A number of common subjects are undertaken by all students in Year 10. As in Middle School, students continue their study of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and Outdoor Education. They continue to be involved in our co-curricular program.
Choosing a Mathematics course at Year 10
There are three courses of Mathematics offered at Year 10 level. Year 10 Numeracy, Flexi Mathematics and Mathematics A.
Numeracy is provided for students who have not experienced success in their recent study of Mathematics. This course can lead to the study of VCE General Mathematics B.
Flexi Mathematics follows on from the standard Year 9 course and is for students who have
enjoyed success but are not confident in their maths ability. This course gives students one semester to
decide whether or not they would like to move into Year 10 Mathematics A. From Semester 2, Flexi
Mathematics prepares students for IB Mathematical Studies and VCE Further Mathematics but not IB
Standard or Higher Level Mathematics or VCE Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.
Mathematics A is the best preparation for students wishing to study Mathematical Methods CAS Units 1 and 2 and IB Mathematics (SL). Students who have successfully studied Year 9 Acceleration Mathematics, Year 9 Higher Level Mathematics or those with a strong result in the standard Year 9 course, and who wish to study Mathematical Methods in Year 11, should choose this course.
1.To ensure that all students are studying a suitable course, individual performance is reviewed on a regular basis. Movement between courses is possible as Year 10 Mathematics courses are timetabled concurrently.
2. Students currently studying Year 9 Acceleration Mathematics may elect to do the Victorian Certificate of Education Mathematical Methods CAS: Units 1 and 2, IB Mathematics Standard Level or Year 10 Mathematics Extensions. A one year study of IB Standard Level Mathematics is excellent preparation for students wishing to study IB Higher Level Mathematics in Year 11 and 12.
3. Students intending to study Chemistry or Physics in Year 11 are advised that IB Mathematics and VCE Mathematical Methods, rather than IB Mathematical Studies and VCE General Mathematics B are strongly recommended.
Students unsure of their course selection should consult with their current Mathematics teacher or the Head of Senior School Mathematics and Information Technology, Ms Meredith Plaisted.
Choosing a Science course at Year 10
There are two courses of Science offered at Year 10 level; Biology/Psychology and Chemistry/Physics.
It is expected that most students will choose to undertake both units of Year 10 Science (see Pathway 1 below), while some students may choose only one unit of Science which will allow them to select other subjects more suited to their needs (see Pathway 2).
Pathway 1 - Students study two semesters of Science consisting of one semester of each of the following:
Pathway 2 - Students study one semester of Science and select from either:
Opportunities for academic extension in Science
Students may commence VCE units or IB Year 11 Science studies while in Year 10, providing they meet the acceleration/anticipation selection criteria. Those students successful in applying for acceleration or anticipation in a Year 11 Science must also complete one semester unit of Year 10 Science.
Students approved to anticipate in IB or VCE Biology/Chemistry/Physics, are advised to complete the semester length unit Year 10 Chemistry/Physics. Students approved to study a VCE Units 1/2 Science subject may be able to study both Year 10 Science units.
Students unsure of their course selection should consult with their current Science teacher or the Head of Senior School Science.
All students undertake studies in the following subjects. Details of each can be found by clicking on their title below.
Carey students begin their VCE program in Year 10 with the compulsory study of Unit 1 of Religion and Society. International Studies Unit 2 is also available to Year 10 students as a semester based elective.
Other VCE units (undertaken at the Year 11 level) may be chosen if a student has performed well in an acceleration program or via a formal application process. It should be noted that Units 1 and 2 studies are of the quality and quantity expected at the Year 11 level academic programs.
Year 10 students wishing to apply to study an IB Anticipation subject or VCE Acceleration subject are required to submit an application which shows they have:
Achieved results of an 'A' standard in all Semester 1 subjects
Demonstrated strengths in the subject area of the proposed VCE/IB subject
Demonstrated they are well organised or motivated to succeed