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​English & Maths Pathways

Selecting an English Program

The College offers two English options at Year 10. While the majority of students will study the standard program, English, some students can benefit in Year 10 from the alternative English Fundamentals course which is designed for students who may be experiencing difficulty with the core English program in Year 9. For advice regarding which of the two programs may be more appropriate, please consult the English Faculty.

Year 10 English Course Descriptions

  • Year 10 English

    General Description

    Students complete a two year program (Years 9 & 10) to support them in the establishment of skills associated with Level Six of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, and to prepare them for the range of VCE English or VCAL studies offered at Years 11 and 12.

    These outcomes are:

    1. Listening to and production of a range of spoken texts to examine different perspectives on complex themes and issues;
    2. Reading a range of texts to enable the discussion of different perspectives on complex themes and issues;
    3. Writing for a range of contexts, audiences and purposes.

    Assessment:

    1. Speaking and Listening Portfolio
    2. Text Portfolio
    3. Writing Portfolio
    4. Semester Examination

    Relevant Staff

    Ms K. Molony - English Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Please see the English Pathways diagram on the English & Maths Options page for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.

  • Year 10 English: Fundamentals

    General Description

    The English Fundamentals course is primarily targeted at students who need special attention with their literacy skills, as the course is designed for students who need additional time and assistance to support their transition to Unit 1 English or other pathways. This option may be limited to students who have consistently struggled to meet Literacy benchmarks across more than one year. There is an emphasis on the development of:

    • Literacy skills
    • Vocabulary
    • Grammar
    • Structured text response
    • Organisation of work
    • Confidence with formal and informal oral presentations

    Students will be assessed on speaking and listening tasks, as well as reading and writing skills to increase students’ confidence and capabilities, thus ensuring a better preparation for VCE Unit 1 English or VCAL Literacy in Year 11.

    Relevant Staff

    Ms K. Molony - English Faculty Leader

    Pathway Information

    Please see the English Pathways diagram on the English & Maths Options page for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.


Selecting a Mathematics Program

This diagram below shows some of the various pathways available through Mathematics. While every attempt has been made to ensure it is currently correct, it must be understood that the Mathematics requirements of University and TAFE courses can be changed at the discretion of the tertiary institution. The College strives to provide as much advice to students as is available regarding Mathematics requirements beyond Year 12, but does not accept liability for students choosing the incorrect Mathematics program.

Mathematics choices at secondary school can have a significant effect on a student’s further study options. Students, with their parents, should consider for Year 10 the highest level of mathematics that they believe that they can achieve success in, and then consult the appropriate VICTER guide, released during August of Year 10, to help guide their decision for Years 11, 12 and beyond.

The Victorian Government is awarding a new qualification called the VCE Baccalaureate to students who study higher levels of Mathematics AND a LOTE through to the VCE Units 3 & 4 level. In order to remain eligible for this award, students must must select a pathway that leads to Year 12 Maths Methods as a minimum. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.​

For more information about the College’s Mathematics subjects, please speak to the Mathematics & Computing Faculty. For further information about the Mathematics entry requirements of university and TAFE courses, please seek advice through the Careers Centre.

Year 10 Mathematics Pathways at St Monica's College

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Year 10 Mathematics Course Descriptions

  • Year 10 Mathematics Introduction

    General Description

    All students who wish to continue with Mathematics at VCE level, and who are not part of the Accelerated Maths class, will complete Maths A or Maths B in Year 10. Students must select their Maths A or Maths B as part of their subject selection process in Year 9.

    There will be an opportunity to change the students’ selections at the end of Semester 1 in Year 10 if it is realised that their previous choice may have been too ambitious or alternatively not challenging enough.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - Faculty Leader of Mathematics

    Pathway Information

    Please see the English Pathways diagram English & Maths Options above for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.

  • Year 10 Mathematics A

    General Description

    The main focus of this course is to prepare students for VCE Further Mathematics by:

    • Further developing mathematical skills and knowledge including algorithms and techniques;
    • Applying techniques and skills to solve real world problems;
    • Using a variety of problem solving strategies and;
    • Using technology extensively as both a solving and checking tool.

    Main Topics:

    • Number & Algebra: Linear relationships, Expanding & Factorising Quadratics
    • Measurement & Geometry: Trigonometry, Measurement
    • Number & Algebra: Financial Mathematics
    • Measurement, & Geometry: Geometry
    • Statistics & Probability: Statistics, Probability

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - Faculty Leader of Mathematics

    Pathway Information

    Please see the Mathematics Pathways diagram English & Maths Options above for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.

  • Year 10 Mathematics B

    General Description

    The main focus of this course is to prepare students for all possible VCE Mathematics options by:

    • Developing in-depth skills and knowledge including algorithms and techniques;
    • Applying techniques and skills to solve real world problems;
    • Using a variety of problem solving strategies that are technology free;
    • Using technology extensively as both a solving and checking tool.

    Main Topics:

    • Number & Algebra: Linear relationships, Expanding & Factorising Quadratics
    • Measurement & Geometry: Trigonometry, Measurement
    • Number & Algebra: Financial Mathematics, Surds & Logarithms, Polynomials
    • Measurement, & Geometry: Geometry, Advanced Trigonometry
    • Statistics & Probability: Statistics, Probability

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate​ page.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - Faculty Leader of Mathematics

    Pathway Information

    Please see the Mathematics Pathways diagram English & Maths Options above for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.

  • Year 10 Foundation Mathematics

    General Description

    Year 9 students who undertook a Modified Mathematics program will be offered the Foundation Mathematics Program in Year 10. This program is also recommended for students struggling with Year 9 Mathematics. The content of the course consists of relevant modified work from Year 10 Maths A, skills and concepts required for Year 11 Foundation Maths Units 1&2 and a particular focus on numeracy and literacy.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students undertaking the Foundation Maths Program in Year 10 will only be able to study Units 1 & 2 of Foundation Maths in Year 11. They will not be eligible to undertake any VCE Units 3 & 4 Maths subject in Year 12. You should seek advice as to how this may affect your intended career pathway(s).

    The main objectives of Year 10 Foundation Mathematics are to:

    • Consolidate the development of mathematical skills;
    • Use a variety of problem solving strategies;
    • Gain a positive attitude, experience success and develop confidence in working and thinking mathematically;
    • Be able to set out solutions in a clear, logical manner.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - Faculty Leader of Mathematics

    Pathway Information

    Please see the Mathematics Pathways diagram English & Maths Options above for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.

  • Year 10 Accelerated Mathematics

    General Description

    The main focus of this course is to help the Accelerated and Horizons students in Year 9 prepare more thoroughly for Year 11 Mathematical Methods. This will be achieved by consolidating Year 10 core work completed with an emphasis on Year 10 Maths B topics and problem solving tasks. This will prepare students for Year 11 Mathematical Methods and General Mathematics B and Year 12 Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

    Main Topics:

    • Bearings and 3D Trigonometry
    • Cubics
    • Logarithmic Functions
    • Algebra Worded questions
    • Quadratic Algebra & Graphing
    • Transformations

    This subject can assist you in gaining a qualification known as the VCE Baccalaureate which is awarded to students who complete at least one advanced Mathematics course and one LOTE course as part of their Year 12 program. For more details please refer to the VCE Baccalaureate page.

    Relevant Staff

    Mr P. Di Natale - Faculty Leader of Mathematics

    Pathway Information

    Please see the Mathematics Pathways diagram English & Maths Options above for a guide to progression through to Years 11 & 12.


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