Humanities & Social Science

Humanities and Social Sciences help students become critical thinkers by encouraging them to develop understanding through processes of social inquiry and philosophical analysis. Students will develop an understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.

Lower School Course


All students will be studying the Australian Curriculum during middle school at Halls Head College.

Through the middle years, students are encouraged to constructively critique various perspectives from past and present contexts and how they shape our decisions in the future. They will build their skills in investigation, communicating and participating in their learning. They will be further exposed to those valuable lessons that you impart to them at home, that is, their culture, values and citizenship responsibilities, reinforced by formal learning of how these values operate in our society.

The year 7- 10 students are placed into ability based classes to ensure their academic potential and needs are addressed. Please ensure relevant parent/guardian email addresses are provided as staff will email all course outlines, including scheduled assessment and homework tasks, at the beginning of each term and during the year. It should be noted that students in Year 7-10 are expected to complete homework as part of their course requirements to build up their study skills and course knowledge required for the successful completion of upper school courses.


Upper School

Subjects offered in Upper School are

Please note: ATAR classes need a minimum of 15 students to be viable.

ATAR Recommended entry level: It is recommended that students seeking to enter ATAR courses would have achieved a C Grade or above in the Academic Extension classes in year 10. Students studying these ATAR subjects should note the large homework and high literacy level required for successful performance in this discipline.


Certificate II Business

This is a pathway qualification for students to gain knowledge and skills required to take up entry level positions within a variety of business.   The business world is moving ahead at a rapid pace and it is an exciting world to be a part of within a range of industries.  The Certificate II in Business will provide the latest qualification to get a ‘foot in the door’!

This qualification is delivered over a two year period.

Business and Enterprise General           

The Business Management and Enterprise General course focuses on establishing and operating a small business in Australia and aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge of the processes and procedures required for generating business ideas and turning them into a viable business venture. Students engage in the running of a small business, or participate in business simulations, to develop practical business skills and to develop financial and business literacy. Through the consideration of real businesses and scenarios, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills that enable them to analyse business opportunities, develop proposals and make sound, ethical business decisions. The course equips students to participate proactively in the world of business, behave responsibly and demonstrate integrity in business activities.

Career and Enterprise General                  

Career education involves learning to manage and take responsibility for personal career development. The Career and Enterprise General course involves recognising one’s individual skills and talents, and using this understanding to assist in gaining and keeping work. The course develops a range of work skills and an understanding of the nature of work. Key components of the course include: the development of an understanding of different personality types and their link to career choices; entrepreneurial behaviours; learning to learn; and the exploration of social, cultural and environmental issues that affect work, workplaces and careers.

Ancient History General                       

The Ancient History General course enables students to study life in early civilisations, based on the interpretation of the physical and written remains of different ancient societies. Students are introduced to the process of reconstructing the past using often fragmentary evidence from a range of written and archaeological sources, and the skills associated with the analysis of historical sources. During this course students will study Classical Greece, Queen Hatshepsut and Alexander the Great.

Modern History ATAR                       

Studying the Modern History ATAR course enables students to become critical thinkers and helps inform their judgments and actions in a rapidly changing world. Students are exposed to a variety of historical sources, including government papers, extracts from newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, cartoons, paintings, graphs and secondary sources, in order to determine the cause and effect, and the motives and forces influencing people and events. Through the process of historical inquiry, students are encouraged to question and evaluate historical sources; identify various representations and versions of history; use evidence to formulate and support their own interpretations; and communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

Philosophy and Ethics ATAR           

The Philosophy and Ethics ATAR course engages students with three classical questions of the human condition: ‘What is real?’; ‘How do we know?’ and ‘How should we live?’ Within this context, the course gives students the opportunity to explore the world of concepts from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Students are taught clarification, evaluation and argument. They develop the specific skills to inquire, reason and make judgments.

Year 12

Ancient History – General

In this unit, students learn about the evolving nature of societies and the various forces for continuity and change that exist. They also learn that values, beliefs and traditions are linked to the identity of a society. Students will study the establishment of Rome. They then go on to learn that there are internal and external forces that result in confrontation and resolution within societies, and these have consequences for continuity and change and examine Ancient Egypt.

Business & Enterprise – General

The focus of this unit is on success in business at a national level. It explores what it takes to be successful beyond the initial start-up stage. Students investigate the features of successful marketing campaigns and report on how businesses succeed and prosper through methods such as expansion in products, market share or diversification. The unit explores how the marketing plan contributes to the overall business plan. The focus of this unit is on business growth and the challenges faced by businesses expanding at a national level. The unit explores issues in the business environment including the importance of intellectual property in protecting business ideas. The unit addresses the significance of employee motivation and the development of a business plan in the overall success of expansion.

Career & Enterprise – General

This unit focuses on adopting a proactive approach to securing and maintaining work. It involves self-management, using work search tools and techniques, developing career competencies, and accessing learning opportunities which are essential for career building. An assessment is made of the multi-dimensional operation and organisation of workplaces. The legal, ethical and financial considerations underpinning corporate and individual rights and responsibilities and the resolution of conflict are examined. This unit explores issues associated with career management, workplaces and influences and trends in times of change. Change can be analysed and the information used to inform strategies associated with self-management, career building and personal and professional learning experiences. This unit investigates the dynamic nature of the inter-relationships between these strategies.

Modern History – ATAR

This unit examines the characteristics of modern nations in the 20th century; the crises that confronted nations, their responses to these crises and the different paths nations have taken to fulfil their goals. Students study the characteristics of one nation. Students investigate crises that challenged the stability of government, the path of development that was taken and the social, economic and political order that was either established or maintained. This unit examines some significant and distinctive features of the modern world within the period 1945–2001 in order to build students’ understanding of the contemporary world – that is, why we are here at this point in time. These features include changes to the nature of the world order: shifting international tensions, alliances and power blocs; the emergence of Asia as a significant international political and economic force.

Philosophy & Ethics – ATAR

This unit enables students to examine the mapping of arguments; humanism, religion and values; individualism and social identity; the ideals of a good society; and the ideals of politics and government. This unit enables students to examine complex arguments; a number of higher-order systems of inquiry; ways of understanding the relationship between religion and science; and ethical issues of life and death.

Economics- ATAR

This course explores the choices which all people, groups and societies face as they confront the ongoing problem of satisfying their unlimited wants with limited resources. The Economics ATAR course aims to develop students’ ability to analyse the allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine our wealth and wellbeing. The study of Economics provides a framework for examining society’s issues and identifying possible solutions which assist decision making. The emphasis of the course is on the Australian economy. This course is recommended to students who have an interest in economic systems, politics and law or mathematics.