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Curriculum Guide

Senior School

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Year 10

All Year 10 students will study a combination of subjects that provide a range of valuable experiences, setting them up for the successful completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Year 10 students study a combination of core and elective Australian Curriculum subjects. Year 10s choose 6 Elective Subjects to be studied throughout the year. Most Year 10 Elective Subjects are one semester in length. However, some subjects must be studied for a Full Year. Students should make their choices based on their own interests and their future directions.

We know that for students to be successful in Senior School, they need to have practised and mastered the skills presented in classes from Year 8 through to Year 10 in all subject areas. Students who do not demonstrate competency in the subjects of the year level they are currently in will not automatically go to the next year level. Student who do not demonstrate satisfactory achievement in Year 10 English and Maths will not progress to Year 11 at our main campus. The school will work individually with students and parents/caregivers in order to provide the tools for a student to have the greatest opportunity for success.

For an overview of our subject offerings and requirements at Year 10, please see Year 10 Subject Offerings below.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 10 Subject Details and Pathways.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 10 Subject Details and Pathways.

Core Subjects – Full Year

English 
Mathematics
Science

Core Subjects – 1 Semester
HASS - History
Physical Education and Health

Elective Subjects – Full Year
Chinese
German
Music – Sound Production 1 (Certificate III)
Music – Special Interest
SAASTA Power Cup & SAASTA Shield

Elective Subjects – 1 Semester
Agriculture A
Agriculture B
Automotive Technology
Child Studies
Digital Technology
Disruptive Technologies (Entrepreneurial Education focus)
Drama A
Drama B
Electronic Technology
Food Technology A
Food Technology B
Maths Extension
Media Arts A
Media Arts B
Metal Technology
Outdoor Education Choice

Pedal Prix

Physical Education Choice
Shark Tank eSchool (Entrepreneurial specialist subject)
Visual Arts (Art) A
Visual Arts (Art) B
Visual Arts (Design) A
Visual Arts (Design) B
Wood Technology

Year 11 (SACE Stage 1)

At SACE Stage 1 students are required to study a specific number of subjects, including five SACE complusory subjects. At Murray Bridge High School all students study four of these subjects at Stage 1:

  • 2 Semesters of English (20 credits)
  • 1 Semester of Mathematics (10 credits)
  • 1 Semester Research Project (10 Credits)

Students will select an additional nine Stage 1 semester elective subjects (13 subjects in total across 2 semesters), with additional option for Flexible Industry Pathway (FIP, formerly VET) enrolment. Many Year 11 elective subjects are one semester in length.  However, some subjects must be studied for a full year. All Year 11 students will be allocated 1 semester of private study.

Progression to Year 12 (SACE Stage 2)

We know that for students to be successful in Stage 2, they need to have mastered the relevant concepts and skills of their Stage 1 subjects and developed good learning habits. In order to be eligible to study SACE Stage 2 at Murray Bridge High School, students at the end of SACE Stage 1 must have completed, with a C grade or better:

  • All compulsory SACE subjects (PLP, 2 semesters of English, 1 semester of Maths, Research Project), and
  • 6 additional SACE Stage 1 semester units or FIP equivalent

For an overview of our subject offerings and requirements at Year 11, please see Year 11 Subject Offerings below.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 11 Subject Details and Pathways.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 11 Subject Details and Pathways.

Compulsory Subjects

English Full Year OR
Literary Studies1 Full Year OR
Essential English1   Full Year  
     
Specialist Mathematics2  Full Year AND
Mathematical Methods  Full Year OR
General Mathematics  (Entrepreneurial) Full Year or Semester OR
General Mathematics  (Vocational) Full Year or Semester OR
Essential Mathematics (Vocational)3 Semester  
Research Project A or B (SACE Stage 2)   1 Semester  
Private Study   1 Semester  

 

1Note: Students will be allocated to Literary Studies or Essential English in consultation with Year 10 students, families and English teachers.
2Note: Students studying Specialist Mathematics also study Mathematical Methods.

3Note: Students will be allocated to Essential Mathematics in consultation with Year 10 students, families and Maths teachers.


Elective Subjects

Agriculture Innovation A and/or B
Biology A or A and/or B
Business Innovation A and/or B
Chemistry A and B
Child Studies
Chinese Continuers A and B
Creative Arts A and/or B
DTE - Robotics & Electronic (Automotive focus)
DTE - Industry & Entrepreneurial (Metal focus) A and/or B
DTE - Digital Communication (Photography focus)
DTE - Material Solutions (Woodwork focus) A and/or B
Digital Technology A and B
Drama A and/or B
Economics
Entrepreneurial E-Sports
Food and Hospitality A and/or B
German A and B
Health Education A and/or B

History (Ancient)
History (Modern)
Information Processing and Publishing A and/or B
Music – Sound Production 1 or 2 (Certificate III)
Music A and B
Outdoor Education A and/or B
Peer Support Program (Integrated Learning)
Physical Education A or A and B
Physics A and B
SAASTA Power Cup
SAASTA Shield
SAASTA Certificate III
Sport & Recreation (Certificate III)
Sustainability & Climate Science
Visual Arts - Art A and/or B
Visual Arts - Design A and/or B
Workplace Practices

Year 12 (SACE Stage 2)

Students are required to study four subjects at SACE Stage 2.  Students must achieve a C- grade or better in a minimum of three 20 credit SACE Stage 2 subjects to gain their SACE.

Completing the SACE

To receive the SACE, each student:

  • must undertake at least 200 credits (10 credits are awarded to a semester subject and 20 credits to a full year subject)
  • must satisfy the SACE Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum Patterns
  • must achieve a C- grade or better in:
                   Personal Learning Plan (10 credits)
                   Stage 1 Maths (10 credits)
                   Stage 1 English (20 credits)
                   Stage 2 Research Project A or B (10 credits)
                   Three Stage 2 subjects (60 credits)

Future study

Entry to tertiary study courses can occur through many pathways. One method for University entry is use of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). To achieve an ATAR, students must:

  • obtain the SACE
  • comply with all ATAR rules regarding minimum number of Stage 2 credits, eligible subjects1 and precluded subject combinations
  • meet any pre-requisite subject requirements for the course/program

1Community Studies B is not a TAS and cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Subject Selection

All SACE Stage 2 students study a selection of the subjects below.

Students who have successfully completed the required number of subjects at SACE Stage 11 will choose four full year subjects at SACE Stage 2.  

SACE Stage 2 students should take into account their future pathways to tertiary education, further training or the workforce.

1In order to be eligible to study SACE Stage 2 at Murray Bridge High School, students at the end of SACE Stage 1 must have completed, with a C grade or better:

  • All compulsory SACE subjects (PLP, 2 semesters of English, 1 semester of Maths, Research Project), and
  • 6 additional SACE Stage 1 semester units, or VET equivalent. 

For an overview of our subject offerings and requirements at Year 12, please see Year 12 Subject Offerings below.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 12 Subject Details and Pathways.

To see information about each subject and future Learning Pathways please see Year 12 Subject Details and Pathways.

Agricultural Production
Biology
Business Innovation
Chemistry
Creative Arts
DTE – Digital Communication (Photography focus)
DTE – Industry & Entrepreneurial (Metalwork focus)
DTE – Material Solutions (Woodwork focus)
DTE – Robotics & Electronic (Automotive focus)
Digital Technology
Drama

Economics
English
English - Literary Studies
Essential English 
Food and Hospitality
General Mathematics

Health Education
Information Processing and Publishing
Mathematical Methods
Modern History
Music
Music – Sound Production 2 (Certificate III)

Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Physics
SAASTA - Integrated Learning
SAASTA – Certificate III
Sport Studies – Integrated Learning
Specialist Mathematics
Visual Arts – Art
Visual Arts – Design