Community Studies (CAP only) - 1COM10 or 1COM20

This subject is only offered in the CAP program and allows students greater autonomy in deciding the focus and direction of their community activity/community application activity. Students expand and enhance their skills and understanding in a guided and supported learning program, by beginning from a point of personal interest, skill, or knowledge, and setting challenging and achievable goals. Students develop their ability to work independently and to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways in their communities.

By reflecting on their learning and their success in achieving their goals, students gain insights into how they can be active and responsible participants in their communities, and how they can make valuable contributions to them.

Stage 1  

Students complete a contract of work, including a community activity and a reflection on their learning experiences.

Students choose one of the following six areas of study:

  • Arts and the Community - 2AAY20
  • Communication and the Community - 2CAY20
  • Foods and the Community - 2FAY20
  • Health, Recreation and the Community - 2HAY20
  • Science, Technology and the Community - 2NAY20
  • Work and the Community - 2WAY20

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment mirrors that of Stage 2)

School-based Assessment                               Weighting               
Development of Contract of Work  
Folio 70%
External Assessment  
Reflection 30%

Research Project - 2RPB10

This subject is a requirement for all Pre-Tertiary Pathway students in Year 11 at the College.

Students choose a research question that is based on an area of interest to them. They explore and develop one or more capabilities in the context of their research.

The Research Project provides a valuable opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate skills essential for learning and living in a changing world. It enables students to develop vital skills of planning, research, synthesis, evaluation, and project management. The Research Project enables students to explore an area of interest in depth, while developing skills to prepare them for further education, training, and work. Students develop their ability to question sources of information, make effective decisions, evaluate their own progress, be innovative, and solve problems.

The research and project management skills developed in this subject are utilised in all Stage 1 and 2 subjects which require students to complete an investigation, extended study or inquiry.

In addition, successful students may apply for advanced University standings at Charles Darwin University and Flinders University.

Stage 2 Topics

Applying the research framework:

  • Initiating and planning the research
  • Students formulate and refine a research question
  • Developing the research through analysis and exploration of sources
  • Producing and substantiating the Research Outcome
  • Evaluating the research

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                              Weighting                
Folio                     30%
Research Outcome 40%
External Assessment  
Evaluation 30%