Course Information


Course Counselling

The provision of course information is one part of a process of course counselling designed to assist students to select the most appropriate courses at each year level. Other parts of the course counselling process include information sessions during home group, assemblies and/or lessons. Evening information meetings and individual counselling meetings for parents and students will also be held. In addition, there are other resources available to students and parents. These include the Job Guide (available in Student Services and via the web here) and other publications available from Student Services. Students are also encouraged to discuss their interests and possible post-school pathways with family, friends, teachers and community members.

Students are asked to engage in the course selection process with shared responsibility for their decisions.

The 2017 Course Handbook is available here: Urrbrae Curriculum 2017


Course Structure

Year 8

In Year 8, students undertake study in all eight areas of the curriculum.

All students study a full year of:

  • Agriculture
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities

To ensure that all students study the 8 learning areas of the curriculum but can choose some specialisation, the remaining subjects can be chosen in one of the following patterns.

Students choose either:

  1. Three terms of Arts (Drama and Visual Arts) plus:
  • 1 term of Home Economics
  • 1 semester of Health and Physical Education
  • 1 semester of Technology
  1. Three terms of Health and Physical Education plus:
  • 1 term of Home Economics
  • 1 semester of Arts
  • 1 semester of Technology
  1. Four terms of Music plus:
  • 1 semester of Health and Physical Education
  • 1 semester of Technology
  1. Three terms of Technology plus:
  • 1 term of Home Economics
  • 1 semester of Arts
  • 1 semester of Health and Physical Education

Year 9

As students move from Year 8 to 9, they have opportunities to study particular aspects of some of the learning areas.

All Year 9 students study a full year of:

  • Agriculture
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities

All students study a minimum of one semester of offerings in the following learning areas:

  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education

All students also choose to study one additional semester chosen from one of the offerings in the above learning areas.

Year 10

Students become part of the Senior School in Year 10 and commence their studies towards completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). In selecting courses for Year 10, students should consider their plans for the rest of their senior schooling and beyond. Care should be taken to keep options as open as possible.

The Year 10 study pattern is:

Compulsory units:

  • Personal Learning Plan – SACE Unit (1 semester) Agriculture (1 semester)
  • English – Advanced, Standard or Modified (2 semesters)
  • Mathematics- Advanced, Modified or Standard (1 semester)
  • Mathematics –Advanced, Consumer, Standard or Trade (1 semester)
  • Science – General (1 semester)
  • Science – Gateway or General (1 semester)
  • Humanities (1 semester)
  • 1 Semester from offerings in the Health and PE learning area

Choice units:

Four units chosen from offerings in the following learning areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities

Year 11 and 12 (SACE Stage 1 and 2)

In Stage 1 and Stage 2, students choose courses from a broad range of SACE offerings and may choose to specialise in a particular pathway, for example one of the Urrbrae Pathways course, or complete a more diverse course. All pathways to further study and work are strongly supported and our students make successful transitions to post-school destinations. University and TAFE entrance and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are well catered for within the school program.