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Years 11-12

More detailed Senior School information can be found in the Senior School Handbook (on RadNet - login required). All courses offered are accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

The Structure Of The Curriculum

The educational program in the Senior School is structured around two assessment periods. Each unit is taught for a semester and some work is offered as half units. The majority of Radford's accredited units are each worth 1 point (one standard unit). When a student does a half unit, it is expected that the student undertakes two half units in the course during the semester.
Units from all subject areas are accumulated semester by semester. Units within the same area combine to form courses. A course consists of a combination of units with coherence of purpose.
The following course structures are available in all subject areas. The number of units required for each type of course is the minimum requirement.

The following course structures are available in some subject areas.

A Courses

An Accredited (A) course is one that is educationally sound and appropriate for students in Years 11 and 12. Results in (A) courses are not used in the calculation of a student’s Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

T Courses

A Tertiary (T) course is one that has the same qualities as an (A) course but in addition prepares students for higher education. In considering the (T) classification for a course, specific consideration is given to course content, presentation and methods of assessment. Results in (T) courses are used in the calculation of a student's ATAR.

M Courses

M classification is given to an Accredited course which provides appropriate educational experiences for students who satisfy specific disability criteria.

H Courses

H classification is given to a Year 11 and 12 course which is designed and accredited by an Australian university and where successful completion of the course will be recognised towards an undergraduate degree. H courses may contribute to a student’s ATAR calculation and the units may contribute to the college course.

R Courses

An R course is one that is appropriate for students in Years 11 and 12, and is usually designed to provide personal development, recreational or community service activities. Results in R courses are not used in the calculation of a student’s ATAR.

V Courses

A V course is one that contains nationally recognised vocational units that prepare students for the award of vocational certification. Many V courses are also accredited as A or T courses. Results in V courses are used to help generate a student’s ATAR if the course is also accredited as a T course.

Individual units are classified in the same way: (A), (T), (M), (H), (R) and (V).

In some subjects there is a set order in which units must be studied. In other subjects students may study units in any order, however, in most cases, a particular course pattern is recommended to students.

Statements and Certificates

Students can work towards:

For more information, please consult the Senior School Handbook (on RadNet - login required).

Academic Program

The following table lists courses that will be are offered to students in the Senior School.

T Courses

A Courses

V Courses

Art, Design & Technology

Design & Graphics (T)
Engineering Studies (T)
Fashion Design (T)
Information Technology (T)
Photography (T)
Visual Art & Design (T)

Drama

Drama (T)

English

English (T)

History & Philosophy

History (T)

LOTE

Continuing French (T)
Continuing Japanese (T)

Mathematics

Mathematical Applications (T)
Mathematical Methods (T)
Specialist Mathematics (T)

Music

Music (T)

Health, Outdoor and Physical Education

Human Movement (T)

Science

Biology (T)
Chemistry (T)
Geology (T)
Physics (T)

SOSE

Business (T)
Economics (T)
Geography (T)
Legal Studies (T)

Art, Design & Technology

Design & Graphics (A)
Fashion Design (A)
Hospitality Studies (A)
Media (A)
Photography (A)
Visual Art & Design (A)
Workshop Technology (A)

Drama

Drama (A)


English

English (A)

LOTE

No accredited courses offered

Mathematics

General Mathematics (A)

Music

Music (A)

Health, Outdoor and Physical Education

Physical Education (A)

Science

Science in Society (A)

SOSE

Business (A)

Art, Design & Technology

Hospitality (V)


R Courses

General Studies

Compulsory for all Year 11s seeking an ATAR

Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (R)

Available in selected areas

Pathways (R)

For specific students