High School Year 10 Program

An important first step

Joining our High School Program in Year 10 gives you time to adapt to Australian life and a new learning environment. You will be welcomed into a safe and nurturing environment to help you adapt to life in a new country. Discover a new way of learning, make new friends and begin the journey to gaining your Higher School Certificate (HSC).

The curriculum has been tailored for international students, to give you a strong academic foundation and the confidence to progress to Year 11. Year 10 students study courses from six Key Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE (Human Society and its Environment), Languages and TAS (Technological and Applied Studies). Assessment in the Year 10 program is based on scheduled class examinations and a variety of other assessment tasks prepared by Internal Assessment Program.

Year 10

Mode of study

Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training

All NSW Education Standards Authority’s syllabuses require some use of IT including the internet. There is a teacher with students at all times.


There is no clinical, work experience or other placement in our high school courses.

Other community-based learning

There are excursions into the community as required and encouraged by NSW Education Standards Authority’s syllabuses.

Collaborative research training arrangements

There is no collaborative research training arrangement in Year 10.


There is no qualification awarded at the end of Year 10. Students can enter Year 11 if they satisfactorily complete Year 10.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority. The assessment methods used in Year 10 include oral presentations, assignments, practical examinations, class tests and formal examinations.

Course duration

52 weeks (Holidays included).

Minimum numbers are required to form a class in all elective subjects.

Core classes

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Year 10 Geography explores two main issues in Australia:

  • Sustainable Biomes
  • Changing Places. Urban changes.

You will study an overview of the modern world and Australia, from the inter-war years between World War I and World War II to today. Study will include topics such as World War II, civil rights movements, and the globalising world. 

Information and Software Technology is a practical computing and digital media course. You will learn to: control a robot, make advanced digital media and develop stunning websites. You will also learn about advanced computing technologies and how they impact businesses and lives of people.

This course will be an introduction to the Japanese language. You will learn greetings, days of the week and much more.

In this module you will focus on topics such as algebra and equations, data representation and analysis, probability, geometry and functions.

In this module, you will cover topics including waves and energy, motion and Newton’s Laws, DNA, genetics and evolution, the periodic table, and global systems.

Key dates

Intake February April
Duration 40 weeks 30 weeks
Orientation 04/02/2020 27/04/2020
Term 1 04/02/2020 - 09/04/2020 27/04/2020 - 03/07/2020
Holiday 10/04/2020 - 26/04/2020 04/07/2020 - 19/07/2020
Term 2 27/04/2020 - 03/07/2020 20/07/2020 - 25/09/2020
Holiday 04/07/2020 - 19/07/2020 26/09/2020 - 11/10/2020
Term 3 20/07/2020 - 25/09/2020 12/10/2020 - 18/12/2020
Holiday 26/09/2020 - 11/10/2020  
Term 4 12/10/2020 - 18/12/2020  
Public Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 10 April Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday Monday 13 April Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April Sunday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 14 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 4 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Saturday 25 December
Additional Day - Monday 27 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Sunday 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December Tuesday 28 December

“Year 10 is about hands-on learning through excursions, highly interactive classes that develop English language confidence, and a focus on organisational skills, time management and social development.“

Mario Torrelli, English Teacher

Extra-curricular and Co-curricular Activities

To give you a well-rounded education we organise a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include fun trips to zoos, museums, universities and historical sites. They also include sport and recreational activities, Personal Development Programs, as well as clubs and excursions to supplement their learning experiences in the classroom and to connect with the English speaking community. 


Junior Secondary (Year 10). CRICOS Course Code: 071094A.

Year 10 highlights


Visit our fees page for specific costs related to this program.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.

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