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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 a​rts (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 2 semesters:

  • English
  • humanities
  • mathematics
  • science
  • academia, resilience and careers (ARC).

Students study these subjects for 1 semester in Year 9:

  • health and physical education
  • languages (continued language study from Year 8).

Students have the option to select 1 subject from either technologies or the Arts or 2 subjects from:

  • technologies (built environment and engineering, design technology, digital technology)
  • the arts (dance, music, drama, media arts, visual arts).

Learning

Students may apply to study Aspire subjects in Years 7 and 8. Within Aspire subjects, students will be given opportunities for enriched learning in locations outside the school, such as university. These subjects have an emphasis on problem-solving and higher-order thinking.

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 1 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.

Fast-track mathematics and science

State High offers students a fast track mathematics and/or science pathway. These unique courses are designed for students who are exceptionally good at mathematics and/or science and culminates in them finishing Year 12 subjects 6 months early. This allows students to study a university maths and/or science subject as part of their normal timetable in Year 12.

These courses begin in Semester 1, Year 9.

Curriculum guide

Read the Junior Curriculum Guide (PDF, 773 KB)​ for more details.