Senior College Curriculum
Our aim is that learning will be significant, challenging, networked and future focussed, with students engaged and growing every day.
The curriculum at St Andrew’s is organised according to the guidelines laid down by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The MYP framework sits over these guidelines and is also shaped by our SACS Learning Model.
The MYP curriculum structure replicates very closely the eight Key Learning Areas of NSW curriculum courses:
- Language and Literature (English)
- Language Acquisition (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
- Individuals and Societies (History, Geography)
- Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
To further the development of the whole person, St Andrew’s Cathedral School also runs an Outdoor Education program that includes a specific program for students in Year 10.
Years 11 – 12
Students in Years 11 and 12 can choose to study either the Higher School Certificate curriculum or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The Higher School Certificate (HSC)
The NSW Educations Standards Authority (NESA) awards the HSC to eligible students at the end of Year 12. In Year 11 students must study a minimum of 12 units, including 2 units of English. In Year 12, students must study a minimum of 10 units including 2 units of English.
HSC subjects offered at St Andrew’s include:
- English (Advanced, Standard, ESL, Extension 1 and Extension 2 [Year 12])
- Ancient History
- Business Studies
- Design and Technology
- Earth and Environmental Studies
- French (Continuers and Extension [Year 12])
- German (Continuers and Extension [Year 12])
- History Extension [Year 12]
- Japanese (Continuers and Extension [Year 12])
- Legal Studies
- Mathematics (General, 2-unit, Extension 1 and Extension 2 [Year 12])
- Modern History
- Music (1, 2 and Extension [Year 12])
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Studies of Religion 1
- Senior Science
- Society and Culture
- Software Design and Development
- Spanish Beginners
- Studies of Religion II
- Textiles and Design
- Visual Arts
All Year 11 and 12 students take part in Christian Development classes.
Students are also able to study courses at TAFE, Saturday School and Open High School.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme was introduced to St Andrew’s Cathedral School in 2009 as a way to further expand the academic choice available to Year 11 and 12 Senior College students. It is an internationally recognised exit credential, which provides a broad, challenging curriculum for students.
Students who choose the IB Diploma Programme complete six subjects, an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Activity and Service. Students choose one subject from Groups 1 to 5. The sixth subject comes from either Group 2, 3, 4 or 6.
Group 1: (Studies in Language and Literature): Language A: Literature and Literature and Language (English)
Group 2: (Language Acquisition): Japanese ab initio (Beginners) SL, Spanish ab initio SL, Chinese B SL, French B SL, Spanish B SL
Group 3: (Individuals and Societies): Business Management, Global Politics, Environmental Systems and Societies (Groups 3 and 4), History, Philosophy and Psychology
Group 4: (Sciences): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies (Groups 3 and 4), Sports Exercise Health Science and Physics
Group 5: (Mathematics): Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL and Mathematical Studies SL
Group 6: (The Arts): Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
All Year 11 and 12 students take part in Christian Development classes, which are run in small groups.
Extra learning resources
There are a number of additional services for students with particular needs. They include:
- The Enrichment and Learning Department for support and extension activities
- Gifted and Talented Education programs
- School Counsellors
- English as a Second Language tuition as required