​Modern History

(Semester Elective)

Topic 1: The American Revolution
Topic 2: The Algerian​ War of Independence

During the Year 10 course, students will engage with topics that they have not encountered when studying the Australian Curriculum History course. This will broaden their horizons and allow them to consider the development of the modern world through a different lens. The first topic for study is The American Revolution. A pivotal point in history which will allow students to critically evaluate both primary and secondary sources as well as multiple perspectives - Indigenous, European and Colonial. The second topic, The Algerian War of Independence takes students to a different part of the globe, but a place still influenced by Empires from abroad almost 200 years after the American Revolution. Through this topic, students will respond to multiple questions about the importance of culture and the concept of nationalism.

The students will develop their historical skills through undertaking this course. They will further their note-taking ability, critical evaluation of sources and research skills. When researching, students will be exposed to journal articles, challenging them intellectually and furthering their capacity to access information in higher level texts. This course will expose the students to two key assessment instruments used in the QCAA Senior Modern and Ancient History syllabi. This will give students an insight into some of the skills required to complete these tasks successfully.

Connections to Other Year 10 Courses: English | Religious Education | History

Senior Pathway Links:​ Modern History | English | Ancient History

Career Development Links: Historian | Teacher | Journalist | Novelist | Librarian | Archaeologist


(Semester Elective)

Geography is the study of people and planet earth. Geography emphasizes the role of the environment in supporting human life and the important inter-relationships between people and the environment. This subject has an overall aim to ensure that students develop as informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to a sustainable world. Geography is split into two key areas, Knowledge and Understanding + Inquiry and Skills, with equal focus on both throughout the units. In Year 10, students will study Environmental Change & Management and The Geographies of Human Wellbeing.

Geography in Year 10 serves as an introductory subject to the Senior General subject - Geography. It supports other humanities subjects such as Modern History, Legal Studies and Business.

Skills developed in Geography:

  • Observing and questioning
  • Planning, collecting and evaluating
  • Processing, analyzing, interpreting and concluding
  • Communicating
  • Reflecting and responding

Connections to Other Year 10 Courses:
Modern History | Science | Business

Senior Pathway Links: Geography | Modern History | Business

Career Development Links: Geographical and Environmental Sciences | Urban Design | Education | Meteorology | Tourism | International Relations

​​Introduction to Legal Studies​

(Semester Elective)

The introduction to Legal Studies elective course in Year 10 is a Humanities and Social Science based course designed under the Civics and Citizenship learning area within the Australian Curriculum.

The Year 10 curriculum develops student understanding of Australia's system of government in the Asian region. Students examine Australia's role and responsibilities within the international context, such as its involvement with the United Nations in upholding basic human rights.

Students also study the purpose and work of the High Court. They investigate the values and practices that enable a democratic society to be sustained. The focus for this elective unit will be on the area of law and citizens which examines Australia's legal system, the creation of laws and the rights and legal obligations of Australian citizens.

This course is a prerequisite for Year 11 Legal Studies and will build knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for success in this senior course of study.

Connections to Other Year 10 Courses: Business Management | Financial Business | Modern History

Senior Pathway Links: Legal Studies | Business Management | Accounting | Modern History

Career Development Links: Solicitor | Barrister | Accountant | Paralegal | Law Clerk | Legal Secretary | Foreign Affairs and Trade | Diplomat | Court Reporter | Journalism

​Economics and Business: Finance

​(Semester Elective)

In this Finance course, students will take a logical numerical approach to generate alternative responses that businesses use to respond to changing economic conditions and improve productivity.

This elective focuses on the modelling of business and consumer responses to maximize the use of limited resources to satisfy societal needs and wants. Students give explanations for variations in economic performance and standards of living within and between economies.

Students examine financial information and its impact upon​ the way people do business and their ability to produce high-quality and professional outcomes. Students will record, report, and interpret financial information in personal, business and social contexts.

Connections to Other Year 10 Courses: Business | Mathematics | Legal Studies | Technologies Courses

Senior Pathway Links: Accounting | Economics | Business

Career Development Links: International Business | Tourism | Foreign Affairs and Trade | Journalism | Accountancy | Business Management | Economist | Politician | Business Owner | Stock Broker | Commercial Law

​​Economics and Business: Business Management

​(Semester Elective)

In the Business Management course, students examine factors to develop an awareness of the complexity of the business environment. They develop an understanding of the basics of Operations, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources which influence major consumer and financial decisions.

While studying this course, student will examine four key inquiry questions to form a basis of their understanding of the business landscape:
  • How is the performance of an economy measured?
  • Why do variations in economic performance in different economics exist?
  • What strategies do governments use to manage economic performance?
  • How do governments, businesses and individuals respond to changing economic conditions?
Students will research a cost-benefit analysis and appropriate criteria to propose and justify a course of action. Within the study of Business Management, students will also investigate the characteristics of an entrepreneur, develop, and implement an operational sequence for a chosen venture, pricing strategies, SWOT analysis and product development.

Connections to Other Year 10 Courses: Business | Legal | Geography

Senior Pathway Links: Business | Accounting | Economics | Tourism

Career Development Links: International Business | Tourism | Foreign Affairs and Trade | Translation | Journalism | Education