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Community studies

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12CSS
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE credits: 20

Subject descriptor:

Curriculum Statement:

Community Studies is a subject where students take control of their own learning, through community and/or work related activities. It allows students to investigate and participate in learning that will help prepare them for life after school.

Focus of Study:

Community Studies enables students to:

  • Find an area of study that interests them
  • Incorporate their preferred method of learning
  • Work at their own pace
  • Achieve success

Course Outline:

Students negotiate a contract of work with the teacher that must include a major community project, and keep a journal of evidence of their learning. Contracts can be built around existing commitments in a student’s life or anticipated events, e.g part-time work, sport, club membership, leisure activities, career planning. Students may choose one or more of the following units of work.


Assessment is work-required and based on completion of the contract by the end of the relevant semester. A grade from the A - E range is awarded.

Further information

Community Studies can be used to complete the SACE, and enter TAFE if desired. However, the Universities do not accept Community Studies as a Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS).