Senior School T&L

Teaching & Learning

At Blue Mountains Grammar School, our approach to teaching and learning in the Senior School has been deliberately and consciously developed and adopted to recognise and meet the educational needs of adolescents and prepare them for life beyond school, be that tertiary study or work, through the delivery of programs that enable students to develop thinking dispositions and a strong sense of responsibility for their own academic progress. This supports students in becoming more flexible and energetic in their thinking and learning, develops critical and creative thinking and deeper engagement with the subject matter while also equipping students to become more comfortable in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty.

Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8):

In Years 7 and 8, students study the core courses of:  English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society & Its Environment, Personal Development Health & Physical Education, Religious and Values Education and Visual Arts.

In addition, students can choose a Performing Arts focus or a Cultural Studies focus. Both streams provide opportunities for students to explore different ways of thinking and learning.


Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10):

In Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) students continue with their study of:  English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and Its Environment, Personal Development Health and Physical Education and Religious and Values Education.

 They also select three elective courses from a range of courses offered including:  Commerce, Drama, French,  Japanese, Music, Design & Technology, Industrial Technology (Timber), Information Software and Technology,  Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS), Visual Arts, International Relations and Wilderness Education.

Wilderness Education and International Relations are two unique courses designed by BMGS staff to help many students prepare for both practical and conceptual interactions in the outdoor environment and in the global context, preparing them not only for their Stage 6 courses and the HSC, but for life.


Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12):

The final school years are an intensely focused but rewarding prologue to life beyond BMGS. These final years are a time of consolidating creative and independent thinking, and service to the wider community.

During this time, we create a continually supportive learning environment as a firm foundation for achieving academic objectives and for preparing for tertiary study or work. 

Our outstanding results over many years highlight our focus on helping all students achieve excellence in all areas of their lives. 

In Years 11 and 12, students study Preliminary (Year 11) and Higher School Certificate (Year 12) courses and sit the external HSC Examinations in these courses at the end of Year 12.

At BMGS, English is compulsory in Year 11 and Year 12. Students then select additional courses to study:

  • English: ESL, English Standard, English Advanced, Extension 1, Extension 2
  • Mathematics: Mathematics General, Mathematics, Extension 1, Extension 2
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Environmental Science
  • Humanities: Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion
  • PDHPE:  PDHPE, Community & Family Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts:  Visual Arts, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, Drama
  • Design & Technology: Engineering Studies, Design & Technology, Information Processes and Technology
  • Languages: French Continuers and Extension, Japanese Continuers and Extension

Additional courses are offered internally and externally.

Students must select a total of at least twelve units of study in Year 11 (usually consisting of six courses) and at least ten units in Year 12 (this usually involves studying five courses)