VCE

Kingswood College Senior School is a unique, pre-tertiary setting for students in Years 11 and 12. The Senior School prepares students for achieving their personal best in VCE and for life post-school.

Students in the Senior School are expected to contribute to a collaborative, engaging and productive learning environment and have an appropriate work ethic for successful completion of the VCE. Higher order thinking, content understanding and keeping abreast of workload is expected of students willing and prepared to achieve their personal best.

Classes are designed to incorporate home learning as an invaluable tool for consolidating understanding; tutorial lessons are always best served by reflection and consideration of ideas.

Curriculum

General Information

Providing options to suit every student, Kingswood College offers a breadth and depth of curriculum across the Senior School with more than 30 subjects on offer from VCE and VET programs.

In preparation for their future beyond the College gates, senior students are given freedom as young adults to make decisions about their career paths and they are supported in their choices by classroom teachers, specialist teachers, wellbeing mentors, counsellors, friends and family.

Cultures

Our Cultures Precinct draws together a range of subjects that speak to the very heart of our humanity and challenge how we understand ourselves and others. Students examine a variety of texts and information and are then asked to consider the many different ways in which we develop and share our world.

Cultures subjects deal with communication and interpretation from a wide range of perspectives and have a distinctly social purpose.

The overall aim of our Cultures curriculum is to broaden each student’s understanding of life, to help them understand their world.

AUSTRALIAN & GLOBAL POLITICS

VCE Australian and Global Politics is the study of contemporary power at both national and global levels. Through this study students explore, explain, analyse and evaluate national and global political issues, and events.

Australian Politics is the study of how power is gained and exercised. It considers the significant ideas about organising political systems and features of the way politics is practised in Australia. It evaluates Australian democratic practices against particular ideas and principles that include representation, respect for rights, recognition of diversity and freedom of speech.

Australian Politics compares Australian democracy with the system of democracy of the United States of America. The study also examines the ways that the national government uses its power to make and implement public policy, and the national stakeholders and international challenges that influence that policy.

Global Politics is the study of the political, social, cultural and economic forces that shape interactions between states and other global actors in the contemporary world. It examines the interconnectedness of the contemporary global political arena and the impact of globalisation on culture, sovereignty, human rights and the environment.

It examines the nature and power of key global actors and the types of power used by an Asia-Pacific state to achieve its national interests. It considers global ethical issues including human rights, people movement, development and arms control and explores the nature and effectiveness of global responses to crises such as climate change, armed conflict, terrorism and economic instability.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Businesses of all sizes are major contributors to the economic and social wellbeing of a nation. Therefore how businesses are formed and the fostering of conditions under which new business ideas can emerge are vital for a nation’s wellbeing.

Taking a business idea and planning how to make it a reality are the cornerstones of economic and social development. In this study students explore the factors affecting business ideas and the internal and external environments within which businesses operate, and the effect of these on planning a business.

CHINESE FIRST LANGUAGE

Through this study students develop an understanding of the language, social structures, traditions and contemporary cultural practices of diverse Chinese-speaking communities. They extend their study of the Chinese language, develop the skills to critically analyse different aspects of the cultures of Chinese-speaking peoples and their communities, and gain insight into the connections between languages, cultures and societies.

The Chinese language is spoken by about a quarter of the world’s population. It is the major language of communication in China, Taiwan and Singapore, and is widely used by Chinese communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia. This study enables students to strengthen their communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese and to learn about aspects of the culture, history and social structures of Chinese-speaking communities through the medium of English. It also prepares students for further study and employment in areas such as tourism, technology, finance, services and business.

CHINESE SECOND LANGUAGE

Chinese Second Language focuses on student participation in interpersonal communication, interpreting the language of other speakers, and presenting information and ideas in Chinese on a range of themes and topics. Students develop and extend skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing in Chinese in a range of contexts and develop cultural understanding in interpreting and creating language. Students develop their understanding of the relationships between language and culture in new contexts and consider how these relationships shape communities. Throughout the study students are given opportunities to make connections and comparisons based on personal reflections about the role of language and culture in communication and in personal identity.

ENGLISH

The study of English aims to encourage all students to develop their critical understanding of the English language so that they can use it effectively in a wide range of situations. It seeks to promote an integrated approach to the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and thinking. It involves the analysis of media texts, the close study of a range of formal texts and the completion of a variety of oral and writing tasks.

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE

VCE EAL focuses on how English is used to create meaning in written, spoken and multimodal texts of varying complexity. Literary texts selected for study are drawn from the past and present, from Australia and from other cultures. Other texts are selected for analysis and presentation of argument.

The study is intended to meet the needs of students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations, specifically those studying English as an additional language. The study of English contributes to the development of literate individuals capable of critical and creative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity.

HISTORY

20th Century / History Revolutions

History involves inquiry into human action in the past, to make meaning of the past using primary sources as evidence. As historians ask new questions, revise interpretations or discover new sources, fresh understandings come to light.

Although history deals with the particular – specific individuals and key events – the potential scope of historical inquiry is vast and formed by the questions that historians pursue, the availability of sources and the capacity of historians to interpret those sources.

VCE History reflects this range of inquiry by enabling students to engage with a range of times, people, places and ideas. Twentieth-century History examines the aftermath of the Great War as well as the causes and consequences of World War Two. Revolutions explores the causes and consequences of revolution in America, France, Russia and China.

LEGAL STUDIES

VCE Legal Studies examines the institutions and principles which are essential to Australia’s legal system. Students develop an understanding of the rule of law, law-makers, key legal institutions, rights protection in Australia, and the justice system.

Through applying knowledge of legal concepts and principles to a range of actual and/or hypothetical scenarios, students develop their ability to use legal reasoning to argue a case for or against a party in a civil or criminal matter.

They consider and evaluate recent and recommended reforms to the criminal and civil justice systems, and engage in an analysis of the extent to which our legal institutions are effective and our justice system achieves the principles of justice.

For the purposes of this study, the principles of justice are fairness (fair legal processes are in place, and all parties receive a fair hearing); equality (all people treated equally before the law, with an equal opportunity to present their case); and access (understanding of legal rights and ability to pursue their case).

LITERATURE

This study develops knowledge and enjoyment of a wide range of literary texts valued for their use of language to recreate and interpret experience. The study provides the opportunity to examine and explore their own and others’ experience. Studied work encompasses varied cultural origin, genre, medium and world view across a range of periods and styles.

It seeks to promote an enjoyment of literature, an understanding of human experience and a critical appreciation of culture as well as the development of analytical, critical and creative responses.

Literature is a specialised subject and maturity of perspective is an important precondition for success.

FRENCH

VCE French focuses on student participation in interpersonal communication, interpreting the language of other speakers, and presenting information and ideas in French on a range of themes and topics. Students develop and extend skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing in French in a range of contexts and develop cultural understanding in interpreting and creating language.

Students develop their understanding of the relationships between language and culture in new contexts and consider how these relationships shape communities. Throughout the study students are given opportunities to make connections and comparisons based on personal reflections about the role of language and culture in communication and in personal identity.

Discoveries

The Discoveries Precinct involves the collective studies of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Each subject has its own rigour and approach, where students are encouraged to seek depth and coverage. A natural relationship also exists between them, and emphasis is placed on facilitating logical points of connection between the subject areas.

The world of tomorrow will require the students of today to create effective and practical solutions to increasingly challenging environmental problems that will affect our everyday lives. Students may then study and observe an engineering concept in depth, where diagrams are drawn up, a model is tested and the results are analysed in detail. Good design aesthetic, clever software algorithms and efficient mathematical principles can further enhance our standard of living into the future.

The Discoveries Precinct brings together these curriculum areas and provides points of highlight, where students can attain a deeper understanding of the key principles and ideas in their subject areas.

BIOLOGY

Biology is a diverse and evolving science discipline that seeks to understand and explore the nature of life, past and present. Despite the diversity of organisms and their many adaptations for survival in various environments, all life forms share a degree of relatedness and a common origin.

The study explores the dynamic relationships between organisms and their interactions with the non-living environment. It also explores the processes of life, from the molecular world of the cell to that of the whole organism, that maintain life and ensure its continuity. Students examine classical and contemporary research, models and theories to understand how knowledge in biology has evolved and continues to evolve in response to new evidence and discoveries.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry explores and explains the composition and behaviour of matter and the chemical processes that occur on Earth and beyond. Chemical models and theories are used to describe and explain known chemical reactions and processes. Chemistry underpins the production and development of energy, the maintenance of clean air and water, the production of food, medicines and new materials, and the treatment of wastes.

VCE Chemistry enables students to explore key processes related to matter and its behaviour. Students consider the relationship between materials and energy through four themes: the design and composition of useful materials, the reactions and analysis of chemicals in water, the efficient production and use of energy and materials, and the investigation of carbon-based compounds as important components of body tissues and materials used in society.

COMPUTING

VCE Computing focuses on the application of a problem-solving methodology, and strategies and techniques for managing information systems in a range of contexts, to create digital solutions that meet specific needs. The study examines the attributes of each component of an information system including people, processes, data and digital systems (hardware, software, networks), and how their interrelationships affect the types and quality of digital solutions.

VCE Computing is underpinned by four key concepts: approaches to problem solving, data and information, digital systems and interactions and impact. Together these form the conceptual framework of the study and the organising elements for its key knowledge.

FOOD STUDIES

VCE Food Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of food, with an emphasis on extending food knowledge and skills and building individual pathways to health and wellbeing through the application of practical food skills.

VCE Food Studies provides a framework for informed and confident food selection and food preparation within today’s complex architecture of influences and choices. Students explore food from a wide range of perspectives. They study past and present patterns of eating, Australian and global food production systems and the many physical and social functions and roles of food. They research economic, environmental and ethical dimensions of food and critically evaluate information, marketing messages and new trends.

HOSPITALITY

A student who is interested in a career in Hospitality will find this course extremely useful. It introduces students to the fundamental core units of the Hospitality certificate courses and enables them to try working in the industry before they settle on a definite career path.

VET in Schools Certificate II in Hospitality (Multi-skilling) is within the National Training Framework. This has two key elements, the Australian Recognition Framework and Training Packages. The Training Package consists of a set of competency standards, assessment guidelines and national qualification that apply across the hospitality industry.

The program offers a range of career paths as well as providing training and skill development for the achievement of competence in the areas of food and beverage.

Kingswood College has formed a partnership with William Angliss Institute and together we deliver the SIT20213 Certificate II in Hospitality (Food and Beverage) VCE VET as VCE Units 1 and 2 and Program SIT20312 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations VCE VET and selected units of competency from Certificate III in Hospitality.

All units will be delivered at Kingswood College and assessed by William Angliss Institute by way of their Virtual Campus. There is a Work Placement component of the course for Units 1-4. It will be experienced either in term time or in the holidays depending on the student’s progress within the course.

Kingswood College also has a partnership with Palazzo Versace Hotel. Each year hospitality students are chosen to take part in the ‘Kingswood College Transition to Work Program’ as part of their work placement component.

MATHEMATICS

Specialist Mathematics / General Mathematics / Further Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure, and of randomness, chance, variability and uncertainty in data and events. It is both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise.

Mathematics also provides a means by which people can understand and manage human and natural aspects of the world and inter-relationships between these. Essential mathematical activities include: conjecturing, hypothesising and problem posing; estimating, calculating and computing; abstracting, proving, refuting and inferring; applying, investigating, modelling and problem solving.

PHYSICS

Physics seeks to understand and explain the physical world. It examines models and ideas used to make sense of the world and which are sometimes challenged as new knowledge develops. By looking at the way matter and energy interact through observations, measurements and experiments, physicists gain a better understanding of the underlying laws of nature. VCE Physics provides students with opportunities to explore questions related to the natural and constructed world.

The study provides a contextual approach to exploring selected areas within the discipline including atomic physics, electricity, fields, mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum physics and waves. Students also have options for study related to astrophysics, bioelectricity, biomechanics, electronics, flight, medical physics, nuclear energy, nuclear physics, optics, sound and sports science. Students examine classical and contemporary research, models and theories to understand how knowledge in physics has evolved and continues to evolve in response to new evidence and discoveries.

PRODUCT DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Product Design is a response to changing needs and to improve quality of life by designing creative, innovative and sustainable products. Product Design is enhanced through knowledge of social, technological, economic, historical, ethical, legal, environmental and cultural factors. These factors influence the aesthetics, form and function of products. Central to VCE Product Design and Technology is design thinking, which is applied through the product design process providing a structure for creative problem solving.

The design process involves identification of a real need, problem or opportunity that is then articulated in a design brief. The need, problem or opportunity is investigated and informed by research to aid the development of solutions that take the form of physical, three-dimensional products. Development of these solutions requires the application of technology and a variety of cognitive and physical skills, including design thinking, drawing and computer-aided design, testing processes and materials, planning, construction, fabrication and evaluation.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is a broad discipline that incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour through biological, psychological and social perspectives and the systematic application of this knowledge to personal and social circumstances in everyday life.

VCE Psychology enables students to explore how people think, feel and behave through the use of a biopsychosocial approach. As a scientific model, this approach considers biological, psychological and social factors and their complex interactions in the understanding of psychological phenomena.

The study explores the connection between the brain and behaviour by focusing on several key interrelated aspects of the discipline: the interplay between genetics and environment, individual differences and group dynamics, sensory perception and awareness, memory and learning, and mental health.

Explorations

Explorations offers students a wide range of subjects within the Performing and Visual Arts. Explorations inspires creative challenges and supports students in their enjoyment and passion for learning in the Arts.

We provide a real understanding of life as an artist in multiple fields and have a proud tradition of high student achievement in both scores and the VCE Season of Excellence. In support of the subject offerings, there are numerous co-curricular opportunities within Explorations that enhance and complement the skills and passions of our Performing and Visual Art students.

ART

Art is an integral part of people’s lives. It is a potent and dynamic means through which to communicate personal experiences, ideas, cultural values, beliefs, ideas and viewpoints on experiences and issues in contemporary society.

In the study of VCE Art, theoretical research and investigation informs art making. Through the study of artworks and the role of artists in society, students develop their own artistic practice, expression and communication of ideas using a range of processes, materials and techniques.

In the process of making and examining art, students use and develop their imagination, creativity, flexibility, adaptability, innovation and risk-taking. By combining a focused study of artworks with practical art making, they are encouraged to recognise the interplay between research and art making. This study provides students with an informed context that supports an awareness of art as a tool for cultural and personal communication, in addition to providing stimulus and inspiration for their own art making.

CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA

This course is designed for students who are commencing their VCE VET Creative and Digital Media studies and who have a developing interest in Multimedia. If successfully completed, over Year 11 and 12, students will be eligible to receive Certificate III in Screen and Media at the conclusion of their studies in Year 12. In addition they will also receive Units 1 & 2 Creative and Digital Media in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 Creative and Digital Media in Year 12.

At Year 11, the course develops skills and work habits related to industry practice, the creative thinking process, creating digital images for multimedia, designing and creating interactive content, film and editing and the production of multimedia products. On completion of the course students should have acquired skills which cross a range of industry sectors including: graphic design, advertising, visual arts, web and interactive product creation, film and multimedia design and production.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

VCE Music is based on active engagement in, and considered response to, all aspects of music. Students develop and refine musicianship skills and critical awareness of their relationship with music as listener, performer, composer, consumer and user of music technologies. Students explore, reflect on, and respond to the music they listen to, create and perform and consider its contexts, associations and interactions. Students study music styles and genres from diverse cultures, times and locations.

They analyse and evaluate live and recorded performances and learn to incorporate, adapt and interpret musical elements and ideas from the work of leading practitioners. Students study and practise ways of effectively communicating and expressing musical ideas to an audience as performer and/or composer. Students build fundamental musicianship skills by developing and refining their use of the rhetorical, technical and theoretical language of music through studies in aural and written analyses of performed, recorded and notated music.

They use this knowledge and understanding to describe, define and express in music the intricacies and nuances of musical form and style. The practical application of this knowledge also assists students to compose, arrange, interpret, reimagine, improvise and critique music in an informed and a creative manner. Students develop competence in the use of digital music technologies and equipment as creative tools, broadening their versatility as music practitioners.

STUDIO ARTS

VCE Studio Arts introduces students to the role and practices of artists in society. Students develop an understanding of the way artists work in a range of cultures and periods of time, the artists’ perceptions, beliefs and actions and their relationship with the viewer.

Student research focuses on critical, reflective and creative thinking, the visual analysis of artworks and the investigation of how artists have interpreted sources of inspiration and influences in their art making. Students examine how artists develop their practice and have used materials, techniques and processes to create aesthetic qualities in artworks.

They study how artists have developed style and explored their cultural identity in their artwork. Students use this knowledge to inform their own studio practice and to support art making. Visiting a variety of art exhibition spaces is integral to the student’s artistic and creative development. Students also consider the ways in which artists work to develop and resolve artworks, including their use of inspiration and their creative process.

The role of artists in society includes their relationships with others in the art industry and the presentation and exhibition of artworks in art galleries and exhibition spaces. Students research aspects of the art industry including the presentation, conservation and marketing of artworks.

THEATRE STUDIES

In VCE Theatre Studies students interpret scripts from the pre-modern era to the present day and produce theatre for audiences. Through practical and theoretical engagement with scripts they gain an insight into the origins and development of theatre and the influences of theatre on cultures and societies. Students apply dramaturgy and work in the production roles of actor, director and designer, developing an understanding and appreciation of the role and place of theatre practitioners.

Throughout the study, students work individually and collaboratively in various production roles to creatively and imaginatively interpret scripts and to plan, develop and present productions. Students study the contexts – the times, places and cultures – of these scripts, as well as their language. They experiment with different possibilities for interpreting scripts and apply ideas and concepts in performance to an audience.

They examine ways that meaning can be constructed and conveyed through theatre performance. Students consider their audiences and in their interpretations incorporate knowledge and understanding of audience culture, demographic and sensibilities.

Students learn about innovations in theatre production across different times and places and apply this knowledge to their work. Through the study of plays and theatre styles, and by working in production roles to interpret scripts, students develop knowledge and understanding of theatre, its conventions and the elements of theatre composition.

Students analyse and evaluate the production of professional theatre performances and consider the relationship to their own theatre production work. Students learn about and demonstrate an understanding of safe, ethical, and responsible personal and interpersonal practices in theatre production.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN

Journeys

‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.’
― Ernest Hemingway

The Journeys Precinct more specifically incorporates education of the mind, body, heart and spirit and as such includes five crucial aspects of wellbeing.

The Body – Be Active and Keep Learning

Good health allows us to function effectively and is an important aspect of wellbeing.

The aims of our Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education Programs are to promote a healthy lifestyle and to instill in our students a life-long love of physical activity.  These programs also aim to provide students with the knowledge of how to feel good about themselves while providing challenges that enhance self-esteem and promote good choices.  The Outdoor Education Program inspires students to learn more about the ‘great outdoors’ and to foster an appreciation of our natural environments.    

The Heart – Connect, Take Notice, Give

One of the fundamental principles at Kingswood College is to empower students to be a part of something greater than themselves.  This provides more meaning in life and involves young people in community based learning (local, national and global) thereby enhancing their overall wellbeing. The Journeys Precinct and Kingswood College offer a range of initiatives in relation to community based initiatives.

The Spirit

Young people need to have an understanding of their place in the world.  They need to be given the opportunity to search for and to discuss the significant issues surrounding the meaning of life and all this entails.  In lieu of this, in conjunction with these types of discussions in the classroom, Kingswood College is committed to the development of a ‘Centre for a Purposeful Life’ and the implementation of Positive Psychology.

HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

VCE Health and Human Development takes a broad and multidimensional approach to defining and understanding health and wellbeing. Students examine health and wellbeing, and human development as dynamic concepts, subject to a complex interplay of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors, many of which can be modified by health care and other interventions. Students consider the interaction of these factors, with particular focus on the social factors that influence health and wellbeing; that is, on how health and wellbeing, and development, may be influenced by the conditions into which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

Students consider Australian and global contexts as they investigate variations in health status between populations and nations. They look at the Australian healthcare system and research what is being done to address inequalities in health and development outcomes. They examine and evaluate the work of global organisations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, as well as non-government organisations and the Australian government’s overseas aid program.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

VCE Physical Education explores the complex interrelationships between anatomical, biomechanical, physiological and skill acquisition principles to understand their role in producing and refining movement, and examines behavioural, psychological, environmental and sociocultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity.

The assimilation of theoretical understanding and practice is central to the study of VCE Physical Education. Students participate in practical activities to examine the core concepts that underpin movement and that influence performance and participation in physical activity, sport and exercise.

Through integrated physical, written, oral and digital learning experiences, students apply theoretical concepts and reflect critically on factors that affect all levels of performance and participation in sport, exercise and physical activity.

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