Learning & Teaching

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SUBJECTS OFFERED VET and TVET courses offered to Loyola students are:

  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Retail Marketing – Introductory
  • Studies Nursing – Introductory
  • Studies Property Services – Real Estate
  • Vehicle Industry – Auto body Repair

Loyola Senior High School strives to provide a rich and diverse curriculum to engage students in their learning.

The dedicated staff at Loyola Senior is intent on providing quality education in the final two years of our students’ schooling. While the years our students are with us are short, our learning & teaching is purposeful, targeted and driven by many needs – providing academic success, multiple choices, catering to maturing spirituality, and developing life skills.

The Learning & Teaching pages outline our educational philosophy, our curriculum structure, and the many and varied programs and activities on offer.



HSC NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Courses

Loyola Senior High School provides a wide range of Board Developed and Board Endorsed courses to suit students with diverse needs. This could mean tertiary study at university, TAFE or a private college, or it could mean workforce preparation through apprenticeships and work placements.

Key Learning Areas

For specific information about any of the above courses, and an opportunity to discover which best suits you, download the course descriptions below. You will need Adobe PDF Reader to view these documents.


Religion Board Developed

Religion Board Endorsed

English Board Developed

Mathematics Board Developed

Science Board Developed

TAS Board Developed

HSIE Board Developed

PDHPE Board Developed

PDHPE Board Endorsed

Creative Arts Board Developed

Creative Arts Board Endorsed


Curriculum Handbook

The Curriculum Handbook contains all courses offered at Loyola Senior High School. It has been compiled to assist in understanding Higher School Certificate requirements and guide students in their selection of courses. Selecting courses should take into account the student’s interests, abilities, skills and the intended career or path beyond the Higher School Certificate.

It is recommended that discussion about the selection of courses involve students, their parents and other significant adults.

The Curriculum Handbook can be downloaded below. All key learning areas contain their individual course descriptions, which can also be downloaded.

 2015 2016 Curriculum Handbook


The TAFE delivered VET Program allows secondary students to study Vocational Courses at TAFE as part of their school studies in the Preliminary and HSC. Results in these courses contribute to the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and are taught by TAFE teachers at selected colleges or TAFE.

TAFE delivered courses offer dual accreditation – from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and TAFE NSW.

Board-Developed Vocational Courses

Preliminary students, at both government and non-government secondary schools, may take Board-Developed TAFE delivered Vocational Courses as part of their course of study for the award of the HSC. All Board-Developed Vocational Courses include mandatory work placement.

The marks obtained in any one Board Developed Vocational Course can contribute to tertiary entrance (i.e. the ATAR) only if students undertake the optional written exam. Although these courses can count towards your ATAR, they are Category B courses (N.B. Only 2 units of Category B courses may count towards your ATAR).

Board Endorsed Vocational Courses

Other Board Endorsed Courses are offered to students through the TAFE delivered VET Program in the Preliminary and HSC years. These are 2 unit courses and do not count towards an ATAR.

What are the advantages?

These courses are nationally recognised TAFE Certificate Courses. They have been designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the industry concerned, at operator level or to progress to further education in related fields. These certificates are also offered by TAFE to students who have left school.

Students who successfully complete these courses may receive advanced standing in other higher-level TAFE courses via a process known as articulation. This process will allow students to have successfully completed a TAFE certificate to progress to higher-level TAFE courses (such as an Advanced Certificate, Associate Diploma or Diploma), without duplicating the work already done.

Students able to participate in a Board-Developed TAFE delivered Vocational Course at a college of TAFE will be enrolled as regular TAFE students, with the full rights and responsibilities of other TAFE students.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate. These courses enable students to study courses that are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school destinations. These courses allow students to gain both Higher School Certificate qualifications and accreditation with industry and the workplace as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This national Framework is recognised across Australia and helps students to move easily between the various education and training sectors and employment.

VET courses each have a specific workplace component and a minimum number of hours students must spend in the workplace.

Some of these courses may be delivered at Emmaus Catholic College. Accounting and Tourism are offered through TAFE.

  • All VET Curriculum Framework courses are dual-accredited courses. This means that students will not only finish with a HSC but also an industry recognised credential such as a Certificate Level II or a Statement of Attainment. These credentials are recognised by TAFE and by industry. Students who go onto further education can use these credentials to gain credit transfer, which means they will not be required to re-sit these subjects at TAFE. This could mean they finish their course faster.
  • These courses have been designed in conjunction with Industry and are taught to industry standards. All teachers undertake additional training, which allows them to teach these courses.
  • All Curriculum Framework courses are very practical and ‘hands on’. They are designed for students who may wish to build a career in these industry areas.
  • If students are required to travel between schools in the middle of the day they will travel on an organised bus which will pick them up at their school and drop them at their destination. 
  • VET courses do not attract additional fees, but some courses require students to purchase uniforms, textbooks or other equipment

- Hospitality (uniform and tool kits – approx. $160)

- Construction (steel capped boots, equipment and a First Aid course)

- Entertainment (First Aid course, excursions).

  • A mandatory part of all Curriculum Framework courses require students to undertake 70 hours of work placement in industry.

Further information about each VET course can be found in the 2015-2016 Curriculum Handbook