Curriculum

McAuley Catholic College provides a comprehensive educational program based on and taught in accordance with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses for Secondary Education. Students study NESA mandated and approved courses leading towards the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) Award. The school offers 28 Higher School Certificate (HSC) courses and 2 extension courses.

McAuley Catholic College offers a comprehensive range of courses for students of all academic abilities. The curriculum, designed by NESA (NSW Educational Standards Authority), is implemented by the Key Learning Areas within the College. This includes:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Technical and Applied Sciences (TAS)
  • Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
  • Languages – French and indonesian

These Key Learning Areas (KLAs) offer a variety of subjects and levels of learning. For a more detailed explanation of subjects offered, please refer to the Course Handbooks.

Stage 4: Year 7 and Year 8

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Geography (HSIE)
  • PDHPE
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • French
  • Indonesian

Stage 5: Year 9 and Year 10

Students study the following compulsory subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Geography (HSIE – Year 10)
  • Personal Development, Health, Physical Education

Students in Year 9 and 10 are given the opportunity to select two electives courses that they study for two years (200 hour) and one elective course that they study for one year (100 hour). Students may choose from the following electives:

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Industrial Technology – Multimedia
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Information & Software Technology
  • iSTEM
  • Music
  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Visual Arts

Stage 6: Year 11 and Year 12

Students at Mcauley Catholic College for their Preliminary and HSC years are required to complete at least one Religious Education course. They are also required to complete studies that fulfills NESA requirements including a compulsory English Course. Students can choose their units of study from the following courses:

Religious Education

  • Catholic Studies
  • Studies of Religion (1 unit)
  • Studies of Religion (2 unit)

English

  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies

Other Courses

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Chemistry
  • Community & Family Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • Industrial Technology – Timber Products and Furniture Industries
  • Industrial Technology – Multimedia Industries
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics Standard & Mathematics Advanced 
  • General Mathematics 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Modern History
  • Music 1
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
  • Textiles and Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design
  • Work Studies

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Students may complete their pattern of study by selecting from the following Category B Vocation & Education Training Courses (eVET). The following are eVET Courses offered at St Joseph’s College:

  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Primary Industries