YEAR 9

Year 9

This page contains information about courses and subjects that Parade College offers for both the core studies and the Year 9 Elective Curriculum structure.

We ask Year 8 students to choose a course for Year 9 electives, plus reserves. It is worth remembering that no unit can be undertaken more than once. Students have an opportunity to exercise more choice in Year 9 electives.

In addition to the subject offerings, the Year 9 ExCEL program offers Year 9 students a variety of Extended Learning Projects, as well as learning4life: a series of Personal Development seminars. Details of this exciting learning program are available on the Year 9 ExCEL page.

You will notice that Parade College offers a wide choice of units, however, it must be stressed that final offerings will, of course, depend on student numbers and availability of both staff and resources. Although the courses are correct at the time of posting, it should be understood that courses are revised on a systematic basis and some of these details will, from time to time, undergo revision. Please also note that all courses (including core subjects) are semester-based and will not necessarily have the same student cohort or teacher for subjects that run for two semesters.

If you have any questions relating to the Year 9 Curriculum which this website does not address, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning, the Director of Teaching and Learning or the Year 7-10 Learning Coordinator at the College.


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Year 9 Curriculum Structure

Students are required to undertake a number of units from each of the Learning Areas. This permits access to a wide range of future educational opportunities.

Students undertake 7 Units each semester or 14 units each year.

The Core and elective studies are set out in the table below:

Year 9 Core Units
Religious Education x 2 units English x 2 units
Science x 2 units Mathematics x 2 units
Humanaties x 1 unit  
Year 9 Elective Units
Languages1 or Free Choice x 1 Unit * Languages2 or Free Choice x 1 Unit *
Arts or Humanities x 1 Unit Arts or Technology x 1 Unit *
Health & PE x 1 Unit

* NB: Students may not choose more than 2 units from Technology


Curriculum Structure - Year 8 into 9

Year 9

Year 9 students study a core consisting of:

  • Religious Education x 2 Units
  • English x 2 Units
  • Mathematics x 2 Units
  • Science x 2 Units
  • Humanaties x 1 Unit
  • HPE x 1 Unit or ACC High Performance Sport

Year 9 students study a further four units, which must be drawn from the following Learning Areas:

  • Arts
  • Technology
  • Languages (2 Units)

Year 9 students may select one pair of Languages units or two additional units from the range of elective Units.

Please note: We ask all students to select two reserve Units from the range of electives. While every effort is made to meet the preferences of each student, there will be clashes that require use of the reserve units. Students who return forms late are less likely to receive their preferences.

Students participate in sport throughout the year. Those who compete in ACC sport do so on a Tuesday afternoon.


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YEAR 9 ExCEL

The Year 9 ExCEL program offers Year 9 students a variety of Extended Learning Projects as well as learning4life, a series of Personal Development seminars.

As with the Year 9 timetabled curriculum offerings, Parade College offers a wide variety of choices, however, it must be stressed that final offerings will, of course, depend on student numbers and availability of both staff and resources. Although the Year 9 Program offerings are correct at the time of posting, it should be understood that offerings are revised on a systematic basis and some of these details will, from time to time, undergo revision. 

If you have any questions relating to the Year 9 Program which this website does not address, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning, the Director of Teaching and Learning or the Year 7-10 Learning Coordinator at the College.  


Year 9 ExCEL - Program Structure

The Year 9 ExCEL program will take place on most Wednesdays throughout the year, with the exception of examination times and the Camp Week.

All students will participate in four learning4life seminar offerings and three Extended Learning Projects. The offerings in both learning4life and the Extended Learning Projects are outlined below.


Learning4life

The learning4life seminars are a chance for students to develop their awareness of and skills for living as teenagers (and beyond) in the 21st century.

Each of the learning4life choices consists of two full day seminars, presented at both Preston and Bundoora campuses . Each students participates in two compulsory learning4life seminars, then has guided choices for the two other learning4life seminar series.

Compulsory Choices:

  • Streetwise
  • Career Voyaging

Choice of:

  • Be a Man….. Become a Man (beyondblue)
  • Buying & owning a Car
  • First Aid
  • Brain Boot Camp
Year 9

Extended Learning Projects

The Extended Learning Projects provide students with the chance to explore a specific area of interest in an in-depth way, with off-campus excursions that frequently involve students developing and practising independent learning and travel skills. Students will submit formative assessment every week as well as working towards a significant research or production piece for presentation and assessment at the conclusion of each 8-week program.

Each of the Extended Learning Projects consists of 8 full days, spread across 8 weeks. The delivery of the programs will involve a mixture of sites, including the Bundoora and Preston campuses as well as external venues. Each students will choose 3 Extended Learning Projects from the list below.

  • Architecture and Graphic Design
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Chill Time
  • CO2 Dragsters
  • CSI: Crime Science Investigation
  • Culture Vultures
  • Dance Styles and Chroeiography
  • Defining Law and Influencing Change
  • Defying Gravity
  • Dreamtime @ PC
  • Ecological Tourism
  • Engineering: Bridge Building
  • Journalism
  • Markets in Australia
  • Melbourne: the Dead and the Living
  • Setting Up A Small Business
  • SuperCoach
  • Superfoods
  • Super Sleuth
  • Survivor Parade
  • Try-a-Trade
Year 9

Please note: We ask all students to select reserve choices in both the learning4life and the Extended Learning Projects. While every effort is made to meet the preferences of each student, there will be limited numbers for some offerings and others may be unable to run due to lack of student demand. Students are advised that the likelihood of receiving their first-choices is increased by early submission of their forms.