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Junior Secondary Curriculum - Subjects and Courses

Junior Secondary Curriculum - Subjects and Courses for Years 8 to 10 (Middle Years in a Secondary setting)

How is the junior secondary curriculum structured in each state?
What subjects and courses are available in the junior secondary curriculum in each state?
Are there mandatory junior secondary curriculum requirements in each state?

How is the junior secondary curriculum structured in NSW?

The secondary curriculum in Years 7-10 in New South Wales schools forms part of a continuum of learning from Kindergarten to Year 12. Typically, students in Years 7-8 work towards the achievement of Stage 4 outcomes and typically, students in Year 9-10 work towards the achievement of Stage 5 outcomes.

What subjects and courses are available in the junior secondary curriculum in NSW?

The following courses are available as part the Years 7-10 curriculum that will be fully implemented in New South Wales schools in 2006.

Life Skills outcomes and content for students with special education needs are available in all Years 7-10 syllabuses.

Courses in Years 7-10 curriculum Full implementation in 2006

Aboriginal Studies Italian
Agricultural Technology Japanese
Aboriginal Languages Korean
Arabic Latin
Chinese Marine and Aquaculture Technology
Classical Greek Mathematics
Commerce Modern Greek
Dance Music
Design and Technology Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Drama Physical Activity and Sports Studies
English Photographic and Digital Media
Food Technology Russian
French Science
Geography Spanish
German Technology (Mandatory) Years 7-8
Graphics Technology Textiles Technology
Hebrew Turkish
History Vietnamese
Indonesian Visual Arts
Industrial Technology Visual Design
Information Software and Technology Work Education

Additionally, a variety of locally designed School Developed Board Endorsed Courses are available.

Are there mandatory junior secondary curriculum requirements in NSW?

To meet the mandatory requirements for the award of the NSW School Certificate students are required to complete study in each of the Key Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts, Technological and Applied Studies, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Languages.

Students are required to study English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and Its Environment (including Australian History and Australian Geography) and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education in each of Years 7-10. Students are also required to complete study in Creative Arts (Visual Arts and Music), Technology and Languages. These requirements are usually met by students in Years 7-8.

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