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Subject Areas

Within each state & territory curriculum, as well as the National Curriculum, there are multiple subject [learning] areas. A number of these are considered Key/Core Subject Areas. These are common to all jurisdictions, with additional subject/learning areas also common, though varying depending on individual state or territory emphases. The same applies to the National Curriculum process, where there is an initial development of core subject/learning areas.

While areas may be common, titles often vary between states & territories. This is more common with areas other than English [Language], Mathematics and Science. It is even more common with sub-areas, especially in secondary years.

This page provides information regarding core areas, titles by state/territory and links to listings and syllabuses for subject areas

Other Information

There are 8 nationally agreed learning areas. They are English, Mathematics, Science, the Social Sciences, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technology, though as show below these may be listed by varying titles. In addition, there are perspectives which cross all learning areas. Examples of these are Indigenous and Multicultural Perspectives.

Subject areas are more individual in Secondary schools. In Primary schooling, you learn about Science rather than learning Chemistry, Physics or Biology. You cover the Social Sciences rather than studying History, Geography, Economics, Commerce or Business Studies separately. Many topics covered in Primary schools are done as Integrated Units involving more than one key area. For example, a unit on culture in a particular country could include aspects taken from all key areas.

In Secondary schools, courses begin as more integrated areas but evolve into individual subjects as students progress. They are also supplemented by things such as Career and Vocational studies.

In the senior years of Secondary school there is an extended range of Vocational Education courses, while in some states there are endorsed courses that may only be available at selected schools.

Within each Key/Core Subject Area are incorporated sub-topics depending on school level :

English - Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking, Viewing, Literature

Mathematics - Number, Measurement, Chance & Data, Space, Algebra, Calculus, …

Science - Earth & Space, Energy, Living Things, Investigating, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, …

Social Sciences - History, Geography, Commerce, Cultures, Indigenous Studies, Civics, Environmental Studies, …

The Arts - Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Arts

Health & Physical Education - Health, Drug Education, Physical Education, Sport

Languages - Core languages are Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese

Technology - Information Technology, Design & Technology, Home Economics, Agriculture, Textiles, …

Links to all subject areas is provided for each state and territory in the following section. This is done through frameworks or syllabus listings.

Titles for the Key/Core Subject Areas are also provided in each state listing.

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States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technology. Additional areas include Values Education, Civics & Citizenship Education, Asia Education and Sport. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in the ACT.

New South Wales

Learning Areas to Year 6 are titled - English, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Human Society & Its Environment, Creative Arts, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education and Languages.

Learning Areas for Years 7-10 are the same except Science & Technology is separated into two entities - Science and Technological & Applied Studies. These are maintained till Year 12, with the addition of separate Life Skills Courses, VET Curriculum Frameworks and VET Content Endorsed Courses. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in NSW.

  • K-6
    Includes Foundation Statements, syllabuses, modules, work samples and more.
  • Years 7-10 Syllabuses
    Alphabetical listing of all areas with syllabuses and a range of other support material including Life Skills Statements.
  • HSC Syllabuses
    Alphabetical listing of all core area subjects, Endorsed Courses, VET, VET Content Endorsed Courses and Life Skills.

Northern Territory

Key Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society & Environment, Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technology & Design. An additional area is Indigenous Languages & Culture.The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in the Northern Territory.

Queensland

Key Learning Areas to Year 9 are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society & Environment, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages, Technology and Information and Communication Technologies [ICT].

In Senior Years they are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Social & Environmental Studies, Business & Commerce, Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technologies.

The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in Queensland.

  • Queensland Curriculum [Qld Studies Authority]
    ‘In 2013, Queensland schools will continue to plan, teach, assess and report on the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science, and commence implementing P-10 History. The Queensland curriculum will be maintained for all other learning areas’.
  • Year 10 Guidelines [Qld Studies Authority]
    ‘The Year 10 Guidelines provide information and advice for planning and delivery of challenging and engaging courses in a range of school settings and for different groups of students. Downloads available in PDF or Word formats.’
  • Years 11-12
    Includes subject list plus key area information and syllabuses.

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South Australia

Key Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Society & Environment, Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Design & Technology. There is also Enterprise and Vocational Education, ICT, Thinking, Communication, Identity and Interdependence. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in South Australia. The SACSA Framework will be used for subjects not yet implemented.

  • Learning Areas
    Detailed information from SACSA. Each key area is broken into Early, Primary, Middle and Senior Years. You can also access cross-curriculum perspectives and Enterprise and Vocational Education information.
  • SACE Subjects
    Senior Secondary. ‘Access draft subject outlines, subject summaries and other information relevant to the subject by following the links.’
  • Teaching and Learning
    Covers learning areas for all levels.

Tasmania

Learning Areas are titled - English [Literacy] including LOTE, Mathematics [Numeracy], Science, Society & History, The Arts, Health & Wellbeing, Vocational & Applied Learning, ICT Framework, Languages. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in Tasmania.

Victoria

Learning areas are grouped into strands titled Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-Based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. They include English, Mathematics, Science, The Humanities, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages Other Than English and Design, Creativity & Technology. Additional domains include - Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics & Citizenship, Communication, ICT and Thinking Processes. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in Victoria. [See AusVELS link below.]

  • AusVELS
    ‘AusVELS is the Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools. AusVELS outlines what is essential for all Victorian students to learn for F-10 and includes the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science’. For previous VELS, see Previous Curricula, read the information and use the link provided.
  • VCE Studies
    Alphabetical listing of all courses. Clicking on each leads to a PDF download of areas of study, or a Word format Study Summary plus other information. Use the VET link [main menu] for further information in this area.

Western Australia

Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Society & Environment, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages Other Than English and Technology & Enterprise. The Australian Curriculum has now begun implementation in Western Australia.

For information regarding The Australian Curriculum in Western Australian Public Schools visit this site.

  • K-10 Syllabus
    Provides Learning Areas, syllabuses and sub-topics for each. The provision ranges from Early Learning to Year 10.
  • WACE Courses
    Access a full listing of courses. These include : WACE Courses [Click on selected courses for access to details and downloads]; Endorsed Programs [‘Endorsed programs offer Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to use workplace learning, university studies, community organisation and personal development programs to meet the completion requirement of the WACE’]; Interstate Languages and VET Industry Specific WACE Courses.

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