Grade 11 Courses Summary

Grade 11 is another very important year. It is the second year of a student’s journey to meeting their graduation requirements.

In grade 11, the courses needed for graduation are:

  • a Language Arts 11
  • Explorations in Social Studies 11 or one of the Grade12 options
  • Mathematics 11 - PreCalculus 11, Foundations 11 or Workplace 11 - talk to your advisor
  • a Science 11 - see our list of options
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12, OR
  • one or two electives 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)

If you haven't already written your Literacy and Numeracy Grade 10 assessments, you must do so this year.  A student will not graduate without all Provincial Assessments completed. 

Applied Skills courses offered at SCIDES:
    Accounting 11,Foods Studies 11, Food Studies12, Marketing & Promotions 11, e-Commerce 12 , Veterinary 11, Graphic Production 11 (coming soon!)

 Fine Arts courses offered at SCIDES:
   Photography 11, Photography 12, Visual Arts:Studio Arts 10

 **Wondering about trades and apprenticeships and the jobs that could be available to you? We have those too.
 On SCIDES website under Programs, select “Trades Programs”**


Accounting 11

4 credits

This course is designed as an introduction to accounting concepts for those seeking entry level employment skills. Students gain insight into financial problems and solutions that have far-reaching benefits for entrepreneurial and professional careers. The course covers the basic principles of the double entry system and the accounting cycle. No previous accounting knowledge is required.

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

Recommended: Minimum C+ average Math 10 .

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Chemistry 11

4 credits
Chemistry 11 is an introductory academic course that builds a foundation for later studies in chemistry. The course material involves both reasoning and problem solving. The major topics include:

Introduction to Chemistry
Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
The Mole Concept
Chemical Reactions
Atomic Theory
Solution Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Science 10 and Foundations or Pre-calculus Math 10

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Computer Programming 11

4 credits


The goal of Programming 11 is to introduce the concepts and tools needed to begin computer programming. No prior knowledge is required or assumed - students will learn the basics from the ground up using Javascript, which is an integral part of today's web sites. Ideas will be presented in such a way that they are transferable to other programming languages. Students will emerge with a solid foundation of coding skills, and experience with a language highly relevant to today's tech world.
No specific prerequisites, however a desire to program and a general comfort level with basic programming an asset.

Earth Sciences 11

4 credits

Earth Sciences 11 is a course designed to provide Senior Secondary students with a background knowledge and the opportunity to investigate their earth, its materials and its processes. Topics will be studied from the areas of:

  • Astronomical Sciences (stellar systems, solar system),
  • Geological Science (earth’s crust, the changing planet, fossils, renewable and non-renewable resources, geological time), and
  • Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences (oceans, weather).

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Science 11 credit in the BC Graduation Program.

Science 10

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English Language Arts 11

There are 5 options in ELA11 - 4 credits each 

You will indicate your choice (to your teacher in the first assignment) once you are enrolled in ELA11.

Composition 11

Composition 11 is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. The course provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their writing craft

Creative Writing 11

Creative Writing 11 is designed for students who are interested in developing confidence and refining their writing skills through self-expression for various creative purposes. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to explore personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and strengthen their skills through writing and design processes. Creative Writing 11 is grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, inviting students to express themselves creatively as they reflect on, adjust, and extend their writing skills.

Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics allows them to follow their passion and at the same time:
· increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts
· enhance their development of the English Language Arts curricular competencies, both expressive and receptive
· expand their development as educated global citizens
· develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world
· further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills

New Media 11

New Media 11 is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop an intensive program of study centred on students’ interests, needs, and abilities, while at the same time allowing for a range of local delivery methods. New Media 11 recognizes that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen. Coursework is aimed at providing students with a set of skills vital for success in an increasingly complex digital world by affording numerous opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas through a wide variety of digital and print media. Compared with New Media 10, New Media 11 features tasks and texts of greater complexity and sophistication. As well, the Grade 11 course extends the depth and breadth of topics and activities offered in New Media 10.

Spoken Language 11

Spoken Language 11 is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their spoken communication through practice and revision. The course provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, write, and present original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence of spoken language genres for a range of situations. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their spoken language skills.

Prerequisite: English 10

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Explorations in Social Studies 11

 Social Studies 11 Explorations is a course unlike any other that you have taken.  It is an open, flexible course that has been designed to allow you to explore several areas within the realm of social studies at the grade 11 level. Each of the four units which make up this course has been created to prepare you for one of four social studies courses at the grade 12 level. It is like those restaurants that have a sampler menu so that when you go back the next time, you know exactly what to order. 

Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10

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Food Studies 11

4 credits

The aim of the Food Studies 11 and 12 curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have immediate and future applications in their personal and family lives, as well as in local and global environments, including understanding the principles of healthy eating to plan and create nutritious foods for individuals, groups, and family members; increasing knowledge of the nutritional, social, and economic factors that affect food selection and preparation; practising and thinking critically about principles and techniques related to acquisition, production, and consumption of foods.


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Forensic Science 11 BAA:  Secrets of the Dead

Board Approved course (BAA)

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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Foundations of Math 11

4 credits

Foundations of Mathematics 11 is an exciting study of a broad range of math topics, designed to ignite students interests in math and many of it's different facets. Students will engage with ideas like logical and spatial reasoning, algebraic interpretation and statistical analysis. Students will also undertake a history of mathematics project.

The topics covered include:
  • Quadratic Functions and Equations
  • Sine and Cosine Law
  • Geometry and Reasoning
  • Rates and Ratios
  • Inequalities and Linear Programming
  • Statistical Distributions and Analysis

This course is available as an entire video curriculum, with flash animated videos and interactive technology components. There is engaging instruction, and comprehensive practice materials. A graphing calculator such as a TI-83 or TI-84 is suggested but not required.

Prerequisites: FMP 10
Scientific calculators are required.

French 11

4 credits

French 11 is a course designed to help students become confident with the French language and develop skills required to effectively communicate in numerous different ways within real-life scenarios.

In this course, you will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding you already have to become even more confident and fluent in French. It is expected that in tackling French 11, you are comfortable reading, writing and speaking in French given support in the form of vocabulary and study aids. Almost all of the instruction for this course will be delivered in French, just as it would be if you were in a regular Grade 11 French classroom setting.

As much as possible, we will be using authentic French language resources as content in place of a text or workbook.

It is recommended that students complete:
• French 10 or equivalent
• Or permission from teacher

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Graphic Production 11

4 credits


Graphic Production 11 is an applied design course where you will learn about the design and production process as well as how to use technologies for image development from pre-press through to post-production. This course blends aspects of technology and art.

This course is designed to be used with an iPad, an Apple pencil, and the industry-leading software program Procreate. Ideas will be presented in such a way that they are transferable to other graphic production programs.


No specific prerequisites; however, some drawing and computer skills are an asset.

You will need to have access to an iPad with Procreate as well as an Apple pencil. SCIDES School of Record students can contact the course teacher in order to have free access to the technology required for this course.

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Interpersonal & Family Relationships 11

4 credits

The overall goal of Interpersonal and Family Relationships is to provide students with a broad overview of how relationships form and change. Students explore a variety of relationships, including work relationships, friendships, and committed relationships, as well as examine how these relationships evolve or end. This course also provides an overview of effective communication, wellness, and safety in interpersonal relationships. Students examine the variety of ways people communicate and describe components of healthy and unhealthy relationships. They conclude by researching careers associated with interpersonal and family relationships.

**Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives have been built into the course in general and into specific components of the course in particular.

Prerequisites:  none

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Life Sciences 11

4 credits

In this course, we take a close look at how living things are related and how their similarities and differences are used to classify them into the six Kingdoms of life. Learn about bacteria, vascular and non-vascular plants, jellyfish and sponges, squid and starfish, centipedes and spiders and lots of other living creatures! Discover and understand the living world around you.

Prerequisite:  Science 10

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Marketing and Promotions 11

4 credits

In this course, you'll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. You'll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well-known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. If you've ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.

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Physics 11

4 credits

Students will apply vector analysis to a variety of problem-solving situations. This course is intended for serious students who are continuing their education at university. Major topics include:

  • Kinematics (motion)
  • Dynamics (forces)
  • Energy & Momentum
  • Optics and Waves
Science 10 and Foundations of Mathematics and Precalculus 10 with a C+ average. Strong problem solving skills.

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Pre-Calculus 11

4 credits

Pre-Calculus 11 requires that students have complete Principles of Math 10 or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10. The goal of Pre-Calculus 11 is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus 12, which will in turn see students fully prepared to take Calculus in high school or University. This course consists of exciting, interactive animation and video lessons, that guide students in discovery of the following topics:

Quadratic Functions
Radical Functions
Polynomial Functions
Absolute Value Functions
Rational Expressions
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

Prerequisites:FPM10 with C+min. Graphing calculators required.

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Psychology 11 BAA:  The Road to Self-Discovery

Board Approved course (BAA)

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception and states of consciousness. This course offers exciting online psychology experiments about our own behavior.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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Science for Citizens 11

4 credits

Science is a part of our everyday lives whether we realize it or not! In this course, you will learn the science behind eating right and looking after your body. You will also learn how science can keep you safe at home and in the workplace. What are some of the common chemicals that you might encounter every day? How should they be handled? Can you use science to explain the climate and the impact that humans have had on our planet? And how does science help forensic scientists solve crimes? **Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives have been built into the course in general and into specific components of the course in particular.

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Visual Art 11: Photography

This course covers the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Through the investigation of various aspects of taking pictures, students will focus on the art of photography.

Students will create photographic works that explore the elements of art using sensory inspiration, imagination, and inquiry. They will be encouraged to take creative risks that relate to a range of styles and genres. Being mindful of cross-cultural perspectives, students will reflect upon their own work and that of others to develop a disciplined eye and respect the purpose of critique.

Required Materials
Manual camera or digital camera with manual settings (the camera needs to allow for the mode, shutter speed, and aperture to be adjusted)
*A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks; however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture.
Tripod (or necessary item(s) to create a stable foundation such as a table)
Reflector (white paper, poster board, sheets, or a wall can also serve as a reflector)
Image editing software.
Access to a slideshow application, such as PowerPoint. 

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 11 credit in the BC Graduation requirements.

No prerequisites

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Workplace Math 11

4 credits

Workplace Mathematics 11 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.

Math 10 is a suggested prerequisite to attempting this course.  Topics to be covered:

  • Measurement – Development of spatial sense through direct and indirect measurement.
  • Geometry – Develop spatial sense.
  • Number – develop number sense and critical thinking skills.
  • Algebra – Develop algebraic reasoning.
  • Statistics – Develop statistical reasoning.

Scientific calculators are required

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