Subject selection is a process that takes time and careful consideration in order to complete effectively. Selections should be made on the basis of future aspirations however, should be realistic and in keeping with demonstrated academic ability and interests.
A sound indicator of success in Year 11 and 12 is demonstrated academic achievement in Year 10 courses, including Year 10 examinations.
Teacher recommendations for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Languages should guide subject selection. These recommendations are not suggestions for what students should do, rather, what they have demonstrated ability to be successful in.
PLC offers a broad range of subjects to allow students the opportunity to pursue their particular interests, however, subjects may only run if there is sufficient student interest.
By the time subject selections are due online, students and parents will have had the following opportunities:
- Year 10 examination results
- Year 10 Semester 1 report
- IB Diploma and WACE information evenings
- Year 11 and 12 student lead sessions
- Round 1 counselling for students
- Round 2 counselling for interested students and parents
- The Combined Schools Tertiary Expo at Scotch College
Subject selection is an on-line process and must be completed by the due date.
Timetabling decisions will be made as a result of these initial subject selections. Where numbers of students selecting a subject are insufficient to justify an allocation of resources, the subject will be withdrawn and students will have to reselect.
Whilst every effort will be made to timetable selections it may not be possible to fit in all subject combinations. If this occurs you will be asked to reselect.
Information about the subjects offered for IB Diploma and WACE at PLC is provided in the relevant pages.
Further information about all Year 11 and Year 12 WACE subjects can be obtained from the SCSA Syllabus Manuals, or from the SCSA’s website:
Further information about the IB Diploma course can be obtained from the International Baccalaureate site: www.ibo.org
General enquiries can be directed to Heads of Department, Subject Co-ordinators, the Head of Careers and Pathways and Head of IB Diploma.
Timetabling decisions will be made as a result of the initial subject selections. Where numbers of students selecting a subject are insufficient to justify an allocation of resources, the subject will be withdrawn and students will have to reselect.
Whilst every effort will be made to timetable your selection, it may not be possible to fit in all subject combinations. If this occurs you will be asked to reselect subjects.
Online Subject Selection
The subject selection portal can be accessed via the left hand side bar “Select Courses” and this will need to be completed by Friday 12 June, 2020. Selections will form the basis of the timetable construction for Year 11 and 12, beginning in Term 4, 2020.
Changes to selections
Students may wish to change their choice of subjects when they find out more information about their current performance and refine their plans for the future.
Changes will be permitted in-line with PLC’s subject change policy (See below) in addition to the following considerations:
- Subjects for which insufficient original selection are received may not be available
- Does the new subject fit with post-school plans?
- Does the new course satisfy the criteria for the IB Diploma or WACE?
- Does the new subject fit the timetable?
- Is there room in the class?
Change requests will need to be in consultation with the Head of Careers and Pathways (and where applicable, Head of IB Diploma) and in-line with PLC’s Subject Change policy. Changes into a new subject may necessitate a change of one or more of the student’s current classes, thus teachers.
Year 11 & 12 Subject Change Policy 2021
Year 11 Timetable subject changes
Pathway change requests
IB Diploma to WACE or WACE to IB Diploma pathway changes must be finalised by the end of Term 4, 7 December 2020.
A student may be permitted to change from IB Diploma to WACE (ATAR or General) for Semester 2, however, should understand, this may involve catch up of Semester 1 WACE ATAR subject content.
A change from IB Diploma to WACE may be possible at the start of Year 12.
Individual WACE ATAR and IB Diploma Subject change requests
- Final date for Semester 1 WACE ATAR and IB Diploma subject changes will be Term 1, Week 2, Friday 12 February 2021.
- Semester 1 WACE General subject changes are case by case and will be considered prior to Term 1, Week 3, 19 February 2021.
The chosen subject must have sufficient assessments remaining so that a grade can be achieved.
Subject changes will reopen after Semester 1 exams, and close within one week of results being released.
There will be no changes into subjects offered at Scotch College for Semester 2 (this is Scotch College policy).
Year 12 Timetable subject changes
The majority of students elect to commence their Year 12 studies with 5 subjects (minimum number of subjects for students not taking VET Certificate course) or 6 subjects (and drop to 5 subjects after).
- The deadline for new WACE ATAR subjects is Term 4, Week 2, 22 October 2020.
- The deadline for new WACE General subjects is Term 1, Week 3, 19 February 2021.
- The deadline for enrolment into VET courses is Term 1, Week 3, 19 February 2021.
SCSA has binding deadlines for student enrolments in WACE courses (ATAR and General).
The deadline to be enrolled in any WACE course is Thursday, 1 April 2021 (To be confirmed by SCSA). After this date, the SCSA system is locked and no changes may be made.
Year 11 and 12 Student subject change procedure
1 Student to discuss change proposal with parent/guardian.
2 Student makes appointment to see Head of Careers and Pathways/Head of IB Diploma to discuss current subject(s) and ascertain change options.
3 Where subject changes involve Scotch College, the Scotch College Careers Counselor/Head of IB Diploma will be consulted.
4 If applicable, Change Form issued by Head of Careers and Pathways.
5 Year Co-ordinators, Year Learning Co-ordinators, Deputy Head of Senior School Year 11 & 12, Head of IB Diploma (where applicable) and relevant teachers are notified.
6 Parent/guardian and student signed Change Form is submitted to Curriculum Services (Scorgie House).
7 Student is permitted to change classes only when;
- a) when the student’s timetable has been updated to new class(es)
- b) an email has been received from Curriculum Services