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Course: HSC History Extension

Course No: 15280

1 unit HSC

Board Developed Course


Course Description

HSC History Extension involves the study and evaluation of the ideas and processes used by historians to construct history. In Part I of the course, students investigate the question 'What is history?' through a selection of readings and through one case study. In Part II, students design, undertake and communicate their own personal historical inquiry.

Main Topics Covered

Part I: What is History?(60% of course time)

Key questions:

  • Who are the historians?
  • What are the aims and purposes of history?
  • How has history been constructed and recorded over time?
  • Why have the approaches to history changed over time?

Students will investigate one case study from a selection of ancient, medieval and early modern, modern and Australian options.

Part II: History Project (40% of course time)

  • An original piece of historical investigation by the student which includes a Proposal, Essay, Bibliography and Process Log.

Particular Course Requirements

The Preliminary course in Modern or Ancient History is a prerequisite for the HSC History Extension course.


Course: VET Business Services

HSC Course Details: Exclusions with other Board Developed Courses

nil as at June 2011 but check re Board Endorsed Courses

Course: Business Services (240 indicative hours)   4 Preliminary and/or HSC units in total

Board Developed Course    Category B status for Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)     

This course is from the National Business Services Training Package (BSB07). The Business Services Industry Curriculum Framework course is accredited for the HSC and provides students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational qualifications. If you need any support services to assist with literacy, numeracy etc please tell your teacher. You will study the following competencies:

Units of Competencies in Sydney Region

BSBCMM201A        Communicate in the workplace

BSBCUS201A         Deliver a service to customers

BSBIND201A          Work effectively in a business environment

BSBINM201A          Process and maintain workplace information

BSBOHS201A         Participate in OHS processes

BSBSUS201A         Participate in environmentally sustainable work                                       practices

BSBWOR202A        Organise and complete daily work activities

BSBWOR203A      Work effectively with others

BSBWOR204A      Use business technology

BSBADM311A      Maintain business resources

BSBINM202A        Handle Mail

BSBITU201A        Produce simple word processed documents

BSBITU202A        Create and use spreadsheets

BSBITU203A        Communicate electronically

FNSICGEN305A   Maintain daily financial/ business records

Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning provided suitable evidence of competency is submitted.  

Qualifications Students who are assessed as competent in all the above units will be eligible for Certificate II in Business BSB20107 (partial completion will lead to a Statement of Attainment). Qualification pathway information is available from the Australian Apprenticeships Training Information Service:

Examples of occupations in the business services industry

* office manager      * project manager    * secretary                                  * payroll clerk/officer

* personal clerk        * sales clerk/officer   * manager of a small business  * personal assistant

Employability Skills:There are eight Employability Skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.  A summary of the employability skills developed through this qualification can be downloaded from

Skills gained in this industry transfer to other occupations:

  • creating documents
  • using technologies
  • teamwork
  • organising information and records in both paper and electronic forms
  • customer (client) service

Mandatory Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 70 hours work placement (35 hours each year).

Students who do not meet these requirements will be `N` determined as required by the Board of Studies.

Competency Based  Assessment

Students in this course work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of competency listed above.  To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor that they can effectively carry out tasks to industry standard.  Students will be progressively assessed as ‘competent' or ‘not yet competent' in individual units of competency.  When a student achieves a unit of competency it is signed off by the assessor and entered on eBOS.

Complaints and Appeals   Students may lodge a complaint or appeal against assessment decisions or ‘N' determinations through your VET teacher or principal.

External Assessment (optional Higher School Certificate examination)

The optional HSC examination for Business Services (240 indicative hours) will involve a written examination consisting of multiple-choice items, short answers and extended response items. The questions will be based on units of competency and HSC Requirements and Advice detailed in the syllabus. The examination is independent of the competency-based assessment undertaken during the course and has no impact on the eligibility of a student to receive a VET qualification or HSC unitsbut may be used in the calculation of the ATAR.

Course Costs: Year 11 $20     Year 12 $20                                                                                           Refund Arrangements on a pro-rata basis

Delivery Arrangements:  Integrated into timetable

Students with Special Education may access this course following a collaborative curriculum planning process. All students undertaking VET courses, including students with special education needs, are subject to the same assessment requirements.  The school must maintain the academic integrity of a course and consider which components are essential to competence when assessing reasonable adjustment.

A school-based traineeshipis available in this course. For more information:

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Course: Business Studies

Course No: 15040

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course


Course Description

Business activity is a feature of everyone's life. The Business Studies syllabus encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business in ways students will encounter throughout their lives. It offers learning from the planning of a small business to the management of operations, marketing, finance and human resource in large businesses.

Contemporary business issues and case studies are embedded in the course to provide a stimulating and relevant framework for students to apply to problems encountered in the business environment. Business Studies fosters intellectual, social and moral development by assisting students to think critically about the role of business and its ethical responsibilities to society.

Preliminary Course

  • Nature of business (20%) – the role and nature of business
  • Business management (40%) – the nature and responsibilities of management
  • Business planning (40%) – establishing and planning a small to medium enterprise

HSC Course

  • Operations (25%) – strategies for effective operations management
  • Marketing (25%) – development and implementation of successful marketing strategies
  • Finance (25%) – financial information in the planning and management of business
  • Human resources (25%) – human resource management and business performance


Course: Economics

Course No: 15110

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course


Course Description

Economics provides understanding for students about many aspects of the economy and its operation that are frequently reported in the media. It investigates issues such as why unemployment or inflation rates change and how these changes will impact on individuals in society. Economics develops students' knowledge and understanding of the operation of the global and Australian economy. It develops the analytical, problem-solving and communication skills of students. There is a strong emphasis on the problems and issues in a contemporary Australian economic context within the course.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

  • Introduction to Economics – the nature of economics and the operation of an economy
  • Consumers and Business – the role of consumers and business in the economy
  • Markets – the role of markets, demand, supply and competition
  • Labour Markets – the workforce and role of labour in the economy
  • Financial Markets – the financial market in Australia including the share market
  • Government in the Economy – the role of government in the Australian economy.

HSC Course

  • The Global Economy – Features of the global economy and globalisation
  • Australia's Place in the Global Economy – Australia's trade and finance
  • Economic Issues – issues including growth, unemployment, inflation, wealth and management.
  • Economic Policies and Management – the range of policies to manage the economy.


Course: Legal Studies

Course No: 15220

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course


Course Description

The Preliminary course develops students' knowledge and understanding of the nature and functions of law and law-making, the development of Australian and international legal systems, the Australian constitution and law reform. It examines an individual's rights and responsibilities, how disputes are resolved and examines a contemporary issue concerning the individual and technology. Students have the opportunity to investigate issues that illustrate how the law operates in practice. This is achieved by investigating, analysing and synthesising legal information and investigating legal issues from a variety of perspectives.

The HSC course investigates the key areas of law, justice and human rights through a variety of focus studies which consider how changes in societies influence law reform.

Preliminary Course

  • Part I – The Legal System (40% of course time)
  • Part II – The Individual and the Law (30% of course time)
  • Part III – The Law in Practice (30% of course time)

The Law in Practice unit is designed to provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the principles of law covered in the first sections of the course. This section may be integrated with Part I and Part II.

HSC Course

  • Core Part I: Crime (30% of course time)
  • Core Part II: Human Rights (20% of course time)
  • Part III: Two options (50% of course time)

Two options are chosen from:

  • Consumers
  • Global environment and protection
  • Family
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Shelter
  • Workplace
  • World order.

Each topic's themes and challenges should be integrated into the study of the topic.

Particular Course Requirements

No special requirements


Course: HSC Modern History

Course No: 15270

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil

Course Description

The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate the role of key features, issues, individuals, groups, events and concepts from the C19th to the present using the methods of historical inquiry.

The HSC course provides the opportunity for students to investigate in depth a source-based study of World War I. They also study key features and issues in the history of ONE country during the C20th, ONE personality and ONE international study in peace and conflict.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

  • Part 1:Case Studies (50%)
    At least TWO Case Studies should be undertaken (see below).
  • Part II: Historical Investigation (20%)
    The investigation can be either integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary course or attempted as one project, individually or as part of a group.
  • Part III: Core Study: The World at the Beginning of the C20th (30%)
    A source-based approach is to be used.

HSC Course

  • Part I: Core Study: World War I: 1914–1919: A source-based study (25%)
  • Part II:ONE National Study (25%)
  • Part III: ONE Personality in the C20th (25%)
  • Part IV: ONE International Study in Peace and Conflict (25%)

Particular Course Requirements

In the Preliminary course, one Case Study must be from Europe, North America or Australia (see list A on p.18 of the syllabus).


Course: Work Studies

Content Endorsed Course

Exclusions: Nil

Work in all its forms – paid and unpaid – plays a central role in our lives. Technological, social and economic factors are rapidly changing the nature of work and traditional patterns of work organisation. Many of the occupations in which students will work do not yet exist.

This course in Work Studies will assist students:

  • to recognise the links between education, training, work and lifestyle, and to recognise the economic and social factors that affect work opportunities
  • to develop an understanding of the changing nature of work organisation and the implications for individuals and society
  • to undertake an extended work placement to allow for the development of specific job-related skills
  • to acquire general work-related knowledge, skills and attitudes, transferable across a number of occupational areas
  • to develop their skills in accessing work-related information, presenting themselves to potential employers, and functioning effectively in the workplace.

The course has two core studies, and elective course modules.

  • Core 1– Work and change
  • Core 2 – Experiencing work


There are 12 elective modules which expand on the issues introduced in the core. Modules are studied for either 15 or 30 hours.