Senior College 10-12

What our students learn

At St Andrew’s Cathedral School, we carefully craft our curriculum so as to give students powerful knowledge.


At St Andrew’s Cathedral School, we carefully craft our curriculum so as to give students powerful knowledge. That means that they are equipped with the core concepts and important content within each subject, as well as the subject-specific skills that empower them as change-makers. This is further complemented by opportunities for inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thinking that deepens and transfers both knowledge and skill.

Curriculum matters. Taken together, it is a view of the world that informs students what is worth knowing, appreciating and being able to do.

As a diverse, international school, our curriculum encourages students to look beyond themselves and understand the world and their place in it.

Year 10

The curriculum at St Andrew’s Cathedral School is organised according to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The MYP framework for Years 7-10 sits over these guidelines and is also shaped by our Teaching and Learning Model.

The courses at St Andrew’s Cathedral School fall within the Key Learning Areas:  

  • English  
  • Mathematics  
  • Science   
  • Human Society and Its Environment   
  • Technology and Applied Studies    
  • Languages Other Than English   
  • Creative Arts    
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

School Mandated Compulsory Course:   

  • Christian Development

Elective Subjects are studied from Year 9: 

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English Elective
  • Global Studies
  • History Elective
  • Industrial Technology – Engineering
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Belief
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts

There are a number of additional services for students with particular needs.  

They include:

  • Specialised Learning Department for support and extension activities
  • Gifted and Talented Education programmes
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect tuition as required.

Years 11-12

Students in Years 11 and 12 can choose to study either the Higher School Certificate (HSC) curriculum or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

While both credentials are world class, they are quite different. Students need to think through the requirements and expectations of both programmes of study to determine which programme most suits them. Our students have excelled in both programmes of study in recent years.