Board Endorsed Courses

Board Endorsed Courses Include:

Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies is a 1 Unit Board Endorsed Course and is studied over Years 11 and 12. The Course offers a coherent and systematic study of the Church and its relationship with other traditions.

The Course aims to provide the opportunity for students to:

• Develop in their understanding of the faith, history and tradition, life and mission of the Catholic Church.

• Develop in their understanding and appreciation of the religious experience of other religious faiths and spiritual traditions.

• Critically reflect upon personal beliefs, values and commitments in light of revelation in the Scriptures and tradition, the mission of the Catholic Church and an analysis of Australia's religious culture.

For Whom is the Subject Intended?

Religion is compulsory for all students in Years 11 and 12.

This Board Endorsed Course is intended for students who do not propose to pursue Tertiary studies and/or find the writing of essays difficult. Although the course has a deliberate emphasis on specific Catholic teachings, there are opportunities for comparative studies with other religious traditions.

Prerequisites - NIL


Computing Applications

This Course cannot be used for admission to university courses. It is a Course which enables students to develop familiarity with common software packages.

This Course allows you to study aspects of computing that you find interesting. It may be used as a general introduction to computing. It will help develop students’ technological literacy and will assist them in other courses they may be studying. Students will produce a portfolio of work that they can use to help gain employment in the future. This is a basic course which may also be undertaken by those interested in gaining basic competency skills.

For Whom is the Subject Intended?

This is a highly flexible student-centred course based around computers.

This course is being offered as a 1 Unit course in the Preliminary Year with the potential to continue and do a further 1 Unit in the HSC Year.

The course cannot be studied in conjunction with Information Processes and Technology

Prerequisites - NIL


English Fundamentals

St Francis Xavier's College offers English Fundamentals as a 1 unit course in the Preliminary Year. The course offers support to students who need to develop knowledge, skills and understanding to assist them in their study and use of English. It is studied in addition to the Standard English Course or English Studies.

For Whom is the Subject Intended?

The English Fundamentals Course is designed for students who struggle with language and who need additional intensive assistance to achieve the outcomes of the Standard English course.

The English Fundamentals Course addresses the literacy needs of students undertaking the course and assists students to use the English language effectively in their study and for vocational and other purposes.

Students who have struggled in Stage 5 and achieved a D or E may consider studying English Fundamentals in addition to the Standard English Course.

Exploring Early Childhood

Exploring Early Childhood 1 Unit Non ATAR Course


Exploring Early Childhood is a Content Endorsed Course offered as a 1 Unit subject in both the Preliminary and HSC years. This Course has both practical and theoretical components. Students will develop understanding and awareness of the growth, development and learning of young children. Through gaining recognition of the uniqueness of all children, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon potential implications for themselves as parents or carers of children. The Course does not contribute to an ATAR.

For Whom is the Subject Intended?

This subject presents many possibilities for students who have interest in, or who wish to work in, childcare services via further study at both TAFE and university.

Pre-Requisites There are NO pre-requisites for this course.


Preliminary Course:

Pregnancy and Childbirth - Conception, genetics, tests, foetal growth, preparations, labour and birth, postnatal and contemporary issues.

Child Growth and Development - Physical, motor, social, emotional, cognitive and language development. Importance of families, Contemporary issues.

Promoting Positive Behaviour -  Developing realistic expectations, Age appropriate behaviour. Positive strategies, Behaviour management, Responsibilities.

Childrens’ Literature - Books, First years of school, Choosing books, Poetry, Nonfiction, Sharing literature with children, Contemporary Issues.

HSC Course

Play and the Developing Child - Defining play, Learning through play, Investigating Play Issues and factors influencing play, Contemporary issues.

Starting School - Transitions, Kindergarten, Curriculum, Contemporary Issues.

Child Health and Safety - Safety in the home, Maintaining environments, Toys and Play equipment, Road and outdoor safety, First Aid, Contemporary Issues.

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Childhood - History of childhood, Growing up in Australia, Childhood memories, Culture, Individual families, Multicultural society, Contemporary issues.


There is no external HSC examination for this Course – it does not contribute to an ATAR. The HSC Assessment Mark will appear on student’s HSC. Student assessment throughout the Preliminary and HSC Courses will reflect the extent to which each student has achieved the Course objectives and outcomes. Assessment Tasks include school-based examinations, projects and reports.

Costs Subject costs are included in the College Resource Fee. Other Costs: Projects, materials and excursions are to be covered by students when required. These costs are kept to a minimum.

Contact Person

Studies Coordinator: Chris Henry Email:

NOTE There is NO guarantee that this course will continue in the HSC year. Continuance is dependent on student numbers and staff availability.

Marine Studies


Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation

Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation 1 Unit Non ATAR Course


Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to adopt active and health-promoting lifestyles. It is a Content Endorsed Course offered as a 1 Unit subject in both the Preliminary and HSC years. The course has a greater emphasis on practical participation than the 2 Unit PDHPE Course. The Course does not contribute to an ATAR.

For Whom is the Subject Intended?

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation is suited to students who are interested in health, physical activity and performance. It meets the needs of the increasing number of students completing senior school who require a single unit course to finalise their suite of subjects. This Course provides an alternative to the more academically demanding 2 Unit PDHPE Course, but may also be studied in addition to that Course. This allows students with strong interests in this area to supplement their study of the 2 Unit Course with further related theoretical, and particularly, practical experiences.


There are NO formal pre-requisites for this Course, however students should not select it unless they are prepared to fully involve themselves in scheduled practical lessons.


Preliminary Course

Games and Sports Applications I - Includes activities where players share space. Defence involves contact, blocking passage of movement and interception eg Netball, Soccer, Touch, Team Handball.

Social Perspectives of Games and Sports - Sport in society, Media, Economics, Drugs in Sport, Careers.

Games and Sports applications II - Includes games where players occupy space critical to opponent, contact and blocking don’t generally occur eg Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis.

HSC Course

Resistance Training - Uses of Resistance Training, Muscles of body, Training Methods, Programming.

Outdoor Recreation - Opportunities, Skills, Environmental Considerations, Planning.

Sports Coaching and Training - Roles and Responsibilities, Aspects of a Coaching Session, Psychology, Coaching Programs.


Assessment in both Courses will involve research and practical reports, planning tasks and formal school-based examinations. Emphasis will be on both knowledge and skills. There is no HSC exam. A student’s HSC Assessment Mark appears on their HSC.


Students require suitable attire for practical sessions, including appropriate footwear, shorts, T-shirts and hats. Students should wear the College sports uniform when practical lessons are scheduled.


Subject Costs are included in the College Resource Fee. Other Costs: Minor transport and court hire costs will be required in relation to some practical modules. Costs are kept to a minimum.

Contact Person

Studies Coordinator: Chris Henry Email:

NOTE There is NO guarantee that this course will continue in the HSC year. Continuance is dependent on student numbers and staff availability.