The Southern Cross Advantage is the ability to provide personalised learning, and micro-credentialing for students, alongside a full ATAR pathway studying NESA Board Developed Courses. 

Performing Arts NESA Curriculum – Stage 6

The HSC Dance course is a rigorous course designed for students who have either studied Dance in Year 9 and 10, or who currently train at an accomplished level in their speciality area such as Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballroom or Tap. 

The course is unique in that the student can choose to be assessed in up to 80% practical skills – Performance and Composition – with the remaining 20% allocated to Appreciation. It is also the only HSC course where one of the components, Composition, requires the student to teach a younger student their choreography, who performs it for the HSC examiners.

Students study Australian Drama and Theatre (20%), and Studies in Drama and Theatre (20%) topics, as well as completing a Group Performance (30%), and then choosing one of the following for their Individual Project (30%): Performance, Critical Analysis (Theatre Reviews, Research Report), Design (Set, Lighting, Costume, Publicity & Promotion), Directors Portfolio, Video Drama (Film Making) and Scriptwriting.

The HSC Music 1 Course is a hands-on course for students who love to perform, compose, or listen to a wide range of music. Students can choose this course whether or not they have studied Elective Music in Years 9 & 10.

In the HSC, all students are required to perform one piece of music, with three additional elective choices to the total value of 70% in any combination of performance, composition or musicology. In addition to this, there is an Aural examination worth 30%.

When students choose Music, they must major in either voice or another instrument, and receive weekly private tuition. If students do not have access to a tutor outside of school, they may utilise on-site tutors. 

The HSC Music 2 Course is aimed at students who want a more in-depth study of Music from different genres, ranging from Classical to Art music of today. Students may only apply to study Music 2 if they have completed the Elective Music course, or equivalent Theory/Musicianship Grade Examinations in A.M.E.B or Trinity.

In the HSC examination, students complete a written paper (Aural and Musicology) worth 35 marks, a practical examination worth 20 marks, a core composition worth 15 marks, and an elective (either performance, composition or musicology) worth 30 marks.

In order to qualify for this course, students must be an accomplished musician on their chosen instrument, and receive weekly, private tuition.

Music Extension is an additional 1 unit added in Year 12 to the Music 2 Course. Students who choose this extension option perform 3 extra pieces, or compose an extra piece, or write a musicology essay. Most students who do Music 2 choose to take up the Music Extension option.

In addition to Board Developed Performing Arts Courses, Southern Cross also offers elite performers the option of studying a Music Theatre Pathway.

Music Theatre Pathway
The NESA Board Endorsed course, Certificate III in Community, Dance, Theatre and Events, is a nationally recognised VET qualification – aimed at students who want a more in-depth study of Musical Theatre. This course is aimed at singers, dancers and actors. This is a highly practically based subject, taught by professionals who have extensive skills in performing, directing and producing musicals over many years.

Students studying this course will study units in dance, acting, singing, costume design, production elements, and creating partnerships with industry, as well as participate in a major production each year.

Students may commence the Stage 6 Certificate III course in Year 10 or 11.

Additional Qualifications in Performing Arts
In addition to the VET Music Theatre Pathway, Southern Cross also offers National Qualifications in:

Certificate III in Music Industry (open to Year 10-12 students)
This qualification provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills required for an exciting career in the Music Industry. Through a  combination of theory and practical work, units of study in this course will provide students with the ability to develop and apply musical ideas and listening skills, as well as play or sing music, and incorporate music technology into performance.

Certificate III in Screen and Media (open to Year 10-12 students)
This certificate is a nationally recognised entry-level qualification for employment in the film, television, radio or digital media industries. This course prepares students to apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge so as to provide support to a team.

Certificate III in Entertainment Industry (open to Year 11-12 students)
This qualification aims to provide students with the foundation knowledge and skills required to provide technical support in a staging, lighting and audio context in a safe and efficient manner. The qualification is recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the entertainment Industry and provides opportunities to:

  • Set up and complete sound and audio checks
  • Work with staging elements and assist in the ‘Bump in’ and ‘Bump out’ of a production or performance
  • Provide client services – receiving clients, handling patron’s enquiries and complaints

The Certificate III in Entertainment Industry has an optional HSC examination which contributes 2 units towards an ATAR. Therefore it is recommended a student study this course in Years 11 and 12.