Curriculum

Barrenjoey High School offers an exceptionally broad curriculum of over 40 courses in the junior & senior years …

In Years 7 and 8 (Stage 4) all students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Music, Language, Personal Development/Health & Physical Education (PDHPE), Technology Studies (TAS) and Visual Arts.

In Years 9 & 10 (Stage 5) all students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, & Careers to comply with the NESA requirements for the award of Stage 5 Record of Student Achievement (RoSA).  At Barrenjoey students also choose two electives from the following subjects:

Design and Technology, Graphic Arts, Hospitality (Food and Beverage), Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM), Italian, Industrial Technology (Multimedia, Engineering and Timber), Marine and Aquaculture Technology, PASS, Coaching and Event Management or Surfing, Commerce, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, French, Industrial Technology (Engineering), Industrial Technology (Metal), Industrial Technology (Timber), Music, Photographic & Digital Media (PDM), Physical Activity & Sports (PASS), Textiles Technology and Visual Arts.

Students may also study other foreign languages by correspondence through the Open High School.

In Years 11 & 12 (Stage 6) the NESA sets requirements for the award of the Preliminary Higher School Certificate (Year 11) and the Higher School Certificate (Year 12) & Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR).

Students must study a minimum of 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12. The only compulsory subject is English. For more information regarding HSC requirements please visit the Board of Studies website.

BOARD DEVELOPED COURSES  /  SCHOOL DELIVERED

COURSE

UNITS

ATAR

CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS (CAPA)

Drama

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Music 1

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Visual Arts

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

ENGLISH

English Advanced

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

English Standard

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

English Studies

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

English (Extension) Preliminary / HSC English Ext 1 / HSC English Ext 2

1 in Year 11 and 12 (Ext 1)

1 in Year 12 (Ext 2)

Yes

HUMAN SOCIETY AND IT’S ENVIRONMENT (HSIE)

Ancient History

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Business Studies

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Economics

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Geography

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

History HSC Extension

1 in Year 12 only

Yes

Legal Studies

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Modern History

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Society and Culture

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Studies of Religion II

2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

Yes

LANGUAGES

French Beginners

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

MATHEMATICS

Preliminary Mathematics Standard / HSC Mathematics Standard Pathway 1

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Preliminary Mathematics Standard / HSC Mathematics Standard Pathway 2

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Mathematics Advanced

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Mathematics Preliminary / HSC Extension 1

1 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PDHPE)

Community and Family Studies

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

SCIENCE

Biology

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Chemistry

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Earth and Environmental Science

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Investigating Science

2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

Yes

Physics

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

 

TECHNOLOGIES

Design & Technology

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Engineering Studies

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Food Technology

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Industrial Technology

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

Textiles and Design

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) – SCHOOL

Construction Pathways

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes, Category B

Hospitality – Kitchen Operations

2 in Year 11 and 12

Yes, Category B

BOARD ENDORSED COURSES / CONTENT ENDORSED COURSES

Marine Studies

1 or 2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

No

Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

1 or 2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

No

Sport Lifestyle and Recreation Studies

1 or 2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

No

Visual Design

1 or 2 in Year 11 and/ or 12

No

NB: Courses can change from time to time