Community Studies (CAP only)

Community Studies offers students the opportunity to learn in a community context and to interact with teachers, peers, and community members beyond the school environment.

Students decide the focus of their community activity, which begins from a point of personal interest, skill, or knowledge. By setting challenging and achievable goals in a community activity, students enhance their skills and understandings in a guided and supported learning program. They develop their capability to work independently and to apply their skills and knowledge in practical ways in their community.

Stage 2 Community Studies can be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject in one or more of the ten areas of study.

Community Studies is not a Tertiary Admissions Subject and therefore cannot be used in the calculation of an ATAR.

In developing an individual program of learning around his or her interests, knowledge, and skills, each student prepares a contract of work to undertake a community activity in one of the following six areas of study:

  • Arts and the Community
  • Communication and the Community
  • Foods and the Community
  • Health, Recreation, and the Community
  • Science, Technology, and the Community
  • Work and the Community

Personal Learning Plan

The Personal Learning Plan is a compulsory NTCET subject, usually undertaken in Year 10. Students consider their aspirations and research career, training and further study choices to help them map out their future. Students identify goals and plan how to achieve them through school and after finishing the NTCET.

The Personal Learning Plan helps students:

identify and research career paths and options, including further education, training and work
choose appropriate NTCET subjects and courses based on plans for future work and study
consider and access subjects and courses available in and beyond school
review their strengths and areas they need to work on, including literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology skills
gain skills for future employment
identify their goals and plans for improvement
review and adjust their plans to achieve their goals

The Personal Learning Plan contributes 10 credits towards the NTCET. As it is compulsory, students need to achieve a C grade or above.

Research Project B - 2RPB

In the Research Project B (2RPB10), students choose a topic of interest, learn and apply research processes and knowledge and skills specific to their research topic. Students record their research and evaluate what they have learnt.

Within this subject the term research is used broadly and may include practical or technical investigations, formal research, or exploratory inquiries. Students are expected to;

  • Generate ideas to plan and develop a research project
  • Consider the relevance of a chose capability (communication, citizenship, personal development, or work) to their research
  • Analyse information and explore ideas to develop their research
  • Develop and apply specific knowledge and skills
  • Produce a research outcome
  • Evaluate their research