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Curriculum

At Palmerston Senior College, we understand that there are many pathways to education success. That is why we offer a wide range of subjects at Year 10, Stage 1 and Stage 2 level as well as a host of VET opportunities.

We work with students to structure education pathways to best suit the individual’s interests, strengths and career aspirations.

Year 10 Curriculum

Year 10 at Palmerston Senior College brings together a blend of the Year 10 National Curriculum (developed by ACARA), local NT curriculum and the beginnings of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

Students engage in seven subjects across the week with two double lessons and a single lesson of each class.  English, Maths, Science and Humanities are taught throughout the year and students have the opportunity to choose up to two elective classes each semester.  The elective units consist of programs developed from the following learning areas:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Computing (Computer Studies and Multimedia)
  • Home Economics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Japanese

Students are streamed in their Maths and English classes based on data obtained by the school consisting of: previous school reports; NAPLAN results; PAT – M and PAT – R tests carried out through ACER and testing carried out at Palmerston Senior College.  The streaming aims to extend students who are ready for extension and support students identified and requiring additional support.  In addition, all Year 10 students will complete the first of their stage 1 (usually Year 11) units by undertaking Personal Learning Plan (PLP).  This unit aims to raise awareness of career opportunities, individual strengths and interests so that appropriate classes are chosen for Years 11 and 12.

In 2015 Palmerston Senior College will be trialing a special Homeroom unit with all Year 10 students in semester 1.  This unit will aim to help students adjust to studies in a senior college environment.  Topics covered include: getting to know your school and available resources; research skills; referencing; time management; assignment writing and team work.  It is envisaged that this unit will put students in a good position to successfully engage with the demands of senior schooling.

More information on Year 10 Curriculum can be found on the Department of Education website at:

http://www.education.nt.gov.au/parents-community/curriculum-ntbos/year-10-curriculum

A typical Year 10 study plan is outlined below:

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Homeroom
  • 2 electives (one of which may be PLP)
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities (2 x 1 term units chosen from: Geography; History; Aboriginal Studies; Society & Culture; and Business Studies)
  • 3 electives (one of these must be PLP if not already completed in semester 1)

Year 11 Curriculum

Most students in Year 11 are commencing Stage 1 of their NTCET (Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training).  Students in stage 1 will usually complete 12 units (6 each semester) each worth 10 points towards their NTCET.  These units are based on SACE Board approved courses and require assessment plans submitted by the school and approved by the SACE Board.

Stage 1 has some compulsory units that require students to achieve passing grades (C grade or better).  The compulsory subjects are: two units of English; at least one unit of Mathematics; and Personal Learning Plan (usually completed in Year 10).  Students chose the remaining units to suit their interests and future pathway.  As a guide, students would need to be successful in stage 1 units to progress into Stage 2 (Year 12).

The Stage 1 timetable is always prepared to provide students with the following pathway options:

  • Science and Technology
  • English and Humanities
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Vocational Education

Typical subject offerings may include:

English & Languages:

  • English Perspectives
  • Dynamic English
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Creative English
  • Industry and Professional English
  • Japanese (beginners or continues)

Mathematics:

  • Mathematics (level 1)
  • Mathematical Applications (Level 2)
  • Numeracy (level 3)

Science and Technology:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Computing

Humanities:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Society & Culture
  • Media Studies

Health and Physical Education:

  • Physical Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Food Studies
  • Child Studies

Arts:

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Creative Arts

Note:  Subject offerings are conditional on student enrolments making the class viable to run.  The formation of a timetable may cause some classes to clash resulting in students having to choose between subjects.

Further information on stage 1 can be found in the Stage 1 Course Descriptions Guide 2015 which is attached as a pdf document.  This guide also contains extensive information on the NTCET and links to NT Education Department and SACE Board information.

From 2016 new Maths and English classes will be run based on the Australian Curriculum.  These classes will continue into the new Australian Curriculum classes at Stage 2 (Year 12) in 2017.

Year 12 Curriculum

Students in Year 12 are completing their final year of the NTCET by undertaking Stage 2 subjects.  To complete the NTCET students must have minimum of 60 points (3 x 20 point subjects) of successful achievement at Stage 2 level.  Successful achievement is defined as obtaining a C- grade or better.  Students aiming to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for university entrance will require 90 points at Stage 2 level.  In addition all students must have successfully met the compulsory requirements of stage 1 and have approximately 110 – 120 points towards their NTCET.

Note: students transferring from interstate or overseas can apply for credit from their Stage 1 equivalent.

Stage 2 subjects all have a 30% externally assessed component.  This may be in the form of an investigation or examination.  This component of the course is sent to the SACE Board in Adelaide for marking.  The remaining 70% is school based assessment moderated by the SACE Board.

Stage 2 subject offerings will be based on those run in the previous year in Stage 1 and be subject to student numbers making the subject viable to run.

Typical subject offerings may include:

Mathematics:

  • Maths Studies (level 1)
  • Maths Methods (level 1)
  • Mathematical Applications (Level 2)
English & Languages:

  • English Perspectives
  • Dynamic English
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Creative English
  • Industry and Professional English
  • Japanese (beginners or continuers)
 

Science and Technology:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Computing
Humanities:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Society & Culture
  • Business Studies
Health and Physical Education:

  • Physical Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Food Studies
Arts:

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Creative Arts

Note:  Subject offerings are conditional on student enrolments making the class viable to run.  The formation of a timetable may cause some classes to clash resulting in students having to choose between subjects.

Information on the Stage 2 subjects can be found in the Stage 2 Course Descriptions Guide 2015 which is attached as a pdf document.  This guide also contains extensive information on the NTCET and links to NT Education Department and SACE Board information.