Information Technology  (T, A, M)

Business Administration Studies  (A, M. V)

Many career choices will require an in-depth knowledge of Information Technology and the employment opportunities within the Information Technology industry are expanding rapidly. Throughout the course, the students will explore the fundamentals of programming, and apply the skills to create desktop and mobile applications. The projects will include interactive media, smartphone applications, database design and graphical user interfaces.

The courses offered at St Francis Xavier College allow students to develop knowledge and skills in several areas through teacher led tasks, allowing them to specialise in a self-directed task of their choosing for their final semester.

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, a keen interest in how computers and computer based systems function would be an advantage.

Information Technology (T)

Units covered in this course include:

Programming Fundamentals

Problem solving procedures, definition and presentation of algorithms, modular programming, implementation using Visual C# and other similar languages, program testing and documentation. Students will be creating both Windows desktop applications, and mobile applications.

3D Modelling, Texturing and Animation

Development of 3D models and animations using industry standard software. This covers a range of modelling concepts such as scaling, rotation, extrusion, mesh modifiers and inverse kinematics.

Computer Games Programming and Design

Game design history, concepts, tools and documentation as well as creation of student designed games, using industry standard software. Students will analyse the game industry through its different mediums, and will then create a game prototype individually or in groups as a major project.

IT Project

Students undertake a major project using skills developed throughout the course and incorporating other related interests. This is a self-directed task, and has included many fields within the industry. Past projects have specialised in the areas of robotics, network and cluster design, animation, virtual world, augmented reality, security, and software applications.


Information Technology (A, M)

The Information Technology (A, M) is ideal for those students who enjoy using computers and want to know more, but who do not wish to undertake a Tertiary course and are considering applying for cadetships or undertaking IT courses at CIT or another registered training organisation after College. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Units offered are Intro to Information Technology, 3D Modelling, Texturing and Animation, Computer Games Programming and Design, IT Major Project. A major project is undertaken in Year 12. Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (ASBA) are also available through this course.

Business Administration Studies (A, M, V)

A course in Business Administration fosters interest in:

Data Processing/Applications Support Officer, Office Assistant, E-Business Project Manager, Call Centre Manager/employee, Desktop Publisher, Administration Assistant, Clerical Worker, Data Entry Operator, Receptionist, Manager, Human Resource Assistant, Customer Service Assistant, Office Administrator, Project Manager, Small Business Management, Event management, Travel expert, NPO Volunteer

This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a variety of junior administrative positions who perform a range of mainly routine tasks using limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context. Individuals in these roles generally work under direct supervision.

The Business Administration Studies Course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop practical real-world skills preparing the student with the multiple skills required to work in modern offices.  It incorporates both on-the-job and school-based training. This course aims to provide students with the foundation knowledge and the elementary skills required to assist a business or organisation to function and connect to its customers and community.

This qualification is recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the Business Services Industry and provides opportunity to

  • Maintain and update information and file systems, both electronic and physical
  • Answer telephones and directing enquiries to appropriate personnel
  • Send and answer emails and redirect enquiries to appropriate personnel
  • Use a range of business/office equipment and technology
  • Provide client services, make appointments and handle client enquires
  • Organise work schedules to meet outcomes
  • Develop basic computer skills for the workplace.
  • Gain skills in reading and writing job application
  • Gain skills in resume writing

Students will be involved the all aspects of preparing for and running local, national or international robotic competitions.  Students will experience event management first through a non for profit organisation with in the ACT. Involvement as a volunteer during Year 11 and 12 will be recognised and awarded as a Structured Work placement.

Structured Workplace Learning

Students need to complete a minimum of 39 hours in an Industry Placement to obtain credit for 0.5 of a standard unit.

Structured Workplace Learning is the workplace component of a nationally recognised industry specific VET in Schools program. It provides supervised learning activities contributing to an assessment of competence, and achievement of outcomes. It is highly recommended for students to complete at least one placement in an industry setting. These work placements can be organised to suit the needs of individual students during term time, holidays or on an on-going basis as a Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).

Structured Workplace Learning provides the context for:

  • Enhanced skill development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competency
  • enhanced employment opportunities.

Vocational pathways

This course provides students with appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes to:

  • make informed decisions on seeking a career in the Business and customer service related industries
  • gain employment skills to move directly into a career in Business
  • complete a Certificate II in Business and a Statement of Attainment for competencies awarded toward a Certificate III in Business by the end of Year 12 at SFX
  • gain credit transfer to higher qualifications in retail, tourism hospitality, information technology and business administration, and those with a specific administration focus such as legal or medical post Year 12
  • Work part time while studying or traveling

Year 11

Qualification: BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

Training Package: BSB Business Services (Release 2.0)

Entry requirements: Nil

To achieve this qualification, 12 units of competency must be completed:

  • 1 core unit
  • 11 elective units

(0.5) Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Unit highly recommended

Students will complete the following competencies:

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others (core)

BSBIND201 Work effectively in a business environment (elective)

BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace (elective)

BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others (elective)

BSBITU201 Produce simple word processed documents (elective)

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (elective)

BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information (elective)

BSBITU202 Create and use spreadsheets (elective)

BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities (elective)

BSBWOR204 Use business technology (elective)

BSBINM202 Handle mail (elective)

BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers (elective)

BSBITU203 Communicate electronically (elective)

BSBITU307 Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy (elective)

BSBITU302 Create electronic presentations (elective)

Year 12

Qualification: Statement of Attainment in  BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business (Release 2)

Training Package: BSB Business Services (Release 2.0)

Entry requirements: Nil

Students will complete the following competencies:

BSBITU301 – Create and use databases (elective)

BSBITU303 – Design and produce text documents (elective)

BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents (elective)

BSBITU309 – Produce desktop published documents (elective)

BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development (elective)

BSBWRT301 – Write simple documents (elective)

As this is a Vocational Course student will need to provide to the College their USI (Unique Student Identifier) to be awarded competencies and receive the certificate for the course.  To obtain their USI students need to use the USI link

Further USI information can be found at

St Francis Xavier College, Registered Training Organisation, National Code 88024