NBSC Cromer Campus

The co-educational comprehensive campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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Human society and its environment

In Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), both the subjects of History and Geography are mandatory to Year 10.  Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in these subjects. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through our Elective subjects.

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture.

HSIE's archaeological dig site at Cromer Campus.

The HSIE archaeological dig site at Cromer Campus

In the junior subjects of MAC (Mysteries and Conspiracies), HSIE (Geography and History combined), Commerce, Elective Geography and Elective History, students develop knowledge and essential understanding of both historic and current issues in the world; in particular the Australian-Asia region. HSIE students are fascinated with the discovery of global communities; learning their social, cultural, economic and political lives.

Cromer Campus has a School-Developed Elective option in Year 8 called MAC (Mysteries and Conspiracies).  This unique subject is an year long subject option for those whom are interested in investigating global historic events.  Students whom wish to develop their higher-order-thinking and writing skills flourish in this subject. 

Incursions and excursions are extremely popular with our students. Every year our subjects take students to locations such as Canberra, Wellington Caves/Dubbo,  Olympic Park Wetlands, Parramatta Courts, Cockatoo Island, the Jewish Museum,  the Coffee Factory Experience, the Lakemba Mosque and IKEA.  At school they attend incursions such as the Multi Cultural Day, The Ancient Weapons Show, The Australian Refugee Face-To-Face Talk, and the War Memorial artefacts presentation. 

While in the senior school, students also attend a number of study and specialist lectures throughout the year, which allows them to gain a high standard of knowledge for the HSC examinations.