Choosing a Study Program

students at Gungahlin College

When selecting your courses and units, you are advised to consider your career aspirations, abilities and interests. You should also note the following advice:

  • Students are expected to enrol in five units per semester and will be allocated a house group for pastoral care. This ensures that you can accumulate 20 standard units  by the end of four semesters at College, required for a Tertiary package. Students doing an accredited package can achieve the required 17 points after 3 semesters if they do some additional activities during their time at college eg Volunteering, Work experience.
  • It is a College expectation that students complete a major in English and Maths during their two years at Gungahlin College (for Tertiary students, these courses must be at T level).
  • Students need to be aware of the requirements of employers. Most employers expect students to have studied both English and Mathematics.
  • Students are advised to enrol in a balanced academic program and to study courses they enjoy and where they will be successful.
  • Students are not advised to study more than five units in any given semester.

The exact requirements for the award of all ACT Qualifications and more general information can be found on the BSSS website.

There are limited opportunities to change subject selections at key points in the academic year.

Our Timetable

The College timetable allows students some flexibility to suit their individual arrangements, such as ASBAs. In these cases the individual student timetable can be sorted so students can participate in an ASBA without missing other classes. Students also have the  option to attend classes in the evening which will free up additional time during the day for other pursuits.

Our College will continue to explore flexible learning options for all students whether their pathway is towards university, a trade, employment or other training.

Course Selection Information

All students must complete a course of study over years 11 & 12 (Major or Minor) from the English Course Area as a requirement for the award of an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

At Gungahlin College we expect students to complete at least a minor from the Mathematics Course Area as part of their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and a major if pursuing a Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES).  If you are studying a tertiary package it is expected that you undertake a tertiary Maths course.

It is the student’s responsibility to select an appropriate course package.

We strongly recommend that students research courses available at Gungahlin College and their pathway and areas of interest as universities and other institutions such as CIT have very specific requirements for entry.

As a general guide, before students make any selections, they need to consider the following:

  • At what level Maths am I capable of achieving success?
  • At what level English am I capable of achieving success?
  • In what three other subjects will I experience success and enjoy? It is important that you begin to plan the package of subjects that you would like to study.

At the request of families, enrolling students will be offered a course selection interview at the College. This interview is with students, their parents/carers and is conducted by a member of our teaching staff.

These discussions and your own research will help you to complete the selection process.

Questions you should consider:

  • What level of Maths and English will you most likely achieve success?
  • What courses are you really interested in?
  • Will you be seeking a T package and an ATAR (to gain entry to University) at the end of Year 12?
  • Are you looking to study at CIT at the end of Year 12?
  • Do you want to start an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) during Year 11 and 12?
  • Do you want to get a job or a traineeship at the end of Year 12?
  • What was your performance in Year 10 like?
  • What level of study are you able to cope with?
  • Are your goals realistic?
  • What other factors outside of school may impact on your studies?