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Year 9 and 10

Year 9 and 10 elective selection  

Students moving into Year 9 can select the electives they would like to study in Year 10 (Stage 5). Students moving into Year 10 can change their 1 year (100 hour) course selection.

The current Stage 5 Curriculum Guide is available below, Each year the Stage 5 Curriculum guide is updated during Term 2.

Included in the Stage 5 Curriculum Guide is information on the curriculum structure for Year 9, and information on mandatory and elective subjects.

More information on elective selection

Students in Year 8 students are provided with the guide in Term 2 each year and given the opportunity to learn more about the subjects on offer to them at our Subject Selection afternoon. 

Port Macquarie Campus - Stage 5 Curriculum Guide 2024
Westport Campus - Stage 5 Curriculum Guide 2024

Port Macquarie Campus - Stage 5 Curriculum Guide 2025
Westport Campus - Stage 5 Curriculum Guide 2025


How and when?

Subject selections are made online.

Year 8 students will be provided with a unique code and step by step instruction on using the online subject selection platform.

Further advice on elective selection

Parents and carers with questions about elective selection are invited and encouraged to attend the Subject Information afternoon. If you are unable to attend, parents may contact the College and speak with their child’s Year Advisor, the Head Teacher of the subject of interest, or the Deputy Principal for their child’s year group.

We provide quality advice and guidance to students through a comprehensive, supportive subject selection process.

When your child is in Year 10, they will begin to understand their individual interests and aspirations better and will start to plan for their future. Students doing work experience begin to understand the expectations of them in the world of work.

The Senior Studies Guide contains essential information to help you and your child make informed decisions about the range of courses and pathways available.

Timeline for subject selection

Term 2 Week 6

  • Senior Studies Guide issued.
  • Careers Advisers provide information about the Higher School Certificate (HSC), Courses, VET courses and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements.

Term 2 Weeks 7-8

  • Students to speak at school with teachers regarding specific subject information, recommended subjects and options (specifically Mathematics and English options).

Term 2 Week 8

  • Subject Information Evening - Thursday 20th June 6.00pm to 8.00pm Panthers Auditorium.
  • Students submit INITIAL subject selections online ON THE NIGHT or by 2.15pm Friday 21st June.
  • All students and parents are invited to attend meetings at their home campus (Week 3) where they will have the opportunity to discuss the subject lines and submit final selections.


The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is awarded to students who have completed Year 11 and Year 12. There is a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy required to receive the HSC.

Further information on HSC: