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Years 7–10 Syllabuses

Schools in New South Wales use the Years 7–10 syllabuses listed below. Click a syllabus to view it in full.

BOSTES has developed new NSW K–10 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science (including Science and Technology K–6) and History, incorporating the Australian curriculum. Phased implementation of the new syllabuses began in 2014.

These new syllabuses are available in an interactive format via the NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum website, which allows filtering, searching and viewing by stage and subject. Secondary teachers will also find a range of support materials, including the online programming tool, Program Builder, to assist with implementation of the new syllabuses.

The information for English, Mathematics, Science and History in the Years 7–10 Syllabus Course Descriptions has been updated to reflect the requirements and content of the new syllabuses.

Information about other syllabuses in the Years 7–10 Syllabus Course Descriptions is unchanged.

All schools are required to deliver programs of study that comply with the requirements of BOSTES syllabuses. For schools that are accredited the courses must also satisfy the prescribed hours for the Record of School Achievement and be based on the outcomes of BOSTES syllabuses.

Beyond the prescribed study hours schools have discretion to offer courses beyond the BOSTES curriculum. If individual schools choose to teach material not approved or endorsed by BOSTES, it must be made clear to students that this material is additional to and not part of the relevant BOSTES syllabus. Such material is not to be set as part of school-based assessment of BOSTES syllabuses that contributes to the Record of School Achievement.

The teaching of any religious, ideological or philosophical beliefs that are not in conflict with these constraints and are not otherwise contrary to the requirements of the Education Act is a matter for the school and the school community.

Contact: KLA Inspector
Ph: +61 2 9367 8111

Engaging students through literacy and numeracy

Resources to support students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills across the high school curriculum.

Resources to support students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills across the high school curriculum.





Creative Arts

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design

HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment)

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Geography
  • History
  • History Elective
  • Work Education


  • Aboriginal Languages
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Classical Greek
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese


  • Child Studies (Content Endorsed Course)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (Content Endorsed Course)

TAS (Technological and Applied Studies)

  • Agricultural Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Marine and Aquaculture Technology (Content Endorsed Course)
  • Technology (Mandatory)
  • Textiles Technology

VET in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5)

Information about studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in Stage 5 can be found in the VET section.

School Developed Board Endorsed Courses – Guidelines for Course Proposals

Guidelines for Course Proposals
Revised January 2015

Deadline for applications is 2 April 2015 (for course delivery in 2016)

For further information please email Board Endorsed Programs

Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study

Organisations and students seeking to deliver or undertake equivalent or alternative courses of study can find guidelines, application forms and further information on the Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study page.

The Common Grade Scale

The A-E grading scale lets teachers report student academic achievement at any point in time using clear standards. Teachers will make a professional on-balance judgement as to which grade best matches the standard their students have achieved.

Years 7–10 Syllabus Course Descriptions

PDF (38 pages, 233 KB)
Word (38 pages, 270 KB)
Updated February 2014

Syllabus feedback

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An important part of the BOSTES continuous improvement program is feedback from teachers, students and other interested people. To give your view on syllabus and other curriculum matters, complete the Syllabus Feedback Form.

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