High School Curriculum

With years of successful HSC results, Amity College prides itself in providing an enriching HSC experience to its students. Since its inception, it has been a major leader in South Western Sydney with success in certain HSC subjects and overall attainment.

Every year approximately 1 in 2 students graduating from Amity College achieve an ATAR above 80 and close to 1 in 4 attain an ATAR above 90.

In recent years it has achieved top ranks in all of NSW in subjects such as BUSINESS STUDIES, BUSINESS SERVICES, PDHPE, MATHEMATICS, MATHEMATICS EXTENSION 2, PDHPE and TURKISH.

Every year over 1 in 3 HSC students are published by NSW Education Authority as Distinguished Achievers for receiving at least one HSC mark above 90 (Band 6). The percentage of Band 5s and Band6s are significantly more than the state average in nearly all courses offered (see Annual report for specific details). This is also reflected in the number of students who are awarded the Premiers Award every year for achieving a Band 6 in 5 or more courses.

Delivered consistently across both Prestons (Boys and Girls High Schools) and Illawarra campuses, Amity College has a broad and flexible curriculum structure meeting all mandates of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) while allowing students to pursue a wide range of electives.

The school week is divided into 35 periods, 7 periods per day, with each period allocated 45 minutes.

The following is a stage-by-stage breakdown of the curriculum offerings at Amity College.

Other features of the curriculum

Apart from the accelerated programs, early commencement of Stage 6 courses and Board Endorsed, VET and School-Developed courses offered to students, the school allows students to undertake courses in Stages 5 and 6 via external providers, specifically Saturday School of Community Languages, Sydney Distance Education, TAFE NSW and TAFE Digital. All such enrolments, correspondence and monitoring student course patterns are managed by the HSC Coordinator. In the case of VET courses run at Amity College as well as via an external provider, the School’s VET Coordinator facilitates enrolments and supports and monitors students.

Notes on Stage 4 Curriculum

The same pattern of study is followed in Years 7 and 8 by all students. As well as the mandatory courses mandated by NESA, all students in Years 7 and 8 are given the opportunity to study exactly two languages whose study could be continued in Stage 5.

Notes on Stage 5 Curriculum

In Year 9, students continue to study the mandatory courses forming NESA-mandated KLAs, however, Mathematics courses are grouped as 5.2, 5.3 and Accelerated Mathematics. Students are placed in these courses based on ability and level of achievement of Stage 4 learning outcomes. The accelerated course compresses Stage 5 5.3 Mathematics in the one year and continues into Year 10 where it takes on the form of an early entry into Preliminary Mathematics Advanced and, at the end of that year, HSC Mathematics Advanced.

In addition, students are required to study exactly 3 free electives from the list shown in the table below – these courses are either Board Developed, Board Endorsed or School Developed. Students continue to study Religion and Values. The Arabic, Japanese and Turkish courses require that students studied these courses in Stage 4, unless adequate prior learning is established.

In Year 10, students follow the same pattern of study as Year 9, except that:

  • The accelerated mathematics students undertake an early commencement of Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced
  • Based on academic merit and ability, an additional two accelerated courses emerge for an early commencement of Stage 6:
    • Turkish Continuers: this course operates on the same line as Year 9 Turkish and its students are selected from the Year 9 Turkish class of the previous year; students from the Year 9 class who are not accelerated either join this accelerated course (with a different program) or are assigned their own teacher in Year 10
    • Business Studies: to accommodate the hours needed, all selected students are unenrolled from their elective on a particular line in the beginning of the year, and another elective in Term 4 (in order to allocate 6 periods for the HSC course).
  • Religion and Values is studied for 2 periods per week, leaving room for the school-based mandatory course World of Work.
Notes on Stage 6 Curriculum

In Year 11, students study the NESA-mandated minimum of 12 units (usually exactly 12 units) for the completion of Preliminary. Each 1-unit course is assigned 3 periods per week on the timetable while 2-unit courses are assigned 6 periods per week. Apart from English Standard/Advanced, one of which is compulsory, students are able to select their courses from a wide range listed below. Note that the following courses are Board Endorsed and are discontinued at the end of Year 11:

  • Photography Video and Digital Imaging
  • Sport Lifestyle and Recreation II


  • Preliminary courses run from Term 1 until the end of Term 3
  • Accelerants continue to study their HSC course/s commenced in Term 4 of the previous year

In Year 12, students study the NESA-mandated minimum of 10 units for the award of the HSC. Students continue their pattern of study from the Preliminary year except that the Board Endorsed Courses are discontinued. Meanwhile, the English Extension 2 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses (subject to demand) are introduced and can be taken up by suitable students.

As in Preliminary, each 1-unit course is assigned 3 periods per week on the timetable while 2-unit courses are assigned 6 periods per week (the exception to this is English Extension 2 which is assigned two periods per week and has additional untimetabled self-directed learning tasks monitored via face-to-face tutorial/consultation sessions throughout the year).