Senior Students

The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies

The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACT BSSS) is a statutory authority responsible for the certification of senior secondary school studies in government and non-government schools in the Australian Capital Territory.  Students at St  Clare’s College study courses accredited by the ACT BSSS. Students may be issued the following qualifications and statements:

  • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Record of Achievement
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement
  • Statement of Achievement
  • VET Certificates and Statements of Attainment.

To learn more about ACT senior secondary schools curriculum, assessment, moderation, qualifications etc, please visit the BSSS website.

Minimum Course Selection

  • Year 11:  6 courses
  • Year 12:  5 courses

Explanation of Course Types

Major Course: Completion of four units in a course.

Minor Course: Completion of two or three units in a course.

Major Minor Course: Completion of six units in a course.

Double Major Course: Completion of eight units in a course.

Accredited Courses (A): An accredited course is a course which has been accepted by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies as being educationally sound and appropriate for students in Years 11 and 12.

Tertiary Courses (T): A Tertiary course is a course which has been accepted by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies as forming a solid foundation for the study of a particular discipline at a tertiary level.

Vocational Courses (V): A Vocational course is a course which has been accredited by both the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies and Industry through the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council. Students are able to attain a nationally recognized vocational qualification.

Registered Courses (R): An R course is a course that is designed to further the student’s social, cultural, sporting and/or personal development.

Modified Course (M): An M course is an A course which has been modified to provide appropriate educational experiences for students who satisfy specific disability criteria.

H Course (H): A targeted extension program or first year University Program delivered in partnership with the Australian National University and the University of Canberra intended to support high achieving students.

Senior Electives

RELIGIOUS STUDIES  
Religious Studies T, A
Active Volunteering C

 

ENGLISH  
English T
Literature T
Essential English A

 

MATHEMATICS  
Specialist Mathematics T
Advanced Mathematical Methods T
Mathematical Methods T
Mathematical Applications(AC: General Mathematics) T
Essential Mathematics A
Contemporary Mathematics A

 

TEXTILE AND FOOD TECHNOLOGY  
Fashion T, A, V
Hospitality T, A, V

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  
Information Technology T
Information Technology A, V

There are also a wide range of Registered Units available which students may have accredited as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate.

 

SCHOOL SUPPORT TEAM   
Work Education – Contemporary Transitions A

 

TECHNOLOGY  
Design and Technology T, A
Graphic Design T, A
Fashion T, A, V
Hospitality T, A, V
Information Technology T, A, V

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH  
Exercise Science T
Physical Education A
Sports Development A

 

SCIENCE  
Chemistry T
Biology T, A
Physics T
Earth And Environmental Science T, A

 

SOSE  
Business T
Business Administration A, V
Children’s Services A, V
Geography T, A
History T, A
Legal Studies T, A
Psychology T, A
Sociology T, A

 

LANGUAGES  
French Continuing & Advanced T
Italian Continuing & Advanced T,A
Japanese Continuing & Advanced T

 

THE ARTS  
Dance T, A
Drama T, A
Media T, A
Music T, A
Visual Arts T, A

 

There are also a wide range of Registered Units available which students may have accredited as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate.