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.

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Year 11 Economics ATAR to a C grade.

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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.

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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:

  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Communicate in the business environment
  • Produce workplace documentation
  • Organise and complete daily work activities
  • Work effectively with others
  • Use business technology

The Certificate II Business will be delivered over a one year period only and will count as two units of equivalence towards the students 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 this RTO (TBA) and will be inducted into RTO requirements at the beginning of the year. An approximate levy of $150 (Auspice fee) + courses costs per student will be incurred in 2017.

Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this course.


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