Studio Arts

Studio Arts

Course Summary

Do you appreciate art exhibitions? Do you like expressing art? Through studying Studio Arts you will continue to explore, develop and refine a range of fine art materials to investigate the characteristics and aesthetics of the materials. There will be a greater focus on individual ideas and production of refined work. You will actively participate in managing the production of artistic work across an extended period. During this subject, you will investigate and respond to a range of artists and artworks in a more formalised critical writing format.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Write reports
  • Analyse of artists and artworks
  • Documented folio of work
  • Explore a range of class materials
  • Produce work accompanied by annotations

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $80

Excursion $60

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $120

Excursion $60

Learning Area Contact

Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Hospitality

Hospitality (1 & 2)

Course Summary

Are you looking to working in the Hospitality industry? Are you creative? Hospitality prepares you for a range of potential career paths within the Hospitality industry. Topics that will be studied include hygiene, safety, using a range of equipment, preparing food using basic cookery methods, maintaining the quality of perishables, cleaning kitchen premises and interacting with customers.

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

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Demonstrated hospitality knowledge through theory assessments and practical application and observations
  • Prepare and serve food to customers in WSSC Pepper Restaurant
  • Complete at least one week of work placement within the hospitality industry

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Approximate Costs

Subject Fee $200

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Hairdressing (Salon Assistant)

Hairdressing (Salon Assistant)

Course Summary

Have you always wanted to be a hairdresser? Enjoy doing other people’s hair and helping them feel good about themselves? Studying Hairdressing (Salon Assistant) at WSSC will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to begin your career in the hairdressing industry. You will develop strong communication, traditional and contemporary skills. This will be delivered through a mixture of learning through theory and practice, as well as on Structured Workplace Learning.

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

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of the hairdressing industry
  • Perform basic application of hair colour and removal
  • Demonstrate basin skills
  • Develop an understanding of how to dry hair to shape and massage techniques

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $200

Module Workbook $135

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $200

Module Workbook $135 (if not previously purchased)

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

Commercial Cookery (3 & 4)

Course Summary

Do you like cooking for your family and friends? Are you interested in working in the Hospitality Industry? Do you like working in a team and interacting with people? The potential of being your own boss? By studying Commercial Cookery you will develop skills in preparing, cooking and serving food to industry standard. You will be trained by current industry trained teachers. Prospective job outcomes include Chef, Cook, Baker, Catering Manager.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students complete scored assessments and an exam to attain a Study Score that contributes to an ATAR

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operation as well as some units or Certificate III

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Prepare and serve restaurant-quality food for customers at WSSC Pepper Restaurant
  • Prepare appetisers and salads
  • Prepare soups, stocks, and sauces
  • Prepare vegetable, fruit and farinaceous dishes
  • Prepare poultry dishes

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Approximate Costs

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $300

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

Course Summary

Do you like solving complex problems? Are you creative? Systems Engineering involves the design, production, operation, evaluation and iteration of integrated systems, which mediate and control many aspects of human experience. You will identify and quantify systems goals, generate system designs, practice trial and error, justify design trade-offs, select and implement the most appropriate designs. In addition, you will test and verify that the system is well-built and integrated before evaluating how well the completed system meets the intended goals and reflect on the systems engineering process to create a satisfactory design outcome.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Build several projects including a simple machine, an electrical system and an integrated system containing a microcontroller
  • Produce a folio containing designs, production, testing and evaluating diagrams, data, notes and conclusions
  • Develop knowledge of electrical, mechanical, open and closed-loop systems to design and build an integrated system and portfolio
  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning, design, hand skills, component identification, testing procedures and safe work practices

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $170

Textbook Hire $28

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $170

Textbook Hire $40

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Chemistry

Chemistry

Course Summary

Are you creative and interested in reactions, chemical reactions? Do you want to know what underpins the production and development of energy, the maintenance of clean air and water, the production of food, medicines and new materials, and the treatment of waste? Studying Chemistry enables you to examine a range of chemical, biochemical and geophysical phenomena through the exploration of the nature of chemicals and chemical processes. You’ll develop an understanding of the structure of materials, ionic compounds, periodic table, chemical energy sources, manufacturing processes and much more.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the origin and nature of material through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct research investigations in relevant topics
  • Design a practical investigation into physical and chemical properties of water; acid and base reactions; redox reactions; and analysis of water
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex chemistry concepts and theories
  • Design a major practical investigation into an area of interest that is reported in the form of a scientific poster

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Textbook Hire $32

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $48

Checkpoints (Optional) $35

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Applied Computing

Applied Computing (1 & 2)

Course Summary

Are you interested in understanding how computers are used in business? Do you want to work in the Information Technology industry? In Unit 1 & 2 Applied Computing you will develop a deep understanding of computing systems to design and develop databases, programs, digital systems/devices and networks. You will engage in hands on practical experience to develop industry skills and knowledge.

VCE: Unit 1 and Unit 2 available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Learn how to use database and spreadsheet software to collect, manipulate and present data
  • Interpret software requirements to design, create and evaluate working programs
  • Create innovative digital devices or systems
  • Understand networks and security to design and build secure network

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $150

Textbook Hire $30

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Software Development

Software Development (3 & 4)

Course Summary

Looking at extending the skills and knowledge you learnt in Applied Computing? In this subject, you will develop a detailed understanding of the analysis, design, development, evaluation and programming language to develop software programs. You will apply this knowledge to design and develop a software program for a real business or organisation.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Interpret teacher provided requirements to create a working program
  • Analyse and document the requirements to create a program that meets a need or opportunity for a business/organisation
  • Develop and evaluate a working program that meets the requirements documented for a business/organisation
  • Identify cybersecurity risks and protection that should be considered when developing a program

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Approximate Costs

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $70

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Course Summary

Do you have a passion for cars? Spend your spare time tinkering with motors? By studying Automotive you will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform minor maintenance and repair of an automotive vehicle body. By completing the requirements of this subject you will be able to undertake a limited range of tasks related to identifying and inspecting mechanical and electrical components and systems of light vehicles, heavy vehicles, outdoor power equipment, bicycles, marine craft and motorcycles.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score for this subject. Instead, they receive an ATAR increment of 10% of their fourth Study Score in other subjects 

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: AUR20716 Certificate II  in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of occupational health and safety relevant to the automotive industry
  • Maintain automotive tools and equipment
  • Dismantle and assemble engines
  • Construct and test basic electronic circuits
  • Opportunity to participate in Structured Workplace Learning

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $90

Module Workbooks $100

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $195

Module Workbooks $100

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Beauty (Retail Cosmetics)

Beauty (Retail Cosmetics)

Course Summary

Do you like putting makeup on your friends? Doing your nails? Interacting with people and making them feel good? The potential of being your own boss? By studying Beauty (Retail Cosmetics) you will develop skills to sell products, practice makeup, apply skincare products and nail techniques. You’ll be trained by current industry trained teachers. Students can undertake Structured Workplace Learning as part of the subject.

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

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: SHB20116 Certificate II  in Retail Cosmetics

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Design and apply make-up
  • Apply skincare products
  • Develop communication skills
  • Learn the art of selling products and services
  • Learn eyelash, brow and manicure treatments
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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee/Beauty Kit $200

VET Workbook $190

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee/Beauty Kit $200

VET Workbooks $190 (if not previously purchased)

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen