Geography - 1GHY10 & 2GHY20

Students develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people, places, and environments. They appreciate the complexity of our world, the diversity of its environments, and the challenges and associated opportunities facing Australia and the world. Geography develops an appreciation of the importance of place in explanations of economic, social, and environmental phenomena and processes. Fieldwork and spatial technology skills are central to the study of Geography, as it enables students to develop their understanding of the world through direct experience. In Year 11 students have the opportunity to take part in an international Fieldtrip in Singapore, as part to their ‘Sustainable Places’ unit.

Stage 1 Topics                               Stage 2 Topics                 
  • Sustainable places
  • Hazards
  • Contemporary issues
  • Fieldwork
  • Environmental change 
  • Social and economic change
  • Independent fieldwork            

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 assessment mirrors Stage 2 requirements)

School-based Assessment                                             Weighting                      
Geographical Skills and Applications              40%
Fieldwork 30%
External  Assessment  
130 Minute Examination 30%






Modern History -  1MOD10 & 2MOD20

Students explore relationships among nations and groups, examine some significant and distinctive features of the world since 1750 (Stage 1) and 1945 (Stage 2) and consider their impact on the contemporary world. They investigate the political and economic interactions of nations and the impact of these interactions on national, regional, and/or international development. They consider how some nations, including some emerging nations, have sought to impose their influence and power, and how others have sought to forge their own destiny. Through their studies, students build their skills in historical method through inquiry, by examining and evaluating the nature of sources. This includes who wrote or recorded them, whose history they tell, whose stories are not included and why, and how technology is creating new ways in which histories can be conveyed. Students explore different interpretations, draw conclusions, and develop reasoned historical arguments.

Stage 1 Topics    Stage 2 Possible Topics                              
  • Imperialism
  • Decolonisation
  • Indigenous Peoples       
  • Social Movements
  • Revolution
  • Australia (1901–56)
  • United States of America (1914–45)
  • Germany (1918–48)
  • The Soviet Union and Russia (1945–c.2004)
  • Indonesia (1942–2005)
  • China (1949–c.2012)
  • The Changing World Order (1945– )
  • Australia’s Relationship with Asia and South Pacific Region (1945– )
  • National Self-determination in South-East Asia (1945– )
  • The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East (1945– )
  • Challenges to Peace and Security (1945– )

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 assessment mirrors Stage 2 requirements)

School-based Assessment    Weighting     
Historical Skills 50%
Historical Study 20%
External Assessment  
130 Minute Examination     30%


Legal Studies - 1LES10 & 2LES20

Law is intended to facilitate fairness, justice, and harmony within communities. Legal Studies enables an understanding of the operation of the Australian legal system, its principles and processes, and prepares students to be informed and articulate in matters of the law and society. Students explore rights and responsibilities, sources of law, and adversarial and inquisitorial dispute resolution processes. Through Legal Studies, students examine how people, governments and institutions shape the law and how law controls, shapes, and regulates interactions between people, institutions, and government. Students develop an understanding of the ways in which they can influence democratic processes, the importance of critical and conceptual thinking, and the significance of checks and balances in providing lawful mechanisms to control the exercise of power. Legal Studies is explored through the mechanism of asking ‘big questions’ which stimulate deep thinking and engagement, and the consideration of a range of perspectives.

In Stage 1 students develop an understanding of the concepts: rights, fairness and justice, power, and change.

Possible Focus Areas:

  • Law and Communities
  • Relationships and the Law  
  • Victims and the Law
  • Young People and the Law

In Stage 2 students develop an understanding of the tension between the following:

  • Competing rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and efficiency
  • The empowered and the disempowered
  • Certainty and flexibility  

Focus Areas and Optional Areas:

  • Focus area 1: Sources of law
  • Focus area 2: Dispute resolution
  • Optional area 1: The constitution
  • Optional area 2: When rights collide

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 assessment mirrors Stage 2 requirements)

School-based Assessment          Weighting  
Folio 40%
Inquiry 30%
External Assessment  
130 Minute Examination 30%


Media Studies - 1MES10 & 2MES20

Students develop media literacy and production skills. They research, discuss and analyse media issues, and interact with and create media products. Students explore the role of media in Australian and global contexts and how media can exert a significant influence on the way people receive and interpret information about the world, explore their own and other cultures, make economic choices, develop political ideas and spend their leisure time.

Stage 1 Possible Topics      Stage 2 Possible Topics  
  • Images of Youth in Media
  • Making the News
  • Advertising
  • Careers in Media
  • Creating Multimedia Texts
  • Representations in Media
  • Media Audiences
  • Media and Leisure
  • Media and the Global Community
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentaries
  • Cult Television/Film
  • Music and Media
  • The Internet
  • Television Genres
  • Community Media
  • Short Films
  • Advertising and Audiences
  • Globalisation and Media
  • Children and Media
  • Media Ethics and Regulation
  • Cultural Diversity in Media

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 assessment generally mirrors Stage 2 requirements)

School-based Assessment      Weighting         
Folio 30%
Product 40%
External Assessment  
Investigation 30%