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

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 3 & 4 (Commercial Cookery)

Hospitality 3 & 4 (Commercial Cookery)

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 Operations as well as a statement of attainment from Certificate III

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Prepare and serve restaurant-quality food for customers
  • Prepare appetisers and salads
  • Prepare soups, stocks, and sauces
  • Prepare vegetable, fruit and farinaceous dishes
  • Prepare poultry dishes
  • Use cookery skills effectively (students complete 1-week work placement)
  • Barista Basics, introduction to Espresso coffee (no certificate attained)

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Approximate Costs

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $300

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Hospitality 1 & 2 (Kitchen Operations)

Hospitality 1 & 2 (Kitchen Operations)

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.

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

VCAL: Hours credited towards VCAL Industry Skills Strand

VET: Units towards SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. Full certificate awarded on completion of Units 3 & 4.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Demonstrated hospitality knowledge through theory assessments and practical application and observations
  • Prepare and serve food to customers in WSSC Pepper Restaurant

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Approximate Costs

Subject Fee $200

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

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

Building & Construction

Building & Construction

Course Summary

Do you like building projects with timber or related to the construction industry? By studying Building and Construction you will learn traditional and contemporary skills in the industry. This will include a mixture of learning through theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to undertake Structured Workplace Learning in the building and construction industry. You will be able to put your creative and innovative skills to the test in designing and implementing building and construction projects. This subject can help you pursue a range of careers in the building and construction industry.

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: 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship (Carpentry Stream)

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of occupational health and safety relevant to the building and construction industry
  • Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
  • Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
  • Learn how to interpret and apply basic plans and drawings

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $100

First Aid – Level 2 $100

White Card – OHS $105

Workbook Module $30

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $20

Workbook Module $30

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Course Summary

Are you worried about climate change? Interested in the interactions and interconnectedness between the natural system and the human systems. Environmental Science looks at the practices that impact land/water, energy, pollution and global change. You will investigate the extent to which we modify the environment and the consequences of these changes in local and global contexts with a focus on pollution, biodiversity, energy use and climate change; they explore the conceptual, behavioural, ethical and technological responses to these changes.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore how the earth’s systems are connected through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct research investigations in relevant topics
  • Design a practical investigation into a particular form of air, soil and water pollution that is of global concern and communicate the finding to others
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex environmental science 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 $27

Excursions $40

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $41

Excursions $40

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Early Childhood Education & Care

Early Childhood Education & Care

Course Summary

Do you enjoy spending time with children? Seeing them grow and develop? Early Childhood Education and Care is a stimulating and rewarding career. By studying Early Childhood Education and Care you will develop the skills and knowledge to effectively engage children in their early learning. This will include a mixture of learning through theory and practice, as well as, Structured Workplace Learning.  If you want a stimulating and rewarding career start by studying Early Childhood Education and Care. 

This subject commences in Year 10.   

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

ATAR Contribution: 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: CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Learn how to provide care for children
  • Learn how to support the holistic development of children
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children at risk of harm

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $80

First Aid – Level 2 $100

Textbook Hire $14

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $80

Textbook Hire $14

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Agriculture & Horticulture

Agriculture & Horticulture

Course Summary

Are you interested in the Nature of Science from the primary industries (Agriculture & Horticulture) perspective? Do you think about where our food comes from and how we farm? Are you concerned about looking after the land and sustaining it? Studying Agriculture & Horticulture enables students to develop their decision-making and problem-solving skills by applying scientific methods of testing and monitoring, collecting and analysing relevant data, and researching current issues and best-practice case studies.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of Australia’s agricultural and horticultural industries both past and present
  • Research the practical realities of working in the agriculture and horticulture industry
  • Undertake a practical task related to the growth and management of plants and animals
  • Examine sustainability in terms of land management, as well as its role in food and fibre industries
  • Undertake practical tasks reflecting all dimensions of sustainable management of agricultural and/or horticultural practices.

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $70

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $70

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski