Junior school


Junior Course Guide

The Junior Course Guide (PDF, 828 KB)​​ provides an overview of subjects offered for students in Year 7, 8 and 9.  This resource assists current State High students with subject selections for 2021 as well as students entering Year 7 in 2021. 

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 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 9 Curriculum

Year 8 2020 into Year 9 2021 Curriculum Showcase

Information and resources from the virtual Curriculum Showcase held on Tuesday 4 August 2020 have been emailed to families.

Links to resources:


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.

Last reviewed 28 August 2020
Last updated 28 August 2020