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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.

Year 8 2019 into Year 9 2020 Curriculum Showcase

The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 8 2019 into Year 9 2020 Curriculum Showcase information session held on Tuesday 6 August 2019 is available here - Year 8 2019 into Year 9 2020 Curriculum Showcase (PDF, 1.3 MB)


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 (3.4 MB)​​ for more details.​