The Accounting and Finance ATAR course focuses on financial literacy and aims to provide students with the knowledge, understandings and a range of skills that enables them to make sound financial judgments. Students develop an understanding that financial decisions have far reaching consequences for individuals and business.
The course will provide students with the understanding of the systems and processes through which financial practices and decision making are carried out, as well as the ethical, social and environmental issues involved. Through the preparation, examination and analysis of a variety of financial documents and systems, students develop an understanding of the fundamental principles and practices upon which accounting and financial management are based. An understanding and application of these principles and practices enables students to analyse their own financial data and that of businesses and make informed decisions, forecasts of future performance, and recommendations based on that analysis.
The course is divided into three areas:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ATAR Accounting and Finance Unit 1 and 2 with a minimum C grade.
Economics investigates the choices which all people, groups and societies face as they confront the ongoing problem of satisfying their unlimited wants with limited resources. Economics aims to understand and analyse the allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine our wealth and wellbeing. Economics develops the knowledge, reasoning and interpretation skills that form an important component of understanding individual, business and government behaviour at the local, national and global levels.
The Economics ATAR course encompasses the key features which characterise an economist’s approach to a contemporary economic event or issue: the ability to simplify the essence of a problem; to collect economic information and data to assist analysis and reasoning; to think critically about the limits of analysis in a social context; and to draw inferences which assist decision-making, the development of public policy and improvement in economic wellbeing.
Unit 3 – Australia and the Global Economy
The unit explores the linkages between economies and the concepts of globalisation, trade liberalisation and protection in relation to the Australian economy. Students examine Australia’s trade, the recording of international transactions and the impact of these transactions on the Australian economy. Students examine the effects of changes in Australia’s economic transactions with the rest of the world using recent (the last ten years) and contemporary (the last three years) economic data, together with economic models.
Unit 4 – Economic Policies and Management
The unit explores how economic policies and actions, such as fiscal policy, monetary policy and microeconomic policy operate in the pursuit of the Australian Government’s economic objectives. Students examine the effects of the operation of policies in Australia using economic models along with recent (the last ten years) and contemporary (the last three years) economic data. Students apply the language, theories and tools of economics to develop a critical perspective on the role of these policies in the current Australian Government policy mix.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Year 11 Economics ATAR to a C grade.
The study of the Geography ATAR course draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of natural and ecological hazards, international integration in a range of spatial contexts, land cover transformations, and the challenges affecting the sustainability of places.
Geography as a discipline values imagination, creativity and speculation as modes of thought. It provides a systematic, integrative way of exploring, analysing and applying the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. In the ATAR course, students learn how to collect information from primary and secondary sources, such as field observation and data collection, mapping, monitoring, remote sensing, case studies and reports. Taken together, the ability of students to apply conceptual knowledge in the context of an inquiry, and the application of skills, constitute ‘thinking geographically’ – a uniquely powerful way of viewing the world.
The Year 12 course is divided into two units. These are:
Unit 3 – Global environmental change
In this unit, students assess the impacts of land cover transformations with particular reference to climate change or biodiversity loss.
Unit 4 – Planning sustainable places
In this unit, students investigate how the outcomes of processes vary depending on local responses and adaptations, for example, population growth and decline, and economic restructuring. Students also examine the causes and consequences of urbanisation as well as challenges that exist in metropolitan and regional centres and megacities.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Year 11 ATAR Geography to a C grade.
Modern History enhances students’ curiosity and imagination and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world. The themes that run through the units include: global conflicts and their resolution; the rise of nationalism and its consequences; the continuing struggle for the recognition of human rights; the transformation of social and economic life; the regional shifts in power; and the changing nature and influence of ideologies.
The Modern History ATAR course enables students to study the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live. While the focus is on the 20th century, the course refers back to formative changes from the late 18th century onwards and encourages students to make connections with the changing world of the 21st century.
Unit 3 – Russia and the Soviet Union 1914-1945 (World War I to the end of World War II)
This unit allows for a fascinating insight into Russia and the Soviet Union. Significant ideas such as Marxism, Communism and Stalinism are addressed. Events including the February and October Revolutions will highlight the internal divisions and crisis within Russian society. Another factor included in the course is the examination of key historical characters such as Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. The social and cultural impact of communism and methods the regime employed to control them, including mobilisation and propaganda, repression, the Purges and the Great Terror provide a great insight into Communism. This is a very engaging unit that will challenge students understanding of Modern World History.
Unit 4 – The changing European world since 1945
This unit will begin with an overview of the nature, origins and early development of the Cold War to 1948. Before addressing the struggle between the two opposing super powers of the United States and the Soviet Union. This will include examining the impact of the arms race, the space race, the threat of nuclear war; the 1956 invasion of Hungary; the Berlin Wall; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Prague Spring and the Brezhnev Doctrine; the new Cold War of the 1980s; and the collapse of communism 1989–1991 as well as the significant developments that followed the end of the Cold War in 1989.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Year 11 Modern History to a C grade.
Politics and law is a critical study of the processes of decision making concerning society’s collective future. The study of politics examines the structures and processes through which individuals and groups with different interests, beliefs and goals, deliberate and negotiate in order to make choices, respond to changing circumstances and enact laws. The study of law examines the system of laws governing the conduct of the people of a community, society or nation, in response to the need for regularity, consistency and justice based upon collective human experience.
The skills and values developed in the Politics and Law ATAR course aim to allow students to become informed, active and effective participants in the political and legal decisions that affect their lives within society.
The study of the Politics and Law ATAR course contributes to students’ intellectual, social, and ethical development. The course aims to support all students in developing a sense of identity, and a sense of political, legal, cultural and social awareness.
The study of the Politics and Law ATAR course can be a valuable background to careers in law, political advocacy, public administration, international relations, foreign affairs, community development, teaching, journalism, human resource management, government and commerce.
Unit 3 – Political and legal power
This unit examines various aspects of the political and legal system established by the Commonwealth Constitution (Australia), including the roles and powers of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, with a comparison to a non-Westminster system; the influence of individuals, political parties and pressure groups on the law making process of parliament and the courts; and the operation of federalism and the balance of power between the Commonwealth and the States in Australia.
Political and legal developments and contemporary issues (the last three years) are used to provide a framework for the unit.
Unit 4 – Accountability and rights.
This unit examines the structures, processes and procedures of accountability in relation to the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government in Australia; how rights are protected, and democratic principles can be upheld and/or undermined, in Australia and one other country; and the experience of a particular group with respect to their political and legal rights in Australia.
Political and legal developments and contemporary issues (the last three years) are used to provide a framework for the unit.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Year 11 Politics and Law to a minimum of a C grade.
Office administration tasks are essential in all business organisations. Tasks include word processing, records handling, business correspondence and book keeping. The Certificate II Business will prepare you for work in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, education and health care. However the skills covered are relevant in most occupations.
Some of the topics to be covered through this certificate will include:
The Certificate II Business will be delivered over a one year period only and will count as two units of equivalence towards the student's WACE requirements.
Careers prospects: Completed Certificates carry considerable points towards TAFE entry aggregate. Graduates will gain the skills and knowledge to undertake entry level administrative roles such as Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Clerical Officer and the skills will be useful if you are working in a small business.
Cost: A student choosing to complete this qualification at Prendiville Catholic College will be charged a subject levy which absorbs the delivery costs of completing the qualification from the RTO (Registered Training Organisation). Students will be enrolled with the RTO and will be inducted into RTO requirements at the beginning of the year. An approximate levy of $150 (Auspice fee) plus course costs per student will be incurred.
Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this course.
This certificate will be delivered over a one year period only and will count towards two unit equivalence towards the students WACE requirements.
Students will gain the essential skills needed to work in an office environment and to be exposed to the various departments that function within an organisation. By studying this Certificate III you will gain skills and knowledge needed to work in various roles in an office environment in any industry. Skills such as:
The Certificate III in Business prepares you for roles such as: Secretarial, Office Admin and Office Assistant etc.
Prerequisites: Students choosing to study the Certificate III in Business must have already studied and attained the Certificate II in Business as a Year 11 course.
Auspicing: Our College has an auspicing arrangement with YMCA training for this qualification, so students will be enrolled with this Registered Training Organisation (RTO). All students will be inducted into RTO requirements at the beginning of the year and will require a USI number before commencing the course.
Cost: A student choosing to complete this qualification at Prendiville Catholic College will be charged a subject levy which absorbs the delivery costs of completing the qualification from the RTO (Registered Training Organisation). An approximate levy of $150 (Auspice fee) plus course costs per student will be incurred.
Pathways Information: This qualification could lead onto further TAFE study in Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Graduates will gain the skills and knowledge to undertake entry level administrative roles such as Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Clerical Officer and the skills will be useful if you are working in a Small Business.
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