Trying to decide what to take next year?
This presentation is meant to help you in
4 ways:
1. Choosing all your courses, with ease
and confidence.
2. Choosing, specifically, from the
science courses that are available at
Avon View High.
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3. Understanding what the various science
courses are like.
4. Gaining knowledge about what sciences may
be needed for specific training after high
school.
There are a few things to consider first….
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High School Graduation
Requirements
Nova Scotia
2005 -2006
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In order to graduate:
You need a minimum of 18 credits
(of which 13 are compulsory* meaning already pick for
you. You have no choice with these ones.)
But remember that:
No more than 7 of the 18 credits may be Grade 10 level
courses.
At least 5 must be Grade 12 level courses.
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Here are the compulsory course categories
from which you must choose.
The first 18 courses must be selected from:
A. 3 English credits:
One at each grade level (10,11 and12)
B. 1 Fine arts credit :
Art, Drama or Music
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C. 1 Global studies (Global History or
Global Geography)
D. 2 half-credits: Physically Active
Lifestyles (PAL) and Career and Life Management
(CLM)
These maybe available in French as well as English.
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The Math and 2 sciences are a minimum that everyone
must take in order to pass.
E. 2 Mathematics
F. 2 Sciences
Chosen from:
Science 10, Chemistry, Physics, Biology,
Oceanography, Agricultural Science, Geology
Advanced Biology
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Summary
Maximum of 7 from grade 10
Minimum of 5 from grade12
You pick the rest from the choices that follow:
But first, pick the compulsory ones.
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2 more credits from technology, mathematics,
or science:
Technology courses include:
Computer Related Studies 12,
Communications Technology 12,
Exploring Technology 10,
Design 11,
Applied Information Technology 11, Software
Applications 12 or
Film and Video 12
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Additional courses
This category can include additional courses in
Math
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Oceanography
Geology
Agriculture
or Technology
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Think about this
There are more things to consider when selecting
courses:
1. What do you think you will do after school?
2. Will the next place accept these courses for entry to
their program.
3. University science degrees (including nursing,
kinesiology, pharmacy, physio etc.) require that you
take sciences other than your major, will you have
background in these from you high school course
selection?
There are 4 further categories.
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Cautions
Are all courses equal and will any of them get me into
what I want to get into?
No
Caution:
Beware of the four types of courses.
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‘Just want to get a job and have some money
right away?
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A. GRADUATION COURSES
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These courses are designed for students who wish to
obtain a graduation diploma and go straight to a
paying job, rather than further studies.
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or some selected area of post-secondary study e.g.
carpentry, electrical, roofing, welding, Cosmetology,
aesthetics
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Examples: English/Communications 11
Math Foundations 10
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These are courses that universities will probably not
accept for credit. – Community Colleges probably will.
( You must check first)
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B. OPEN CATEGORY COURSES
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Although none of these courses meet the
requirements of most “post-secondary
institutions” (universities) individual courses
may meet entrance requirements of some
other institutions or courses of study.
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Examples: Accounting 11
Communications Technology 12
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Going to university ? Then these are
what you need.
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C. ACADEMIC COURSES
These courses are designed for students
who expect to enter university or other
“post-secondary” institutions.
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Geography 10
English 11
Advanced English 12
Chemistry, Physics,
Biology,
PreCalculus,
Calculus,
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If you have a special interest or talent
in academics….
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D. ADVANCED COURSES
These courses are designed for students
who have an exceptional degree of
academic ability or achievement
Or need to get very high marks in
university so need to learn as much as
possible, now!
Examples:
: Advanced Chemistry 11
: Advanced Biology
: Advanced English
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Before you pick all your courses think about this…….
Difficult courses should not always be avoided.
Should you really pick the same courses as your friends?
Do you really think you would use a “free period” wisely?
Minimum requirements may not prepare you for post
secondary studies. Learn as much as you can now.
Most students take more than 18 courses. It is possible to
take 24 in three years.
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Think about the rest of your life, not
tomorrow.
Will I, by not taking this course, possibly be limiting
my future?
If I don’t know what I might end up doing in my life,
shouldn’t I take a good selection of courses, just
incase?
Does the cost of university scare you?
University costs about as much as most fully
equipped SUV’s, and it lasts a lot longer !!
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Part 2
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Choosing a Post Secondary School and
Career
Helpful links
Definition of terms
Spin off careers
University links
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Choosing a Career…investigate and
research:
Here are some suggestion…… Careers
Don’t know if you can do it or what you would
need to get in?
But you really want to…
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Go to some post secondary institution?
Go to University?
Get into a Coop program?
Go to Community College?
Get to work right away?
Get some help making up your mind.
Need some correspondence courses first?
Need to make up for some courses you should have taken but
didn’t?
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What is meant by the following?
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A post “secondary institution”??
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What is it?
A university or any other institution to which you
would go after high school.
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Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
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Life Sciences- anatomy, biology,
biochemistry, physiology, immunology,
pathology, etc...
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Physical Sciences- astronomy, general
chemistry, organic chemistry, geology,
physical geography, etc...
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Social Sciences and Humanities
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Social Sciences- sociology, anthropology,
psychology, geography, economics, political
science, women's studies, international
studies, etc...
Humanities- art, literature, languages,
philosophy, history, classical studies,
religious studies, etc...
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Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences
( Meteorology too)
http://oceanography.dal.ca/index.html
http://www.atm.dal.ca/
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What do they mean?
You would study a mixture of Biology and
Geology – land and sea formations and
currents.
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Criminology
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Criminology schools- links;
http://www.pearsoned.ca/crimcjpolicing/where0.html
St.Mary’s Halifax NS Bachelor of Criminology
http://www.arts.smu.ca/sociology/BAcriminology.aspx
St. Thomas University Fredericton NB
http://www.stthomasu.ca/academic/crim/index.htm
Memorial University – Bachelor of Social Work
http://www.mun.ca/socwrk/
Criminal Justice Minor – St John Campus of UNB
http://www.unb.ca/calendar/undergraduate/display.cgi?tables=
sjProgramsSubLevel1&id=4
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Kinesiology
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Visit the next page few pages to see what
you could do with a kinesiology degree : in
human movements studies
Advance Therapy Certificate is available
once you have your degree, from;
Mount Royal College
Sheridan College
York University
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University of Queensland Australia
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This next site gives a good idea of what can
be done with a four year Kinesiology degree
( usually with further study) You may be
able to find the same in Canada.
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Here are what some Kinesiology and
Physiotherapy Co-op students have to
say about their experiences:
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Kinesiology students' comments
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Pharmacy Schools
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Pharmacy Schools in Canada
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
Dalhousie University
University of Laval
University of Manitoba
Memorial University
University of Montreal
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
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Chiropractics
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Chiropractics interest you? Go to this
site to get more information on the
courses and the requirements:
Courtesy of the University of Waterloo:
http://www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/current/ki
n/cc.html
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Culinary arts (being a chef)
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Toronto City college has a good site to
give you a good idea of what is
involved:
http://www.gbrownc.on.ca/Marketing/FTCal/hosp.html
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Other institutions
Nova Scotia Agricultural College ( degree granting)
http://www.nscc.ca/
Community Colleges
Coast Guard College:
http://www.cgc.gc.ca/
Henson College
http://is.dal.ca/~henson/
UCCB (University of Cape Breton - degree granting)
http://www.uccb.ns.ca/
Consolidated Fluid Power Institute
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