High School Year 11 Program

A step towards HSC

Year 11 is when you will start working towards your Higher School Certificate* (HSC). At the beginning of Year 11 you will select the subjects you wish to study over the next two years, in Year 11 and in Year 12. English is the only compulsory subject. The preliminary courses you will study during Year 11 are the prerequisite courses for your HSC courses. In Year 11 you will need to study six total subjects, five of which you will continue to study during Year 12.

Our teaching style helps students make a smooth transition from school to university. You will be encouraged to ask questions, participate in class and develop the key study skills needed for success at university. This includes carrying out research, giving presentations and learning independent study techniques. In addition to your academic studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in a career development program. This involves a series of workshops designed to help identify your skills and areas of interest, which will guide your university and career goals.

Year 11

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 11.


Students who leave at the end of Year 11 can request a copy of their Record of School Achievement (ROSA) from the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority. The assessment methods used in Year 11 include oral presentations, assignments, practical examinations, tests of limited scope, and formal examinations.

Course duration

Both Year 11 and Year 12 form Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12) which is 104 weeks (Holidays included).


In this course, you will study cells as the basis of life, organisation of living things, biological diversity and ecosystem dynamics.

Main topics covered in Year 11 business studies are the nature of business, business management and business planning.

In this course, you will study properties and structure of matter, introduction to quantitative chemistry, reactive chemistry and drivers of reactions.

In Chinese and Literature you will study language and how it functions through various texts within prescribed themes and issues.

In this course you will receive an introduction to economics, while focusing closely on consumers and business, markets, the government and economy.

Year 11 students must study English or English as a Second Language.

English Standard 

English Standard is designed for students to increase their expertise in English in order to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. The students learn to respond to and compose a wide variety of texts in a range of situations in order to be effective, creative and confident communicators.

English Advanced

In this course you will study content common to the Standard and Advanced courses.

English as an Addition Language or Dialect (EALD)

This course is designed for students from diverse, non-English speaking backgrounds, as designated by the course entry requirements. In this course you will engage in a variety of language learning experiences to develop your skill, understanding and appreciation of English.


In this course, you will study:

  • Job roles of employees
  • Basic understanding of accounting

This is a category B subject.
There is an additional fee for this course.

In the Japanese Beginners course, students will study the personal world, Japanese-speaking communities, family life, friendships, education, holidays and future plans.

To be eligible to study Japanese Beginners, you must:

  • not have studied the language for more than 100 hours
  • have little or no previous knowledge of the language
  • not have more than a three month significant in-country experience.

Year 11 Standard Mathematics Preliminary Course

Main topics covered:

  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Financial mathematics
  • Statistical analysis

Year 11 Mathematics Advanced Preliminary Course

Main topics covered:

  • Real functions
  • Differential calculus
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Plane geometry

Year 11 Mathematics Extension 1 Preliminary Course (3 units)

Main topics covered:

  • Circle geometry
  • Mathematical induction
  • Further trigonometry
  • Parametric representation
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Polynomials
  • Harder applications of the Preliminary 2 unit topics

In the music course, you will study at least three topics in each year of the course. Topics are chosen from a list of 22, which cover a range of styles, periods and genres.

You will have the opportunity to study other languages including Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Malay, Persian, Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, French and German through Saturday School of Community Languages or The NSW School of Languages.

There are many Saturday Schools throughout Sydney. Where possible, you will be allocated a school closest to your home address and expected to attend every Saturday morning during school term but not during school holidays. These subjects will be in addition to the 12 Preliminary units you study at the College.

Eligibility rules apply to the study of all languages.

In this course, you will study kinematics, dynamics, waves and thermodynamics and electricity and magnetism.

In this course you will study a combination of drawing, printmaking, painting, digital art and design, art criticism and art history.

Key dates

Intake February April October*
Duration 40 weeks 32 weeks 50 weeks
Orientation 5/02/2019 29/04/2019  
Term 1 5/02/2019 -
29/04/2019 -
14/10/2019 -
Holiday 13/04/2019 -
13/07/2019 -
21/12/2019 -
Term 2 29/04/2019 -
22/07/2019 -
3/02/2020 -
Holiday 6/07/2019 -
5/10/2019 -
11/04/2020 -
Term 3 22/07/2019 -
14/10/2019 -
27/04/2020 -
Holiday 28/09/2019 -
  4/07/2020 -
Term 4 14/10/2019 -
  20/07/2020 -
Holiday     26/09/2020 -
Term 5     12/10/2020 -

* Only available to students doing Year 12 this year 2017, Y11 Oct plus 2018 Y12 Feb-Dec

Intake February April
Duration 40 weeks 32 weeks
Orientation 04/02/2020 27/04/2020
Term 1 04/02/2020 - 09/04/2020 27/04/2020 - 10/07/2020
Holiday 10/04/2020 - 26/04/2020 11/07/2020 - 19/07/2020
Term 2 27/04/2020 - 03/07/2020 20/07/2020 - 02/10/2020
Holiday 04/07/2020 - 19/07/2020 03/10/2020 - 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 2018 2019 2020
New Year's Day Monday 1 January Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Friday 26 January Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 30 March Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 31 March Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 1 April Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 2 April Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 1 October Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December Thursday 26 December Saturday 26 December
Additional Day     Monday 28 December

“Year 11 focuses on interactive learning with an emphasis on reading and writing skills, assessment practice, and learning to think as an HSC student.“

Mario Torrelli, English Teacher

Personal development

Taking part in activities outside the classroom will help you develop life skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication. It’s also a great way to meet students from other programs and make new friends. A popular choice is Taylors Action Group (TAG), which organises regular student activities. Events include a Chinese New Year party, Ramadan Celebration Dinner, Soccer Gala Day Barbeque and Jeans for Genes Day.

University of Sydney Foundation Program

On successful completion of Year 11, we offer an additional option for international students who want to take their degree at the University of Sydney. This university is the most prestigious in Australia, ranking 42nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Instead of moving up into Year 12 and studying for your HSC, you can move on to our University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP). This provides a direct pathway to the University of Sydney, and 90% of our students on the program go on to study there. USFP students are taught on the same campus and by the same teachers as the High School Program. They also join Year 12 students on visits to the University of Sydney.

Please note: to be awarded the Higher School Certificate, students must complete both Year 11 and 12.


Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12). CRICOS Course Code: 071095M.

Key facts


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

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.