Course Prerequisites

At Mercedes College we have created prerequisites to help students choose the most suitable subjects and PATHWAY. We want students to be successful, maximise their potential and achieve great outcomes. Our prerequisites are informed by data, as well as our professional experience. 

Course Prerequisite
ATAR Religion & Life 65% in Religious Education
AND
at least 60% in Mainstream English
OR
at least 50% in Extended English
ATAR Accounting and Finance No prerequisites
Desirable A in General Applied Mathematics
or
C in General Mathematics and 50% in exam
ATAR Applied Information Technology None
ATAR Biological Sciences Required: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science or B in General Science.
Recommended: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science or A in General Science
ATAR Chemistry Required: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science.
or
A in General Science with excellent results in all Chemistry assessments.Recommended: Minimum B grade in Year 10 Advanced Science. Similar results in Year 10 Extended Mathematics course.
ATAR Children, Family & the Community B in Mainstream English
or
C in Extended English
ATAR Chinese B in Year 10 Chinese (Students may not apply if not studied in Year 10) SCSA application for permission to enrol in a Language form must be submitted
ATAR Design 60% in Mainstream English and B in Design or Visual Arts
ATAR Drama 60% in Mainstream English
ATAR Economics 60% in the Economics topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR English 60% in English Mainstream Coursework and Semester 1 Examination.
50% in English Extended Coursework and Examination.
Successful completion of OLNA
ATAR French B in Year 10 French (Students may not apply if not studied in Year 10) SCSA application for permission to enrol in a Language form must be submitted
ATAR Geography 60% in the Geography topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Human Biological Science Required: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science or B in General Science.
Recommended: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science or A in General Science.
ATAR Italian B in Year 10 Italian (Students may not apply if not studied in Year 10) SCSA application for permission to enrol in a Language form must be submitted
ATAR Literature 65% in Year 10 English Extended or 80% in English Mainstream.
ATAR Mathematics Applications Any grade from Extended 2 Mathematics OR B grade from General Mathematics
ATAR Mathematics Methods Any grade from Extended 1 Mathematics OR B grade from Extended 2 Mathematics
ATAR Mathematics Specialist C grade from Extended 1 Mathematics
OR
A grade from Extended 2 Mathematics
ATAR Media Production & Analysis 60% in Mainstream English
ATAR Modern History 60% in the History topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Music 60% in Mainstream English
Students will need to show good practical skills on their chosen instrument (or voice) at a minimum level equivalent to AMEB Grade 5 by the end of Year 10.
Students are required to participate in an ensemble.
It is an expectation that students will be engaged in at least a 1-hour weekly instrument lesson in Year 11/12.
Students must be aware that a high level of vocal/instrumental practice is expected outside of class time.
ATAR Physical Education Studies  ‘B’ grade in General Science, and have shown potential in all aspects of Year 10 Physical Education or Physical Education Studies with a minimum B Grade.
ATAR Physics Required: Minimum C grade in Year 10 Advanced Science or A in General Science with excellent results in all Physics assessments.
Recommended: Minimum B grade in Year 10 Advanced Science. Similar results in the Year 10 Extended Mathematics course.
ATAR Politics and Law 60% in the Politics and Law topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Visual Arts 65% in Mainstream English and B in Year 10 Visual Arts or Design
Course  Prerequisite
General Religion & Life Nil
Foundation English Nil
Foundation Mathematics Nil
General Children, Family & the Community Nil
General English 50% in Mainstream or Enrichment English and at least a category 2 in OLNA
General Food Science and Technology Nil
General Human Biological Science Nil
General Mathematics Essential Nil
General Music Students will need to show satisfactory practical skills on the instrument of their choice (including voice) at a minimum level equivalent to AMEB Grade 2 by the end of Year 10 and participate in an ensemble. *Additional considerations are outlined on General Music page.
General Physical Education Studies Nil
General Psychology Nil
General Religion & Life Nil
General Visual Arts Nil
Course Prerequisite
Certificate II in Business There are no prerequisites
for Certificate Courses
Certificate II in Tourism
Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Certificate II in Sport Coaching
Certificate III in Screen & Media
Courses Prerequisite
Preliminary Religious Education There are no prerequisites; however,
admission requires approval
from Inclusive Education and/or Executive
Preliminary English
Preliminary Mathematics
Preliminary Health and Physical Education
Certificate 1 Wider Opportunities for Work (WoW)
ASDAN WorkRight (Contains imbedded Workplace Learning component)
ASDAN Foods (Meal preparation and cooking)

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