly the Sydney markets), factory outlets and local shopping centres may also be included as a part of the course.

 

Recently some students applied for and were offered Retail Traineeships with local businesses. As part of this traineeship, the students study the Extension course (which includes some class time before and/or after school) and will complete a significant number of hours in work placement. Students studying the course can apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for their part time jobs. More information can be obtained from Mr Baines, the careers advisor regarding (RPL). They will attain AQF Certificate II level on completion of this traineeship.