Year 10

At Year 10 you must undertake:

  • Religious Education Semester 1 & 2
  • English Semester 1 & 2
  • Health and Physical Education Semester 1 & 2
  • Mathematics Semester 1 & 2
  • Two units of Science
  • One unit of History
  • Three units of electives (can include additional Science and History electives)

Guidelines for undertaking VCE Units at Year 10:

  • Students must receive approval to undertake VCE units. See the Year 9 Year Level Coordinator to find out more
  • A maximum of three VCE Units across two subject areas is permitted in Year 10
  • A single unit may be undertaken in a subject area

If you need help with subject combinations that would suit your interests or the pathways you are considering, have a look at the sample programs. They are a guide only, many other combinations can be chosen.

Year 10 Overview

In the Senior School the depth of learning increases and the potential to specialise begins.  Students in Year 10  undertake a broad range of learning areas as required by the Victorian Curriculum. The Year 10 course includes compulsory subjects (Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, Health & Physical Education for the full year and History for one semester) plus 3 semester length electives.


All Year 10 students are in homeroom groups for the Living and Values program, Religious Education and Health & Physical Education.


In Year 10 study of a Language is optional but highly recommended. Students are advised to speak directly to their Language teacher (French, Indonesian, Italian),  to discuss Languages options leading into VCE and their Senior School studies. All Year 10 subjects are examined at the end of Semester 1 and 2. Students must select 3 elective units in addition to 2 Science units.  Each unit is undertaken for one semester. Information about  electives is given at Subject Information Sessions prior to the subject selection final date (23 August 2018).  Students are encouraged to seek further information from their subject teachers.  The number of classes for a particular subject will be determined by the level of interest among students.  Thus, it is extremely important for students to select subjects they want to do.  Students who change their mind after subject selection may only enter subjects that are already timetabled, and which have places available in classes.


At Year 10, all students are involved in Community Service in Semester 1.  This is a core component of Religious Education Program.  Some students participate in the Peer Support Program.


Work experience enables students to become part of the workforce and develop good communication skills.  There is no set time for Work Experience.  Some students apply for a position for one week some time in Year 10 or during vacations in Year 11. The government requires students to undertake a preparation program and two online tests about Occupational Health & Safety before they are permitted to undertake Work Experience.  (See Careers Teachers: Ms Jenny Dunn or Mrs Ann Boyce). The first of these modules is undertaken during a Careers Day in Year 9.


By Year 10, students become more aware of the pathways ahead of them: University; TAFE; or employment.  We offer several subjects that enhance the steps to these ends. VCE subjects are an option for highly able students with a sound record of achievement and good study habits.   Maths 10A classes are designed for highly able Maths students and consequently are conducted at a faster pace.  Entrance is based on academic results and places are limited. Generally, students need to score above 85 per cent to enter Maths 10A. Students requiring extra support for their literacy needs will be invited to undertake Our Australia as their core history unit.


The timetable grid for senior students (Year 10 to 12) has been aligned to provide access to genuine acceleration opportunities.  At Year 10, there are several VCE subjects suitable for highly able students to select.  Undertaking a VCE unit provides an excellent experience for students capable of advanced study.  However, places are offered subject to the number of students interested.  As a result, a VCE unit 1 or 2 subject which was offered one year may not have the sequel run the following year, and students may have a year’s gap before they undertake it as a 3 & 4 Unit.

Highly able students, with a strong attendance record, who wish to apply for acceleration must show clear evidence of a minimum of two out of the following three criteria:

  1. Very strong results such as above 80% or B+ average according to semester 1 report in related subject area
  2. Generally strong exam results across the board, 70% or B and above, particularly in a related subject area
  3. Clear evidence of specific extra interest or commitment to the subject such as through external activities, competition entry, or work experience.

Applications for acceleration must be submitted by 3 August 2018 on the “Expression of Interest” form available from the Year 9 Level Coordinator. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application by 14 August.

It is important to note:

  • Priority is given to Year 11 students in Units 1 & 2 subjects and to Year 12 students in a Unit 3 & 4 sequence.
  • As classes are scheduled based on the number of students selecting the subject, it is not possible to guarantee entrance to the 3 & 4 Unit in that subject in Year 11
  • Overall performance in Year 9, including excellent attendance and strong work habits, is a key consideration for approval for acceleration into a VCE subject in Year 10.
  • Entrance to a 3 & 4 Unit in Year 11 is dependent on very strong grades for assessment tasks in most subjects, particularly those closely related to the Unit 3/4 subject.


Continuous monitoring of students’ learning is important for feedback purposes, lesson planning and to assist with future planning.  Students undertake a variety of assessment that develops their skills and knowledge.  These tasks are graded.  Students are expected to keep all their work and to regularly revise in preparation for their exams.  Where extended or mid-term holidays are taken, the student’s learning may be seriously disadvantaged. End of semester examinations are held for each subject in Year 10.  These provide a valuable indication of a student’s suitability to accelerate into a 3 & 4 unit sequence in Year 11.  Unit 3 & 4 subjects are mostly assessed by an examination so the ability to prepare for exams and complete them well is an important indicator of suitability for a Year 11 Unit 3 & 4 subject. Examinations must be undertaken at the scheduled time to ensure the integrity of the assessment process. Where a student’s Assessment Task performance is not at or above the expected level, the opportunity to undertake acceleration in VCE may be withheld. Year 10 students who receive an ‘Ungraded’ for several Assessment Tasks may be asked to attend a formal interview with the Deputy Principal and or the Director of Studies.  Should improvement not occur based on the plan devised, then parents may be required to attend a further interview with the student. In cases where a student has not satisfactorily completed  her Year 10 studies, the options for future pathways will be explored. Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting nights are an invaluable method of receiving feedback.  We encourage students to attend with their parents.


Students are asked to indicate preferences.  Every endeavour will be made to enter students in their preferred units in as fair a manner as possible.  This process takes place in late August.  Students planning a prolonged absence should seek advice from the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching about subject selection processes before departure.


When choosing units, students should consider their future pathways. Students should also consider whether any particular unit:

a)    interests them

b)   will extend their knowledge

c)    is deemed a wise choice by parents and teachers

d)    involves presumed knowledge for further studies. Eg: Languages

Before making any elective choices, it is vital that students consider all the information relating to each subject. If you need help with subject combinations that would suit your interests or the pathways you are considering, have a look at the sample programs. They are a guide only, many other combinations can be chosen. Avila College’s timetable is constructed according to students’ choices each year.  A change of mind may be possible but students must be aware that a limited range of choices may be left.


Year 10 Subject List

Religious Education

The Year 10 Religious Education program places an emphasis on living and understanding the place of our Catholic faith in the wider world. Through the study and discussion of discipleship, decision making and social justice, students come to understand their role in society as young people with beliefs and values.  The study of scripture from the Old and New Testaments gives students a greater insight into the sacred text of our tradition whilst the study of the Reformation allows students to explore the notion of challenge and change within the Catholic Church. The Religious Education program is based on the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s guidelines and uses the text To Know, Worship and Love. Students study a range of units from the Content Strands of: Scripture and Jesus; Church and Community; God, Religion and Life; Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments; and Morality and Justice

The Prophetic Message

Students learn about the Old Testament prophets and their message and make links with the message of Jesus Christ, drawing conclusions through a close study of scripture. They reflect on the stages the Old Testament prophet undertakes as well as the call to create the Kingdom of God – the message of Jesus.  Finally, students consider all this in terms of their role in the wider world. 

The Reformation

The Church has experienced many challenges, one of the greatest being the Reformation. Students learn what led to the Reformation, the role of Martin Luther and the response made by the Catholic Church.

Consistent Ethic of Life

The sanctity of human life is a fundamental teaching which underpins the Catholic understanding of the value of life. Students discuss the Church teaching of the beginning and ending of human life through applying the teaching of the ‘Consistent Ethic of Life’ and consider the application of Christian decision making.

Ancient and Indigenous Spirituality

Students have the opportunity to explore and experience the nature of Indigenous spirituality. This complements the Year 10 Immersion program to Santa Teresa.

Creating a Just World

In this unit students investigate how social justice addresses the underlying causes of poverty and inequality in our world and the difference between charity and social justice. They make a study of a contemporary challenge in the area of social justice and analyse Church documents which respond to these issues. Students apply the ‘See Judge Act’ model to particular issues and analyse Catholic Church Social Teaching.

Students undertake an exam at the end of each semester.

This study prepares students to enter into VCE Units 1of  Religion and Society and/or Unit 1 Texts and Tradition.

Students may choose to apply for Religion and Society 3 & 4.

In studying religion at Avila College, students learn about the world and their place in it. They engage in robust discussion about contemporary issues and explore the ways they can live out the words of St Teresa of Avila:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world.

The skills of analysis, interpretation and communication prepare students for a broad range of courses and careers:

Law, Education, Journalism, Politics, Diplomatic Service, International Studies, Public Service.


Year 10 History | 1 SEMESTER ONLY

Year 10 History is a core subject that run for a half year. Students can one subject from the following (Note: * VCE History Units available at Year 10):

  • The Modern World and Australia
  • Our Australia (invitation only)
  • Twentieth Century History (* Unit 1)
  • Australian and Global Politics (Unit 1)
  • Classical Studies (Unit 1)

Health & Physical Education


The Health and Physical Education core programme at Year 10, is an integrated programme where our students expand on their Health related knowledge, and continue to be involved in practical experiences that will provide them with advanced movement skills, performance appraisal techniques and leadership skills.

The Year 10 style of learning is based on the inquiry process, where the students’ questions and ideas are at the centre of their learning experience.  Students research, question and collaborate with others in the class to study a variety of topics. Our programme focusses on developing an awareness of the individual’s responsibility in regards to both community health and their own emotional, physical and social health. Innovative studies in areas such as physical activity plans, nutrition, community and mental health enable them to develop related skills of inquiry, decision-making, communication and assertiveness.


English - Core

All students study English as a core subject.  The English curriculum is built around three interrelated strands of: Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.


  • Students engage with the various features of language that support meaning.
  • Students explore the ways in which choices about language features shape meaning in texts.
  • Students learn about the ways that language patterns contribute to the distinctive nature of the overall organisation and shape of a text.


  • Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment.
  • Students explore a range of text types including spoken, written and multimodal texts.
  • Students read and explore literary texts and use these as models for their own writing.


  • Students explore the ways in which vocabulary, text structures and language features impact on meaning.
  • Students comprehend and interpret texts in a range of ways.
  • Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects.

An examination is held at the end of each semester.


Year 10 Mathematics

Year 10 Mathematics is a core subject that run for a full year. Students can choose two of Mathematics on offer. Semesters 1 and 2 of the same choice in Mathematics must be undertaken for the entire year. Student choices are:

  • Mathematics (Semester 1 & 2)
  • Mathematics A (Semester 1 & 2)



Year 10 Mathematics is a core subject that run for a full year. Students anticipating a career in the Sciences may take an additional Science unit as an elective if desired. The units offered include general science units according to the Victorian Curriculum (Forensic Science and Environmental Science) as well as electives for students wishing to specialise in agriculture and horticulture (AgHort), biology (Genetics and Evolution), chemistry and physics in the following years.

Student can choose from the following topics. (Note: * VCE Science Units available at Year 10 - please also read 'Accelerated Studies' below):

  • Aghort
  • Chemistry (NOT to be taken with Enviro Science)
  • Environmental Science (NOT to be taken with Chemistry)
  • Genetics & Evolution (NOT to be taken with Forensic Science or Biology *Unit 2)
  • Forensic Science  (NOT to be taken with Physics or Genetics & Evolution)
  • Physics (NOT to be taken with Forensic Science or Physics *Unit 1)
  • Physics (* Unit 1)
  • Biology (* Unit 1 & 2)
  • Agriculture & Horticulture (* Unit 1)
  • Psychology (*Unit 1) (Special Note: This unit can be chosen by students however it does not count as one of the two compulsory Science Units)

Accelerated Studies

At Year 10 Students may undertake one of the VCE Science subjects (VCE Agriculture and Horticulture Unit 1, VCE Biology Units 1 and/or 2, VCE Physics Unit 1) as part of their required allotment. Note that students wishing to undertake the accelerated Physics unit (VCE Physics Unit 1) should have both a keen interest in experimenting as well as strong mathematical skills. VCE Psychology Unit 1 can also be taken as an accelerated study in Year 10 but this must be counted as an elective unit and chosen in addition to another two Science units as it does not cover Victorian Curriculum content.


Year 9 Language is a core subject that run for a full year. Students can choose one of three languages on offer. Semesters 1 and 2 of the same language must be undertaken for the entire year. Student choices are:

  • French (Semester 1 & 2)
  • Indonesian (Semester 1 & 2)
  • Italian (Semester 1 & 2)