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As a Year 10 student, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what you’d like to study at university so that you can make the best decision for Year 11 and 12 subject selections. The subjects you choose for your senior years of high school will help you identify where your strengths and interests lie, as well as what you enjoy learning about. More importantly, some degrees may have specific entry requirements so picking the right subjects in high school is essential keeping your options open at university.

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Why Notre Dame

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  • Your Degree

    There are a number of opportunities to customise your degree at Notre Dame. Or you may choose to study a double degree, which broadens your education and skills, and expands your employment options.  

    Bachelor Degrees

    When you study a Bachelor degree at Notre Dame (for example, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Commerce), you have the option to combine your various interests or specialise by choosing a major – this allows you to focus on the subjects you’re passionate about. At Notre Dame, the Core Curriculum is integrated into all degrees and empowers you with the fundamentals of critical thinking. Through the Core Curriculum we deliver a strong educational foundation in Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, equipping students with transferable skills that employers seek in university graduates.

    Double Degrees

    Studying a double degree allows you to graduate with two qualifications, providing you with an advantage in the workforce by increasing your employment opportunities. A double degree reduces the duration that would be required to complete both degrees separately. Most double degree combinations can be completed in four years, while double degrees with Law and Education require five years of study.

  • Our Students

    At Notre Dame, we offer a wide array of courses in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology.
    Here are a few examples of our talented students and the reasons they chose their area of study at Notre Dame.

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Majoring in Theatre and English Literature Year 12 subjects: Theatre, Advanced English, Mathematics, Law, Psychology

    “My Year 12 subject selections were a way to trial different things I was interested in studying at university and explore my options. I decided what to focus my university studies on based on the subjects I did best at and enjoyed learning about. I excel when I study something that I am passionate about. While I didn’t need any specific prerequisites to study a Bachelor of Arts, doing Advanced English and Theatre gave me the preliminary knowledge to succeed and transition into university-level study of these subjects. My advice to Year 10 students picking their subjects would be to use them as a way to explore what’s on offer at university.” Sophie

    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Marketing) Year 12 subjects: Modern History, Advanced English, Business Studies, Studies of Religion, Mathematics

    “My Year 12 subjects have guided my path to university to some extent. Studying Advanced English and History helped me develop my writing skills, including the way I structure essays. The question of what my future career would be has always been at the back of my mind but I never had a serious answer until the end of high school. My parents’ advice was to keep an open mind, as the job market changes so I decided on a double degree. Studying a double degree allows me to have a wider range of potential jobs in the future. It also helps me stand out among other job applicants" Jack

    Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Economics) Year 12 subjects: Advanced English, Modern History, Economics, Religion, Advanced Mathematics

    “The skills I learnt in high school provided me with foundational knowledge which guided me throughout my degree. Choosing subjects that were both mathematically and literarily focussed ensured that I had a broad knowledge base going into my degree (which is heavy in both Maths and English). I never had a specific career in mind when I was in high school but I had an understanding of what I did not want to pursue, for example Science. I think a double degree is beneficial as it shows your employer that you are able to exercise more than one way of thinking and can easily adapt yourself to different practices.” Athena

  • University Language

    When you start exploring the world of university studies, you’ll come across some common phrases you may not have heard before. Here are some definitions of key words you should learn as you prepare to take the next step in your education.

    ADMISSIONS PATHWAY
    The options available to prospective university students that will enable them to meet the entry requirements of their chosen courses.

    DIRECT APPLICATION
    An application made directly to a university rather than through a tertiary admissions centre.

    EARLY OFFER
    An offer of enrolment that is made to a high school student prior to their final exams and the release of their exam marks.

    BACHELOR’S DEGREES
    A Bachelor degree is usually the first level of university study, which you will come to when you leave high school. It is also known as an undergraduate degree.

    MAJOR
    Some degrees allow you to focus on a particular area of study. This focus is known as a major and means you have studied a certain number of subjects within that area. For example, you can do a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature.

    SEMESTER
    The academic year is divided into two semesters of thirteen weeks for most programs. Some courses may run outside of these times. For example, there are subjects that run intensively over the summer or winter break.

    STUDY LOAD
    The number of subjects you enrol in during a semester determines if you are a part-time or a full-time student. If you study part-time, you will have fewer hours of attendance and a lighter academic load each semester.

  • Study Choices

    If you already know what career you’d like to pursue, you can start by looking into prerequisites for specific degrees in the table below. If you’re not sure yet, simply think about what you most enjoy studying and go from there.

    School Subjects I likeCareer IdeasMy next stepUniversity area
    Languages
    History
    Drama
    English
    Geography
    Society and Culture
    Visual Arts
    Science
    Aboriginal Studies
    Actor, Advocacy, Community Development, Copywriter, Counsellor,
    Creative director (film, television or theatre), Criminal profiler, Editor or Publisher, Health promoter,
    Historian, International aid worker,
    Journalist, Novelist, Policy Development,
    Public relations, Social researcher,
    Sports reporter, TV producer,
    Translator/Interpreter
    Bachelor of Arts, major in: Advertising, Applied Psychology, Counselling English Literature, Film and Screen Production, History, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Philosophy, Politics and International, Relations, Social Justice, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Theology, Writing
    Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)
    Bachelor of Communications and Media
    Arts & Sciences
    Commerce English MathematicsAccountant, Brand Manager, Business Analyst, Economist, Entrepreneur, Human Resources Specialist, Investment Banker, Management, Consultant, Marketing Executive, Policy Adviser, Project Manager, PublicistBachelor of Accounting
    Bachelor of Advertising and Public Relations
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Commerce,
    major in: Accounting, Advertising, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Public Relations
    Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Human Resource Management
    Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations
    Business
    Aboriginal Studies
    Drama
    English
    History
    Legal Studies Mathematics Science
    Studies of Religion
    Primary Teacher, Secondary Teacher Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Management, Education PolicyBachelor of Primary Education
    Bachelor of Secondary Education
    Education
    Aboriginal Studies Economics
    English
    History
    Legal Studies
    Society and Culture
    Barrister, Diplomat, Human Rights Advocate, Investment Banker, Journalist, Judge, Magistrate, Politician, SolicitorBachelor of Laws
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Communications & Media
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Philosophy
    Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Theology
    Law
    Aboriginal Studies
    Chemistry
    Community and Family Studies
    Mathematics Personal Development
    Health and Physical Education
    Clinical Nurse, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Practitioner, Registered NurseBachelor of NursingNursing
    English
    History
    Modern History
    Society and Culture
    Studies of Religion
    Academic Teaching, International Aid Worker, International Diplomacy, Pastoral Counselor, Policy Development, Religious Education Coordinator, Youth WorkerBachelor of Philosophy
    Bachelor of Philosophy/ Bachelor of Theology
    Bachelor of Theology
    Philosophy & Theology
  • Early Offer Program

    Notre Dame’s Young Achievers Early Offer program gives Year 12 students a chance to secure a place at the university ranked No.1 for Learner Engagement and Skills Development in NSW (qilt.edu.au) before commencing their final exams.

    If you excel academically or can demonstrate commitment to co-curricular achievement and leadership, we encourage you to apply for the Notre Dame Young Achievers Early Offer program today.

    By applying to Notre Dame’s Early Offer program you can:

    • Secure a place at Notre Dame before you sit your exams and finish Year 12 with confidence
    • Showcase your achievements, skills, and passions inside and outside of school, in an interview that covers your interests, goals and future career aspirations.
    • Gain recognition for extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
    • Develop your leadership opportunities and skills.
    • Have a seamless transition to university life with the full support of our academic and admissions staff helping you every step of the way.
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“I don’t get lost in classes here as I would at a bigger university. The teachers at Notre Dame are always available to help and the smaller classes mean that there is a more one-on-one focus, leaving me confident about my learning.”

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