Curriculum at Randwick Girls High School

Knowing what your child is learning helps you support them throughout their education.

In this section you can find out how public education works and the range of learning opportunities offered for students to challenge their thinking, and make the most of their unique talents.

You can also browse each School Year section to find out more.


Students in Year 7 are introduced to the eight key learning areas that they will study until Year 10.

Year 7 to Year 10 focuses on eight key learning areas:

Within these key learning areas there are courses and elective subjects.
Mandatory Courses in Years 7-10 (PDF 245KB) are studied by all students in NSW public schools and are set by the Board of Studies.

Students choose from a range of elective courses that we offer depending on teacher expertise and the number of students interested in that subject. Information on elective courses is available in the Board of Studies syllabus course descriptions (PDF 163 KB).

The School Certificate is no longer being awarded. Eligible students who leave school prior to receiving their Higher School Certificate will receive the NSW Record of School Achievement.

In Years 11 and 12 students study for the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

HSC courses

There are two types of courses students can study:

  • Board developed courses
    These courses are set and externally examined by the Board of Studies, and may contribute to the calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

    These include courses in English, mathematics, science, technology, creative arts, personal development, health and physical education, human society and its environment, languages and Vocational Education and Training (VET) curriculum frameworks.

    Read a list of the subjects available and a description of each course on the Board of Studies website.

  • Board endorsed courses
    These courses are developed by schools, TAFE institutes or universities. They count towards the HSC but do not count towards the calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Vocational education and training courses

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are either Board developed courses, which may contribute to the calculation of an ATAR, or Board endorsed courses.

VET courses give students work-related skills in a variety of industry areas. Students will receive a nationally recognised qualification when they complete their course.

Some VET courses are studied at school while others can be studied at TAFE institutes and other training providers. Many VET courses involve work placement.

Board developed VET courses are available in a number of industry curriculum frameworks, such as hospitality and information technology.

  • Navigate to the School Years 11 or 12 sections to find out more

Year 7 and Year 8

Every student in in Year 7 and Year 8 is required to study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PD/Health/PE, Visual Arts, Music, Design and Technology and Languages. They are also required to participate in sport.


Year 9 and Year 10

These years involve The Record of School Achievement (RoSA)

The requirements to progress to the next level (or Year group) include successfully completing a series of core subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, History,Geography, PD/Health/PE. In addition, all students must successfully participate in sport.

Year 9 allows students to experience 3 different elective subjects .In Year 10 the students will continue 2 of these elective subjects.


Year 10 and beyond

Students are required to complete Year 10. They then have a number of options to participate . Students who choose to undertake studies that lead to the award of the HSC usually do so over two years. However, flexible study is available to allow students up to five years to complete the Higher School Certificate.

Students may wish to follow an academic pathway leading to university or equivalent tertiary education. For this group of students, RGHS offers subjects across all key learning areas.

Other students may wish to undertake a mix of traditional academic subjects together with more vocationally focused subjects either at school or TAFE.

Students may choose to do an apprenticeship or a traineeship or may choose to undertake full time paid employment (average 25 hours per week)

Overall, students are able to select options which allow for a range of school pathways, including tertiary study at university, TAFE, colleges, entry to full time employmentor combinations of work with further study.


YEARS 7 & 8






PD, Health & PE



Visual Arts

Computer Skills




YEARS 9 & 10







PD, Health & PE



Aboriginal Studies

Accounting (TAFE)

Ancient History


Business Studies


Chinese Beginners

Chinese Continuers

HSC Chinese Extension

Chinese for Background Speakers

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin)

Community and Family Studies


Design & Technology



English Standard

English Advanced

Preliminary and HSC English Extension

English as a Second Language

English Fundamentals *(Preliminary only)

Entertainment Industry

Food Technology

French Beginners

French Continuers


HSC History Extension


Information Processes & Technology

Information Technology

Japanese Beginners

Japanese Continuers

HSC Japanese Extension

Legal Studies

General Mathematics

Mathematics 2U

Preliminary Mathematics Extension 1

HSC Mathematics Extension 2

Modern Greek Beginners

Modern Greek Continuers

HSC Modern Greek Extension

Modern History

Music 1

Music 2

Personal Development/Health/Physical Education


Senior Science

Society and Culture

Software Design and Development

Studies of Religion 1

Textiles & Design

Visual Arts


Applied Mathematics


English Studies

Exploring Early Childhood

Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies

Visual Design


(available subject to student choices)



Visual Arts

Marine Studies



Food Technology


Human Movement

Textiles Technology



Modern Greek

Information & Software Technology

Geography Elective

History Elective

Design & Technology

Visual Design

YEARS 11 & 12

(available subject to student choices)