Curriculum (Years 11 and 12)

In Years 11 and 12 students are offered a broad range of courses to satisfy the requirements of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA). Year 11 (Preliminary HSC) students are required to study a minimum of 12 units and Year 12 (HSC) must study a minimum of 10 units. English is a mandatory course in Stage 6.

Students choose APGS for their senior studies because they are inspired to pursue a creative education. Along with a wide range of academic subjects, APGS will always offer all four creating/performing arts courses for senior study; Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts. APGS allows students to engage with their passions while achieving the High School Certificate.  We provide a unique way for students to approach their HSC with integrated specialist training in the performing arts delivered by our rotating staff of performing arts tutors. APGS provides a place for students to engage with like-minded peers and to celebrate their creativity.

Stage 6 - Year 11 and 12


Currently we offer:


Advanced English / Standard English 

English Extension 1 

Advanced Mathematics / Standard Mathematics 


Visual Art


Music Course 1 


Business Studies 

Design and Technology 


Senior students may select other courses to undertake for their HSC which are available through Sydney Distance Education High School (non-languages), Open High School (languages) or TAFE Vocational HSC subjects. Such courses attract an additional fee. 


APGS Offers HSC Pathways


While most students complete their HSC over two years during Years 11 and 12, there are other options. If you want to study while you work, care for your family or, for example, take part in elite sports or cultural activities, one of these five pathways may be suitable for you.


1. Accumulating

You can take up to five consecutive years to finish your studies, starting from the first year you complete an HSC course. After five years, you must have met all HSC requirements, including the HSC minimum standard (from 2020).


2.     Repeating                   

You can repeat one or more courses within the five years (see pathway 1) without penalty. Your Record of Achievement will show the results of all attempts. The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will calculate your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) from the results of your most recent attempt.


3. Accelerating


You may be able to accelerate in a course, sit for the HSC exam for that course (usually at the end of Year 11) and accumulate your results.


 Performing Arts Curriculum

 The APGS Performing Arts Program is rigorous, challenging and provides an environment for extended learning in Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, Drama and Visual Arts. Senior students are able to attend these classes all day on Fridays. These classes are lead by industry professionals in their field that delight in sharing their valuable real world experience with our students. 


Working towards showcases, performances, exhibitions and creative collaborations, the APGS Performing Arts curriculum is designed to encourage, inspire and guide students towards achieving their individual goals. Explore these classes in detail by clicking the links below.