Understanding the school curriculum in South Australia

General education in South Australia

South Australian schools follow the Australian Curriculum from Reception to Year 10. The primary school years include Reception (Foundation) to Year 7, while the secondary years include Years 8 to 12. Some schools offer primary education only (Reception to Year 7), while others offer Years 6 to 12 or Reception to Year 12.

In Years 11 and 12, students complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Vocational studies maybe combined with SACE.

Students inYears 8 to 10 are provided a solid grounding in the general curriculum areasbefore being given the chance to specialise in senior secondary years. In theseyears, South Australian schools focus on the eight key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages.

Anadditional subject, Work Studies, is an elective for students in Years 9 and10, focusing on two interrelated strands: skills for learning and work, andcareer and life design.

Religious education in South Australia

The NationalSchool Chaplaincy Programme is funded by the federal government and provides funds to bring pastoral careworkers into schools. It is voluntary for schools to participate in thisprogram.

Schools are able to select a chaplain of any faith and mustmeet minimum qualification requirements.

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