Grade 10 Courses Summary

Grade 10 is a very important year. It is the year students begin to meet their graduation requirements. In grade 10, the courses needed for graduation are:

This year you should aim to take...

  • English Language Arts: Composition 10
  • Social Studies 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • a Science 10
  • Physical Education 10
  • Planning 10
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12, AND
  • one elective from grade 10 - 12. A student is also required to take 7 electives for graduation (3 of which must be a grade 12 level course)

    Applied Skills
    courses offered at SCIDES:
    Accounting 11, ACE IT, Business Computer Applications 11, Entrepreneurship 10, Family Studies 11/12, Foods & Nutrition 11/12, Marketing 11/12, Secondary School Apprenticeship 11A * Note that Independent Directed Studies courses may also include focus areas of Information Technology, Technology Education, Textiles etc.

    Fine Arts 
    courses offered at SCIDES:
     Art Foundations 11/12, Photography 10-12, Visual Arts  10-12.* Note that Independent Directed Studies courses may also include focus areas of Dance, Drama, Theater etc.

Aboriginal Leadership 10 (BAA)

Up to 4 general elective credits

Aboriginal Leadership provides graduation credits to youth with leadership experience in Aboriginal activities, functions and ceremonies. It is not required that you are of Aboriginal ancestry to take this course. All BC youth are eligible. It is offered as an off-timetable course which you enroll in by contacting the SCIDES teacher for this course.

Students who wish to gain credit for their cultural activities must keep a log of what they do, the time they spend doing it, and a signature of a recognized supervisor (who cannot be a parent, and is pre-approved by their SCIDES teacher ).  Once approximately 100 hours of service are logged, the course will be entered in your schedule and a grade assigned (and 4 credits will be attained).

Students may earn up to 12 credits for Aboriginal Leadership by amassing up to 300 hours of recognized service and activity.

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Career Life Education

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English 10

4 credits

Focus is on developing a strong base of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are also encouraged to develop both critical thinking skills and an increasing appreciation of literature.

  • Literature: Students will study a variety of literary forms from both classical and modern writers. Non-fiction writing is included in the syllabus.
  • Composition: Emphasis is placed on the writing process

Course overview:

Three modules
No tests

Two tracks:

1. Skill Building

Novel: Painting the Black
Poetry and Short Stories

2. Novel: The Chrysalids

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Poetry and Short Stories

Prerequisite: English 9

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Entrepreneurship 10: Starting Your Own Business

4 credits

Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.

UNIT ONE: Becoming an Entrepreneur; UNIT TWO: Options Starting Out; UNIT THREE: Regulation and Global Concerns; UNIT FOUR: Creating a Business Plan; UNIT FIVE: Accounting Basics; UNIT SIX: Running a Responsible Business; UNIT SEVEN: Getting and Keeping Customers; UNIT EIGHT: Pricing and Products; UNIT NINE: Innovation and Growth; UNIT TEN: Business Leadership

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French 10

4 credits

French 10 is a course designed to help students become confident with the French language. The course is designed to develop the skills required to effectively communicate in real-life scenarios. Using spiral curriculum, concepts from earlier French years will be repeated to develop a thorough understanding of the language. There are written assignments/projects, listening comprehension activities, opportunities to communicate with the instructor via telephone and/or video conference, and a final online exam that accompany this course.

It is recommended that students have a strong commitment to the process of learning a second language.

There are no pre-requisites to take this course, however, if your French exposure is limited, aspects of the first assignment may be difficult. After that, the rest of the course will be more comprehensive and understandable.

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Independent Directed Studies 10

Independent Directed Studies allow a student, under the supervision of a teacher (counsellor), to initiate, develop and complete their own area of learning based on the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO's) of a Ministry-Developed or Board/Authority Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 elective course.

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Math 10, Apprenticeship and Workplace (A&W)

4 credits

Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10 prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics, and make informed decisions as contributors to society.  Topics to be covered include: pricing and currency conversion, measurements of mass, temperature and geometry, and trigonometry.

Prerequisites:MA9. Scientific calculators are required. 

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Math 10, Foundations and Pre-Calculus (FOMP)

4 credits

Foundations and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identifies for post-secondary studies in both the arts and the sciences.  Topics include surface area and volume of 3D objects, applying trigonometric ratios to right triangles, irrational numbers, powers involving integral and rational exponents, polynomials, coordinate geometry with linear relations, systems of linear equations, and function notation. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for Pre-Calculus Mathematics 11  and Foundations of Mathematics 11.


MA9 with C min. Scientific calculators are required. 

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Physical Education 10

4 credits

The aim of Physical Education 8 to 10 is to enable all students to develop knowledge, movement skills, and positive attitudes and behaviours that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of providing youth with meaningful and enjoyable physical activity experiences. A physical education program provides opportunities for all students to be physically active regularly and to develop an appreciation for and enjoyment of movement in a variety of activities. From this the goal is to incorporate physical activity into lifelong pursuits, including daily routines and recreational and career activities. 

PE 9, or a member of a high-level competitive team, approval of Instructor.

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Science 10

4 credits

Science 10 is a continuation of the concept strands dealt with in Science 9. The material is more concept-oriented and requires some mathematical calculations and problem-solving approaches. Laboratory work and reports are further developed. The major topics include:

  • Chemistry - atomic theory, formulas, and writing/balancing chemical equations.
  • Biology – biomes, ecosystems, energy flow & nutrient cycles, and change in ecosystems
    Physics - electrostatics & current electricity, and how electricity is used in the home.
  • Earth Science - radioactive dating, volcanoes, earthquakes and continental drift.
  • Each section will last approximately one quarter of the semester.

SC 9 with strong work habits.

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Social Studies 10

4 credits

Concentrates on the events leading up to Confederation and post-Confederation. Development up to WWI and Canada's major economic regions with an emphasis on B.C. will be studied in depth. The economic relationship with the Pacific Rim countries including the U.S.A. will be explored. Current events and certain extension activities are also included in the curriculum.



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Visual Arts 10

This course is designed to provide a more mature study of the foundations of art through the applied elements and principles of design. Emphasis is on the development of students’ individual artistic abilities. Students are encouraged to develop their own sources of inspiration for design, imagery and research skills in the medium or technique chosen. Draw, paint, print, and sculpt your ideas into existence. Learn about the role art can play in your life, and discover the great career possibilities the arts can hold.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts in the BC Graduation Program

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