Subjects

Stage 1 NTCET Subjects – Summary

Courses delivered at Marrara Christian College include:

(Learning areas are in bold; subject descriptions are provided on the pages shown.)

Business Enterprise & Technology

Business and Enterprise
Design & Technology – Wood/Metal
Information Technology
Information Processing & Publishing

Creative Arts

Drama
Music
Visual Art

English

Pre-English Studies
English Communication
Literacy for Work and Community Life

Health & Physical Education

Food & Hospitality
Outdoor Education
Physical Education

Humanities

Geography
History
Legal Studies
Tourism

Mathematics

Pre-Mathematical Studies
Mathematical Applications
Numeracy for Work and Community Life

Science

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology

Cross Disciplinary Studies

Integrated Learning

Community Studies

Students also have the opportunity to study courses delivered by NTOEC (by correspondence) and NT Online (virtual class). e.g.

  • Digital Media
  • Accounting
  • Languages – including Indonesian & Japanese

Learning Area: Business, Enterprise & Technology

Business and Enterprise

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits) run over the whole year

Business and Enterprise focuses on learning about the successful management of business and enterprise issues in personal, business, and social contexts, locally, nationally, and globally.

Students gain an understanding of business operations and practice, develop an awareness of business, financial, and technological skills, participate in planning, developing, and controlling business activities, and evaluate decisions on business practices. They have the opportunity to reflect on current issues in business and enterprise, and make informed decisions. Students evaluate the impact and effect of business, enterprises, and technology on the well-being and lifestyle of individuals, communities, the economy, and the environment.

Design & Technology – Wood/Metal

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Students develop practical hand and machine skills and use these skills in the critiquing, design and construction of practical project work. Students explore technologies in both contemporary and historical settings, and analyse the impacts of technology, including social, environmental, and sustainable consequences.

Design & Technology – Information Technology

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Information Technology may be undertaken as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject at Stage 1, and as a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

Information Technology is a dynamic area characterised by frequent change. The use of information technology systems has changed how tasks and jobs are undertaken, creating new opportunities in many aspects of people’s lives.

By studying Information Technology, students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be active, informed, and self-reliant members of society who are able to both initiate and manage change.

Information Processing & Publishing

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits) run over the whole year

Information Processing and Publishing focuses on the application of practical skills to provide creative solutions to text-based communication tasks. Students create both hard copy and electronic text-based publications, and evaluate the development process. They use technology to design and implement information processing solutions, and identify, choose, and use the appropriate computer hardware and software to process, manage and communicate information in a range of contexts.

Learning Area: Creative Arts

Drama

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Good command of English Language
  • Commitment during and after school hours
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

In Drama students participate in the planning, rehearsal, and performance of dramatic work. Students participate in creative problem solving; they generate, analyse, and evaluate ideas. They develop personal interpretations of texts. Students develop their curiosity and imagination, creativity, individuality, self-identity, self-esteem and confidence

Attendance at live performances is expected. Students may also need to support the Stage 2 Drama production.

Music (Experience or Advanced)

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Recommended basic music skills
  • Willingness to rehearse out of class
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Through the study of music students have the opportunity to engage in musical activities such as performing, composing, arranging, researching, and developing and applying music technologies. Students benefit from the opportunity to develop their practical and creative potential, oral and written skills, and their capacity to make informed interpretative and aesthetic judgments. Study and participation in music draws together students’ cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills, strengthening their ability to manage work and learning, and to communicate effectively and sensitively.

Music Experience Programs – These programs are designed for students with limited experience or knowledge in some aspects of music. Music Experience programs should provide pathways to selected Stage 2 Music subjects, such as Stage 2 Ensemble Performance, Music Individual Study, Music Technology, and/or Solo Performance.

Music Advanced Programs – These programs are designed for students with a substantial background in music. Music Advanced programs should provide pathways to the range of Stage 2 Music subjects.

Visual Art

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Prior exposure to Art in year 8, 9 & 10 is an advantage
  • Competence in written expression
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

This course is designed to cater for students interested in exploring the concepts and techniques of art. The course focuses on preparing students for Visual Art Studies in Stage 2, including the making and creating of artworks, idea generation, analysis and criticism of artworks and exploring the ideas of artists and art movements.

Learning Area: English

Students must pass at least two semesters of English as part of NTCET

Pre-English Studies

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • A or B grade at Year 10
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

This subject offers an introduction to the critical study of language and literature and the development of students’ analytical and imaginative writing skills. It is designed for students who have an interest in the study of literature. This course it designed to prepare students for Stage 2 English Studies.

English

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

This subject offers the close study of short stories, poetry, media, creative writing and intertextuality. It is designed to prepare students for Stage 2 English Communications course.

Literacy for Work and Community Life

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Literacy for Work and Community Life enables students to build their knowledge of the English language, and expand their literacy skills.

This subject is intended for those students who, through their personal learning plans, have identified literacy skills as an area for development.

Literacy for Work and Community Life engages students in the study of everyday written, spoken, visual, and multimedia texts. Students learn to analyse and understand the meanings, structures, purposes, and audiences of these texts, and build the knowledge and skills to produce their own texts. The study of Literacy for Work and Community Life also enables students to develop the spoken and written language skills to interact effectively with others, in their learning, work, and community life.

Learning Area: Health & Physical Education

Food & Hospitality

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Willingness to experiment with foods & styles of preparation
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

In Food and Hospitality, students focus on the dynamic nature of the food and hospitality industry in Australian society. They develop an understanding of contemporary approaches and issues related to food and hospitality.

Students work independently and collaboratively to achieve common goals. They develop skills and safe work practices in the preparation, storage and handling of food, complying with current health and safety legislation. Students investigate and debate contemporary food and hospitality issues and current management practices.

Outdoor Education

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Students must be willing and able to complete the OUTDOOR components of the course
  • No other prerequisites
One Semester (10 Credits) run over the whole year

In Outdoor Education students gain an understanding of ecology, environmental sustainability, cultural perspectives, and physical and emotional health through participating in outdoor activities. Students reflect on environmental practices and are introduced to employment options in outdoor and environmental fields.

Both the 10-credit subject and the 20-credit subject consist of the following four topics:

  • Environment and Conservation
  • Planning and Management
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Outdoor Journey

Physical Education

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
  • Semester 2 study usually requires a pass at Semester 1
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

In Physical Education students gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity, and an awareness of the community structures and practices that influence participation in physical activity. Students explore their own physical capacities and analyse performance, health, and lifestyle issues. They develop skills in communication, investigation, and the ability to apply knowledge to practical situations.

Stage 1 Physical Education consists of the following two areas:

  • Practical Skills and Application
  • Principles and Issues

This subject is useful as a preparation for those students wishing to study Stage 2 Physical Education.

Learning Area: Humanities & Social Sciences

Geography

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits)

The discipline of geography deals with environmental phenomena and human activities as diverse as natural hazards, landforms, tourism, economic development, agriculture, and urban planning.

Through the study of Geography, students develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships of people, places, and environments. They develop an understanding of how people interact with environments differently in different places and at different times, and of the opportunities, challenges, and constraints of different locations.

History

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits) run over the whole year.

The study of history gives students the opportunity to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing world by connecting past and present. Through the study of past events, actions, and phenomena students gain an insight into human nature and the ways in which individuals and societies function. Students will have opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of how men, women and children lived and acted in different parts of the world in past times.

Students research and review sources within a framework of inquiry and critical analysis.

Legal Studies

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits)

Legal Studies explores Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. Students are provided with an understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and how that system responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition.

Students examine the Australian legal system. They read and write about, and discuss, analyse, and debate issues. They use a variety of methods to investigate legal issues, including observing the law in action in courts and through various media.

Tourism

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One Semester (10 Credits)

In Tourism, students develop an understanding of the nature of tourists, tourism, and the tourism industry. Students gain an understanding of the complex economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism. A student’s understanding of the sustainable management of tourism is central to the subject.

Learning Area: Mathematics

Students must pass at least one semester of Mathematics as part of NTCET

Mathematics

At Stage 1 students can enrol in either Mathematics or Mathematical Applications. Topics are of two different types; those that provide a background for students proceeding to Stage2 Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Studies, and Specialist Mathematics subjects; and those that provide a background for students proceeding to Stage2 Mathematical Applications.

Pre-Mathematical Studies

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Pass in Year 10 Level 1 Mathematics
  • Semester 2 study requires a pass at Semester 1
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Students study topics such as: Geometry and Mensuration, Coordinate Geometry, Quadratics and Other Polynomials, and Statistics. This course addresses concepts and knowledge, skills and applications, reasoning and problem solving, and communication and personal development.

Mathematical Applications

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Students study such topics as: Earning and Spending; Savings and Borrowing; and Measurement. Students learn how to earn money and manage their finances well using their mathematical skills. They also develop skills in solving problems to do with scale, ratios, dimension, area, perimeter and volume.

Numeracy for Work and Community Life

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisite required
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

Numeracy for Work and Community Life enables students to build on their knowledge and understanding of mathematical information and its relationship to everyday contexts.

This subject is intended primarily for those students who, through their personal learning plans, have identified numeracy skills as an area for development.

In their study of Numeracy for Work and Community Life, students discuss and share ideas as they explore, select, and apply a range of mathematical concepts, processes, and strategies to everyday problems and situations. Students develop their critical thinking skills by making choices to solve problems, and communicating mathematical processes and results with clarity and understanding.

Learning Area: Sciences

Biology

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • A good pass in Year 10 Science
  • Semester 2 study usually requires a pass at Semester 1
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

In Biology students learn about the cellular and overall structures and functions of a range of organisms. They have the opportunity to engage with the work of biologists and to join and initiate debates about how biology impacts on their lives, on society, and on the environment.

Students design and conduct biological investigations and gather evidence from their investigations. As they explore a range of biology-related issues, students recognise that the body of biological knowledge is constantly changing and increasing through the applications of new ideas and technologies.

Chemistry

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • A good pass in Year 10 Science is strongly advised
  • Students should study Chemistry in Semester 1 in order to undertake Semester 2
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

The study of chemistry includes an overview of the matter that makes up materials, and the properties, uses, means of production, and reactions of these materials. It also includes a critical study of the social and environmental impact of materials and chemical processes.

Students consider how human beings make use of the earth’s resources and the impact of human activities on the environment. Through practical studies students develop investigation skills, and an understanding of the physical world that enables them to be questioning, reflective, and critical thinkers.

Physics

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • Strong Pass in Year 10 Science
  • High Pass at Level 1 Mathematics
  • Students should study Physics in Semester 1 in order to undertake Semester 2
One or Two Semester (10 or 20 Credits)

The study of physics offers opportunities for students to understand and appreciate the natural world. This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei. As well as applying knowledge to solve problems, students develop experimental, investigation design, information, and communication skills through practical and other learning activities.

In Semester 1, it concentrates on: motion; wave and optics; electrostatics. In Semester 2, it concentrates on: mechanics; electricity and magnetism; and nuclear physics.

Psychology

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisites required
One Semester (10 Credits)

The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. Psychological knowledge can be applied to improve outcomes and the quality of experience in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure.

By emphasising evidence-based procedures (i.e. observation, experimentation and experience) the subject allows students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking, and in making inferences.

Learning Area: Cross Disciplinary Studies

Integrated Learning

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisites required
One or Two Semesters (10 or 20 Credits)

Integrated Learning draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, for a specific purpose, product, or outcome. Through the key areas of study in Integrated Learning, students develop and demonstrate their capabilities. They have opportunities to explore the ways in which they demonstrate the capabilities in different contexts. Integrated Learning is undertaken as a class or group and may involve a community-based project.

Community Studies

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisites required
One or Two Semesters (10 or 20 Credits)

The subject of Community Studies provides students with insights into the ways in which communities are shaped and operate. It offers the opportunity to learn in a community context, both within and beyond the school environment. Students develop capabilities that enable them to contribute effectively to community activities.

Through interaction with teachers, peers, and community members, students use their experiences as a means of achieving personal growth and gaining an awareness of their community identity. The students are provided with opportunities to identify how they can make valuable contributions to their community and society as a whole.

Workplace Practices

Prerequisites Subject Length
  • No prerequisites required
One or Two Semesters (10 or 20 Credits)

Students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers’ rights and responsibilities and career planning. Students can undertake learning in the workplace through work placements and develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations. The subject may include the undertaking of a vocational education and training (VET) course.