Levels 9 & 10 All Strands

Level descriptors reflect the strand specific enduring understandings by describing key knowledge, understanding and learning processes aligned to levels of learning achievement.

They explain the content to be taught and promote engagement in analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Achievement standards indicate the quality of learning (the extent of knowledge, the depth of understanding and the sophistication of skills) students should typically demonstrate by a particular point in their schooling.

Level Descriptor

Learning Process
To ensure full expression of the content students will:

Achievement Standard
By the end of Level 10 students working at standard will be able to:

Strand: Christian Ethics – Personal and Social

Change, human brokenness, reconciliation, renewal and rebuilding are characteristics of being human. Drawing hope from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians attend to these characteristics of human frailty.


Identify acts of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration in the Catholic tradition as a means for enabling the human person, as a free agent, to manage life’s struggles and joys.

Articulate ways in which the Catholic tradition supports the human person in their experiences of life’s struggles and joys.

In the Christian tradition, moral responsibility towards self and others (human and other than human), are developed over time and are fostered in the community of the Church, local and global. 


Identify and critically evaluate ways in which the Catholic tradition and community enables people, as free agents, to develop a morally, ethically and socially informed response to life.

Identify on both a personal and communal level, multiple connections between the Catholic tradition and other morally, ethically and socially informed responses to life.

All human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is a cornerstone of Catholic moral teaching. For the Christian, an informed conscience drawn from Scripture, moral and ethical teachings of the Church, provides direction for the Christian life and potentially, the lives of others.


Analyse a range of contemporary ethical and moral issues from the Catholic perspective, articulating as well the contributions of other religions and worldviews.

Recognise and explain how philosophical and religious traditions in general, and the Catholic tradition in particular, contribute to an ethical life and moral society.

Strand: Church and Tradition

The signs of the time calls for the continual renewal of identity by the Church and people of faith.


Critique key events of renewal in the history of the local and/or universal Church.

Identify enduring components of Catholic identity in key events through history and discern the impact of culture in the expression of this identity.

The People of God, are called to engage in dialogue for the renewal and transformation of the Church and the world.


Investigate the lives of those who have contributed to bringing about the Reign of God and God’s dream for the world in their times.

Articulate how, through the agency of individuals working for the common good, God’s dream for the world is being realised.

The Church is a dynamic community called to know, understand and encounter other systems of meaning and belief.


Select and research contemporary Church documents that capture a Catholic worldview, then in dialogue with documents from different systems of belief, meaning and identity, explain how the latter could enrich the Catholic perspective.

Critique documents from religious traditions other than Catholic that express a contemporary worldview in light of appropriate documents from the Catholic tradition.

Strand: God, Religion and Society

The Church is called to dialogue and work with other Christian traditions and religions, philosophies or worldviews.


Identify and examine occurrences of dialogue within and between the Catholic tradition and people from other Christian traditions, religions and worldviews.

Examine how the Church has responsibility for dialogue and cooperation with other Christian traditions, world religions and philosophies.

In all its beauty, creation from the perspective of religious traditions and other worldviews holds meaning and importance for humans with implications for an ethical life.


Explore and critically analyse religious traditions and other worldviews for their understanding of creation and how for some, creation reveals God.

Illustrate how religious traditions and other worldviews, express and enact attitudes and behaviour for the care of all creation.

 Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments

Prayer, understood as a communication with God, is central to the life and mission of the Church, signified by its liturgical practices.


Identify and analyse prayers contained in the liturgy of the Church, Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic, that could be understood as an expression of the relational presence of God.

Explain how prayer is central to the life and mission of the Church and can be experienced both inside and outside liturgical practice.

For Catholics, Eucharistic celebrations inform everyday life; through these celebrations Christ is made present in a particular way, enabling the work of faithful people to shape the world in ways informed by God’s dream for the world.


From the perspective of Catholic faith, discern and articulate how the presence of the Risen Christ in Eucharistic celebrations calls people of faith to be Eucharistic people in the world today.

Identify ways in which Eucharistic belief in the risen Christ informs the work of Catholics in the world.

Scripture, Israel and Jesus

The narratives of the Scripture invite the reader and/or hearer into an experience of the Paschal Mystery of Christ.


Explain how experiences of suffering and new life are expressed in the message of Christian hope within the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Critically examine, from multiple perspectives, the premise that Christ’s message of salvation is one of hope, liberation, new life and that death is not the end. 


For the Christian, the resurrection of Jesus the Christ is the central message of the Good News of salvation. Christ’s message of salvation is one of hope, liberation, new life and victory through death.


Articulate an understanding of Christian hope, liberation and new life brought about by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection as expressed in Scripture.

Articulate an understanding of Christian hope, liberation and new life, as expressed in Scripture. 


The Scriptures invite and enable people to come to an understanding of God and for some, their response may be a life lived in faith, love and service.


Discern and describe the connections between the mission of Christ as expressed in Scripture and the way Christians choose to live their Christian vocation.

Investigate and consider how Scripture informs the lives of people for a life lived in fidelity to the mission of Christ in the world.