In Years 9 and 10 at Scotch Oakburn College, students become a part of the thriving and bustling Senior School. Students study core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education. In addition, over the two years, students have the opportunity to study a range of semester-based electives. Throughout Years 9 and 10, students are encouraged to aim for breadth, keeping an open mind and all doors open for future TCE studies.
All three languages – Chinese, Japanese and French – continue to be offered right through to TCE. There are a large number of elective subjects in the Design and Technology area (Applied Technology and Food Technology), Visual and Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Art), ICT, Business Studies, and Health and Physical Education. All Years 9 and 10 students work with the Futures Centre team throughout these two years to begin their individualised Pathway Plan and careers education. Years 9 and 10 students have formal mid-year and end of year testing and exams to prepare them for TCE.
In addition to these curriculum offerings, Year 9 has a distinctive 4-week experiential learning program as part of the 9Alive Program. For one week each term, students take part in the following:
- Southern Tasmania program (Humanities and Science focus)
- Community Service placement
- Integrated Learning Week – Building Healthy Communities
- Our Land Our Future – Education Outdoors and Environmental Studies, ‘From paddock to plate’
Specific programs for Year 10 include:
- Work Experience (one full week)
- Education Outdoors program in various Tasmanian locations
- NextGen STEAM Challenge – A full week program solving a real-life problem in teams (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics)
- Head Start to TCE – Full immersion to the TCE curriculum during late November and early December to fully induct and prepare students for their TCE course
- Year 10 Leadership – Education Outdoors. Students attend programs of younger year levels as leaders
- Pathway Planning program
All Years 9 and 10 students are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and can apply to participate in College service and educational trips, Round Square conferences, and exchanges across Australia and around the world. There are also a multitude of co-curricular, extension and enrichment opportunities across all subject areas and interests to stimulate engagement with learning and the community and thus ensure a true sense of belonging.