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Erskine Park High SchoolThe Higher School Certificate(HSC)An Information Package for StudentsInformation relevant for Stage 6 students: Year 11 Terms 1-3, 2020 (Preliminary) Year 12 Term 4, 2020 – Terms 1-3, 2021 (HSC)

ContentsInformation on making subject choicesIt’s Decision TimeHow to Decide – How NOT to DecideHSC Board Developed Course – an OverviewContent Endorsed Course – an OverviewWhat Choices do I have?Good Luck with your DecisionsNow that you have read the book Board Developed CoursesHSC Board Developed Course DescriptionsBoard Endorsed CoursesHSC Board Endorsed Course DescriptionsVocational Education & Training (VET) CoursesVET information for courses held at Erskine Park HighExternal Delivery of VET (EVET) CoursesTAFE and other College delivered Vocational Education and TrainingHSC courses for schoolsSubject ContributionsCurrent Subject Contributions List

It’s Decision TimeThis is the year in which you have an extremely important decision to make in regards to thesubjects you will study during years 11 and 12.The decsion you make about your subject choices depends on (and may have consequenesfor) what you want to do in the future.This booklet has been produced to help you with yourdecisions about your further education. It is designed toprovide information and guidance for you and yourparents in the selection of courses and study programsfor the Senior School.Before you make your final selectons ensure you take timeto research and consider ALL the options available to you –immediately and in the near future. Talk with parents, friends,teachers and your Careers Adviser.Considering Leaving School?Legislation applies to students who have completed Year 10 and are below the age of 17years. They must continue their schooling unless they are in full time education ortraining, paid work, or a combination of these. If you decide to leave after Year 10, youmust prepare well before you actually do leave to find a job, an apprenticeship, traineeship orenrol for further study.NOTE: Consider your decision to leave school carefully. Be aware that some TAFEenrolments require the HSC and that some employers now require the HSC as a minimum forapprenticeships. You need to find out whether this applies to any apprenticeships/courses youare interested in.

Choosing subjects that are right for you:Your aim is to attain the best HSC result you can. So, you should choosecourses that you are good at, interested in and may use in the future.The only valid reasons for choosing your subjects are: Chose subjects youenjoyABILITY Choose subjects youdo well in choose subjects youreally want to learnand which arerelated to yourcareer goalsINTERESTMOTIVATIONQuestions to ask yourself: What careers am I interested in? Do I need to study/train after school? Where can I study? What are the entry requirements? What school subjects fit with my careerplans?

How to Decide Find out about each course – talk to your teachers and read theinformation provided in this book. Recognise this is an important decision - take time to investigate andconsider all options Identify your strengths - choose subjects that develop these strengths andallow you to continue to achieve well Discuss your plans - with family, Careers Adviser, employer groups, TAFE anduniversityBE REALISTIC - SET GOALS THAT ARE RIGHT FORYOU You need to know YOURSELF You need INFORMATION You Need ADVICE You need to find the balance of information and advice that is best FOR YOUHow NOT to DecideDon't play the numbers game - you will only do well if you are really interested in asubjectMy friends are choosing the subject - you all have differentstrengths and goalsMy favourite teacher is teaching it - things change!!!

Types of Courses available for Study1.Category A Board Developed CoursesThese are the large number of courses set and examined by the NSW Education StandardsAuthority (NESA) that also contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR*).*What is the ATAR?Tertiary institutions Australia have found that a selection rank based on a student’s overallacademic achievement is the best signal predictor of success for most tertiary courses. TheATAR provides a measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to that ofother students. It is calculated solely for use2. Category B Board Developed CoursesThese are 2 year courses with the option to sit for a final HSC examination. Most of these courses areVocational Education and Training (VET) courses but they have just been extended and will now includethe two new Stage 6 Board Developed courses, English Studies and Mathematics Standard 1, to beimplemented with Year 11 from 2019.IMPORTANT NOTE: Those students who take English Studies in the 2020 HSC and want to receive anATAR will need to keep in mind that only 2 units of Category B courses can be included, and at least 2units of English must be included, in the ATAR calculation. Therefore, English Studies students whowant an ATAR will not be able to include any other Category B courses and will need at least 8 units ofCategory A courses.3.Board Endorsed CoursesThere are two types of Board Endorsed Courses – Content Endorsed Courses and SchoolDeveloped Courses.Content Endorsed Courses have syllabuses endorsed by the Board of Studies to cater for areas ofspecial interest not covered in Board Developed Courses. School Developed Courses are developedby schools and approved by the Board.There is no external examination for Board Endorsed Courses. Assessment is school based.All Board Endorsed Courses count towards the HSC and appear on the student's Record ofAchievement (RoSA). However, Board Endorsed Courses do not count in the calculation of theATAR.

4. Vocational Education and Training (VET)VET courses can be studied either at school or through TAFE NSW and othertraining providers.VET courses contribute towards your HSC and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VETcredentials, recognised by industry and employers throughout Australia.Some VET courses are classified as Category B Board Developed courses and therefore have anoptional HSC exam so, if you choose to sit the exam, your results may also count towards your ATAR.It is strongly recommended that you discuss your options with the careers adviser ifyou want an ATAR and wish to choose Category B Board Developed Courses as part ofyour study.5. Special Education – Life SkillsIf you have special education needs you can attain your HSC by studying Life Skills courses. There arespecific entry requirements for the Life Skills courses and you still need to meet the general eligibilityand study patterns to earn your HSC.You will need to talk with your Year Adviser or Careers Adviser to find out whether these courses aresuitable for you. Life Skills courses do not count towards the ATAR.

1.Category A Board Developed CoursesSee course notes following this table for explanation of symbolsSubjectYear 11 and 12 Courses(2 Unit)Aboriginal StudiesAgricultureAncient HistoryBiologyBusiness StudiesChemistryCommunity and FamilyStudiesAboriginal StudiesAgricultureAncient HistoryDanceDesign and TechnologyDramaDanceDesign and TechnologyDramaEarth and Environmental1ScienceEconomicsEnglish StandardEnglish AdvancedEnglish Studies(Category B)Earth and EnvironmentalScienceEconomicsEnglishFood TechnologyGeographyIndustrial TechnologyExtension ScienceChemistry1Community and FamilyStudiesExtension ScienceInformation Processes andTechnologyInvestigating ScienceInvestigating Science1Legal StudiesLegal StudiesMathematicsMathematics Standard 1(Category B)Mathematics Standard 2PD/Health/PEPhysicsSociety and CultureVisual ArtsYear 12 Extension (1Unit)Biology1Business StudiesFood TechnologyGeographyIndustrial Technology- TimberInformation Processes andTechnologyModern HistoryMusicYear 11 ExtensionCourses (1 Unit)Mathematics (Advanced)Modern History2Music 1Extension SciencePreliminary EnglishExtensionHSC English Extension 1HSC English Extension 2Extension SciencePreliminary MathematicsExtensionHSC Mathematics Extension1HSC Mathematics Extension2PD/Health/PEPhysics1Society and CultureVisual ArtsExtension Science

Category A Board Developed Courses NotesThese notes and footnotes (1-2) refer to the list of courses1.Of the 12 units for Year 11 and 10 units for Year 12 that is required for the HigherSchool Certificate no more than 6 units for Year 11 and 7 units for Year 12 forScience can be included.2.You must study Music Course 2 if you wish to study HSC Extension Music.Additional information about courses and the HSC is available on the NSWEducation Standards Authority (NESA) ortal/nesa/home

2. Category B Board Developed CoursesCategory B CoursesCourse NameUnit ValueAutomotive (240 hours)2Business Services (240 hours)2Construction (240 hours)2Electrotechnology (240 hours)2Entertainment (240 hours)2Financial Services (240 hours)2Hospitality (240 hours)2Human Services (240 hours)2Information and Digital Technology (240 hours)2Metal and Engineering (240 hours)2Primary Industries (240 hours)2Retail Services (240 hours)2Sport Coaching (240 hours)2Tourism (240 hours)2English Studies2Mathematics Standard 12NOTE: These are 240-hour courses. An optional written examination will be offered for theHSC. If students want the results from these courses to be available for inclusion in thecalculation of their ATAR, they must undertake the optional written examination. Subject tothe ATAR rules.But: ONLY ONE OF THESE SUBJECTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE CALCULATION OFAN ATARThese courses include compulsory work placement (70 hours, usually a week in Year 11and a week in Year 12).Failure to complete these hours results in non-completion of the course

3. Board Endorsed CoursesSubjectCeramicsExploring Early ChildhoodPhotographySport, Lifestyle and Recreation StudiesVisual DesignExclusions applying to Content Endorsed Courses are listed in the course descriptions in part2 of this booklet with the relevant CEC course description.TAFE Delivered HSC Courses for SchoolsProposed courses available at TAFE for 2020 will be available early August 2019.Students MUST see Mr Griffiths to obtain an application.TAFE DeliveredHSC Courseapplications mustbe returned by 17thAugust 2019

Patterns of StudyThere are 2 possible Patterns of study. You can choose subjects that will result in the award ofa Higher School Certificate OR you can choose subjects that will result in the award of a HSCand an ATAR.1.HSC2.HSCwithATAR* You only need to gain an ATAR if you plan to apply to study at University immediately afterYear 12.TAFE does NOT use the ATAR as a way of selecting students for courses.

1.HSC1. Higher School s who do not require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) with their HSC,will usually choose a combination of Board Developed and Board Endorsed Courses whatever suits their career goals.To receive a HSC you must choose:Minimum of12 unitsMinimum of 6units of BoardDevelopedcoursesMinimum of 4subjectsMaximum 6units ofScience inyear 11POSSIBLE CHOICES FOR SUBJECTS INCLUDE1. Board Developed Courses (minimum 6 units – usually 3 courses)2. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. Students may choose fromCategory B NESA (New South Wales Education Standards Authority) courses - thatcan be studied at Erskine Park High School, or TAFE.3. Board Endorsed Courses. These are courses that the NESA has approved(endorsed) for study by students in either Year 11 or Year 12. They cover a widerange of interest areas including specific career pathways. (Students can include upto 3 of these courses in this pattern of study)4. TAFE Delivered HSC Courses for Schools. These courses are designed to meetstudent interest in a variety of career areas. Students who successfully completethese courses receive both HSC and TAFE qualifications.NOTE: This pattern of study does NOT preventstudents from attending University at a later date asMature Age Students.

2. HSCwithATAR*2. Higher School Certificate withATARUNIVERSITYThis pattern of study is chosen by students who wish to enter University immediately aftertheir HSC; or those students who wish to keep their options open if they are not sure of theirfuture directions at this stage.To be eligible for an ATAR, students MUST satisfy BOTH the NESA Stage 6 Pattern of Studyrequirements AND additional University determined patterns of study:Minimum10 UnitsCategoryA BoardDevelopedCoursesMinimum2 UnitsEnglishMinimum4 subjectsMaximum6 units ofScienceMaximum2 UnitsCategoryB SubjectPOSSIBLE CHOICES FOR SUBJECTS INCLUDE1.Category A Board Developed Courses (minimum 10 units)2.Board Endorsed Courses. (Students can do 1 of these courses in this patternof study but it limits their options at the completion of Year 11, if they wish toreduce their number of units to 10).3.Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. Students may choosefrom Category B Board Developed courses - that can be studied at Erskine ParkHigh School, or TAFE.4.TAFE Delivered HSC Courses for Schools. These courses are designed tomeet student interest in a variety of career areas. Students who successfullycomplete these courses receive both HSC and TAFE qualifications. (Students cando 1 of these courses in this pattern of study but it limits their options at thecompletion of Year 11, if they wish to reduce their number of units to 10).

Other Relevant Information from NESAGradesYour participation and achievement as you progress through senior secondary study will berecognised and recorded. You will receive grades for each of the courses you study in Year 10 andYear 11. These are awarded by your teachers, and monitored by NESA, to ensure you receive fairand consistent recognition for your work.What is RoSA?The Record of School Achievement or RoSA is the credential that formally recognises your schoolachievement if you plan to leave school before completing your HSC.The RoSA is a cumulative credential recording your grades or participation in courses in Year 10 rightup to when you leave school, giving you a more comprehensive and meaningful record of youracademic achievements. If you are not eligible for a RoSA, you will receive a Transcript of Study,which contains the same information as the RoSA for courses you have satisfactorily completed.Your RoSA will become the school credential you will use when applying for employment, furthereducation or training. You will also have the choice of taking literacy and numeracy tests. Theresults of your tests may be useful at job interviews or for training providers as evidence of literacy andnumeracy skills.

HSC minimum standardWhat is the HSC minimum standard?NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has implemented the HSC minimum standard tohelp ensure that students have the key literacy and numeracy skills for life after school. Studentsin New South Wales will need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy toreceive the HSC credential from 2020. The HSC minimum standard is set at level 3 of theAustralian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). These skills are essential for everyday tasks andlearning after school such as writing a letter for a job application or understanding a mobile phoneplan. The standard is assessed through online tests across three areas: reading, writing andnumeracy. The minimum standard online tests are 45 minutes long and include a multiple choicereading test, a multiple choice numeracy test and a short writing test based on a choice betweena visual or written prompt. Examples of the tests are available on the NSW Education StandardsAuthority (NESA) website. Students who do not meet the HSC minimum standard can still Sit the HSC exams. Receive an ATAR for University applications Receive a ROSA Receive a HSC minimum standard report.There are no pre-requisites for choosing subjects for stage 5 or stage 6. Students do not need toachieve the minimum standard to choose a subject they will study in stage 5 or 6.Practice tests are available for students to sit at school to help them become familiar with theonline test structure and for schools to help determine student readiness to meet the minimumstandard.Students will have two opportunities per year to sit the minimum standard online tests in eacharea of Reading, Numeracy and Writing, in Year 10, 11 and 12. Students will also have up to 5years from the time they start the HSC courses to sit the minimum standard online tests. Thetests must be administered by schools via a lockdown browser.Disability provisions and exemptions: Students with additional learning needs may be eligiblefor extra provisions for the minimum standard online tests or be exempt from meeting the HSCminimum standard in order to receive their HSC. Students taking four or more Life Skills coursescan be exempt from meeting the HSC minimum standard. Students studying Life Skills Englishwill be exempt from the Reading and Writing minimum standard tests. Students studying LifeSkills maths will be exempt from the Numeracy minimum standard test.Further Information NSW Education Standards Authority rtal/ nesa/11-12/hsc/hsc-minimum-standard.

Some Final Guidance Remember, the moreyou research, themore informed yourdecisions will be.Students who put lots oftime, thought and effortinto their research anddecisions are usually thewinners.Good Luck with your Decisions!The following pages offer information about the courseswhich MAY be available for Year 11.Read these pages CAREFULLYEVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO SATISFY THE CHOICESOF THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENT

Now You Have Read the Book.:What career/s areyou interested in?What subjects dothese careersrequire?What subjects areyou good at?What subjects doyou like?Some useful ww.jobjump.com.au/NOTE: This information should be your guide to completing your year 11 Subject SelectionSheet.Discuss this with your teachers, parents/ guardians and/ or Careers Adviser.

Board Developed CoursesThe following courses (including VETCourses) are Board Developed and maycontribute tothe calculation of the ATAR

Course: Aboriginal Studies2 units for each of Year 11 and Year 12Board Developed CourseCourse No: 15000Exclusions: NilCourse DescriptionThe Preliminary course focuses on Aboriginal peoples' relationship to the Land, Aboriginal heritageand identity, and an historical examination of colonialism, racism and prejudice from pre-contacttimes to the 1960s. The course also includes the development of skills in culturally appropriateresearch and inquiry methods. It involves case studies.The HSC course provides for in depth study of legislation, policy, judicial processes and currentevents from the 1960s. During the course, students will undertake consultation with Aboriginalcommunities and will study the course through the experiences of national and internationalIndigenous communities. Students apply research and inquiry methods through the completion of amajor project.Main Topics CoveredYear 11 CourseYear 12 CoursePart I – Social Justice and Human RightsPart I: Aboriginality and the Land (20%)Issues (50%) Aboriginal peoples' relationship to Countryo A Global Perspective (20%) Dispossession and dislocation of AboriginalGlobal understanding of human rights andpeoples from Countrysocial justice Impact of British colonisation on Countryo B Comparative Study (30%)Part II: Heritage and Identity (30%)A comparative case study on an Aboriginalo The Dreaming and cultural ownershipand international Indigenous community, ino Diversity of Aboriginal cultural and social liferelation to TWO of the following topics:o Impact of colonisation on Aboriginal culturesHealth, Education, Housing, Employment,and familiesCriminal Justice, Economic Independenceo Impact of racism and stereotypingPart III: Internat

Board Developed Courses (minimum 6 units – usually 3 courses) 2. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. Students may choose from Category B NESA (New South Wales Education Standards Authority) courses - that can be studied at Erskine Park High School, or TAFE. 3. Board Endorsed Courses. These are courses that the NESA has approved

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