Year 10

General Excellence – Course Selection Guidelines Year 10

Elective subjects run for a single semester.

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

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

If students or their parents have any questions about subject selections they should discuss these with their Learning Mentor.

Please note EAL must be undertaken for the whole year.  English students must select one 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.

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  • History – The Modern World and Australia | Humanities

    History will give students the opportunity to explore the causes and outcomes of WWI and WWII, with an emphasis on how these affected Australian society. Students will learn to use evaluative skills to determine the value of sources and will also learn to use critical thinking to form logical hypotheses surrounding cause and effect and the formation of different historical perspectives. This unit will look at the reasons for enlistment, the role of women, battle front experiences, types of warfare, international relationships, and modern perspectives on the commemoration of war. Each topic will involve an in depth study of the change and continuity of the Australian economic, political and social landscape during and after war. Civil Rights Movements will also be explored, including the U.S. and Australian movements. This will include studies of significant events, how the U.S. movement influenced the Australian Civil Rights Movement, an evaluative study on the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the changes that were engendered for the indigenous population within Australia.

  • Geography – The Environment and Humans on the Move | Humanities

    In this elective subject, students will focus on the movement and interaction between people and their environment. Global issues like land degradation, tourism and immigration will be explored. Students will have hands-on opportunities to investigate different sources of data used to gain an understanding of the world around them. Further, students will take part in fieldwork outside the class room to gather their own data and form their own thoughts about certain global issues. In this study, students will gain geographical knowledge, understanding and assist in a wide range of vocational opportunities.

  • Business and Finance – Economics | Humanities

    Students will learn new skills and knowledge in managing their money as well as being introduced to the world of small business. Students will look at ways to use their money wisely and increase their savings as well as investigate methods available to invest savings and create money through shares. Students participate in the ASX Stock Market Game, working in teams buying and selling real time shares with a hypothetical $50,000. Rights as a shopper as well as cons and scams are also studied. A negotiated assignment on an issue of interest (buying a car, mobile phones and plans, planning an overseas holiday etc.) is also undertaken. Students also investigate opportunities for commencing a small business and how this is done, as a way of creating wealth for themselves.

  • Law and Government – Legal Studies | Humanities

    Students will be given the opportunity to investigate how to be an active citizen by having a say, learning about laws and the courts, democratic rights and the development of the political system. This will include investigating world governments, Australian political parties, how a federal election works, Protection of Rights in Australia and the effectiveness of our legal system when it comes to settling disputes. Students will be participating in role plays, exploring alternative methods of dispute resolution and attending the Magistrate’s Court and Parliament.

  • Physics | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will be engaged in a challenging study that is both practical and theoretical. Topics covered include; electricity, magnetism, transformation and transferral of energy, light and sound, and motion. Students will learn to design their own practical activities and analyse first hand data.

  • Psychology | Science

    This unit looks at aspects of psychology including; intelligence, personalism, memory and learning and sleep. The content will be taught through activities, experiments, and group work. Assessment will be based on class work, homework, practical work, inquiry based activities, and tests.

  • Chemistry | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will be engaged in a challenging study that is both practical and theoretical. Topics covered include; atomic structure, trends in the periodic table, models of chemical bonding and qualitative and quantitative chemical reactions. Students will learn to design their own practical activities and analyse first hand data.

  • Biology | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    This elective subject will include topics such as; genetics, evolution, cellular-processes and physiology of plants and animals. The content will be taught through activities, experiments, and group work. Assessment will be based on class work, homework, practical work, inquiry based activities, and tests.

  • STEM | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    In the year 10 STEM elective students are taught the importance of design thinking with collaborative projects that solve real world problems. Students will use and advance their skills in the four key areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will be exposed to various technologies such as 3D printing and Arduino coding. By combining elements of physics, biology and chemistry with engineering they will be challenged to investigate, design and build practical solutions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Italian | LOTE

    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.

  • Art and Visual Communication Design | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $50.00

    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.

  • Dance | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will learn about and develop technical and physical skills. They will discover a variety of expressive movement by exploring body actions, and begin the process of developing a personal movement vocabulary. Students develop and perform theme based dances through a range of class workshops. Students also analyse and discuss the communication of their own and others choreographer’s intentions and the expressive use of Time, Space and Energy. It is expected that in this elective students will perform their dance pieces at the end of semester to an audience.

  • Drama | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Drama introduces students to techniques, styles and conventions and Theatre Studies for development into practical performances. The focus is on learning, researching and performing different theatre styles and developing an ensemble performance for an audience. Students will also research, analyse and evaluate their performance work and the work of other artists in written form.

  • Music | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students selecting this subject will be studying topics including: aural training, arranging, score reading, composing and performance practice. Students will have the opportunity to use computer technology to arrange and compose for one of the school ensembles and rehearse and perform their piece. It is a prerequisite for this subject that each student is currently learning a musical instrument.

  • Media | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $60.00

    In Media students will explore the messages of print, photographic and electronic media. Working in small groups and individually, to develop skills, techniques and media terminology in digital photography and video production. The relationship between culture and the media is examined through students’ creations and investigations into films, photographs and other media. Production roles and processes will be experienced and explored. The course is both practical and theoretical requiring students to maintain a workbook, participate in discussions and complete planned media products. Students will create products like photographs and short video productions to be kept for their folio which may be used in applications to VCE & TAFE courses and jobs.

  • Fitness and Training | Health and PE | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    In this subject students will gain an understanding of different team and individual sports through practical and theoretical lessons. They will explore fitness components and training principles and will have the opportunity to assess personal fitness levels and set fitness goals. Students will also design, undertake and evaluate their own training program in a sport of their choice. Areas of study such as drugs in sport, promotion of physical activity and energy systems will also be explored. Students should select Fitness and Training if they are motivated to participate in practical classes. (9 periods per cycle: 6 practical/3 theory).

  • Skills and Coaching | Health and PE | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will be involved in both theoretical and practical components throughout the semester. Topics including Body Systems, Skill Development and Sports Coaching will be the main focus of this unit. These topics will provide students with the knowledge and skills to improve their own sporting performance. Through practical activities students explore the relationships between the body systems and physical activity. Students will also be involved in the coaching of junior students across a range of different sports and the organisation of school sporting competitions.

  • Active for Life | Health and PE | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Active for Life will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of team sports and games with a focus on recreational pursuits. Students will be introduced to new sports and skills through adapting previously learnt skills and will investigate the team strategies and tactics applied in the chosen sports. Students will take a lead role in organising and promoting a mass participation event. Active for Life will also focus on sport as an industry and the role the media plays in sport.

  • Digital Technologies | Design and Technologies

    In this elective students will learn about the control and management of networked digital systems and the data security implications of the interaction between hardware, software and users. Students will consider privacy and security requirements when selecting and using data. Students will learn to define and deconstruct complex problems in terms of functional and non-functional requirements. They will design and evaluate user experiences and algorithms, and develop and test modular programs, including an object-oriented program.

  • Design Technologies – Food | Design and Technologies | Curriculum Contribution $130.00

    Students will be taught the importance of safety and hygiene in the kitchen to prevent food poisoning. Students also investigate different cooking methods and food processes to produce a variety of food items. The design process is used to problem solve and find solutions to a design brief.

  • Fashion and Design | Design and Technologies | Curriculum Contribution $60.00

    This elective introduces the students to an exciting range of traditional and technical skills associated with design and production. Creative skills and the more advanced practical skills of zip insertion, buttonholes, darts and pockets are covered throughout the design and production of various products. Students are required to complete set tasks in the areas of design and evaluation. Students investigate and make judgements on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of fibres, looking at the changing aspects of fashion and fashion designers. Students will be required to provide their own material supplies (fabric and patterns) for their negotiated practical projects in this subjects.

  • Design, Technology and Engineering | Design and Technologies | Curriculum Contribution $60.00

    Students will develop two separate folios that will provide them the opportunity to investigate, generate, produce and evaluate. The first folio will be based around the development and exploration of basic engineering principles, they will be provided with a working model that demonstrates an engineering principle and will then expand and develop a product that features this concept in some way. The second folio will be based on the modification of a pre-existing product. Alongside this, students will explore and evaluate different methods of production and manufacturing.

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