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Not for ourselves alone

Curriculum 2021

Community Studies


Subject Name Community Studies
Year Level 12
Subject Length Full Year
Subject Type Optional
Prerequisite Subjects There are no prerequisite subjects for Community Studies
Staff Contact Andrew Dunn


Community Studies is a flexible, individual project-based subject where students plan, organise and carry out a project of their choosing.  The project must consist of 140 hours of work in total from initial planning to completion.  Previous projects have included: coaching sporting teams, restoring furniture, developing a website, writing a script and many more – whatever you can think of can be worked into Community Studies.  

Initially, students complete a Contract of Work outlining their project and the steps they will take to achieve their goal.  During the project, students are expected to develop literacy, numeracy and one other SACE capability and interact with a mentor who will provide feedback on the project. 

On completion of the project, students are required to present their project to an audience, usually consisting of the teacher and mentor, and write a reflection of their learning. 


Contract of Work  70% 

  • The Contract of Work
  • Folio of Evidence
  • Presentation to an audience

Reflection  30%

  • Summary of the Community Activity - 200 words or 1 minute of total reflection
  • Reflection on the completion of the Contract of Work - 1000 words or 6 minutes multimodal form

Additional Information

Community Studies will contribute to SACE completion, but cannot be used for University entry (ATAR).  Community Studies can also be studied as a semester-length 10-credit subject or multiple subjects.