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The mode of study is face to face. Assessments are a combination of assignments, case studies, exams, tests, lab reports, projects, presentation and oral assessment.

High School Year 10

All year 10 students take a common Course. This Course consists of the following subjects.

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art
  • Business Management (VCE)
  • Health and Physical Education

Each of the above subjects is divided into two semesters. The Year 10 course is a preparation for VCE or VCAL (Years 11 and 12) study. Many of the approaches used in the delivery of these subjects are similar to those used in VCE subjects. Students who are of a very high standard may be permitted to study one VCE subject in Year 10. This possibility is only available to students who start Year 10 at the start of the year (January).

High School Year 11 & 12

Year 11 students select 6 subjects from the Units 1 & 2 list. Year 12 students select 5 subjects from the Units 3 & 4 list. High school Subjects offered are listed below:

Year 11Year 12
Business ManagementBusiness Management
Chinese FLChinese FL
Vietnamese FLVietnamese FL
General MathsFurther Maths
Maths MethodsMaths Methods
ChemistrySpecialist Maths
IT ComputingIT Informatics
IT Programming

*Unit availability is subject to minimum number of students.

Outline of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Subjects

This study focuses on the procedures of accounting and finance and the way in which these may be used. The study examines the processes of recording and reporting financial information to provide users with appropriate information for planning, control and effective decision-making.

Business Management
Business Management examines the ways in which people at various levels within a business organisation manage resources to achieve the objectives of the organisation. The study recognises that there is a range of management theories rather than a single theory of management. Each unit examines some of these theories and, through exposure to real business scenarios and/or direct contact with business, tests them against management in practice.

English/English as an Additional Language (EAL)
This study aims to develop competence in the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes sufficient to meet the demands of post-school employment, further education, and participation in a democratic society. It emphasises the integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. It values student diversity and particularly encourages learning in which students take responsibility for their language development and thus grow in confidence and in language skill and understanding

Information Technology
This study focuses on the processing of data and the management of information to meet a range of individual and societal purposes. Students learn to use information technology and also about its power, scope and limitations. Students are encouraged to perceive the potential of information technology and to understand the way in which social relations and cultural values also influence its use. While it is important that students extend their use of ICT as a tool to assist with work, study, recreation and in relationships (which builds on their compulsory education experiences), the study of Information Technology focuses on the capacities, scope and limitations of hardware and software, and their interactions to carry out specialised applications.

The study is made up of the following units:

  • Unit 1: IT in action
  • Unit 2: IT pathways
  • Units 3 and 4: IT applications
  • Units 3 and 4: Software development

VCE Languages: Chinese and Vietnamese
The study of a language other than English contributes to the overall education of students, most particularly in the area of communication, but also in the areas of cross-cultural understanding, intercultural learning, cognitive development, literacy and general knowledge. It provides access to the culture of communities which use the language and promotes understanding of different attitudes and values within the wider Australian community and beyond. The ability to communicate in another language, in conjunction with other skills, may provide opportunities for employment in the fields of interpreting, social services, ethnic affairs, the tourism and hospitality industries, international relations, the arts, commerce, technology, science, education and the like

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and unambiguous and a means by which people can understand and manage their environment. Essential mathematical activities include abstracting, providing, applying,investigating, modelling and problem solving.

The study is made up of the following units:

  • Foundation Mathematics Unit 1 and 2
  • General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
  • Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2
  • Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
  • Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4
  • Specialist Methods Unit 3 and 4

Physics is a theoretical and empirical science, which contributes to our understanding of the physical universe from the minute building blocks of matter to the unimaginably broad expanses of the Universe. This understanding has significance for the way we understand our place in the Universe. Physics includes the use of theories and models, investigation of hypotheses, collection and analysis of data, drawing conclusions, and selection and use of a range of appropriate technologies and mathematical techniques. This study covers the areas that traditionally are the basis of courses at this level, with a particular emphasis on the foundation areas of mechanics and electricity

Studio Arts
Studio Arts provides a framework for the establishment of effective art practices through an understanding and application of the process of design. The design process enables students to explore ideas and sources of inspiration, experiment with materials and techniques and practice specialised skills in a range of art forms. Students generate a range of directions and potential solutions and analyse and evaluate them before producing artworks. The theoretical component of the study informs students’ practice through an investigation of selected artworks, an examination of artists’ working methods and a study of professional practices and art industry issues.






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The Complete List of High School Classes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 6:22:00 PM




Are you wondering which classes to take in high school? Do you want to find out what courses may be offered for each subject?

We’ve compiled a complete list of high school classes for you to see all the possible course options high school students may have. We’ll cover everything from science and math to electives and the humanities.


How to Use This List

This list was created by researching the classes offered at numerous high schools, both public and private, across the country. Classes are alphabetically organized by subject. While there is a separate section for AP classes at the bottom of the list, other varying levels of difficulty for the same class, such as “honors” or “introductory”, were not included in order to make reading the list easier.

This list’s purpose is to show you all the possible class options you may have as a high school student. You can use it as a starting point for doing a more in-depth study of your own school’s course offerings. 

Read through the list below, making note of any courses that you may want to take in the future, then look to see if your school offers them. To find out which classes your own high school offers, look through your school’s course catalog, check the school website, or speak with your academic adviser.


What If Your School Doesn’t Offer One of the Classes Listed Below?

It would be impossible for any single school to offer every course in this list; there are simply too many. Schools decide which classes to offer based on multiple factors, including student interest, school location, and teacher expertise.

If you are interested in one of the courses listed below but don’t see it offered in your school’s course catalog, first talk to your guidance counselor or the department head. Your school may, in fact, offer the course, but under a different name. If there is no comparable course and you are really interested in the subject, you may be able to do an independent study or take the course at a local community college for credit. Ask your guidance counselor for more information on pursuing this option.



Complete List of High School Classes



  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Business management
  • Consumer education
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Introduction to business
  • Marketing    
  • Personal finance


Computer Science/Information Technology

  • Animation
  • App development
  • Audio production
  • Computer programming
  • Computer repair
  • Film production
  • Graphic design
  • Media technology
  • Music production
  • Typing
  • Video game development
  • Web design
  • Web programming
  • Word processing  





  • American literature
  • British literature
  • Contemporary literature
  • Creative writing
  • Communication skills
  • Debate
  • English language and composition
  • English literature and composition
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Literary analysis
  • Modern literature
  • Poetry
  • Popular literature
  • Rhetoric
  • Technical writing
  • Works of Shakespeare
  • World literature
  • Written and oral communication


Family and Consumer Science

  • Chemistry of foods
  • CPR training
  • Culinary arts
  • Early childhood development
  • Early childhood education
  • Family studies
  • Fashion and retail merchandising
  • Fashion construction
  • Home economics
  • Interior design
  • Nutrition




Foreign Language

  • American Sign Language
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish


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  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Calculus
  • Computer math
  • Consumer math
  • Fundamentals of math
  • Geometry
  • Integrated math
  • Math applications
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Practical math
  • Pre-algebra
  • Pre-calculus
  • Probability
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry


Performing Arts

  • Choir
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Guitar
  • Jazz band
  • Marching band
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Percussion
  • Piano  
  • Theater technology
  • World music




Physical Education

  • Aerobics
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Health
  • Lifeguard training
  • Pilates
  • Racket sports
  • Specialized sports
  • Swimming
  • Weight training
  • Yoga



  • Agriculture
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • Electronics
  • Environmental science
  • Environmental studies
  • Forensic science
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical science
  • Physics
  • Zoology




Social Studies

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Current events
  • European history
  • Geography
  • Global studies
  • Human geography
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Modern world studies
  • Physical anthropology
  • Political studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • US government
  • US history
  • Women’s studies
  • World history
  • World politics
  • World religions


Visual Arts

  • 3-D art
  • Art history
  • Ceramics
  • Digital media
  • Drawing
  • Film production
  • Jewelry design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


Vocational Education

  • Auto body repair
  • Auto mechanics
  • Building construction
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal justice
  • Driver education
  • Electronics
  • FFA
  • Fire science
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Metalworking
  • Networking
  • Plumbing
  • Production technology
  • Refrigeration fundamentals
  • Robotics
  • Woodworking




Advanced Placement Classes


AP Capstones

  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar



  • AP Art history
  • AP Music theory
  • AP Studio art: 2-D design
  • AP Studio art: 3-D design
  • AP Studio art: drawing




  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition


History & Social Science

  • AP Comparative government and politics
  • AP European history
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Math & Computer Science
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics



  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based


World Languages and Cultures

  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Italian Language and Culture
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture


What’s Next?

Now that you know all the possible high school classes out there, which ones should you take? Read our guide to get expert advice on the classes you should take in high school.

Wondering which classes you will need to take in order to graduate high school and get accepted into college? Check out our guide on the standard high school curriculum , as well as the classes college admissions officers are looking for.

Trying to decide whether to take the ACT or the SAT? Read our guide  to figure out which test will get you a better score! 


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Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master’s from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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