Curriculum

Our students are required to study all areas across the curriculum with breadth and depth. Mater Dei College is committed to delivering a challenging and exciting Curriculum. The College endeavours to provide as broad an education as possible for as long as possible in the belief that all students have a gift, a talent or an interest.  The aim is to identify and nurture this and so create a desire for excellence, for success and for life-long learning. Our extensive curriculum has a particular emphasis on performing and creative arts, design and technology, languages and learning technologies.

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) approve curriculum initiatives, units of study and methods of assessment.  They are modified and updated according to current educational theory and practice after detailed discussion and research by the Staff and Management of the College. Documentation on courses is provided in each Year level.

Years 7 – 10

The curriculum is broadest in Years 7 – 10, offering subjects which combine flexibility and breadth of study with the discipline needed to prepare for the academic rigour of Post-Year 10 schooling. 

Compulsory Subjects

  • Religious Education
  • English 
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages: Japanese or Indonesian (Years 7, 8 and 9)

 

Elective Subjects

An extensive range of electives is offered in

  • The Arts
  • Design & Technology
  • Enterprise & IT
  • Vocational Education & Training (Year 10)

 

In Year 7 all students are given an introduction to the Elective subjects with a term-based schedule of “Taster” subjects which provide background to Elective subjects in subsequent years. 

Students in Years 8 to 10 choose three elective subjects which they wish to further their knowledge and skills. These electives are studied either as a full unit for a semester or a half unit for the whole year.

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study either Indonesian or Japanese at a general level.  Students in Years 8 to 10 may elect to study the language at a specialist level which allows further study in Years 11 and 12.

In Year 10 these electives include stage 1 SCSA developed units and a Career Awareness programme that provides access to a TAFE Certificate 1.

General advice about career and future study plans can be obtained from Heads of Learning Area, the Careers Advisor or the Deans of Learning).

To download a 2017 Year 7 to 10 Curriculum Handbook, please click on the image below:

MDC Yr 7 10 2017 Curriculum Handbook Page 01

Years 11 & 12

All Year 11 and 12 students study Religion & Life, English or Literature and Mathematics as well as three other courses of their choice taken from a range of SCSA Developed or Endorsed units.

An extensive range of Courses of Study and SCSA Endorsed Programmes are offered in Year 11 and Year 12.

Course Outlines

Course outlines detailing assessment programmes, topics, and significant dates are published for each student, for each subject, at the beginning of the course. Parents should sight these documents.

General information on subject areas and guidance to help make decisions regarding career plans and further education as well as specific information about units and programmes on offer at Mater Dei College is available in the 2017 Year 11/12 Curriculum Handbook.

 

2017 Curriculum Handbook Yr 11 12 Front    Screen Shot 2017 06 12 at 11.31.26 am

 

 

To download a copy please follow the link.