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​​​​​​​Years 7 and 8 subject selection

In Years 7 and 8, students select 12 units of study for the year (6 per semester).

These subjects must be studied for 2 semesters in both Years 7 and 8:

  • English
  • Humanities 
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Academia, Resilience and Careers (ARC).

Students study subjects from these areas for 1 semester in both Years 7 and 8, with the option to continue study for another semester in:

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages (Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
  • Technologies (Built Environment and Engineering, Design Technology, Digital Technology)
  • The Arts (Dance, Music, Drama, Media Arts, Visual Arts)

Year 9 subject selection

In Year 9, students must select 12 units of study for the year (6 per semester).

Compulsory subjects for two semesters:

  • English or English Extension
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics or Mathematics Extension
  • Science
  • Academia, Resilience and Careers (ARC).

Students wishing to study English Extension and/or Mathematics Extension in Year 9 must have achieved a B standard in that subject in Year 8.

Students must study a language for ones semester in Year 9:

  • Students will continue to study the language that was studied in Year 8.
  • Students who are intending to study the language in Year 10 must choose a second semester of this language in Year 9.
  • This additional semester of the language will count as one of the three electives.

Students then must select three elective subjects from the following:

  • Technologies Design, Engineering, Digital Solutions, Entrepreneurial Business
  • The Arts Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music or Music Extension
  • Health and Physical Education HPE
  • Science Psychology
  • Humanities Philosophy
  • Languages Unit 2 of Language (must be studied if continuing into Year 10)
  • Learning and Enrichment Language for Academic Success (LAS), Literacy and Numeracy Program (LSU); for identified/eligible students only

The electives students select can come from any of the Learning Areas. Students can select multiple electives from the same Learning Area.


Students may apply to study Aspire subjects in Years 7 and 8. Within Aspire subjects, students will be given opportunities for enriched learning with an emphasis on problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills.

Aspire subjects are offered to motivated and talented students who are studying:

  • English or humanities
  • mathematics or science
  • ​engineering.

Students can only apply to study Aspire in one or more of the above programs.

Places in Aspire classes are offered on the basis of academic merit-order and are available to students regardless of their enrolment category.

Curriculum guide

Read the Junior Course Guide (PDF, 1.8 MB) for more details.