We offer an exciting array of learning opportunities for students. The curriculum offers a breadth of subjects, with eight learning areas to choose from: Agriculture, Science, Technology, Mathematics, English, Humanities, Arts and Health & Physical Education.
We offer the most comprehensive program of Agricultural and Horticultural enterprise in Australia. The farm is forty hectares in size and is used extensively in the learning and training programs for all students. Students undertake practical work and skill training as part of their learning program and teaching staff are assisted by experienced farm staff, including farm manger, motor mechanic and enterprise specialists.
Agriculture is a compulsory subject at Years 8 and 9. From Year 10, students have the opportunity to specialise in their preferred pathways in order to develop specialist knowledge and skills in a wide variety of plant and animal enterprises. Students are able to select from a range of specialist agricultural courses, including:
- Vineyard Management and Winemaking
- Livestock management – cattle, sheep and goat enterprises
- Animal Science and Animal Studies
- Crop and Plant Science
- Agricultural and Horticultural Science
- Native and Agri Foods
In addition to their studies, students elect to join clubs in their areas of interest to develop their skills and competencies. Field tours and work placements are key components in all of our programs, giving students the opportunity to interact and network with industry.
Urrbrae Agricultural High School focusses on developing practical knowledge and capabilities with embedded values to promote environmental and social sustainability. Our strong environment focus ensures students are involved in a variety of relevant activities from habitat revegetation to geological surveys. The onsite Urrbrae Wetland Learning Centre provides a unique resource for extended study of the environment and its health, and forms a valuable part of our environmental curriculum.
Design and Technology empowers and inspires students to recognise and create opportunities for innovation in a rapidly changing world and fosters creativity and the power of ideas. Design and Technology is compulsory in Years 8 and 9, and leads to a variety of specialist subjects in the senior school. Subjects available include Wood Technology, Metal Technology, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Electronics, Automotive Technology, Environmental Technology and Outdoor Construction. Students have the option of many pathways from subjects in Design and Technology, including Certificate courses, School-based apprenticeships and other TAFE or University pathways.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to the qualifications, short courses and training programs available through the school that provide students with the skills and knowledge required to meet workplace and industry standards.
Urrbrae Agricultural High School is part of The Inner South Trade Schools for the Future Industries Pathways Program (IPP) which enables students to combine their SACE studies with VET in courses that can lead to either School Based Apprenticeships (SBA) or full time apprenticeships. Each of the ten schools in the program offers specialist pathway courses our students can access. The two programs Urrbrae offers are Automotive and Engineering Pathways and we maintain strong industry links in these areas to facilitate students’ transition into training and employment.
Urrbrae Agricultural High School is also a member of Quality LinCs, an organisation which offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of other VET courses which contribute to their personal development as well as preparing them for transition into training and employment. VET courses are recognised by SACE.