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%

Integrated Learning - Outdoor Recreation - 2ILA10

Integrated Learning - Outdoor Education is a subject designed by the College to meet the needs and interests of students in our local context and allows them to make links between aspects of their lives and their learning.

The program’s focus is on the building of practical skills in the area of outdoor education. This will include expedition camps where students will be able to obtain skills in things like rock climbing, abseiling, water sports like canoeing and kayaking. The course is practical in nature, involving group work and leadership enhancement opportunities. The course also allows students to focus on and research an interest area within the theme of outdoor education.    

Underpinning the design of Integrated Learning is an emphasis on students making links between their learning and their capabilities. They make meaning from experiences in order to recognise themselves as confident and creative individuals, and critical and evaluative thinkers with the necessary life skills to contribute to society as active and informed citizens.

Possible Topics

  • Managing Risks (Ethical Understanding Capability)
  • Self-reliance Skills (Personal and Social, Numeracy Capabilities)
  • Expeditions and preparations (Personal and Social Capability)
  • Personal Growth and Leadership (Personal and Social Capability)
  • Conservation and sustainability (Critical and Creative Thinking Capability)
  • Humans in the environment  (Intercultural Understanding Capability) 

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                                  Weighting                       
Practical Inquiry 40%
Connections 30%
External Assessment  
Personal Endeavour 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%