Collegians have greater input in their choice of subjects so they can start to set future directions for their adult life.
Collegians and parents are often reminded that there is more to life than their HSC or final exam marks.
By choosing a holistic program of study, students ensure that their final two years of schooling remain fond memories for a lifetime.
We work with students as they decide which subjects and options will be the best fit for who they are, and what they hope to achieve. Our strategies of providing mentors for each Year 12 student, a focus on applying the “Ten Percent on Top” principle to student achievement, our focus on student well-being and maintaining high expectations are working to improve our HSC results year after year, with NAC students flourishing in their attitude, skills and performance.
We understand that achievement and success comes in many different forms, and every individual has potential, interests and abilities that are unique to them. NAC prides itself on offering a range of vocational study options. Our aim is to help every student to achieve their potential, whether in academic success or on a vocational path.
Students choose six subjects at the beginning of Year 11 and continue them through Year 12. At the end of the two years, the majority of NAC students sit the external HSC exams, which serve as a stepping stone to further study or vocational training at TAFE, College or University, so that our graduates can gain qualifications for the job or vocation they choose.
In today’s world, most workers will change their profession at least once, if not more, during their working lives. With the rapid pace of technological change and research, the subjects our Collegians study now may undergo huge changes in the future.
This flexibility in the modern work environment means that students are largely freed from the former pressure of having to choose a particular mix of subjects which would either ‘make or break’ their career path forever. Instead, we recommend that students choose subjects which will, on the basis of their own interests and abilities, maximise their opportunities in terms of entry into higher vocational education.
Planned career paths should not be ignored entirely, of course, and students are advised to consult the Careers Advisor to ensure they don’t miss out on crucial prerequisites. English remains essential, no matter what pathway a student chooses, and all Year 11 students must choose two units of an English course. Christian studies or Studies of Religion (1 or 2 units) are also continued through Years 11 and 12, in keeping with the College’s focus on a Christian education.