At the ASMS, Year 12 students can choose from a range of traditional subjects, as well as unique STEM subjects, such as Aviation, Industrial Design, Extraordinary Learning, Geology, Health Science or Human Performance.
Students at our school also enjoy the opportunity to undertake a first-year university subject while completing Year 12. The University Extension Studies (UES) program provides a taste of university life for high-achieving students. Subjects are delivered on the Flinders University campus at Bedford Park and Tonsley, taught by Flinders academic staff, lab staff and tutors.
Our Learning Studies program supports students to develop their attributes as learners. The program ensures that students feel a sense of belonging within our school, and are able to develop strong relationships with their Learning Studies teacher and students.
Each Learning Studies Group is vertically grouped with up to 20 students from Years 10 to 12 who meet for 40 minutes every day with their teacher. The student / teacher relationship is an essential part of our school’s high-quality learning environment and students work with the same Learning Studies teacher for their whole time at the school where possible. Through their expertise and experience, teachers support and mentor students to plan and achieve their goals, and advocate for students.
The Learning Studies teacher is the first point of contact between school and home and consistently monitors student progress and achievement.
Subject choices include:
Through Scientific Studies students develop knowledge of scientific principles and concepts through their own investigations. They develop the skills and abilities to explain scientific phenomena and to draw evidence-based conclusions from investigations of science-related issues. This program in Aviation concerns itself principally with Flight Operations. It covers most of the theory and appropriate applications leading to a private pilot’s license. Topics include aviation units and charts, aerodynamics, aircraft general knowledge, flight operation and performance, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, human factors and other issues. Extended work will be undertaken with radio and navigation systems. The theory will be complemented with appropriate practical resources including an industry standard multi-functional synthetic flight trainer. Through these activities, students learn about physics, the environment and society in a practical setting.
Learning Area: Science
The study of Biology involves students investigating and learning about the structure and function of a range of living organisms, how they interact with other living things and how they interact with their environment. Ultimately, students develop their skills in explaining the living world around us and how it functions, from the level of molecules to biospheres.
The study of Chemistry involves investigating and learning about the properties, uses, means of production, and reactions of natural and processed materials. It also includes a critical study of the social and environmental impact of materials and chemical processes. Ultimately, students develop their skills in explaining the world around us and why it works at an atomic and molecular level.
In English students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world.
Stage 2 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through a shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts.
Stage 2 English as an Additional Language is designed for students who speak English as a second or additional language or dialect, and whose English language proficiency is restricted (i.e. below Language and Literacy Level 12).
Each year at the ASMS there is the opportunity to undertake personalised learning driven by and connecting with particular passions, interests or commitments. This course will be codesigned with each learner individually to negotiate a course of study that allows true agency-driven exploration in any area, potentially including learning occurring outside of the ASMS. This is an exciting chance to really think outside the traditional conception of a Year 12 subject and create something extraordinary! This course will be heavily connected with the development of capabilities and personalisation of the program means that this course could not only link with any others, but also draw from and tie together the rest of a Year 12 program.
The discipline of geography deals with environmental phenomena and human activities as diverse as natural hazards, landforms, tourism, economic development, agriculture, and urban planning. Through the study of Geography, students develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships of people, places, and environments. They develop an understanding of how people interact with environments differently in different places and at different times, and of the opportunities, challenges, and constraints of different locations.
Students design and conduct geological investigations and gather evidence from fieldwork, experiments, and research. They have the opportunity to engage with the work of practising geologists and join and/or initiate debates about how geology impacts on our own lives, society, and the environment.
The Health Science program is an interdisciplinary program drawing on a range of disciplines. It is a recognised SACE 40 credit subject that attracts a university entrance score (ATAR).
Through Scientific Studies students develop knowledge of scientific principles and concepts through their own investigations. They develop the skills and abilities to explain scientific phenomena and to draw evidence-based conclusions from investigations of science-related issues. This program in Human Performance combines a theoretical and practical study of human movement, health and physical performance. Students gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity with a focus on biomechanics and sports psychology. Students explore their own physical capacities and analyse performance and health issues.
In this course students will choose a focus from the areas of Industry and Entrepreneurial Solutions, Robotic and Electronic Systems, Digital Communication Solutions, Material Products or Digital Technologies. Within each focus there is learning about investigating and analysing the purpose, design features, materials or resources and production techniques. Students will develop design briefs, deconstruct problems, and plan, explore and evaluate possible solutions. Within the digital technologies focus there will also be learning about analysing real world data sets. Students will opt to be assessed using either the SACE Design, Technology and Engineering or Digital Technologies frameworks.
This subject helps students to develop an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus and statistics. By using functions and their derivatives and integrals, and by mathematically modelling physical processes, students develop a deep understanding of the physical world through a sound knowledge of relationships involving rates of change. Students use statistics to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation.
Media Studies develops students’ media literacy and practical production skills. Actively engaging and interacting with media, while learning to make informed choices, students will discuss and analyse media issues and create their own multimodal products. Working both individually and collaboratively, Media Studies is a great opportunity for students to have a meaningful creative outlet during the rigours of Year 12.
The study of history gives students the opportunity to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing world by connecting past and present. Through the study of past events, actions, and phenomena students gain an insight into human nature and the ways in which individuals and societies function. Students research and review sources within a framework of inquiry and critical analysis.
The study of physics offers opportunities for students to understand and appreciate the physical world. This subject requires the investigation and interpretation of phenomena of physics through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei.
The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. It has direct relevance to their personal lives. Psychological knowledge can be applied to improve outcomes and the quality of experience in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure.
This subject draws on and deepens students’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in using rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs and using mathematical models. It includes the study of functions and calculus. This subject can lead to further study in a range of tertiary courses such as mathematical sciences, engineering, computer science, and physical sciences. Students envisaging careers in related fields will benefit from studying this subject.
University Extension Study gives students the opportunity to undertake a first-year university subject as a part of their SACE Stage 2 program. The university subject counts as a “Recognised Study” for SACE completion and for the calculation of an ATAR. Students normally complete two separate semester courses at university. The results for these two courses combined count for a 20 credit subject for the SACE. Achievement in the university subjects counts for university course completion when the students enrol in a full undergraduate program at university. Entry into University Extension Study is by invitation of the principal using school-based selection criteria.