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Students can select either the exam-based ATAR pathway where they complete four or more ATAR subjects, or the certification based pathway where they complete a Certificate IV. On completion of either pathway, students are eligible for entry to a range of university courses.

It is an academically-focused study path where students can choose from a variety of ATAR subjects designed to meet their interests, strengths and ambitions. 

St Stephen’s School offers a wide range of ATAR subjects in key Learning Areas, including; English and Languages, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Technologies and The Arts. We offer extensive subject offerings in these learning areas across both campuses.


List A
Arts, Languages, Social Science
List B
Mathematics, Science, Technologies
English Maths Specialist
Literature Maths Methods
PE Studies Maths Application
Geography Biology
Modern History Chemistry
Drama Human Biology
Visual Arts Physics
Politics and Law


List A
Arts, Languages, Social Science
List B
Mathematics, Science, Technologies
English Maths Specialist
English Literature Maths Methods
French Maths applications
PE Studies Biology
Economics Human Biology
Geography Chemistry
Modern History Marine and Maritime Studies
Drama Physics
Media Production and Analysis Psychology
Music Computer Science
Visual Arts

Biblical Studies and English or English Literature are compulsory subjects in Year 11 and 12. 

The broad subject selections available enable our students to pursue their interests and reach their goals in their chosen areas of study. 

The study of ATAR subjects in the direct entry pathway is designed for students who aim to enrol in a university course. However, students pursuing Vocational Education & Training or planning further training or employment can also opt to study ATAR subjects in addition to certificate courses and studying General subjects. These flexible options provide students with learning opportunities and pathways that cater for each individual’s learning style, interests and chosen direction beyond school.