Standard Science (Year 10)

Standard Science (Year 10)

Course Summary

Are you looking to be challenged scientifically at an appropriate level? Standard Science prepares you for studying science in VCE, as well as raising your awareness of science being a springboard into different career pathways. You will apply science to everyday life through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation. You’ll explore a range of topics relevant to biology, physics, environment and chemistry.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore genetics and DNA, evolution, the structure of an atom, elements and their properties, chemical reactions, sustainability and earth systems, forces and motion, and the universe through theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Undertake a range of practical and research-based investigations into real-world applications
  • Develop scientific inquiry skills

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Advanced Science (Year 10)

Advanced Science (Year 10)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy Science? Are you looking at studying Science at a higher level? Advanced Science replaces the Standard Year 10 Science. This subject gives you a strong foundation and a broader perspective for future scientific studies and pathways. It is an extension on the content covered in Standard Science. It will equip you with tackling rigorous scientific concepts and problems. All students who select Advanced Science will need to undertake a test

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Rigorous exploration of key scientific concepts
  • Use technology and real-world investigations related to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

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Semester 1

Excursion $75

Competitions $20

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Standard English (Year 10)

Standard 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, VCAL Literacy. 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 and VCAL.

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

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

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

Textbook Hire $30

Workbook $35

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

Standard Humanities (Year 10)

Standard Humanities (Year 10)

Course Summary

Are you interested in understanding how the world in which you live works? Do you want to know how you can participate as an active and informed community member? The study of Humanities provides a framework for you to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world and to investigate responses to different challenges. You will develop critical thinking skills through analysing visual and written representations, films and documentaries.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Further develop critical thinking skills relevant to civics and citizenship, economic and business, geography and history
  • Develop an action plan related to a sustainability topic
  • Explore the different forms of power and influence
  • Write an expanded response and essay
  • Complete a Gapminder Graphing Assignment

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Humanities Learning Area Leader

Elizabeth Pearce

Advanced Humanities (Year 10)

Advanced Humanities (Year 10)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy studying Humanities? Are you capable of studying Humanities at an advanced level? Advanced Humanities replaces the Standard Year 10 Humanities. You will study civics and citizenship, history, geography, economics and business. This subject equips you with the ability to analyse and make meaning of current and past events in the world and the many factors that influence decisions made by society. All students who select Advanced Humanities will need to undertake a test.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Further develop critical thinking skills relevant to civics and citizenship, economic and business, geography and history
  • Develop an action plan related to a sustainability topic
  • Explore the different forms of power and influence
  • Write an expanded response and essay
  • Complete a Gapminder Graphing Assignment

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Approximate Costs

Semester 1

Textbook Hire $30

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Humanities Learning Area Leader

Elizabeth Pearce

Standard Maths (Year 10)

Standard Maths (Year 10)

Course Summary

Standard 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.

Standard 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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Semester 1

Scientific Calculator $28 (Optional)

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Maths Learning Area Leader

Stephen Alderton

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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Approximate Costs

Semester 1

Textbook Hire $30

Scientific Calculator $28 (Optional)

Learning Area Contact

Maths Learning Area Leader

Stephen Alderton