Senior School

Course Structure 11 & 12

Culburra Rock Platform Yr11 Bio (5)One of the major changes in moving on to post-compulsory secondary education is the ability of students to have a greater input into controlling what it is that they will study at school. One of the key aspects, therefore, of this stage of schooling is the choice of subjects.

In 2014, Nowra Anglican College in collaboration with Shoalhaven Anglican School developed a new option for students by offering a number of courses through online delivery and expanded the choice of Vocational Education and Training subjects.

A student’s choice of subjects in Years 11 and 12 establishes their pattern of study for their final two years of schooling. These years are concluded with an external examination (the HSC) which, for some students, may be the most significant educational qualification they will ever attain. Such students, however, are in the minority. Many students at the conclusion of their HSC will go on to study at higher institutions such as TAFEs, Colleges and Universities, either in the year immediately following the HSC or after a layoff from study. Bearing this in mind, then, the HSC qualification can be seen mainly as a stepping stone to further educational opportunities, most of which will be specifically vocational in nature.

DSC_0013Given the rapid pace of technological change in particular, experts predict that during the 21st century, most workers will change their vocation on more than one occasion during their working lives. In many ways, this frees students from the pressure of having to choose a particular mix of subjects which they believe will either make or break their career path forever. Rather than basing subject choice solely on career plans, students should choose subjects which will, on the basis of their own interests and abilities, maximise their opportunities in terms of entry into higher vocational education.

IMG_0668This is not to say that planned career paths should be ignored entirely. There may well be mandatory HSC subject choices for particular higher education courses and students would be advised to consult the Careers Advisor if they have any questions in relation to this. Such prerequisites, however, have become in recent years, more the exception rather than the rule. In thinking about their subject choices then, students and parents should read the information in this booklet very carefully, and make their choices based on their own personal interests, a realistic assessment of their ability, advice sought from College staff and information gathered from a variety of other sources.

_MG_6533Students and parents both need to remember that over the next two years, there should be more to life than just the HSC. This very important examination, however, should be central to your thinking as you make plans for the academic, social, spiritual and emotional aspects of your lives over the next two years. Choose a program of study bearing the above things in mind and there are many reasons why your final two years of schooling at Nowra Anglican College will remain with you as memories for a lifetime.

At Nowra Anglican College, academic achievement is given a high priority. Consistent with this aim, all students study six subjects in Year 11. One of these subjects must be an English course of at least 2 units. Christian Studies is an integral part of studying at NAC and this continues into Years 11 and 12.

In addition to the six subjects in Year 11, Preliminary Mathematics Extension 1 and Preliminary English Extension may be studied.

In Year 12, all students are expected to study a minimum of 10 units, excluding Extension courses. The following subjects are offered:

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering Studies (online & face-to-face)
  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1 & 2
  • Food Technology
  • French Beginners/Continuers
  • General Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies (online & face-to-face)
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Extension 1 & 2
  • Modern History (online & face-to-face)
  • Music
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Society and Culture (online & face-to-face)
  • Textiles and Design
  • Visual Arts


TAFE Courses

IMG_0847With Nowra TAFE in walking distance from the College, some Year 11 and 12 students supplement their units studied with TVET courses.

The following TVET courses are available through Bomaderry TAFE:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive
  • Business Services Administration
  • Construction
  • Electro-technology
  • Human Services
  • Metal & Engineering
  • Retail Operations
  • Tourism and Events

Distance Education Courses

Students can also study courses not offered at the College by studying distance education through

  • Open High School (OHS)
  • Karabar Distance Education High School
  • Sydney Centre of Innovation and Learning (SCIL)

HSC Subject Selection Booklet 2014-2015

Nowra Anglican College