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​​​​​​​​​​The senior Business and Technologies subjects offered at Kenmore State High are:

Please click on the subject links above and refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) for further information on Business and Technologies subjects and prerequisites.

Contact details for the Head of Department are listed under the "Our School" tab.


Accounting

FAQs

What is Accounting about?  
Accounting is a universal discipline, encompassing the successful management of financial resources of the public sector, businesses and individuals. It is foundational to all organisations across all industries, and assists in discharging accountability and financial control. Accounting is a way of systematically organising, critically analysing and communicating financial data and information for decision-making. 

Who is Accounting best suited to? 
Accounting is best suited to students with a special interest in business, commerce, entrepreneurship and the personal management of financial resources. The numerical, literacy, technical, financial, critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills learned in Accounting enrich the personal and working lives of students. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with Accounting? 
Accounting leads to pathways beyond school that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education or work. A course of study in Accounting can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of accounting, business, management, banking, finance, law, economics and commerce.  

Does Accounting count towards ATAR? 
Yes 

Do I have to do Year 10 Accounting to choose the subject in Year 11?  
No, a student can start Accounting in Year 11 without having studied Year 10 Accounting. 

Do I have to be successful in Maths and English to choose this subject? 
There are no pre-requisites in Accounting, however a C for English in Year 10 is desirable and it is also highly recommended that you are strong at Maths. 

Is there a lot of writing in Accounting? 
Accounting does have assessment objectives relating to writing but no more than any other Year 11 subject and less than some subjects. 

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
Success with Accounting depends upon the individual student. Completion of homework exercises allows you to gauge your understanding of the work together with your willingness to engage in discussion in class. There will be problems to solve and perseverance will certainly enhance your success. 

How will I be assessed? 
Assessment takes the form of three formative assessment items and four summative assessment items. The three formative items consist of two combination response 2-hour exams and one project. The summative assessment consists of two combination response 2-hour exams, one project and an external exam. The external exam counts 25% to the final ATAR result.  Students will be expected to use computers during most of the assessment with some hand-written responses. 

Are there any excursions or any costs for Accounting?  
There are no excursions in Accounting and no extra cost involved. 

For more information about Accounting, please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

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Business (General) & Certificate III in Business (VET)

Business (General) FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Business investigates the lifecycle of a business from seed/start up to post maturity and the various strategies used by businesses to manage marketing, finance, human resources and operational activities. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Students who are interested in the business world and management strategies. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Business can be paired with every interest so that students have the knowledge to run their own business in the future. Additionally, Business and Commerce are popular university pathways with Business featuring in double degrees. 

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
It is preferred that students study Business in year 10 in preparation for year 11 Business. At least a C in English is recommended as the subject has a high literacy requirement. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
Students who are good at researching, interpreting and analysing data and sources and good writing skills will excel in this subject. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Students might like to pair this subject with Certificate III in Business for a well-rounded study of the world of business. 

How will I be assessed? 
Students will complete exams that have short and extended response items including analysis of stimulus. Students will also be required to complete assignments which includes gathering primary data, researching and recommending a course of action. 

Are there any excursions or extra costs for this subject?  
Students will participate in excursions to Maleny Dairies and retail stores as part of IA1 and IA2 assessment in year 12. 

For more information about Business, please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

Certificate III in Business (VET) FAQs

What is this subject about?  
The qualification is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the workplace in a variety of industries in an administration role. The units of competency include use social media tolls for collaboration and engagement, organise personal work priorities and development, undertake e-learning, contribute to team effectiveness, be money smart and design and produce business documents. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Students who are interested in developing knowledge and skills to enter the workforce but also applying these skills in various business ventures throughout the two year program. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Business can be paired with every interest so that students have the knowledge to run their own business in the future. Some universities will accept students into courses based on this qualification. 

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
It is beneficial if students have completed Certificate I in Business to have an understanding of a VET qualification. However, students should have good reading, writing and computer skills. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
Students need to have a good work ethic and be able to work independently and in groups. Students must be prepared to work in teams to run business ventures. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Students might like to pair this subject with Business for a well-rounded study of the world of business. 

How will I be assessed? 
VET qualifications are competency based. This means that students are allowed more than one attempt to demonstrate competency. This could be for written work or demonstration of practical skills. 

Are there any excursions or extra costs for this subject?  
The course is run through Binnacle training and costs approximately $250. 

For more information about Certificate III in Business (VET), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department


Design

FAQs

What is this subject about? 
Design is about students solving problems using a number of strategies and developing ideas graphically to solve these problems. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
The subject is best suited to students whom are academically and artistically inclined and can evolve and develop ideas.  

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
The most common pathways for students are Industrial design, Product design, Graphic design and architecture. 

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject? 
Passes in English, Art and Humanities. Students that are good at artistic, visual or graphically intense subjects will have an advantage. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject? 
Students excelling in sketching and visually representing ideas, as well as been able to develop ideas into credible design possibilities. 

What will help me to be successful in this course? 
Been able to collaborate with others in a design setting and to research and developed ideas will help students be successful. 

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
Been good at art and design collaboration as well as presenting work in a virtual product pitch. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Art, Media arts, Humanity based subjects  

How will I be assessed? 
Design is a two year course, with 4 Units in total. Each unit has both an exam and a project. The last exam is assessed externally. 

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject? 
There are no excursions and no costs, although students may wish to purchase various art pens, a sketch visual diary and Copic markers for rendering sketches.

For more information about Design, please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

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Digital Solutions

FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Digital Solutions enable students to learn the skills to use technology to solve problems across a wide range of real world contexts. The contexts range from biological to meteorological systems to addressing economic and social needs. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Young women and men who have an interest in applying technology to solve problems in areas of life that they are passionate about. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Any career that involves Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics will benefit and use the skills associated with this course. 

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
The subject assumes that students have completed Digital Technologies in Years 7 or 8. Prior programming knowledge is not a requirement. Completion of Digital Solutions in year 10 is helpful but not required. You should have a good grasp of algebra. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
To succeed in Digital Solutions you need to be good at problem solving.  

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
Curiosity and perseverance. 

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
A good sense of logic and mathematical ability is helpful. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Design Technology is a good companion subject. The skills are quite compatible and applicable in this subject. You should be doing General, Methods or Specialist Maths. 

How will I be assessed? 
The majority of the assessment is project and assignment based. You are predominately given problem based projects and a significant amount of time to explore, develop, generate and evaluate a digital solution. Around 70% of the grades for these projects come from the paperwork of planning, developing and evaluating. There are two exams, one in year 11 and an external exam in year 12.  

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject?  
There are no planned excursions or extra costs at this time. 

For more information about Digital Solutions, please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

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Food and Nutrition

FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Food and nutrition is the study of food in the context of food science, nutrition and food technologies considering overarching concepts of waste management, sustainability and food protection. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Students interested food science and food experimentation. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Bachelor degrees in food science, Food microbiology, nutrition and dietetics and community health.  

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
Need at least a C in English. Would need to understand basic cooking concepts and principles.

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
  • Being able to analyse and evaluate concepts  
  • Being able to synthesise information and data to develop ideas for solutions 

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
  • Being able to work collaboratively 
  • Interest in food experimentation 
  • Be a motivated learner  

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
  • Basic cooking skills  
  • Problem solving skills  

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
General English, Biology and Chemistry.

How will I be assessed? 
  • Internal and external assessment  
  • Exams and Project folio’s  

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject?  
The cost of ingredients to cook recipes at school.


For more information about Food and Nutrition, please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VET)

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FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care is a two year course of study that aims at developing an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children from birth to age six years and promotes the well-being of young children 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
This subject is best suited to students who would like the opportunity to explore early childhood.  It is also a great opportunity to gain skills that make you employable when you finish school.  This subject is also a great option for students wanting to work with children but in other industries. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Students finish with a qualification that makes them employable as a childcare educator.  

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
  • Numeracy and literacy skills  
  • Comprehension skills  
  • Computer skills  

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
Students need to enjoy working with children.

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
  • Organisation skills  
  • Enthusiasm for the course work and work placement  
  • Confidence  

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
Caring for children (feeding, nappy changes, interacting with children)  

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
  • Food and Nutrition  
  • Hospitality  

How will I be assessed? 
The course is organised into 18 self-paced units  
120 hours of work placement  (you are assessed in the workplace)  

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject?  
The course is administered by Cairns Training Academy, an external RTO and payment is approximately $700. 

Students are required to attend work placement (organised by the student) every term.

For more information about Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VET), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department


Certificate II in Hospitality (VET)

FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Hospitality is a growth area for employment and the Certificate II provides students with a nationally recognized qualification and contributes to QCE points. It is preferred that students entering this subject commence at the beginning of Year 11 as all competencies must be completed to attain the certificate. 

The course structure consists of 12 units of competency including: Work effectively with others, Source and use information on the Hospitality industry, Use Hospitality skills effectively, Interact with customers, Show social & cultural sensitivity, Participate in safe work practices, Use hygienic practices for food safety, Provide visitor information, Provide responsible service of alcohol, Communicate in the workplace, Clean kitchen premises and equipment, Participate in safe food Handling practices. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Students interested in developing skills to work in the hospitality industry. 

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
The career pathways that students undertaking this subject will engage with expand across Australia and overseas. You can work in a range of different types of venues in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs and taverns, resorts, hotels and catering in a variety of different roles. Careers vary from hands on house-keeping to front office or alternatively food & beverage attendants in contact with customers as well as kitchen hands and chefs working back of house away from the general public. This course may also lead to a traineeship or apprenticeship for chefs at TAFE or Registered Training Organisation. Students may also go on to complete tertiary study in Hospitality Management at university. Additionally, they may work casually in the hospitality industry to wait tables or undertake bar work whilst studying at university.  

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
It is a two year standalone Vocational Education subject offered over Years 11 and 12 that builds on skills obtained from Food and Nutrition and Food and Fashion in junior secondary. 

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
Students must be prepared to participate in practical food production lessons each week by bringing their own ingredients. 

Special Requirements exist for this course. Work placement is essential and students need to organise and complete at least 12 shifts of work placement in the Hospitality Industry.  Students must also participate in regular rostered shifts at the school café commencing at 8am. 

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
Basic cooking skills  
Problem solving skills  
Enjoy working with people and customer service 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Certificate III Business, depending on your future career ambitions. 

How will I be assessed? 
Hospitality students will be assessed by completion of practical units, class work, theory tests and class and individual folios of evidence. Successful participation in practical and school events, including school functions and Café 12 are also assessable.  

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject?  
The cost for this course is anticipated to be covered by your VETIS Government allocated funding with an estimated food cost of $80 per semester for food brought from home as well. The Hospitality Kitchen Skills recipe book is $40 and available to purchase from the book shop. 

In year 12 students also have an amazing opportunity for an overnight excursion to The Royal Pines Resort Hospitality School on the Gold Coast which provides further exposure to the range of careers available in the Hospitality industry. Students will also travel to the Brisbane Barista School on an excursion to develop their coffee art expertise 

What faculty is this subject in?  
This practical, hands on course is delivered by the Hospitality teachers from the Business and Technology department at Kenmore State High School in the usual 3 x 70 minute lesson format. However, Club Training is the issuing Registered Training Organisation. 

For more information about Certificate II in Hospitality (VET), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department

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Fashion (Applied)

FAQs

What is this subject about?  
Students use their imaginations to create, innovate and express themselves and their ideas, and to design and produce design solutions in a range of fashion contexts. 

Who is this subject best suited to? 
Students interested in creative design.

What are some common career pathways that are associated with this subject? 
Fashion can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of design, personal styling, costume design, production manufacture, merchandising, and retail. 

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject?  
  • The design process  
  • The elements and principles of design   

What should I be good at to excel at this subject?  
  • Creative thinking  
  • Problem solving  
  • Analysing and evaluating  

What will help me to be successful in this course?  
  • Independent working skills 
  • Problem solving skills  
  • Fabric construction  

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
  • Basic sewing skills  
  • Basic knowledge of the fashion industry  

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Design. 

How will I be assessed? 
  • Internal assessment  
  • Extended response, design folio and fashion products 

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject?  
The cost of fabric and patterns to create fashion items.

For more information about Fashion (Applied), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department


Engineering Skills (Applied)

​​FAQs
What is this subject about? 
The Engineering Skills subject focuses on the underpinning industry practices and production processes required to create, maintain and repair predominantly metal products in the engineering manufacturing industry.

Who is this subject best suited to and what are some possible career paths? 
The subject is best suited to students whom are looking at pathways into the engineering manufacturing industries – including sheet metal worker, metal fabricator, welder, maintenance fitter, metal machinist, locksmith, air-conditioning mechanic, refrigeration mechanic or automotive mechanic.

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject? 
Passes in English and Maths. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject? 
Understanding Workplace Health and Safety Requirements, and the ability to interpret drawings.

What will help me to be successful in this course? 
Following Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines, Safe Workplace Practices, following project directions and documenting procedures undertaken during the length of project construction. 

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
Basic hand tool knowledge, evaluation and reflection skills. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Maths and English.

How will I be assessed? 
Engineering Skills is a two year course with 4 Units in total. Each unit can be assessed through either a Project, Practical Demonstration or Exam. There is no external examination for this subject.

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject? 
There are no excursions for this subject. Students will be required to purchase a pair of steel capped safety boots. 

For more information about Engineering Skills (Applied), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department


​Furnishing Skills (Applied)

​FAQs

What is this subject about? 
The Furnishing Skills subject focuses on the underpinning industry practices and production processes required to manufacture furnishing products with high aesthetic qualities.

Who is this subject best suited to and what are some possible career paths? 
The subject is best suited to students whom are looking at pathways into the furnishing industries – including furniture-maker, wood machinist, cabinet-maker, polisher, shopfitter, upholsterer, furniture restorer, picture framer, floor finisher or glazier.

What assumed knowledge or subject results is recommended from Year 10 to be successful in this subject? 
Passes in English and Maths. 

What should I be good at to excel at this subject? 
Understanding Workplace Health and Safety Requirements, and the ability to interpret drawings.

What will help me to be successful in this course? 
Following Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines, Safe Workplace Practices, following project directions and documenting procedures undertaken during the length of project construction. 

What specific skills would benefit me in this subject? 
Basic hand tool knowledge, evaluation and reflection skills. 

Are there any compatible subjects that would be beneficial to also study with this subject? 
Maths and English.

How will I be assessed? 
Furnishing Skills is a two year course with 4 Units in total. Each unit can be assessed through either a Project, Practical Demonstration or Exam. There is no external examination for this subject. 

Are there any excursions or any costs for this subject? 
There are no excursions for this subject. Students will be required to purchase a pair of steel capped safety boots.

For more information about Engineering Skills (Applied), please refer to the Year 10 Subject Guide (PDF, 4MB) or Year 11 & 12 Subject Guide (PDF, 3.3MB) or contact the Head of Department
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Last reviewed 23 July 2021
Last updated 23 July 2021