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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, such as: 

  • Biology 
  • Career and Enterprise 
  • Chemistry 
  • Children, Family and the Environment 
  • Computer Science 
  • Design 
  • Drama 
  • Economics 
  • Food Science and Technology 
  • French 
  • Geography 
  • Human Biology 
  • Marine and Maritime Studies 
  • Materials Design and Technology 
  • Mathematics and Specialist, Applications and Methods Mathematics 
  • Media Production & Analysis 
  • Modern History 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education
  • Physics 
  • Politics and Law 
  • Psychology 
  • Visual Arts 

In addition, 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.