Normanhurst Boys High School logo

Normanhurst Boys High School

Normanhurst Boys High School

Fostering excellence in young men through holistic education

Telephone02 9489 1077

Key learning areas

Providing the widest choice of courses to suit the learning needs of gifted boys

Courses and Subject Choices

Subject selection booklets for Year 9 and Years 11-12 can be downloaded from the file repository.

More detail regarding each key learning area, subject and course choices are accessible on the left-hand side menu.

Year 7 and 8 students follow a compulsory curriculum that is largely determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). 

Year 9 and 10 students follow a combination of mandatory and elective subjects. From Year 9 onwards, students can choose an increasing number of elective subjects for each stage.

In Years 11 and 12 students are prepared for the NSW Higher School Certificate. A broad range of courses are offered and the curriculum has a clear path to university entrance. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to study a minimum of 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12. 

Senior Schooling consists of the Stage 6 Curriculum studied during Years 11 and 12. All students must study at least four different subjects totalling a minimum of 12 Units in Year 11 and 10 Units in Year 12 including 2 units of English. 

Curriculum choice patterns are formulated from student needs. A small number of students can negotiate or are invited into acceleration in one subject. At Normanhurst Boys High School, students have accelerated in Information Processes & Technology, Chemistry, Geography and Society and Culture.

In Year 7 and 8, students study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History (Semesterised)
  • Geography (Semesterised)
  • Technology Mandatory
  • Music (Semesterised)
  • Visual Arts (Semesterised)
  • Drama
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Languages (French and Japanese)
  • WLST (Wellbeing Period)

In Year 9 and 10, all students study:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • WLST (Wellbeing Period)

Students also choose to study three elective subjects in Year 9 and 10 from the following elective choices:

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Industrial Technology Engineering
  • iSTEM
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design

In Year 10, students are offered a fourth elective as part of a new curriculum initiative to broaden their learning opportunities. This will be in addition the three electives that they have already chosen. This model provides a chance for students to engage in a subject of interest, talent or passion, or another chance to participate in a course that was not available to them in Year 9. In 2024, the following fourth elective subject choice will run:

  • Elective History
  • International Studies
  • Latin

In Year 11 and 12, all students across NSW must study English, and additionally engage in the fortnightly WLST (Wellbeing Period) lessson. On top of this, students must select a minimum of 12 units worth of courses to study for Year 11, and a minimum of 10 units for Year 12. The following course choices are offered to Year 11 and 12 students:

  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering Studies
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Enterprise Computing (Accelerated in Year 9 and 10)
  • Geography (Accelerated in Year 10 and 11)
  • French Continuers
  • History Extension (Year 12 Only)
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Japanese Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Modern History
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Philosophy (Year 11 only)
  • Physics
  • Society and Culture (Accelerated)
  • Software Engineering
  • Visual Arts