Secondary Curriculum

Vocation Education and Training

Senior School students are able to choose from VET courses that are completed within the College, either face to face or online. These VET courses give students qualifications that are recognised both through TAFE and in industry and can lead both to employment or further studies at TAFE.

Students can also study at South Metro or North Metro TAFE one day per week during Years 11 and 12.

English and Languages

English courses at Austin Cove Baptist College are designed to develop both verbal and written communication skills and confidence in all students. We encourage the development of critical thought, through close study of written, visual and multimodal texts. Students will develop and produce both imaginative and analytical compositions.

In Years 7 to 10 students concentrate on reading, the development of language skills and the ability to analyse texts and techniques. To cater for all students we differentiate through streaming, assessments and tasks, based on ability and need.

Our Year 11 and Year 12 English courses cater to students at all levels, from ATAR through to Foundation. 

Chinese language studies is offered to our students from Years 7-10 and concentrates not just on the curriculum with reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks, however, students are able to immerse themselves in cultural experiences including cooking, music, painting, martial arts, etc.


The Western Australian curriculum in Mathematics is divided into three primary strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

  • In Years 7 to 10, students will develop numeracy capabilities in each strand of the curriculum and explore the use of mathematical knowledge in daily life. Every effort is made to assist students with their numeracy skills and students are carefully placed in classes that cater to their ability, thus giving them every opportunity for success. Students who struggle with the concepts of mathematics are offered a Learning Enrichment program with modified curriculum content. These students are given support within the classroom setting so they can focus on their fundamentals before they move through the content of the curriculum at a moderate pace. In the extension classes, students are challenged to use their mathematical reasoning and apply the concepts that they have learned in class to more complex and challenging problems. Students are also given opportunities to participate in various mathematics competitions and enrichment programs.
  • In Years 11 and 12, students are offered a wide range of mathematics courses which include ATAR and General courses. Each course focuses on a different pathway that will meet various learning needs and lead to a range of career options.


Science is studied by all students in Years 7 to 10. Students cover all of the basic areas of scientific study: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. Students also engage with all of the aspects of Science: process, critical thinking, and scientific knowledge.

Students have the opportunity to engage with the strands of Science (Inquiry, Understanding and Human Endeavour) at varying stream levels.

Courses in Years 11 and 12 are generally ATAR only and build on the skills and scientific content covered in the earlier years.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) covers a broad range of topics to help develop students’ understanding of the world around them and the society in which they live. There is a strong emphasis on both skills and content. The skills that students learn from the study of HASS include literacy, numeracy, research skills, critical thinking and inquiry.

  • Each year level from Year 7 to 10 covers History, Geography, Government, Law and Economics.
  • In Years 11 and 12, students can specialise in areas of HASS with a range of ATAR and General courses.

Applied Christian Education (ACE)

Applied Christian Education aims to develop a coherent overview of Christianity throughout the student’s time at Austin Cove Baptist College. This includes an understanding of God, the person of Jesus, the Bible, faith and salvation. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed to make the subject both relevant and enjoyable for each student.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to ask questions and to seek answers from both their teachers and as well as on an independent basis. Students are asked to participate fully in the class and to be respectful of the opinions and decisions of others.

The Arts

The College offers a wide range of creative subjects, including all 6 learning areas of The Arts – Dance, Design: Photography, Drama, Media Production & Analysis, Music, Visual Arts

  • In Years 7 and 8, students are required to study one Performing Arts course and one Visual Arts course.
  • In Years 9 and 10, students are not required to study an Arts course but are able to choose from all 6 areas of The Arts.
  • Years 11 and 12 offer various General Course options in The Arts.

Health and Physical Education

This learning area includes 90 minutes per week of Physical Education in Years 7 to 12. In these lessons, students learn the basic principles, skills and rules of a range of sports. Physical Education is aimed at allowing students to experience a wide range of physical activities and the pursuit of recreational and competitive sports.

  • Health is taught in Years 7 to 10 and teaches students to make informed choices about a healthy lifestyle. Topics covered include healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, fitness, emotional and physical well-being and relationships.
  • In Year 9 and 10, students can also choose various electives within this learning area both on land and in the water, which lead to further study of these courses in Senior School.
  • In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of ATAR and General courses within Health, Outdoor & Physical Education.


The College offers a number of hands-on courses within the Technologies learning area, focusing around the Design & Technologies area – Food Science & Technology, Materials Design & Technology (both Textiles and Wood).

  • Years 7 and 8 students are required to study one Digital Technology and one Design and Technology.
  • In Years 9 and 10, students are able to choose from a range of Technologies courses which are all optional.
  • Years 11 and 12 offer a number of ATAR and General options in the Technologies.


Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Austin Cove Community Church

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