Grade 11 Overview
Students get really excited when they enter Grade 11 as they are granted four electives where course options are truly endless. It is important to try new things, and push oneself because this grade is only part one of a two part series in becoming an adult. Grade 11 is about embracing ownership in a path and making connections that are relevant for personal aspirations.
Prerequisite: English 10
A strong understanding of the English language allows us to communicate better and understand one another with more precision, clarity, and creativity. In this course students refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will be required to complete the following:
- read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models
- study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes
- expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work
- cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source
The following are possible areas of focus within Composition 11:
- narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
- planning, drafting, and editing processes
- writing for specific audiences and specific disciplines
Mathematics 11 – Foundations
Prerequisite: Math 10
This course covers concepts of proportional relationships that can be described, measured, and compared. Student will learn the following key mathematical concepts in this course:
- forms of mathematical reasoning
- angle relationships
- graphical analysis:
- linear inequalities
- quadratic functions
- systems of equations
- applications of statistics
- scale models
- financial literacy: compound interest, investments and loans
Prerequisite: Science 10
An understanding of scientific principles and theories allows students to better understand our position in the world and our understanding of life. This course provides students with concepts in chemistry and chemical reactions. Some topics in this course include the following:
- quantum mechanical model and electron configuration
- valence electrons and Lewis structures
- chemical bonding based on electronegativity
- organic compounds
- applications of organic chemistry
- the mole
- dimensional analysis
- stoichiometric calculations using significant figures
- local and other chemical processes
- green chemistry
- solubility of molecular and ionic compounds
- stoichiometric calculations in aqueous solutions
- analysis techniques
Life Sciences 11
Prerequisite: Science 10
The study of small things often leads to big conclusions. Understanding our bodies from the cellular perspective allows us to explore the interactions of certain cells in different environments. Students are expected to be taught the following:
- cell structure and function
- sexual and asexual reproduction
- energy transformations in cells
- First Peoples understandings of interrelationships between organisms adaptation to changing environments
- changes in DNA
- natural selection
- artificial selection and genetic modifications
- single-celled and multi-celled organisms
Active Living 11
Prerequisite: Physical Education 10
An appreciation for physical activity will better allow students to understand the connection between the body and mind. Physical education can enhance our connection to one another through sports and other shared activities. This course emcompasses topics in healthy choices influencing physical and emotional wellbeing. There are required hours of physical activity that need to be logged and monitored in order to receive credits for this course. Some topics included in this course include the following:
- the role of nutrition and how it can affect one’s health and performance
- potential short- and long-term consequences of health decisions
- benefits of physical activities for health and mental well-being
- physical activity safety and etiquette
- injury prevention and management
- proper physical movement patterns, including non-locomotor, locomotor, and manipulative skills
- ways to monitor and adjust physical exertion levels
- rules and guidelines for different types of sports and activities
- potential barriers to participation
Game Design 11
Do you enjoy playing video games or coding? Does the idea of creating and designing your own virtual world excite you? If so, this is the course for you! Tap into your creative and technical skills as you learn about the many aspects involved with designing video games. You will learn about video game software and hardware, various gaming platforms, necessary technical skills, troubleshooting and internet safety techniques, and even the history of gaming. And to top it all off, you’ll even have the opportunity to create your very own plan for a 2D video game! Turn your hobby into a potential career and go from simply being a player in a virtual world to actually creating one!
- describe the technological developments that contributed to the video game industry
- identify and evaluate the attributes of memorable (and forgettable!) games
- research, compare, and categorize different game platforms and game hardware
- strategically start planning your own video game
Theatre, Cinema, & Film Production 11
Lights! Camera! Action! Let’s explore the enchanting world of live theater and its fascinating relationship to the silver screen. In Theater, Cinema, and Film Production 11, you’ll learn the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camerawork while examining the magic that happens behind all the drama. Delve into the glamorous history of film and theater, and examine the tremendous influence these industries have had on society and culture over the years. During this unit, you’ll discuss and analyze three classic American films “Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz” to help you learn how to critique and appreciate some of the most famous dramas of all time.
- learn the basics of theater, cinema, and film productions
- travel the Yellow Brick Road with The Wizard of Oz to see how film and theater productions use wardrobe and scenery
- explore how musicals like Singin’ in the Rain create and use sound
- investigate how films like Casablanca use lighting, camera work, and plot to create mood and emotion
Principles of Business Marketing and Finance 11
This course provides students with fundamental knowledge that will help them pursue a career in business! Students will explore different types of businesses and ownership forms, the impact of governments on business, and the marketing of goods and services. Students will also be expected to learn about globalization, free trade, and various economic systems. Finally, the impact of technology on business, business ethics, and social responsibility are discussed, providing students with a foundational knowledge of business.
- explore how innovative companies generate continuing interest and buzz around their products and services
- learn about the many links that connect raw materials to finished products in a supply chain
- investigate how products that were once considered innovative can fall to advances in technology
- critique the benefits and drawbacks of growing global trade and globalization
Early Childhood Education 11
Are you curious to see what it takes to educate and nurture early learners? Use your curiosity to explore the fundamentals of childcare, like nutrition and safety, but also the complex relationships caregivers have with parents and their children. Examine the various life stages of child development and the best educational practices to enrich their minds while thinking about a possible future as a childcare provider!
- discussion about the appropriate security for the child-care home or centre
- learn about the typical stages of development from infancy through the school years
- understand the ways that inclusive classrooms function for pre-school and school-aged children
- a snapshot of the daily life and responsibility of an early childhood entrepreneur
Health Science 11
We know the world is filled with different health problems and finding effective solutions is one of our greatest challenges. How close are we to finding a cure for cancer? What’s the best way to treat diabetes and asthma? How are such illnesses as meningitis and tuberculosis identified and diagnosed? Health Science 11: The Whole Individual provides the answers to these questions and more as it introduces you to such health science disciplines as toxicology, clinical medicine, and biotechnology. Understanding the value of diagnostics and research can lead to better identification and treatment of many diseases, and by learning all the pertinent information and terminology you can discover how this amazing field will contribute to the betterment human life in our future.
- identify career options within the field of health sciences and the typical work that each performs
- analyze the importance of communication and leadership in the health sciences
- explore the importance of research and diagnostics in treating diseases and illnesses
- examine ethical and safety issues within the health sciences and how they are handled
Culinary Arts 11
Did you know that baking is considered a science? Building on the prior prerequisite course, discover how to elevate your culinary skills through the creation of stocks, soups, sauces, and learn baking techniques. Examine sustainable food practices and the benefits of nutrition while maintaining taste, plating, and presentation to truly wow your guests. The last unit in this course explores careers in the culinary arts for ways to channel your newfound passion!
- identify ways you can make your menu healthier and more sustainable
- explain how baking processes and ingredients work together to form magical desserts
- explore food service trends and identify which ones spark your interest
- meet your career goals by writing a solid personal career plan
Helping people put their best face forward is a growing, vibrant industry which needs skilled and personable professionals well-versed in the latest trends and technological advances. In Cosmetology 11: The Business of Skin and Nail Care, experience what the day-to-day life of a cosmetologist is like. You will discover that cosmetology is much more than knowing and applying techniques. Additionally, you will explore skin care and facials, learn how to give manicures and pedicures and how to apply artificial nails, and gain an understanding of different hair removal techniques. Discover the next steps towards launching a rewarding and creative career in cosmetology.
- explore various types of nail art, from basic manicures and pedicures to artificial nails and décor
- learn to pamper your client’s face by offering facials and personalized makeup application services that are perfect for your client’s skin type and face shape
- investigate facial hair removal techniques meet your clients’ needs
- develop professional skills in cosmetology including finding post-secondary education opportunities, networking, and even starting your own business
Personal Psychology 11
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Have you asked yourself if self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement? Are you interested in how behavior changes as we age? Psychology can give you the answers! In Personal Psychology 11: The Road to Self-Discovery, you will trace the development of personality and behavior from infancy through adulthood. You will come to learn more about perception and consciousness and better understand the role of sensation. Are you ready to explore the world of human behavior? Come explore all that psychology can offer to help you to truly understand the human experience.
- learn more about the ways that we think, act, and believe as humans
- explore the life course and what happens at different stages of our lives, from infants to the elderly
- travel around the human brain to see what influences our perceptions and sensations
- investigate what happens when we sleep and dream
Coding 11 & 12 together satisfy Computer Science 11
- learn how to code simple programs in Python
- work collaboratively with your peers to build and test your code
- explore career paths in the growing field of computer science
- investigate the impact that digital technology has on our modern life
Information Technology 11
Develop your students’ understanding and proficiency of computers! Students will learn about computer hardware, Von Neumann architecture, peripherals, and maintenance as well as data management and storage options. Learners will trace the history of operating systems and application software while also exploring network systems, administration, and troubleshooting. Finally, students will dive into word processing, spreadsheets, and databases to cement their knowledge of information technology!
- learn how to interact effectively with computers at work and at home
- harness the power of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
- discover which advanced courses will help you achieve your goals
- explore IT careers to find out which ones suit your interests and abilities
Careers in Criminal Justice 11
Most of us have watched a sensationalized crime show at one time or another, but do we really know how things work behind those dreaded prison bars? Do we really understand all the many factors in our justice proceedings? The criminal justice system is a very complex field that requires many seriously dedicated people who are willing to pursue equal justice for all. The Careers in Criminal Justice 11 course illuminates what those different career choices are and how the juvenile justice system, the correctional system, and the trial process all work together to maintain social order. Find out more about what really happens when the television show ends and reality begins.
- examine the ethics and skills needed to work in the criminal justice system
- explore the criminal justice system from law enforcement to courts to corrections
- go inside criminal and juvenile trials
- learn about careers in the criminal justice system
Legal Studies 11
Imagine if there were no laws and people could do anything they wanted. It’s safe to say the world would be a pretty chaotic place! Every society needs some form of regulation to ensure peace in our daily lives and in the broader areas of business, family disputes, traffic violations, and the protection of children. Laws are essential to preserving our way of life and must be established and upheld in everyone’s best interest. In Legal Studies 11, you’ll delve deeper into the importance of laws and consider how their application affects us as individuals and communities. Through understanding the court system and how laws are actually enacted, you will learn to appreciate the larger legal process and how it safeguards us all.
- learn about the criminal justice system, including how trials are handled
- explore the role that each person plays maintaining law and order in society
- examine different types of laws and how they are handled in the criminal justice system
- distinguish between civil and criminal courts and the consequences of each
This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Additional topics include the origin of the universe, the Milky Way, and other galaxies and stars.
- learn how the earth’s motion in space causes us to experience days,nights, and seasons
- travel through the Milky Way and the other galaxies in the universe
- research and write blog posts on interesting astronomy topics
- explore careers in the aerospace industry
Creative Writing 11
For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to better understand ourselves and our world. This course can provide you with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story. Then, when you are ready to go beyond the basics, learn more complicated literary techniques to create strange hybrid forms of poetry and prose. By the end of this course, you can better discover your creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.
- develop your one-of-a-kind writer’s voice
- create three-dimensional characters that jump off the page
- transport your readers to places they’ve never seen
Mathematics 11 – Workplace Mathematics
Prerequisite: Math 10
How mathematics informs life decisions and financial decision making. This course has a focus on 3D models and relationships including the following:
- financial literacy: personal investments, loans, and budgeting
- rate of change
- how probability and statistics are used in different contexts
- interpreting graphs in society
- 3D objects: angles, views, and scale diagrams
Mathematics 11 – Pre-Calculus
Prerequisite: Math 10
The more math you take, the more money you make. This old saying often rings true because a strong foundation in mathematics prepares students for careers in science, technology, and engineering among other important professions. This course is a continuation of the pre-calculus course where students build on the connections between operations, powers, radicals, and polynomials. This mathematics course covers the following areas:
- powers with rational exponents
- radical operations and equations
- polynomial factoring
- rational expressions and equations
- quadratic functions and equations
- linear and quadratic inequalities
- trigonometry: non-right triangles and angles in standard position
- financial literacy: compound interest, investments, loans
Prerequisite: Science 10
Only available in Digital Learning (DL) format.
Physics is the study of nature and properties of matter and energy and has a strong mathematics component for making calculations in the following areas:
- projectile motion
- motion, mass, force of gravity, and apparent weight
- Newton’s laws of motion and free-body diagrams
- balanced and unbalanced forces in systems
- conservation of energy; principle of work and energy
- power and efficiency
- simple machines and mechanical advantage
- applications of simple machines by First Peoples
- electric circuits (DC), Ohm’s law, and Kirchhoff’s laws
- thermal equilibrium and specific heat capacity
- properties and behaviours of waves
- characteristics of sound
Explorations in Social Studies 11
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
Understanding where we came from provides us with perspective on how far society has progressed and the political systems we have developed over time.Explorations in Social Studies 11 is designed to provide flexibility for teachers and students while ensuring that the rigorous provincial curriculum standards are met. Topics in the course may include the following (3 topics required):
- social, cultural, or technological innovations and developments in the 20th century
- colonialism and contemporary issues for indigenous people in Canada and around the world
- current issues in local, regional, national, or global politics as represented in mass media
- natural resource use and local, regional, national, or global development
- economic development in Asia
- systems of power and governance in global cultures
- diversity of B.C. First Peoples territories and communities
- methods used by individuals, groups, and organizations to promote social justice
- fundamental nature of knowledge, existence, and reality
- sacred texts, traditions, and narratives of cultures
- recognition of and responses to genocide
- global issues in urbanization
- contemporary theories of money and investment
Digital Photography 11
Prerequisite: Digital Photography 10
Building on the prior prerequisite course, further develop your photography skills by learning more professional tips, tricks, and techniques to elevate your images. Explore various photographic styles, themes, genres, and artistic approaches. Learn more about photojournalism and how to bring you photos to life. Using this knowledge, build a portfolio of your work to pursue a career in this field!
- examine and research career opportunities in the art world
- work towards creating a portfolio of your creations
- collaborate on art projects
- perform image post-processing
Does your curiosity lead you to the heart of the matter? Channel this curiosity into developing strong writing, critical thinking, and research skills to perform interviews and write influential pieces, such as articles and blog posts. Learn about the evolution of journalism and its ethics, bias, and career directions to forge your path in this field.
Business Information Management 11
Students will build their career skills and strengthen their knowledge of business information management by exploring types of businesses and the elements of business planning. Learning about the initial requirements to start a business, students will then examine business finances, marketing, sales, and the importance of customer service. Computer hardware, networks, and the internet are discussed as well as the basics of web design. Lastly students will explore ethics and business law, giving each learner an opportunity to discover their passion for business.
- learn what it takes to grow a business
- determine the effect of accounting practices on the running of your business
- investigate how to identify your target market
- assess what it will take to create your business’s first website
Marketing Foundations 11
Introduce your students to the fast-paced and exciting world of marketing! Students will learn about the role of marketing in business in addition to the basics of business management, customer service, and economics. Furthermore, students will examine how to identify target markets, perform market research, and develop successful marketing strategies. Finally, the legal and ethical considerations of business and marketing are discussed along with the impact of government on business.
- explore the dynamic and interrelated components of marketing
- learn how successful marketing involves time-tested techniques and fresh ideas
- examine the role of ethics in the business of marketing
- investigate the ways that the best companies approach marketing
Anatomy and Physiology 11
Increase your students understanding about the form and function of the human body! Starting with the relationship between anatomy and physiology, students will then learn about cell structure and their processes. Learners will also discover the functions and purposes of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, as well as diseases that affect those systems. Focusing on terminology, this course is essential to students pursuing the health sciences or wanting to gain a greater sense of how the human body works.
- describe a location on the body succinctly and clearly
- discuss careers related to anatomy and physiology
- explain what happens when things go wrong in the body
- tell the story of how complex systems work and interact with other organ systems to keep our bodies running smoothly
Health Science Foundations 11
Introduce your students to the rewarding field of health science! Learners will acquire foundational knowledge required to pursue a career, such as the roles in the healthcare industry and the education, training, and credentials needed to attain them. Basic medical terminology, principles of anatomy and physiology, and legal and ethical responsibilities are also discussed. In addition, students will explore communication, teamwork, and leadership techniques – providing a solid basis for those wanting to advance through the health sciences.
- examine the components of a health care team and explore how teamwork is built
- learn about the smallest parts in the body and how they contribute to our overall health
- discover how to keep yourself, and others, physically and mentally healthy
- explore the responsibilities of health care providers and patients
Hospitality and Tourism 11
If you love working with people, a future in hospitality may be for you. In this part of Hospitality and Tourism 11: Hotel and Restaurant Management, you will learn about what makes the hotel and restaurant industries unique. Learn about large and small restaurants, boutique and resort hotels, and their day-to-day operations. Evaluate the environment for these businesses by examining their customers and their competition. As well, you will discover trends and technological advances that makes each industry exciting and innovative. In this part, you can explore a variety of interesting job options from Front Desk and Concierge services to Maître’d and food service.
- learn about front of the house and back of the house restaurant operations
- explore the growth of tourism and its impact on hospitality and tourism
- learn about the interpersonal skills needed to excel in a hospitality role
- learn why international travel is such an important part of the industry
- learn about front of the house and back of the house restaurant operations
Personal Fitness 11
What does being fit really mean? Is it just based on physical appearance or is it something deeper? Though we strive to be healthy and make sensible choices, it’s difficult to know how to achieve this. It’s not only about losing weight or lifting a heavy barbell; in Personal Fitness you will learn about body functions, safety, diet, goals, and strategies for longevity. Human beings, in both body and mind, are complex and highly sensitive organisms that need the right attention to physically excel and feel great. Being fit is about living life to the fullest and making the most of what you have yourself! Explore the world of healthy living and see how real fitness can be achieved through intention, effort, and just the right amount of knowledge.
- give your body the energy it needs to achieve your goals
- explore the range of fitness activities to find those that are best for you
- tailor your fitness plan for your success
- discover how your body systems contribute to your fitness
Human beings are complex creatures; however, when they interact and begin to form relationships and societies, things become even more complicated. Are we more likely to act differently in a group than we will when we’re alone? How do we learn how to be “human”? Sometimes it can feel as if there are more questions than answers. Sociology 11: The Study of Human Relationships seeks to answer these questions and many more as it explores culture, group behavior, and societal institutions and how they affect human behavior. You’ll learn how social beliefs form and how this shapes our lives. How does this happen? Join us and find out!
- explore the patterns and relationships that connect individuals to society
- investigate class, gender, race, and the effects that inequality can have on individuals and society
- examine the influence of culture on our lives
We depend more and more on the technologies we interact with every day, and we put more and more of our personal data out there online. Can all of that data really be kept “secret”? We all need to know more about how to protect our personal information, especially given how much we rely on and use our network devices and media. You’ll learn about the various parts of your computer, how they work together, and how you can manipulate them to keep your data safe. You’ll also dive into the tools, technologies, and methods that will help protect you from an attack and discover the many opportunities in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity.
- learn more about who’s online when you are
- investigate what makes your devices run safely
- evaluate how safe your information is on the internet
- anticipate challenges to your cybersecurity
Social Media 11
Have a Facebook account? What about Twitter? TikTok? Whether you’ve already dipped your toes in the waters of social media or are still standing on the shore wondering what to make of it all, learning how to interact on social media platforms is crucial to surviving and thriving in this age of digital communication. In Introduction to Social Media 11, you’ll learn the ins and outs of such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and more and how to use them for your benefit personally, academically, and, eventually, professionally. If you thought social media platforms were just a place to keep track of friends and share personal photos, this course will show you how to use these resources in much more powerful ways.
- discover why status updates and tweets have become so popular and what they can do for you
- learn about the impact social media has on our society
- take your messages and selfies to the next level with photo-based social media sites
- use social media to launch a fresh image for your business and attract new customers
Forensic Science 11
Every time a crime is committed, a virtual trail of incriminating evidence is left behind just waiting to be found and analyzed. In Forensic Science 11: More Secrets of the Dead, you’ll learn even more about the powerful science of forensics and how it has changed the face of crime and justice in our world. You will learn some basic scientific principles used in the lab, such as toxicology, material analysis, microscopy, and forensic anthropology and find out how scientists use everything from insects to bones to help them solve crimes. Discover how advanced techniques and methodical processes can lead to catching even the craftiest criminal. The best way to battle crime these days is not with a weapon, but with science.
- explore how bones and bugs help solve crimes
- examine some of the forensic science laboratory techniques for identifying and testing drug evidence and toxin
- investigate how paint, soil, and trace evidence is found and analyzed
- analyze newer trends in forensic science, including the investigation of digital crime
What makes us human? Is it our ability to use language? Is it our abstract thinking skills or our use of tools and technology? In Anthropology 11: Uncovering Human Mysteries you will trace the history of homo sapiens and explore our evolutionary trail. This course offers an anthropologic lens to observe our movement from cave dweller to modern human. It sheds light on how we forged our way and developed all of the things that make us human, such as our cultures, languages, and religions. We, as humans in the 21st century, are highly intelligent, innovative people with astounding technological ability – how did we get this way?
- trace the evolution and development of humans throughout history
- examine cultural practices from around the globe
- explore the relationships between people and their environments
- investigate how materials, culture, food, and religion influence our lives
Did you know that the field of biotechnology encompasses everything from plant and animal breeding to genetics? Discover how biotechnology has changed the world around us from food to genetics. Build on historical applications with modern discoveries. Understand how regulations and ethics govern the course of biotechnology and learn of its importance to the field of medicine. Increase your understanding of this cutting-edge field!
Social Problems 11: A World in Crisis
War, crime, poverty, global warming our world often seems full of dire warnings and predictions. How can we make sense of it all and still dare to step outside each day? Social Problems 11: A World in Crisis will explore some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and prepare you to tackle them head-on. You’ll learn what led to these social problems, what effects they have on our lives and societies, and what possible solutions exist for solving them. Whether you want to save the world from the next pandemic or better understand the effects of the media on society, this course will help you develop a plan of action!
- investigate social problems in society, such as poverty
- examine the effects of conflict, war, and terrorism on nations, societies, and individuals
- explore the impact of crime on our lives and communities
- consider why some issues become social problems and others do not
Can I take Grade 12 courses?
Yes, as long as all prerequisites for the course have been met, then the student can enroll in a higher grade-level course.
How do I share my transcript with universities?
For students to share their B.C. high school transcript with a university, the student needs to create a BCeID. A link to BCeID can be found here.
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