Secondary Curriculum

Amity College has a broad curriculum designed to:

  • encourage each student to achieve at their highest level in a full range of subjects
  • develop academic, artistic, musical and sporting intelligence
  • develop competence in digital technologies
  • equip each student with knowledge of two languages other than English
  • promote student learning in areas of their interest
  • develop moral values and attitudes

A flexible curriculum structure and the appropriate use of digital technologies ensure that each student’s particular needs are met by individualised pathways.

Students in Years 7 and 8 are given the opportunity to study two languages with an option of further study. About 1/3 of study time in Years 9 and 10 is allocated to elective courses. High-achieving students are given the opportunity to accelerate in one or more courses towards the award of HSC.

The school week is divided into 35 periods. There are 7 periods of 45 minutes per day.

  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 12

All students in Year 7 undertake the following courses each week for the number of periods indicated:

Course Periods
English 5 periods
Mathematics 4 periods
Science 4 periods
History 4 periods (Semester 1 only)
Geography 4 periods (Semester 2 only)
PDHPE 3 periods
Technology 4 periods (Semester 1: products and built environment, Semester 2: information and communications)
Music 2 periods
Visual Arts 2 periods
Languages 4 periods of 2 languages (2 periods Turkish beginners or continuers streaming for each home group; 2 periods one of Arabic Beginner, Arabic Continuer, French, Japanese, Spanish streaming for the year level)
Religion & Values 3 periods

Students follow the same pattern of study as Year 7 except:

Course Periods
History 4 periods (Semester 2 only)
Geography 4 periods (Semester 1 only)
Technology 4 periods (Semester 1: information and communications, Semester 2: products and built environment)

Mathematics classes are grouped according to Year 8 marks and ability. In mathematics, Stage 5.2 (also known as intermediate) or Stage 5.3 (also known as advanced) or accelerated Mathematics program is taught according to the group.

In addition to core subjects students study 3 electives for two years. Elective subjects are offered on the basis of sufficient students choosing the subject to form a viable class. It cannot be assumed that all electives will be taught every year.

Course Periods
English 5 periods (A, B1, B2)
Mathematics 5 periods (5.2, 5.3A, 5.3B, 5.3C)
Science 5 periods
History 2 periods
Geography 2 periods
PDHPE 3 periods
Religion & Values 3 periods
Electives 2 electives of 4 periods per week (200 Stage 5 hours) and 1 elective of 2 periods per week (100 Stage 5 hours) from the list:

  • Advanced Science*
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Languages (Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French students can select only a language they studied in Year 8)
  • LOTUS*
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Robotics*
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts

200 hour and 100 hour electives will be based on student choices.

*school developed course

Students follow the same pattern of study as Year 9 except:

Course Periods
Mathematics 5 periods (5.2, 5.3), 9 periods (Accelerated: 5.3+Preliminary)
Electives
  • Accelerated Turkish (Preliminary) as continuation of language elective in Year 9 instead of 6 elective periods
  • Accelerated Mathematics instead of 4 elective periods in addition to normal mathematics periods

Students must study a minimum of 12 units for the completion of Preliminary. Each 1 unit course is 3 periods and 2 unit course is 6 periods.

English is compulsory.

Courses are offered on the basis of sufficient students choosing the subject to form a viable class. Courses offered are:

Subject Area Course
English
  • English Standard (2 unit)
  • English Advanced (2 unit)
  • English Extension 1 (1 unit)
Mathematics
  • Mathematics General 2 (2 unit)
  • Mathematics (2 unit)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 (1 unit)
  • HSC Mathematics (2 unit for accelerants)
Science
  • Biology (2 unit)
  • Chemistry (2 unit)
  • Physics (2 unit)
  • HSC Biology (2 unit for accelerants)
Human Society & Its Environment
  • Business Studies (2 unit)
  • Economics (2 unit)
  • Geography (2 unit)
  • Legal Studies (2 unit)
  • Modern History (2 unit)
  • Studies of Religion (2 unit)
  • Business Services (VET)
  • Tourism Travel and Events (VET)
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
  • Community and Family Studies (2 unit)
  • Sports, Lifestyle and Recreation (1 unit)
  • Sports, Lifestyle and Recreation (2 unit)
  • PDHPE (2 unit)
Technological & Applied Studies
  • Industrial Technology (2 unit)
  • Information Processes and Technology (2 unit)
Creative Arts
  • Photography, Video and Digital Imaging (2 unit)
  • Visual Design (2 unit)
  • Music 1 (2 unit)
  • Visual Arts (2 unit)
  • Drama (2 unit)
Languages
  • HSC Turkish Continuers (2 unit for accelerants)

*Preliminary courses are undertaken in Terms 1, 2 and 3 of Year 11.

Students must study a minimum of 10 units for the completion of HSC. Each 1 unit course is 3 periods and 2 unit course is 6 periods.

English is compulsory.

Courses are offered upon completion of the relevant Preliminary course with the exclusion of Extension 2 courses and Senior Science:

Subject Area Course
English
  • English Standard (2 unit)
  • English Advanced (2 unit)
  • English Extension 1 (1 unit)
  • English Extension 2 (1 unit)
Mathematics
  • Mathematics General 2 (2 unit)
  • Mathematics (2 unit)
  • Mathematics Extension 1 (1 unit)
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (2 unit)
Science
  • Biology (2 unit)
  • Chemistry (2 unit)
  • Physics (2 unit)
  • Senior Science (2 unit)
Human Society & Its Environment
  • Business Studies (2 unit)
  • Economics (2 unit)
  • Geography (2 unit)
  • Legal Studies (2 unit)
  • Modern History (2 unit)
  • Studies of Religion (2 unit)
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
  • Community and Family Studies (2 unit)
  • PDHPE (2 unit)
Technological & Applied Studies
  • Industrial Technology (2 unit)
  • Information Processes and Technology (2 unit)

*HSC courses are undertaken in Term 4 of Year 11 and Terms 1, 2 and 3 of Year 12.