Year 10

General Excellence – Course Selection Guidelines Year 10

Students in Year 10 General Excellence will undertake eight four period elective subjects throughout the year – four each semester.

Students will also undertake four six period electives per year – two per semester.


Four Period Electives

  • Students must choose from LOTE (year long), EAL (year long) and vocational (year long), humanities, science, Health & PE, technology and arts.
  • Pick 8 electives, 4 each semester.

Six Period Electives

  • Students must choose from arts, technology, Health & PE and VCE accelerated subjects.
  • Pick 4 electives, 2 each semester.

Students should consider their interests and also their future options when selecting their subjects. Each subject descriptor should be carefully read.

Please note EAL must be undertaken for the whole year.  English students must select one SIX PERIOD English elective in semester 2.

Maths Selection

Students will be required to select a Mathematics.

Students should make this choice based on their planned pathway and teacher recommendation.

  • Foundation: suits students who plan to study VCE Foundation Mathematics/VCAL Numeracy or no Maths in Year 11.
  • General: suits students who plan to study General Mathematics in VCE.
  • Methods: suits students who plan to study VCE Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Year 10 Elective Subjects

Students to select 12 subjects in order of priority and within guidelines.

VCE Acceleration subjects  >>

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  • FOUR PERIOD: EAL | English

    In the EAL elective students will be supported in a language rich environment to build their knowledge of academic and everyday language. This will build capacity and confidence in both English and mainstream classes. Intensive and explicit study of the English language will be offered across a range of contexts. Students will develop their language skills to communicate effectively and confidently. Students will build their skills and knowledge through a supported and structured learning cycle to build reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Students will emerge as confident and capable users of the English language.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Italian | LOTE

    In the context of increasing globalisation, being a world citizen and Australia’s multicultural diversity, Italian Language is for students who wish to continue developing their language skills. Students undertake more advanced conversation, writing, reading and listening activities. Italian language develops students’ vocabulary skills and cultural aspects are also explored in greater depth. Students continue with a thematic approach, but there is also more emphasis devoted to the teaching of grammatical concepts to prepare students for their senior years. At this level students are normally able to participate in various cultural activities.

    Italian Language will take up two elective choices.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Drama: Page to Stage | Arts

    Curriculum Contribution: $20

    In Page to Stage: Scripting Drama, students will learn the structures and conventions behind scripting drama, as well as develop their dramaturgical perspectives. They will devise solo and group pieces in an array of theatrical styles, and transform these from concept to script to performance.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Visual Communication and Design: Creating Visual Worlds | Arts

    Curriculum Contribution: $45

    This subject focuses on creating a range of visual art works by exploring a variety of themes, issues and ideas through the elements and principles of art and design. Students will experiment with and apply skills relevant to various materials, techniques and processes, such as technical and freehand drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. In their responses to various design briefs, selected artists and their works, students learn to analyse visual art works by understanding the characteristics and role of art and design within different cultures and history.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Digital Technology | Design and Technologies

    In this elective student investigate why so many companies want so many details about us.  They will look at the collection of data, such as social media, and what companies do with. They will also look at how it is process, the so called “Big Data”. What does it mean? How big is “Big Data”?

    Student will also examine privacy laws. Has the law kept up with the technology? Is it specific enough? What happens if a company breaks a law in another country? Whose laws do they follow? Who prosecutes global companies?

    Finally, students will learn about networks. Students will consider the different hardware involved in setting up a network.  What is the difference between local and global networks? What is the Internet really and who owns it? What is travelling along the miles of cable and through the ether? What’s the big deal about fibre optic cable really? How do we keep our data safe?

    This elective will prepare students who are considering pursuing a digital career or simply looking to understand the expanding digital world that we now live in.  The demand for workers with digital skills will only increase in the future and regardless of your choice career pathway, increasing your digital skills and understanding will prepare your well for what is to come.

    This elective is for:

    • The Computer Scientist!
    • The Data Analyst!
    • The Media Analyst!
    • The IT Specialist!
    • The Web Designer!
    • The Networks Specialist!
    • The Cyber Security Analyst!
    • The Cryptographer!
  • FOUR PERIOD: Game Development | Design and Technologies

    Curriculum Contribution: $25

    Minimum requirements: Device must a minimum of 8Gb of RAM and 256Gb hard drive, 512 Gb hard drive recommended. Software is free for educational purposes.

    Students use the Unreal Engine software, a commercial level program developed by Epic Games, to create their own 1st or 3rd person computer game.  Students will be introduced to human user design concepts and the design cycle, advanced block coding, and geometric and Physics concepts that are applied in virtual worlds.

    Stage one involves students building their own environment in the theme of their game, creating landscapes and buildings that their avatar can move through referred to as White Boxing.  In the second phase, students learn how to create objects to place in the game that the avatar can interact with such as health pickups, bombs, moving platforms and opening and closing doors.

    Students are given checkpoints along the way for completion of certain tasks and will have a timeline that they have to keep to, to ensure completion of the project within the semester. At the end of the subject students should have produced a fully interactive game with a playable level and start and finish screen.

    This course is for:

    • Students who enjoy creating their own world
    • Students who are imaginative
    • Students who enjoy gaming
    • Student who are interested in higher order digital skills
  • FOUR PERIOD: Active for Life | Health and PE

    Curriculum Contribution: $20 

    Do you value the importance of being physically active? Are you someone who enjoys a wide variety of sports? Active for Life could be what you are looking for. In this subject you will get the opportunity to participate in many different activities from traditional team sports such as basketball, soccer and netball, to more leisure-based sports including badminton, tennis and weight training. You will also get the opportunity to explore the benefits of being physically active, as well as finding out about ways to get active in your local area.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Health and Human Development | Health and PE

    Curriculum Contribution tbc

    Are you thinking of studying Health and Human Development as a VCE subject? Are you keen to get a head-start so you are well prepared? If so, then this year 10 prequal to senior Health and Human Development is the subject that will give you the best chance possible of achieving your goals. Explore engaging topics including the amazing human lifespan, learn about child development and how humans transition from youth to adulthood. Investigate how religion, gender, culture and socio-economic status affect health, and identify major health inequalities among Australia’s youth. Perhaps you’re interested to know more about the health care systems in Australia. There are so many interesting and engaging lessons to be learnt in Health and Human Development at year 10.


  • FOUR PERIOD: Business and Economics – Risky Business: Making Money | Humanities

    Ever wonder how the rich get richer? Do you know the background of successful entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk? Join us as we investigate the secrets of success of famous entrepreneurs and reflect on how their success can inspire our success through exploration of entrepreneurial skills, effective advertising strategies, and technological advancements. Have you been mining bitcoin? Have you been curious about the share market? Investing is the way of the future! Join us as we play a game of high-risk and high reward.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Geography – Greener Lifestyles, Greater Happiness | Humanities

    What are the real consequences of environmental change? Does it really matter if we cut down the rainforests? How do melting icesheets affect you? Go on a journey of environmental exploration and find out the true impacts of environmental management. Evaluate different responses to environmental change and predict the consequences of our environmental plans. Discover how much your environment influences human wellbeing. What life would be like if you grew up in the USA? Does where you live really influence your happiness? Unearth how our government Is responsible for human wellbeing and how your wellbeing is influenced by our environment and natural resources.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Legal Studies- Power Games: Law & Politics | Humanities

    Do you wonder why Putin was able to invade the Ukraine? Have you ever wondered what is in the United Nations’ “Declaration of Human Rights”, or questioned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples? You will explore the wide world of international laws and global politics. You will use analysing and evaluation skills to determine who has power and who is powerless and why. You will investigate Australia’s political system and look at case studies involving the rights of asylum seekers and Indigenous Australians, as well as the international treaties and declarations that Australia is obligated to follow.

  • FOUR PERIOD: The Changing Face of Weaponry and Warfare | Humanities

    Have you ever wondered how and why the world went from the sword to armed drones? Are you interested in investigating the ethics of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare? Follow the evolution of weaponry and warfare and the cultural, technological, military and geographic factors that lead to change. Investigate the devastating effects of the trebuchet, the Atom Bomb and Agent Orange. Explore the fascinating world of spy craft and the weapons designed for MI6, the KGB and CIA. Dive into the future and predict what will happen. We will see weapons like Iron Man? Join us and find out!

  • FOUR PERIOD: The Original Influencers | Humanities

    Before Tik Tok and the Kardashians, there were people who influenced the world, both infamous and famous. Take a look at both historical and modern figures who have brought change to society through terror, politics and trendsetting. Join us as we explore how and why Vlad the Impaler became a such a figure of fear that he inspired the legend of Dracula. Let’s look at the power ploys of Cleopatra and popularity of Marylin Monroe. How did Doug Nicholls rise from AFL legend to Governor of South Australia? Let’s investigate the changes LGBTQI+ activist Harvey Milk created. How can one person create so much change and effect so many people? Join the journey to find out about the original influencers.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Biology | Science

    Curriculum Contribution: $20

    This semester based elective course is designed to give students a taste of the topics covered in VCE Biology. Students will explore topics such as cellular structure and function, including a focus on biomacromolecules and their importance in supporting life. They will investigate how DNA and genes transfer information from one generation to another, focusing in on patterns of inheritance and how traits can be passed on from parents to offspring. They will examine the theory of evolution by natural selection and how this explains the diversity of living things found on our planet. Students conduct scientific studies and formulate hypotheses, collect and analyse data. As well as an increased understanding of scientific processes, students develop capacities that enable them to critically assess the strengths and limitations of science, respect evidence-based conclusions and gain an awareness of the ethical, social and political contexts of scientific endeavours.

    This subject is highly recommended for any students wanting to continue with VCE Biology.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Chemistry | Science

    Curriculum Contribution: $20

    This semester based elective course is designed to give students a taste of the topics covered in VCE Chemistry. Students will be exploring topics that include; subatomic particles and structures, trends in the periodic table, models of chemical bonding, qualitative and quantitative chemical reactions, redox reactions and organic chemistry. Students will develop their understanding of experimentation and application of chemical concepts through completing and modifying practical activities. Students will develop capacities that enable them to critically assess the strengths and limitations of science, respect evidence-based conclusions and gain an awareness of the ethical, social and political contexts of scientific endeavours.

    This subject is highly recommended for any students wanting to continue with VCE Chemistry.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Physics | Science

    Curriculum Contribution: $20

    This semester based elective course is designed to give students a taste of the topics covered in VCE Physics. Students will explore topics such as how heat transfers from hot to cold objects. They will investigate the wave nature of light and sound, and learn about the basics of electric circuits. Students will explore the concepts behind Newton’s laws of motion and how energy, forces and motion all interact. Students will conduct scientific investigations and formulate hypotheses, collect, and analyse data. They will develop critical scientific communication skills and think deeply about the ethical considerations of experiments. Students will incorporate their mathematical skills when solving equations relating to the physical world.

    This subject is highly recommended for any students wanting to continue with VCE Physics.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Psychology | Science

    This semester based elective course is designed to give students a taste of the topics covered in VCE Psychology. Students will explore topics such as how information transfers from sensory to our long-term memory. They will describe different ways to learn, such as through Classical and Operant conditioning, and Observational Learning. Students will describe mental health, mental health problems and specific mental health disorders and their characteristics. Lastly, they will explain how people experience different stages of NREM/ REM sleep throughout the night. Students conduct scientific studies and formulate hypotheses, collect and analyse data. Students develop capacities that enable them to critically assess the strengths and limitations of science, respect evidence-based conclusions and gain an awareness of the ethical considerations when performing research on human/living subjects.

    This subject is highly recommended for any students wanting to continue with VCE Psychology.

  • FOUR PERIOD: STEM | Science

    Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    This semester based elective course in STEM gives students exposure to the importance of Design Thinking through designing collaborative and individual projects that solve real world problems. Students will use and advance their skills in the four key areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the first term and then use these skills to further their own Personal Interest Project in the second term. Students will be exposed to various technologies such as 3D printing, Scratch coding, VR/AR, robotics, and Apps with the aim of incorporating these into projects and assessments. Students will also be exposed to various elements of the Scientific Method such as variables, controls, data representation and analysis and supported to use this in experiments and experimental design.

    By combining elements of Design Think to engineering and the Scientific Method to projects and/or research students will be challenged to investigate, design, and build their Interest Projects and then to present them and refine them for their final assessment.

  • FOUR PERIOD: Getting ready for the workforce | Vocational

    Do you want the opportunity to undertake work experience? Do you want to be better prepared for part time work or a vocational pathway in your future?
    This year long elective will give you the work related skills to make your resume stand out. You will be able to get a taste for the industries and careers that interest you and to begin the journey to toward the skills, knowledge and certifications to get you there. Students undertaking this course have exclusive access to opportunities such as:

    • Work experience
    • White Card Training
    • TAFE Taster experiences
    • Professional Portfolio/Resume Development
    • *This elective is creditable for units 1 and 2 of WRS in VCE (Vocational Major). Please students interested in an SBAT pathway are highly recommended to undertake this program.
  • SIX PERIOD: Dystopian Worlds | English

    Students will explore the genre of dystopian fiction, what it offers readers and how it connects to the contemporary world. They will analyse texts in order to develop a greater understanding of the conventions of the genre in terms of characters, themes, ideas and narrative structure. Connections between dystopian writing and other fiction genres will progress student knowledge of the writing process. This elective will offer students the ability to develop their literacy, analytical and verbal skills further, preparing themselves to enter VCE English the following year.

    *This is a Year 10 Semester Two English Elective.

  • SIX PERIOD: Myth and Meaning | English

    Students will explore a range of classic and contemporary forms of literature with a focus on mythology and the origins of storytelling. They will develop an understanding of the way a range of literary texts have been constructed and how each connects to the world today. Students will read and respond to the texts through close analysis and creative responses, they will also collaborate with in depth discussions and passage focused analysis. This elective is designed as an introduction to VCE Literature as a future pathway.

    *This is a Year 10 Semester Two English Elective.

  • SIX PERIOD: Power of Protest | English

    The Power of Protest unit will allow students to look closely at the power of language to reshape the future. Students will engage in a variety of protest texts across written, verbal and multimodal forms and examine how words and sentences can evoke emotional responses and actions. They will develop an understanding of how language can create connections and unite people and apply this knowledge to their own protest piece. This elective is designed as an introduction to VCE English Language as a future pathway.

    *This is a Year 10 Semester Two English Elective.

  • SIX PERIOD: Media: YouTube Heroes | Arts

    Curriculum Contribution: $30

    Want to get ready for a life behind the lens? This subject will teach you the DIY (do-it-your-self) tool set needed to make your own video and get it ready for YouTube. Students construct sets, props and costumes to roll camera of a zero budget a scene remake of a famous media text (tv show, anime, movie etc.). Students will also learn how to review and critique a TV show/video game in creating their own “hot take” review analysis ready for the internet. Like, share and subscribe!

  • SIX PERIOD: Music: Stage and Beyond | Arts

    Curriculum Contribution: $30

    Considering music subjects for Year 11 and 12? “Music: Stage and Beyond” is the pathway to prepare you for the challenge and fun of music in senior years.  You will be studying topics like performance, music theory, aural training, music analysis and composition. You will develop your confidence in ensemble and solo performance through songs and works in styles that interest you and are ideal for your instrument. By the end of this course, you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes to take on VCE Music or VET Music Performance.

  • SIX PERIOD: Fashion and Design | Design and Technologies

    Curriculum Contribution: $65

    Would you like to design your own clothes or know how to make or alter clothes? Are you interested in Fashion and understanding how designers work? Are you interested in knowing what colours and clothing styles suit you?

    If you are, then Fashion and Design is for you.

    In this unit you will transfer theoretical knowledge to practical activities across a range of projects. You will be introduced to traditional and technical sewing skills as you make a hoodie/jumper. You will use your creativity to generate designs for these projects and transfer these designs to the production stage by following a Commercial pattern and sewing instructions. You will also be introduced to different forms of creative textiles, such as fabric painting, tie- dying, embroidery, etc. You will also look at body shapes and colours to determine what styles and colours suit individuals.

    This subject will lead to VCE Product Design and Technology and VCE Art Making and Exhibiting.

  • SIX PERIOD: Product Design | Design and Technologies

    Curriculum Contribution TBC

    “The best way to predict the future is to create it”, 16th President of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln.

    Product design has taken care of many of life’s menial tasks for us. We have chairs to sit on, and hinges so doors can open and close.

    Product design can make our lives easier. It can make us reconsider the world around us and how we interact with it.

    Are you the sort of person that looks at the design of a product and thinks ‘I could have done a better job than that’? Is there a more sustainable design solution to protect our planet and precious resources?

    In product design technology students will learn creative thinking skills, how to visualise design ideas in three-dimensions and produce high-quality hand-crafted products. The development of skills with basic and more complex hand tools will help prepare students for VCE Product Design and Technology.

    Students explore how product design is affected by and can influence issues related to sustainability, as well as other product design factors such as function, quality, ergonomics and aesthetics.

    Students will experience a sense of accomplishment from designing and fabricating a range of functional three-dimensional products, with a focus on finishing techniques to achieve high-quality outcomes.

  • SIX PERIOD: Wide World of Food | Design and Technologies

    Curriculum Contribution: $135

    Do you want to: Know where your food originated from? Why we cook food? Be able to cater for different dietary requirements?

    The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge about how the Australian cuisine has evolved over time. You will further fine tune your independence and confidence preparing healthy meals in the kitchen. You will learn about the scientific changes that take place in foods through different food preparation methods. You will investigate the importance of safety and hygiene in the kitchen to prevent food poisoning. You will continue to use the design process to problem solve and find solutions to a design brief.

  • SIX PERIOD: Fitness and Training | Health and PE

    Curriculum Contribution: $30

    Who wants to get fit and have fun at the same time whilst training with friends? Learn about how to use a whole range of fitness equipment such as free weights, resistance bands, machine weights and cardio equipment. Understand how to train specific fitness components to be better in your chosen sport. Write your own fitness program and take part in fitness sessions to improve your fitness. If you are serious about fitness and want to train at school, Fitness and Training is the subject for you. Whether it’s speed, strength or endurance, the great thing about this subject is that you get to tailor your fitness program to meet your specific needs. It is also a great subject to complete if you are thinking about doing VCE Physical Education.

  • SIX PERIOD: Skills and Coaching | Health and PE

    Curriculum Contribution: $30

    Do you have what it takes to be a coach? Are you a leader who wants to help others? Learn all about being a sports coach in this PE subject. You’ll develop the knowledge of how to break down a complex skill, how to create effective coaching activities and be able to deliver fun and exciting sessions. You’ll gain an insight into the different styles of coaching by analysing some of your coaching heroes. While this is mainly a practical based subject, the theory content learned will be ideal for those who are planning to do VCE Physical Education.

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