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  • The King David School VCE Handbook

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  • The King David VCE Handbook

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    Contents WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL ..................................................................... 3 WELCOME FROM THE VCE COORDINATOR .................................................... 4 GENERAL INFORMATION................................................................................... 5

    VCE AT THE KING DAVID SCHOOL ................................................................... 8 VCE Rules and Regulations ................................................................................... 8 VCE Expectations .................................................................................................. 8 Attendance Protocol ............................................................................................. 8 Commencing VCE in Year 10 ................................................................................ 8 Taking a Unit 3 & 4 study (Year 12 Subject) in Year 11 ......................................... 9 Promotions Protocol Year 10 to 11 ....................................................................... 9 Planning Your VCE Course .................................................................................... 9 Proposed VCE Subjects to be offered in 2016 .................................................... 10 VCE Prerequisites for Year 11 .............................................................................. 10 Prerequisites for Entry into Units 3 & 4 Studies ..........................................................12 Vocational Education and Training (VET) ....................................................................12 General Achievement Test (GAT) ...............................................................................13 Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) ..............................................................13

    CAREER GUIDANCE .......................................................................................... 14

    DESCRIPTION OF COURSES ............................................................................. 19 Accounting ......................................................................................................... 20 Art ....................................................................................................................... 22 Biology ................................................................................................................ 23 Business Management ........................................................................................ 25 Chemistry ............................................................................................................ 27 Chinese (second language) ................................................................................. 29 English ................................................................................................................ 30 English Literature ................................................................................................. 33 French ................................................................................................................. 35 Further Maths ..................................................................................................... 36 Specialist Mathematics ........................................................................................ 37 Global Politics ...................................................................................................... 38 Health & Human Development ........................................................................... 39 Hebrew ............................................................................................................... 41 Hebrew Tertiary (UMEP) ...................................................................................... 42 VET Hebrew - Certificate II & III in Applied Languages ........................................ 43 History (Ancient History) ...................................................................................... 44 Information Technology ..................................................................................... 45 Legal Studies ....................................................................................................... 47 Mathematical Methods (CAS) 1+2 ..................................................................... 49 Media ................................................................................................................. 50 Music .................................................................................................................. 52 Philosophy ........................................................................................................... 53 Physical Education ............................................................................................... 55 Physics ................................................................................................................. 57 Psychology .......................................................................................................... 60 Religion and Society ............................................................................................ 62 Specialist Mathematics ........................................................................................ 63 Systems Engineering 1+2 .................................................................................... 64 Systems Engineering 3+4 .................................................................................... 65 Theatre Studies ................................................................................................... 67 Visual Communication and Design ..................................................................... 68

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    Welcome from the Principal Dear Students and Parents,

    VCE provides students, and parents alike, with a daunting set of acronyms, jargon, rules, clauses and sub-clauses that can be confusing and intimidating. Often lost in the discussion of ATARs, SACs, SATs, GATs and Study Scores is the realisation that the VCE can present a wonderful opportunity for learning for those in the final years of Secondary School. While helping to negotiate the system is a crucial way that The King David School can help, students are encouraged to keep sight of what the system is designed for – their education.

    While we encourage all our students to strive to achieve their personal best in their studies, the VCE can present significant challenges in terms of increased workloads, challenging deadlines and high stakes test situations. As such, students need to maintain a clear focus, dedication and a cool head. During this period, considered application of sensible work habits proves to be beneficial. When this is coupled with regular exercise, family life and other social pursuits, students are most likely to reap the rewards they seek from the VCE.

    In this challenging period, it is crucial that students maintain a sense of balance. Students need to ensure that their work life balance is managed as it shifts progressively throughout the year. The emphasis should be on a carefully developed and regularly re-evaluated routine. Students should assess whether they are achieving the targets they have set and if not, implement new strategies to meet the goals.

    A dedicated study space, a study timetable that is shared and discussed with parents, and a willingness to give it one’s best shot are all essential. Most importantly, students need to know that it will be tough, but that the demands can be met with commitment and sincere application.

    The teaching team at The King David School is comprised of educators whose extensive professional experience and passion enables students to receive meaningful and well-targeted instruction that can be implemented. The teachers work as a team to support and challenge students and to encourage them to make this period the most educationally exciting and rewarding they have yet experienced.

    Students, I wish you the very best for the journey ahead. I implore you to take the time to enjoy the many school highlights and milestones you will celebrate on the way. I hope that you feel supported and challenged to achieve your personal best and know that we are proud of all you achieve and who you are becoming as the finest of young men and women.

    Marc Light Principal

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    Welcome from the VCE Coordinator In undertaking a VCE program you have made a major commitment to optimise your career opportunities. More importantly, VCE courses of study are designed to encourage skills of independent thinking, inquiry and research. Such skills will be invaluable in terms of their contribution to your personal growth and post-secondary course success.

    Please carefully consider the range of VCE units which will comprise your VCE course of study. When selecting the VCE units you will study, it is important to consider carefully the career paths you would like to pursue. Make sure that your selected VCE course gives you the flexibility to select from a broad range of careers.

    Make an informed decision about the units. Consult teachers who can give you detailed information about the structure and content of the VCE units. As far as possible, select units that interest you, in consultation with the Careers Advisor.

    Experience has taught us that organisation, motivation and a consistent approach to study and homework are the key ingredients for a successful VCE experience. It is also important tha

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