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. 

CourseList
ATAR Religion & Life65% in Religious Education 
AND 
at least 60% in Mainstream English 
OR 
at least 50% in Extended English
ATAR Accounting and FinanceNo prerequisites 
Desirable A in General Applied Mathematics 
or 
C in General Mathematics and 50% in exam
ATAR Applied Information TechnologyNone
ATAR Biological SciencesRequired: 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 ChemistryRequired: 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 CommunityB in Mainstream English
or 
C in Extended English
ATAR ChineseB 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 Design60% in Mainstream English and B in Design or Visual Arts
ATAR Drama60% in Mainstream English
ATAR Economics60% in the Economics topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR English60% in English Mainstream Coursework and Semester 1 Examination. 
50% in English Extended Coursework and Examination. 
Successful completion of OLNA
ATAR FrenchB 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 Geography60% in the Geography topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Human Biological ScienceRequired: 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 ItalianB 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 Literature65% in Year 10 English Extended or 80% in English Mainstream.
ATAR Mathematics ApplicationsAny grade from Extended 2 Mathematics OR B grade from General Mathematics
ATAR Mathematics MethodsAny grade from Extended 1 Mathematics OR B grade from Extended 2 Mathematics
ATAR Mathematics SpecialistC grade from Extended 1 Mathematics 
OR 
A grade from Extended 2 Mathematics
ATAR Media Production & Analysis60% in Mainstream English
ATAR Modern History60% in the History topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Music60% 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 PhysicsRequired: 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 Law60% in the Politics and Law topic within Year 10 Social Sciences.
ATAR Visual Arts65% in Mainstream English and B in Year 10 Visual Arts or Design

CourseList
General Religion & LifeNil
Foundation EnglishNil
Foundation MathematicsNil
General Children, Family & the CommunityNil
General English50% in Mainstream or Enrichment English and at least a category 2 in OLNA
General Food Science and TechnologyNil
General Human Biological ScienceNil
General Mathematics EssentialNil
General MusicStudents 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 StudiesNil
General PsychologyNil
General Religion & LifeNil
General Visual ArtsNil

CoursePrerequisite
Certificate II in BusinessThere are no prerequisites 
for any Certificate Courses
Certificate II in Tourism
Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Certificate II in Sport Coaching
Certificate III in Screen & Media

CoursePrerequisite
Preliminary Religious Education There are no prerequisites for these courses; 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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