NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus

The girls' campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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Social Science

Social Science

Social sciences are a group of academic disciplines dedicated to examining society. This branch of science studies how people interact with each other, behave, develop as a culture, and influence the world.

Years 7 - 10

Core: All students from year 7 to 10 study Geography

Geography Years 9 - 10

Elective: Students can elect to study Commerce.

Years 11 - 12

Students can choose between the following 2 Unit courses:

-        Business Studies

-        Economics

-        Geography

-        Legal Studies

-        Society and Culture

-        VET – Business Services (240 hour course)

Geography 7–10 (mandatory) (Stage 4 and 5)

Geography develops in students an interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry students will develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.

What will students learn about?

In Years 7–8 (stage 4), students will have the opportunity to explore geographical processes that influence the features of places and environments across a range of scales. They investigate how places are valued differently and interconnections within environments and between people, places and environments. Students learn about geographical phenomena, the liveability of places, and management strategies.

In Years 9–10 (stage 5), students will have the opportunity to explain geographical processes that transform places and environments, and explain the likely consequences of these changes. They analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and propose explanations for distributions, patterns and spatial variations over time and across scales. Students investigate changing environments, global differences in human wellbeing, and strategies to address challenges now and in the future.

Year 11-12 (STAGE 6) subjects

Business Studies

The Business Studies syllabus encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business in ways students will encounter throughout their lives. It offers learning from the planning of a small business to the management of operations, marketing, finance and human resource in large businesses.


Economics provides understanding for students about many aspects of the economy and its operation that are frequently reported in the media. It investigates issues such as why unemployment or inflation rates change and how these changes will impact on individuals in society. 


The Preliminary course investigates biophysical and human geography and develops students' knowledge and understanding about the spatial and ecological dimensions of geography.

The HSC course enables students to appreciate geographical perspectives about the contemporary world. There are specific studies about biophysical and human processes, interactions and trends.

Legal Studies

The Preliminary course develops students' knowledge and understanding of the nature and functions of law and law-making, the development of Australian and international legal systems, the Australian constitution and law reform. It examines an individual's rights and responsibilities, how disputes are resolved and examines a contemporary issue concerning the individual and technology. 

The HSC course investigates the key areas of law, justice and human rights through a variety of focus studies, which consider how changes in societies influence law reform.

Society and Culture

Society and Culture develops social and cultural literacy and a clear understanding of the interactions of persons, society, culture, environment and time, and how these shape human behaviour.

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