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A pathway into senior school

Complete Year 10 at Canning College.

The Year 10 program is designed to allow students a pathway into senior school, and beyond senior school to university. It integrates the four major subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and promotes creative, independent and critical thinking.

CRICOS Course Code 097570G.


Completion of Year 10.


The Year 10 program starts in February or April of each year.

  • January Entry: 11 months (January/February – December).
  • April Entry: 9 months (April – December).


Students who successfully complete Year 10 will progress into Year 11 studies.


The program will provide a depth and breadth across the curriculum, with a heavy emphasis on literacy and numeracy in preparation for Year 11 studies. Students will also engage in student experience activities.

Year 10 students study the following subjects:

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) in Year 10 is designed for students who speak another language or dialect as their first language. EAL/D focuses on language learning and the teaching of Standard Australian English. Year 10 EAL/D is designed for international students to improve their spoken and written English in preparation for Year 11. It focuses on the skills: reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills including library research, computer skills, report and essay writing.

In Year 10 Mathematics students are taught the prerequisite skills and knowledge to prepare them for success in any of the three Mathematics subjects offered in Year 11.

Topics studied include –

  • Number: real numbers, percentages, simple and compound interest, finance, spreadsheets, logarithms
  • Algebra: index laws, solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear, quadratic and exponential relationships
  • Measurement: surface area and volume including composite shapes
  • Space: right triangle trigonometry and bearings, non-right triangle trigonometry, similarity and congruence, angle circle properties
  • Statistics: types of data, representing data including boxplots, bivariate data and scatter plots
  • Probability: Venn diagrams, two-way tables, conditional probability, two and three stage probability experiments

Science is an inquiry based subject which seeks to combine knowledge of the scientific world with an understanding of how that knowledge can be developed through questioning and experiment. In the Year 10 curriculum, students explore systems from the very small (microscopic) to the very large (macroscopic). In year 10 science students will study the biological, chemical, geological and physical worlds for evidence to verify such theories as natural selection and the Big Bang.

Students will explore the process of creating interactive solutions for sharing information and ideas. They will examine the hardware and software required, and the social and legal responsibilities of developers and users. Students will apply design thinking, creativity and innovation to design and create interactive digital systems such as web pages. Students will analyse their designs against criteria such as functionality, accessibility, usability and aesthetics. They will also design and validate programming algorithms.

HASS students learn a range of topics within the broader subjects of History, Economics, Geography and Civics and Citizenship.

In History, students learn how Australia has developed from 1918 to the present day through studying significant events such as the Great Depression, World War 2 and the role of the United Nations in developing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By studying these units, students will be exposed to key concepts such as continuity and change, cause and effect, empathy, perspectives and contestability.

In Civics and Citizenship, students will learn about the various systems of governments in the world. They will compare Australia to other nations and understand the key features that differentiate these systems. Students will also learn about balance of power and the role of the High Court in Australia.

In Economics, students will learn how to measure economic performance and the interrelationships between the indicators of performance. Students will learn how governments intervene in the market to manage the economy. They will also learn how global events have impacted the Australian economy and, therefore, the living standards of the citizens within the economy.

Geography will follow Economics closely by explaining the indicators that are used to judge human wellbeing. A case study on coastal environments and environmental change throughout the world is also part of Geography.


Students are required to have an English standard approximately equal to IELTS 4.5 (no band less than 4.5). Students must also have satisfactory completion of Year 9 studies or equivalent.


  • January Entry 2024: AUD$23,578 plus Overseas Student Health Cover*
  • April Entry 2024: AUD$18,268 plus OSHC*.

*OSHC — BUPA Overseas Student Health Cover. This is a compulsory medical cover for ALL international students, as required by the Department of Home Affairs. The price varies according to the length of the course.