Changes over the past ten years have broadened the options for students enrolling in courses for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate. Students are no longer confined to a mostly academic pathway or limited to courses that can be taught at their schools. It is now possible to study using several different modes of delivery, attending different campuses and institutions, pursuing various pathways over a number of years. Online, flexible delivery courses have been made available to students in systemic, congregational and independent Catholic schools to cater for specific student needs. Online courses are not intended to replace existing face-to-face classes. What schools are endeavouring to do is to maintain a Catholic education for these students and to provide them with access to subjects that traditionally have created timetable difficulties due to their very small class size. Catholic students across NSW may enrol in the Online Education Centre to study a single subject. They attend their home school for all other subjects. Through an internet presence and various technologies, the provision of an online teacher, a school based mentor and both online and supplementary materials; we are able to provide a means of delivering course content to students regardless of their location. Students will have time each week with the teacher and fellow students connected via the internet in lecture and tutorial sessions out of school hours. Students follow up these lessons by completing set work in their own time either at school or at home.
A list of current subjects offered by the OEC can be found on the OEC website. Parents should be aware that the subjects change from time to time due to demand and teacher supply issues.