Scared Heart Girls College Oakleigh


Commerce offers a range of elective subjects from Years 9 – 12 that enhance students’ understanding of the world of law and politics, financial and business management, and civics and citizenship.

It is central to the development of informed and active citizens who are prepared to make a positive contribution to their society.

The Year 9 elective Your Money, is a very popular unit which introduces students to the investment world. Students enter a hypothetical environment where they are given $50,000 to invest in the sharemarket. They also explore areas including income, taxation, employment, consumer scams and shopping tips through the Start Smart Schools Program, a financial literacy program which creates an engaging and contemporary look at financial management.

Year 10 Civics classes allow students to develop their understanding of the electoral process, from nominating a candidate through to the final announcement of the successful members and party. Class work is also augmented by a visit to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

The Year 10 Law, Order and Financial Management students attend the Magistrates Court to familiarise themselves with the formality of court proceedings and the variety of criminal and civil court cases which the Magistrates Court can determine.

In Years 11 and 12 students can choose from a broad range of VCE subjects including: Accounting, Business Management, Economics, International Politics, Legal Studies and International Studies. They enjoy the following wide range of practical experiences and excursions designed to enhance their formal class work:

  • Market Day is a highlight on the College calendar. Unit 1 Business Management students work in groups to develop a business from the ground up. They devise a business name and product, establish a market, select a location and produce a product to be sold to our community on Market Day. After the Market Day sales have been finalized, the accounting of revenue is handed over to the Yr 11 Accounting class.
  • Visits to the Victorian Parliament, the Magistrate's, County and Supreme Courts, Carlton and United Brewery.
  • A Canberra Trip is offered to Years 11 and 12 Legal Studies and Politics students. Girls visit the Australian War Memorial, High Court, Parliament, Old Parliament, National Library, National Gallery, the Archive Museum and the National Museum. This valuable experience provides them with a greater understanding of Australia’s political and legal history, and our nation’s development since federation.
  • Australian Business Week provides valuable experiences as students work with peers from around the state on a business project.