Curriculum and Subjects

Excellence - Strive for our Personal Best

At Catherine McAuley we aim to support our students to become passionate, independent and life-long learners.

We encourage them to manage their own learning and establish patterns of learning that will serve them throughout their lives and careers, through:


Engagement with our motto Altiora Quaerite - Strive for Higher Things


Active participation and problem-solving


Responsibility for planning and organising their learning


Commitment to our student-developed Learning Charter


Commitment to our Learning Framework



Catherine McAuley Westmead offers a full range of Board of Studies Approved and Endorsed courses:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society and Its Environment
  • Languages
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Technical and Applied Studies
  • Personal Development
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Vocational Education and Training Courses (VET)

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Catherine McAuley Westmead Curriculum


A range of subject choices are available in each year group.


Year 7


During their first year at high school students study Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and History, Music, Visual Arts, Technology Mandatory, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.


Year 8


In Year 8 students study Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and History, French or Japanese, Music, Visual Arts, Technology Mandatory and Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.


Years 9 and 10


In Years 9 & 10 students study a core range of subjects comprising Religious Education, English, Mathematics (Stages 5.1, 5.2 or 5.3), Science, History, Geography and Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.

Students choose from two electives from the subject list below. A language can only be chosen if it has been studied in previous years. The courses run in each year may change depending on student choice.

Years 9 & 10 Subjects

Commerce Visual Arts Drama
Textiles Technology Elective Geography Information & Software Technology
Elective History Dance Design & Technology
Japanese Music Physical Activity and Sports Studies
French Food Technology International Studies
STEM Elective    


Years 11 & 12


Catherine McAuley is accredited with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) so that students may qualify for the award of the NSW Higher School Certificate. Year 11 students are required to study at least 12 units (from the subject list below) for the HSC Preliminary course. Year 12 students are required to study at least 10 units for the award of the HSC. Included in this must be 2 units of English and at least 1 unit of Religious Education.

Please note that the course run in each year may change depending on student choice.

Years 11 and 12 Subjects

Studies in Catholic Thought  Chemistry Photography, Video & Digital Imaging (Yr 11)
Studies of Religion 1 unit Earth & Environmental Science (Yr 11) Extension Science (Yr 12)
Studies of Religion 2 unit Physics Design & Technology
English Studies Business Studies Industrial Technology: Multimedia
English Standard Economics Software Design & Development
English Advanced Geography Food Technology
English Extension 1 Legal Studies Textiles & Design
English Extension 2 (Yr 12) Ancient History Hospitality Food & Beverage (VET)
Mathematics Standard Modern History Community & Family Studies
Mathematics Advanced History Extension (Yr 12) Fitness (VET)
Mathematics Extension 1 Society & Culture PD/H/PE
Mathematics Extension 2 (Yr 12) Drama Visual Arts
Biology Dance Business Services (VET)
Retail Services (Yr 11) (VET) Ceramics (Yr 11) French Continuers
Skills for Work (VET) Music 1 Japanese Continuers
Active Volunteering (VET) Music 2 Italian Beginners (Yr 11)


Opportunities are also available to attend external Vocational Education Courses at TAFE Colleges and to study languages at the Saturday School for Community Language.

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