At Rosebank College, teachers work collegially to develop a diverse curriculum that supports the needs of students by providing them with opportunities to explore concepts individually and collaboratively with their peers. This learning is supported by the College’s Learning Framework. The philosophy and practical framework is used to plan and implement active learning experiences.

Rosebank students are consistently given opportunities to engage in purposeful and productive learning that develops a global perspective. Teaching and learning strategies are designed to be flexible and to promote academic rigour.

The Curriculum is divided into three stages:

STAGE 4 (YEARS 7 & 8)

The Stage 4 Curriculum provides a balance that recognises the importance of the transition between primary and secondary education. It complies with the mandated courses set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

In Year 7 students study English, History and Geography in an integrated program, ConnectED. Students also have access to a unique instrumental program.

The Year 8 Curriculum pattern is NESA determined. Subjects are delivered as discrete courses. Students are given the opportunity to make their first informed subject choice in their mandatory language.

STAGE 5 (YEARS 9 & 10)

The Stage 5 Curriculum more broadly introduces the concept of core and elective courses. Students further develop their decision-making skills by choosing to study elective courses they are keen to learn based upon their ability and interests. Electives may include:




Physical Activity & Sports Science




Photography & Digital Media

Visual Arts

Design & Technology

Food Technology

Industrial Technology

Information Software & Technology (Robotics & Artificial Intelligence)

Textiles Technology

Accelerated Hospitality (Year 10 only)


Learning Matters


Elective History

Global Studies



STAGE 6 (YEARS 11 & 12)

Stage 6 is divided into two parts. The Preliminary Course includes the first three terms of Year 11. The HSC Course includes Term 4 of Year 11 and the three terms of Year 12. English and Studies of Religion 1 or 2 are mandatory. Electives may include:

Ancient History


Business Services (VET)

Business Studies

Catholic Studies


Community & Family Studies



Earth & Environmental Science


Engineering Studies

English (Standard, Advanced, ESL, Extension 1 and 2)

Exploring Early Childhood

Food Technology

French Beginners

Fundamentals of English (Year 11 only)


History Extension

Hospitality (VET)

Industrial Technology

Information Processes & Technology

Information and Digital Technology (VET)

Italian Beginners, Continuers and Extension

Legal Studies

Chinese Beginners and Continuers

Mathematics (Advanced, Standard 1 and 2, Extension 1 and 2)

Modern History

Music 1

Music 2 and Music Extension


Photography, Video & Digital Imaging


Society & Culture

Design and Technology

Sports, Lifestyle and Recreation

Textiles and Design

Visual Arts

Investigating Science

Computing Applications

  • Students are also encouraged to maintain their native language through the extensive Saturday School of Community Languages. Students also have access to a variety of courses through Open High School or Distance Education.