Year 11-12 Subjects

Year 11-12 Subjects - Click here to get a full overview
ATAR - Click here for more information about ATAR
TCE - Click herefor more information about TCE

Year 11-12 Subjects

Religious Education Faculty
- Studies of Religion TASC3C
- Religion in Society TASC2C
- Making Moral Decision TASC2A
- Youth Ministry and Spirituality Options
- Community Service Learning TASC2A

Faculty of Science
- Physical Science TASC3C
- Physical Science Foundation TASC2C
- Life Science TASC2C
- Biology TASC3C
- Environmental Science & Society TASC3C
- Chemistry TASC4C
- Physics TASC4C

Mathematics Faculty
- Essential Skills TASC2C - Numeracy
- Workplace Maths TASC2C
- General Mathematics Foundation TASC2
- Mathematics Methods Foundation TASC3C
- General Mathematics TASC3C
- Mathematics Methods TASC4C
- Mathematics Specialised TASC4

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty
- Introduction to Sociology and Psychology TASC2C
- Psychology TASC3C
- Sociology TASC3C
- Modern World History TASC3C
- Ancient Civilisations TASC3C
- Geography TASC3C
- Accounting TASC3C
- Economics TASC3C
- Business Studies Foundation TASC2C
- Business Studies TASC3C
- Legal Studies TASC3C
- Legal Studies Foundation TASC2C
- Working with Children TASC2C
- Philosophy TASC3C

English & LOTE Faculty
- English Literature TASC3C
- Essential Skills TASC2C - Literacy
- English Level 3 TASC3C
- English Writing TASC3C
- English Foundations Level 2 TASC2C
- English Applied TASC2C
- Japanese Foundation TASC2C
- Japanese TASC3C
- French Foundation TASC2C
- French TASC3C

Arts Faculty
- Drama Foundation TASC2C
- Drama TASC3C
- Theatre Performance TASC3C
- Dance TASC2C
- Dance TASC3C
- Music TASC3C
- Contemporary Music TASC2C
- Music Technologies TASC2C
- Art Production-Foundation TASC2C / Art Production TASC3C / Art Studio Practice TASC4C
- Media Production-Foundation TASC2C / Media Production TASC3C

Health and Physical Education Faculty
- Sport Science Foundation TASC2C
- Sport Science TASC3C
- Health Studies TASC3C
- Physical Recreation TASC1C
- Athlete Development TASC1C
- Outdoor Education TASC2C

Technology Faculty
- Design and Production TASC2C
- Computer Graphics & Design TASC3C / Computer Graphics & Design - Foundation TASC2C
- Food & Hospitality Enterprise TASC2C
- Food and Nutrition TASC3C
- Technical Graphics FoundationTASC2C / Technical Graphics TASC3C
- Workshop Techniques Introduction TASC1C
- Housing and Design TASC3C
- Automotive & Mechanical Technologies TASC2C

Information Technology Faculty
- Computer Science TASC3C
- Essential Computer Skills TASC2C / Computer Applications TASC2C
- Work Readiness TASC1-2C

VET Opportunities
- Certificate I in Animal Studies
- Certificate II in Animal Studies
- Certificate I in Automotive
- Certificate II in Automotive
- Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Certificate II in Business (online)
- Certificate II in Community Services (Intro to Childcare, Aged care, Education Support)
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Care and Education
- Certificate III in Fitness (online)
- Certificate II in Salon Assistant
All change of subject requests must go to the Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching for approval. All requests are to be made via a Subject Change Request Form and must have parent signature. These forms can be obtained from the Deputy Principals' Assistant, Mrs Saltmarsh.


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ATAR & TE

Tertiary Entrance Information

If you are considering going to a tertiary institution you must make sure that you meet the entry requirements for that specific institution and course. However, merely passing subjects and meeting entry requirements do not guarantee you a place. Responsibility for determining entry requirements rests with you and your parents but guidance can be provided by your Careers & Pathway Counsellors.

Entry to the University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Rules and procedures for the tertiary entrance are determined by the University of Tasmania. Full details about all aspects of studying at UTAS is available at www.utas.edu.au. The minimum requirements are:

  • Spend at least two years in fulltime study for the TCE or 1200 hours equivalent. This means you should study subjects with a total of at least 120 participation points over the two years;
  • Have a Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or better in at least four pre-tertiary subjects approved by the University;
  • Obtain these four pre-tertiary subjects in two years, although they do not have to be consecutive years; and
  • Obtain at least three of your four pre-tertiary subjects in Year 12 (or the final year of study).

Selection for most courses will be based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which is a percentile ranking of all students' Tertiary Entrance (TE) scores. You should try to achieve the best possible Tertiary Entrance (TE) score for each subject.

Achieving a Tertiary Entrance (TE) Score
The TCE must be attained to be eligible to receive a TE Score. Once the TCE is achieved a TE Score is calculated using:

  • The best 3 pre-tertiary results in the final year of Senior School Study (generally Year 12); plus
  • The next best 1 or 2 pre-tertiary results
  • Repeated subjects cannot be counted twice

Scaling
Scaling is an adjustment made to the subjects that make up your TE score to allow for the variation in difficulty between subjects. The difficulty is determined after the results have been finalised. The reason for scaling is to encourage you to undertake pre-tertiary subjects which are relevant to your learning pathway. There is no advantage for you to pick one subject over another.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
Your TE score can be calculated by adding the scores of your best three TASC subjects studied in Year 12, together with the best score of up to two other pre-tertiary subjects. TASC convert this overall TE score to a nationally comparable tertiary admission rank or ATAR. This represents a percentile ranking of the TE score. (You may compete for entry to university with only four subjects BUT this could disadvantage your chances of entry).

Are there pre-requisite subjects?
In addition to the general admission requirements, many courses also have pre-requisites - subjects that need to be completed in Year 11 or 12 before certain courses or subjects can be attempted at university. Make sure you check the UTAS website so that you clearly know which subjects are required for your intended pathway.

For example at UTAS, the Bachelor of Engineering requires Mathematics Method TASC 3 and Physical Science TASC 3. A Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery entry requires Chemistry TASC 4, English Communications, English Studies or English Writing and a sound background in Mathematics and Biology.

The most common interstate requirement is a SA or above in a pre-tertiary English course. You should consult the Careers and Pathway Counsellor and each University website to establish exactly which pre-requisite subjects for the University courses you wish to apply for.

Scholarships
A range of scholarships for different categories of students is available. Past experiences suggests that the more pre-tertiary subjects a student studies and achieves highly in, the greater the chance of being offered a scholarship. Consult with the Careers & Pathway Counsellors for more information.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR):

  • A state-wide, percentile ranking based upon TE scores.
  • Eg: A Tasmanian student having an ATAR of 90.00 is ranked above 90% (therefore in the top 10.00%) of the age cohort and would be regarded as being equal to a student with an ATAR of 90.00 from any other state.

Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC)
The (TASC) governs all post Year 10 education and training, including assessment, that leads to certified qualifications. Its website can be accessed at http://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/. Subject Selection Considerations - seeking a TE Score:

DO:

  • Ensure that University pre-requisite courses are attained;
  • Choose subjects that you are successful in; and
  • Choose subjects that you enjoy.

DO NOT:

  • Look at scaled scores;
  • Do what your friends do; or
  • Make assumptions about what courses you need to study.

TCE

Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
The requirements for students undertaking Senior Secondary education in Tasmania are set out by the office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC). Full details about certificates, subjects, past examination papers and requirements are available at www.tasc.tas.gov.au.

The following information about the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) has been provided by the TASC.

What is the TCE?
If you successfully complete a full time course accredited by the TASC you will usually get this certificate. Achieving the TCE will tell people, including employers, that you:

  • can do everyday adult reading, writing and communication (literacy skills);
  • can use everyday adult maths (numeracy skills);
  • can make everyday use of computers and the internet (ICT skills);
  • have completed a full program of Senior Secondary education and training (participation and achievement); and
  • have developed and reviewed plans for your future (pathway planning). The TASC TCE Planner Tool can be used to document this. Click here to this online tool.

How will you get it?
To get this qualification you will have to meet each of the five above dot points or standards.

What information is there about the literacy, numeracy and ICT requirements?
TCE syllabuses, TASC accredited courses, TASC recognised courses, VET competencies and VET certificates can be used to meet the participation and achievement standards and some of the literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. How the TASC subjects can be used can be found at www.tasc.tas.gov.au or see appendix 3 to guide you.

Tests can also be used to show that you have met the standards of literacy, numeracy and ICT.

What about the Participation and Achievement Standard?
To meet this standard you will have to complete:

  • the equivalent of a two year fulltime program of studies. You will show this by gaining a total of at least 120 units of credit e.g. a TASC level 3 course is 15 units of credit.
  • of these 120 units at least 80 must be studies at a level of 2 or more. A table rating of all subjects on size and complexity is available on the TASC website.

What about the Personal Pathway requirement?
You will meet this requirement if you have developed and reviewed future plans for education and training. At the end of Year 10 you will complete a statement of intent and we have this registered with the TASC. This covers your intended career goals and the education and training you need to reach these goals. This can always be reviewed with the Careers and Pathways team members.

What will I actually get if I successfully meet the standards?
The TASC will issue you with the TCE. This will show that you have been awarded the Tasmanian Certificate of Education and will list all your qualifications recognised by the TASC.

What value will the TCE be to me?
Tasmanian employers support the TCE because its standards match the important skills people need when entering the adult world, including employment, further education and training.

Subject accreditation
Subjects are accredited by the TASC. These are indicated by the letters TASC in their title. At the time of publication a number of subjects are in the process of re-accreditation. In the event that a subject is not re-accredited, students will be counselled regarding an appropriate alternative.

Requirements to achieve the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE):*
120 Participation points (80 at level 2 or above) (The Planner* is an aid with this.)

  • Each course, generally contributes 15 points
  • Minimum result for each subject is a Preliminary Achievement (PA)
  • Can count repeated subjects
  • Everyday Adult skills in: (The Literacy, Numeracy and ICT "Ticks" in the Planner Tool*)
  • Reading, writing and communication
  • Mathematics
  • Use of computers and the internet
  • Pathway Planning (The TCE Planner and subject selection processes is part of this.)
    * The TCE Planner Tool, available online at http://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/2829, is an invaluable tool.