Accounting

Accounting

Course Summary

Accounting is the skills of being able to tell a story to management, owners, government, employees, investors, suppliers, the tax office and customers of how well a business is doing through producing a financial report (eg. Income statements, Balance sheets and Cashflow Statements). In this subject, you will learn how to record transactions, prepare financial reports, interpret and analyse financial reports and make decisions. You’ll be able to answer questions about profit/loss, stock, investments, returns, growth, shares, and cash flow through studying this subject.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Prepare accounting reports both manually and using ICT
  • Participate in simulated business activities such as buying/selling shares and managing inventory
  • Participate in discussions around ethical considerations in business, particularly in the area of accounting
  • Construct graphic representations of financial data to assist with the analysis of accounting reports and the evaluation of business performance

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Humanities Learning Area Leader

Michelle Heintze

Music Styles & Composition

Music Styles & Composition

Course Summary

Do you enjoy studying music? Do you want to create music yourself? In Music Style and Composition you will investigate ways composers and/or creators treat elements of music and use compositional devices to create effects and elicit responses. Listening and responding to music from a wide range of music styles will enable you to improve your familiarity with elements of music and ways composers/music creators treat these elements and use compositional devices to create specific effects. You will compose and/or arrange music for a multi-disciplinary work of your choice in response to an understanding of the music and the creative processes studied.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Write responses to musical excerpts
  • Complete oral and visual analysis of selected works for study
  • Document a folio of original compositions
  • Sit an end of year oral and written examination

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Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Music Investigation

Music Investigation (Unit 3 & 4)

Course Summary

Music Investigation requires you to design an Investigation Topic based on your musical interests that have a performance-based outcome. This topic determines the scope, content and direction of your study across the year. Your work for each Area of Study, Outcome and Assessment Task, including the end-of-year performance examination, must draw on content relevant to the Investigation Topic. This subject is only available to students in their final year of VCE. You cannot select this subject unless they have had discussions with relevant music teaching staff.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Complete a research report and presentation
  • Undertake a technical demonstration and discussion
  • Respond to questions based on mini-program performance of Unit 3 work
  • Undertake Composition/Improvisation/Arrangement
  • Sit an external performance examination

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Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Drama

Drama

Course Summary

Do you enjoy writing/performing? Looking at a career as a performer? In VCE Drama you will focus on creating, presenting and analysing a devised solo and/or ensemble performance that includes real or imagined characters and is based on stimulus material that reflects personal, cultural and/or community experiences and stories. This unit also involves the analysis of a piece of your performance as well as professional productions. You will learn how to draw on a range of performance styles relevant to practices of ritual and story-telling, contemporary drama practice and the work of significant drama practitioners.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Create and present a devised performance
  • Analyse your performance
  • Analyse a professional production

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Contribution $100

Excursion $100

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Contribution $150

Workbook $70

Excursion $150

Learning Area Contact

Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Advanced English (Year 10)

Advanced English (Year 10)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy English? Are you looking to be challenged? Advanced English replaces the Standard Year 10 English. This subject gives you a strong foundation and a broader perspective for future studies and pathways. It is an extension on the content covered in Standard English. You will analyse the literary choices of authors, and be provided with a platform to explore your voice and style as an author.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Analyse literary and film text
  • Develop a creative response to an existing literary text
  • Complete a detailed study of a film and a novel
  • Explore how the English language and structure is used to present a compelling point of view

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Semester 1

Workbook $35

Learning Area Contact

English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

General English (Year 10)

General English (Year 10)

Course Summary

Year 10 English at WSSC is designed to equip you with the key knowledge and skills necessary to undertake the various English pathways at the Senior College, including; VCE English, VCE English Literature, VCE English Language, VCE Foundation English. In your English studies, you will engage in a range of texts such as novels, films and different types of media texts. You will also be supported to further develop your literacy skills to produce written and oral pieces for different purposes and audiences. Year 10 English is a core subject and a pre-requisite into VCE.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Analyse literary and film text
  • Develop a creative response to an existing literary text
  • Complete a detailed study of a film and a novel
  • Explore how the English language and structure is used to present a compelling point of view

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Semester 1

Textbook Hire $30

Workbook $35

Learning Area Contact

English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

Advanced Maths (Year 10)

Advanced Maths (Year 10)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy Maths? Are you looking at studying Maths Methods or Specialist Maths? Advanced Maths replaces the Standard Maths (Year 10). This subject gives you a strong foundation and a broader perspective for future mathematical studies and pathways. The subject is aimed to equip you with tackling rigorous mathematical problems and applying mathematical concepts across areas including linear algebra, quadratics, trigonometry and statistics. Students will also begin to develop their ability to use the Mathematica software. All students who select Advanced Mathematics will need to undertake an assessment of their prior learning.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Rigorous exploration of key mathematical concepts and application of key skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts through the completion of problem-solving tasks
  • Use of technology to explore and solve mathematical problems
  • Essential Assessment will be used throughout the semester to measure student’s growth
  • Students will be assessed on an end of semester exam with topic assessments and assignments spread throughout the semester

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Semester 1

Scientific Calculator $28 (Optional)

Learning Area Contact

Maths Learning Area Leader

Michael Barnard

General Maths (Year 10)

General Maths (Year 10)

Course Summary

General Maths will further develop students’ skills in mathematical understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning at an appropriate level.

Students will explore elements of Number and Algebra, Trigonometry and Probability. Students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills to enable them to work at their point of need.

General Maths will also focus on improving the numeracy of students to enable them to be better equipped to face mathematical challenges in the future. Students’ numeracy will be measured at the beginning and end of the semester in the key areas of fraction and decimals, and number and place value.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Essential Assessment will be used throughout the semester to measure student’s growth
  • Students will be assessed on an end of semester exam with topic assessments and assignments spread throughout the semester

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Approximate Costs

Semester 1

Scientific Calculator $28 (Optional)

Learning Area Contact

Maths Learning Area Leader

Michael Barnard