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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 South Australia?

South Australia’s curriculum in government preschools and schools from birth to Year 10 is the South Australian Curriculum, Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework. The Framework was co-developed with Catholic Education and the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia and has been affirmed as the core curriculum framework by the Catholic Education office. Engagement with the SACSA Framework differs across independent schools and information about curriculums should be sought directly from each school. From 2011 the Phase 1 AC subjects (English, history, science and maths) will begin to replace SACSA.

What subjects and courses are available in theYear 8 to 10 curriculum in South Australia?

In the schooling sector (Reception to Year 10) learning is divided into eight Learning Areas:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages (Alphabetic, Non-alphabetic, Australian Indigenous)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Society and Environment. (which will become Australian Curriculum History beginning in 2011, Geography in 2012)

As learners move from Year 7 into Year 8, information about their achievement of the different outcomes is passed on from one school to the next.

Are there mandatory junior secondary curriculum requirements in South Australia?

Government schools are required to implement programs that address the Key Ideas and Outcomes described in the 8 Learning Areas of the SACSA Framework until the Australian Curriculum is phased in. When the Australian Curriculum is fully implemented these will be replaced by the Achievement Standards. Generally schools offer all 8 Learning Areas. The Arts can include dance, drama, visual art, media and music.

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