Subject Selection Guide For Year 10 Students

Posted on March 5, 2017 by Matrix Education

The Subject Selection Process

Year 10 students should consider these questions when selecting their Year 11 subjects.

 

 

Step 1: Choose your university course preference

Entry into university courses require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is a rank that allows comparison of students’ academic performance in their HSC courses. It is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 with increments of 0.05.

Read more: All About ATAR and Scaling

Listed below are the minimum ATAR results needed for domestic applicants to have been accepted into some popular university courses in 2017, and each course’s assumed knowledge. Students who do not satisfy the assumed knowledge requirements may need to undertake a bridging course prior to commencement of their degree.

University of New South Wales
Course Name 2017 ATAR Cut Off Assumed Knowledge Recommended Subjects
Actuarial Studies 97.50 Mathematics Extension 1 English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 2
Architectural Studies 95.60 None English Advanced, Ancient History, Modern History, Design and Technology, Visual Arts
Commerce 96.50 Mathematics English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1
Aerospace Engineering 91.00 Mathematics Extension 1, Physics Chemistry, Engineering Studies, Mathematics Extension 2, Information Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development
Electrical Engineering 92.00 Mathematics Extension 1, Physics Mathematics Extension 2, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering Studies, Software Design and Development, Information Processes and Technology
International Studies/Law 99.65 English Advanced None
Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine 99.95* English Standard (Band 4) Chemistry

 University of Sydney
Course Name 2017 ATAR Cut Off Assumed Knowledge Recommended Subjects
Commerce (Liberal Studies) 98.00 Mathematics None
Information Technology 90.00 Mathematics Extension 1 None
Medical Science 90.00 Mathematics, Chemistry plus Biology or Physics. None
Oral Health * Chemistry None
Pharmacy 90.00 Mathematics, Chemistry Biology, Physics
Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine * Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics Biology

Macquarie University
Course Name 2017 ATAR Cut Off Assumed Knowledge Recommended Subjects
Actuarial Studies 97.10 Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E4) Mathematics Extension 2
Marketing and Media 95.30 Mathematics General Mathematics
Arts – Psychology/Laws 96.00 None Mathematics

University of Technology
Course Name 2017 ATAR Cut Off Assumed Knowledge Recommended Subjects
Business/Laws 97.00 English (any 2 units), Mathematics None
Design in Visual Communication 93.40 English (any 2 units) Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Textiles and Design
Design in Architecture/Creative Intelligence and Innovation 97.40 English (any 2 units)Mathematics Visual Arts, Design and Technology, History (any 2 units)
Engineering (Hons) Civil, Diploma in Engineering Practice 93.00 English Standard, Mathematics Extension 1, Physics English Advanced

* ATAR + additional selection criteria

 

Step 2: Identify recommended subjects

  • Many university courses have recommended subjects. This means the university will assume you have knowledge of the particular subjects prior to the course commencement.
  • To study Bachelor of Medicine/Doctor of Medicine, you must undertake English Standard or higher. English as a Second Language (ESL) and Fundamentals of English students are not considered suitable.
  • Refer to Tables above for the recommend subjects of other university course.

 

 

Step 3: Do your strengths align with the recommended subjects?

During Year 9 & 10, English, Maths and Science were mandatory subjects. Other subjects such as History, Geography and Languages may have been undertaken in Year 9 or 10. This was designed to help Year 10 students discover their strengths and weaknesses of various subjects.

But how do I identify my strengths?

Asking your teacher for their opinion on your strengths in various subjects may be one of the most accurate ways of determining which subjects you should study further in Year 11.

For example, if you are struggling in Year 10 Maths Advanced (Stage 5.3), then you may be advised to consider Year 11 Maths Advanced rather than Year 11 Maths Extension 1. This may be a problem if you want to study a university course with Maths Ext 1 as assumed knowledge:

  • Bachelor of Actuarial Studies at UNSW has an assumed knowledge of Maths Extension 1 and recommended subjects of English Advanced and Maths Ext 2
  • Bachelor of Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University has an assumed knowledge of Maths Extension 1 (Band E4) of Maths Ext 2

 

 

Step 4: Do you like these subjects?

Often we hear Year 10 students say ‘I don’t like science so I don’t want to study Chemistry in Year 11.’ When we talk to these students to learn more about why, it’s mainly due to their bad learning experience with their school teacher. Parents should help their children realise the real reason for like or dislike for a subject not based on bad experiences.

Such decisions can lead to limited options for entrance into university courses due to recommended or prerequisite subjects being introduced from 2019.

 

Case Study 1: Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW

Students aspiring to study Bachelor of Medical studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW are assessed on the following criteria:

Requirements of this course are listed below.

Criteria Details
ATAR Requirement 99+
UMAT 90th percentile or higher
Assumed Knowledge English (standard). English as a Second Language (ESL) and Fundamentals of English are not considered suitable preparation
Recommended Studies Chemistry
Past Matrix students who entered this university course studied English Advanced

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Mathematics Ext 1 or Ext 2 

Source: UAC Website 

 

Case Study 2: Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney

Students aspiring to study Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine at Sydney University require an ATAR of 99.95.

Requirements of this course are listed below.

Criteria Details
ATAR Requirement 99.95
Additional Selection Criteria A written assessment and an interview
UMAT N/A
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

All students must take some units of study in mathematics during their undergraduate degree.

Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied.

From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher).

The assumed knowledge will still apply. When you read Mathematics this refers to the HSC course titled Mathematics, not Mathematics General 2.

Recommended Studies Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Past Matrix students who entered this university course studied English Advanced

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Mathematics Ext 1 or Ext 2

Source: UAC Website

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Case Study 3: Bachelor of Law (Combined Law degrees)

Requirements of Bachelor of Combined Law at Sydney University are listed below.

Criteria Details
ATAR Cut-off (2017) 99.50
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics Band 4 or higher
Recommended Studies None
Past Matrix students subject combination with entry into Bachelor of Medical studies/Doctor of Medicine English Advanced

Economics

Chemistry

Physics

Mathematics Ext 1 or Ext 2

Source: UAC Website

Requirements of Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law at UNSW Australia are listed below. 

Criteria Details
ATAR Cut-off (2017) 99.70
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics
Recommended Studies English Advanced, HSC Mathematics Extension 1
Past Matrix students subject combination with entry into Bachelor of Medical studies/Doctor of Medicine English Advanced

Business Studies and/or Economics

Chemistry

Physics

Mathematics Ext 1

Source: UAC Website

To learn more about how to choose the right subjects for Year 11, attend a free Matrix Subject Selection Seminar for Year 10 students.

 

Case Study 4: Bachelor of Commerce

Requirements of Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Australia are listed below.

Criteria Details
ATAR Cut-off (2017) 96.50
UMAT 90th percentile or higher
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics
Recommended Studies English Advanced, HSC Mathematics Extension 1
Past Matrix students subject combination with entry into Bachelor of Medical studies/Doctor of Medicine English Advanced

Business Studies and/or Economics

Chemistry

Physics

Mathematics Ext 1

Source: UAC Website

Requirements of Bachelor of Commerce at University of Sydney are listed below.

Criteria Details
ATAR Cut-off (2017) 95.00
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics.

From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher). The assumed knowledge will still apply.

Recommended Studies English Advanced, HSC Mathematics Extension 1
Past Matrix students subject combination with entry into Bachelor of Medical studies/Doctor of Medicine English Advanced

Accounting

Business Studies and/or Economics

Chemistry or/and Physics

Mathematics or Extension 1 or 2

Source: UAC Website

Don’t see the requirements for your university course preference? Email dj.kim@matrix.edu.au for further information.

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