Year 11 (Stage 1) Curriculum

Having commenced the SACE in Year 10, completing Stage 1 Exploring Identities and Futures and possibly a variety of other Stage 1 subjects, Walford Year 11 students have many options that engage, extend and enrich their studies.

Core subjects in Year 11 are:

Activating Identities and Futures (Stage 2)
English or English as an Additional Language
Essential Mathematics or General Mathematics or Mathematics Units A/B/C or Mathematics Units A/B/C/D

All students meet the SACE Literacy Requirement in Year 11 through a full year of English or English as an Additional Language or Dialect. Walford students continue to build a strong numeracy base by undertaking at least two semesters of mathematics. They complete the compulsory Stage 2 subject Activating Identities and Futures, in which they explore an area of personal interest with the aim of refining their understanding of how they learn.

As part of their Bespoke Pathway, students select from a wide range of elective subjects that prepare them well for their future. Stage 1 subjects offered for 2025 are from The Arts, Business Technology and Enterprise, English, Flexible Learning, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, Languages, and Mathematics and Science.

Due to the progress made in earlier years, Year 11 students will have the opportunity to complete Stage 2 Chinese Continuers or Stage 2 French.  Some students, as part of their Bespoke Pathway, will commence vocational training by undertaking VET studies with other providers. Guidance is given to students to enable them to match available options to their pathway.

Other students will continue their Bespoke Pathway by applying for early entry to Stage 2 subjects that are normally done in Year 12.

Options include: 
Stage 2 Biology 
Stage 2 Business Innovation 
Stage 2 Design Technology and Engineering 
Stage 2 Economics 
Stage 2 Geography 
Stage 2 Legal Studies 
Stage 2 Modern History 
Stage 2 Music Performance – Ensemble 
Stage 2 Music Performance – Solo 
Stage 2 Physical Education 
Stage 2 Visual Arts – Art 
Stage 2 Visual Arts – Design

Electives

One or two semesters

You will develop your understanding about the diversity of life as it has evolved, the structure and function of living things, and how they interact with their own and other species and their environments. You will apply your understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems to evaluate the impact of human activity on the natural world. You will also inquire into and explain biological phenomena and draw evidence-based conclusions from your investigations into biology-related issues, developments, and innovations. You will study cells and microorganisms, infectious disease, multicellular organisms and biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics. 

Semester

You will develop the knowledge, skills, and understandings to engage in business contexts in the modern world. In a time where design-led companies outperform other companies, you are immersed in the process of finding and solving customer problems or needs through design thinking and using assumption-based planning tools. You will identify the customers who are at the centre of your innovation process and generate viable business products, services, and processes. You will pitch your innovative business solution to a panel, ready to answer any questions. 

Full year (two semesters)

You extend your understanding of how the physical world is chemically constructed, the interaction between human activities and the environment, and the use that human beings make of the planet’s resources. You will explore examples of how scientific understanding is dynamic and develops with new evidence, which may involve the application of new technologies. You will study materials and their atoms, combinations of atoms, molecules, mixtures and solutions, acid and bases and redox reactions 

Full year (two semesters)

You will explore and develop your understanding of a range of contemporary Chinese social issues. You will study topics such as the environment, ageing population, migrant workers, contemporary Chinese writers, filmand Chinese people in Australia from reading articles and watching visual texts. You will learn to research, analyse and examine these issues from different perspectives and justify your opinions by using credible information. You will develop your writing skills through writing compositions in different text types, including article, formal letter, email and speech. You will also have the opportunity to undertake investigative tasks on topics of interest. 

Full year (two semesters)

You will make significant progress in your communicative and intercultural skills. Increase your confidence in using Chinese authentically in a range of contexts, including video, email, interaction, written communication and creative expression. Extend yourself through investigative tasks, researching and expressing yourself about regions and topics of interest. The topics of traditional and modern Chinese culture, the Chinese speaking world, school and home environments, digital media, cuisine, etiquette and technology are studied primarily in the Chinese language. 

One or two semesters

You will investigate, design and create products that solve real-world problems within a variety of contexts. You will critically evaluate existing technologies and products, including the impact on societies. Through the investigation, development, planning and evaluating phases, you will apply skills, processes and techniques to develop innovative solutions to design problems of your choice. Digital or physical solutions could involve electronics, robotics, 3D printing prototypes, laser cutting materials, 3D digital models, coding, VR and architectural design. 

One or two semesters

Work collaboratively to establish the goals of your company to create live and/or recorded drama. Semester 1 will focus on using technology in innovative ways to devise your own work for stage or screen. Semester 2 will focus on scripted drama and will culminate in a public performance. Elect to explore on or offstage roles (including design). Work with specialists from the industry to refine and develop your skills and ideas. 

Semester

You will be challenged to explore the need to make choices due to our limited resources and unlimited wants. Each choice has intended and unintended consequences that must be considered. Also, the operation of governments and participants in markets will be analysed and you will learn how they make these economic decisions. 

Full year (two semesters)

English as an Additional Language is designed for students for whom English is a second language or an additional language or dialect and who fulfil the eligibility criteria. You will focus on the development of both written and oral communication skills with a focus on creative communication and comprehension of language, and the analysis and application of language features and conventions. 

Full year (two semesters)

You will extend your mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving in everyday and workplace settings. You will apply mathematics to diverse real-world contexts, including everyday calculations, financial management, business applications, measurement and geometry and statistics. 

Full year (two semesters)

Continue to progress in your exciting journey of becoming a bilingual/multilingual global citizen. Increase your confidence in using French authentically in a range of contexts, including conversation, presentations and creative written expression. Experience French culture through movies, food and intercultural exchange activities. Topics of study include family dynamics, health and lifestyle, comparisons of social and educational structures in France and Australia, travel and tourism. Take part in research tasks, investigating Francophone regions with a focus on food, recipes, and developing a travel itinerary. 

Full year (two semesters)

You will extend your mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving. A problem-based approach is integral to the development of mathematical models using the associated key ideas in the topics covered. These topics include a diverse range of applications of mathematics, including personal financial management, measurement and trigonometry, the statistical investigation process, modelling using linear and non-linear functions, and discrete modelling using networks and matrices. 

Semester

You will explore, analyse and apply the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. Identification of patterns and trends that consider geographical relationships and interdependencies will be explored. This knowledge promotes a more sustainable way of life and an awareness of social and spatial inequalities. 

Semester

You will be supported to build your own program of study, allowing you to pursue an area of interest not otherwise available through traditional subjects. You will design opportunities for practical learning, a connections task and a research investigation, all designed around your chosen learning focus and negotiated with you on commencement of the course. This course is tailored to your individual interests and learning needs and is accessible to all students.  

Semester

What role do you play in the Australian legal system? You will develop an appreciation and awareness of your role as a citizen in the Australian legal system. You will develop the skills to communicate your ideas and the confidence to make informed and effective decisions regarding legal issues. 

Three or four semesters

You will build on mathematical knowledge, understanding, and skills developed in Year 10 Mathematics. You will develop an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus, statistics, mathematical arguments and proofs, as well as developing and using mathematical models. 

One or two semesters

Is history written only by the winners? You will explore and debate this idea by considering some of the changes within the world since 1750. The long and short-term impacts on societies of events such as the abdication of the Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the Vietnam war, the Cuban Missile crisis and the Troubles in Northern Ireland may be studied. How can the events of the past shape our understanding of the present and help to inform our future? 

Full year (two semesters)

The subject is divided into two components: Creative Works (performing, composing, arranging) and Music Literacy (applying musical techniques, studying various styles of music, responding to creative works and performance). You will develop and extend your musical literacy and skills through understanding the structural and stylistic features and conventions of music, expressing your musical ideas, and reflecting on and critiquing your learning in music. Performances include solo and ensemble options. 

Semester

You will study dietary, lifestyle and healthy eating patterns with specific focus on nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, emerging trends and disease. You will investigate how the food and nutritional needs of different population demographics are affected by food availability, production development and ecological sustainability. 

Semester

You will be provided with opportunities to experience personal growth and to develop social skills, self-confidence, and teamwork skills. You will evaluate and reflect on your learning progression and skill development while working with others in groups, as well as develop your relationship with, and connection to nature. The learning experiences take place in a variety of locations such as surfing on the Yorke Peninsula, orienteering in Kuitpo Forrest and rock climbing at Morialta Conservation Park.  You will develop an appreciation of your place in, and impact on, environments. As you spend time learning in natural environments, you will develop knowledge and apply planning, risk-management and minimal impact strategies for outdoor journeys that ensures safe and sustainable travel. 

Semester

You will discover your physical capabilities and investigate the factors that influence and improve participation and performance outcomes in badminton and lawn bowls. Biomechanics, energy systems, and training principles will be applied to an individualised training program, whilst the factors that impact on equity in sport will be explored.  

Full year (two semesters)

The study of Physics uses qualitative and quantitative models, laws, and theories to better understand matter, forces, energy, and the interaction among them. Physics seeks to explain natural phenomena, from the subatomic world to the macrocosmos, and to make predictions about them. The models, laws, and theories in physics are based on evidence obtained from observations, measurements, and active experimentation over thousands of years. Studying this course will enable you to explain many everyday observations and help you better understand the world around you. You will study linear motion and forces, electric circuits, heat, energy and momentum, waves, nuclear models and radioactivity. 

One or two semesters

Stage 1 Psychology aims to describe and explain both the universality of human experience and individual and cultural diversity. It also addresses the ways in which behaviour can be changed. Psychology focuses on evidence-based procedures that enables you to define the scope of your learning by identifying investigable questions, deconstructing and designing your own research using scientific approaches, data, and analysing and critiquing your findings. The issues that arise during your investigations should be informed by the application of key scientific ideas, skills, concepts, and understanding. 

One or two semesters

You will visually experiment and respond to work of artists and designers, documenting your ideas, exploring a range of media and techniques. You will experiment and respond to relevant themes and contexts on a chosen topic of interest. You will develop and apply skills in a broad range of media to produce resolved works of art. Examples of art topics could include painting, drawing, sculpture, casting, printmaking, ceramics, digital art and photography. 

One or two semesters

You will visually experiment and respond to a design brief, document your ideas and explore a range of designers and techniques. You will develop and apply skills using various programs and media to produce resolved works of communication design, product design and/or visual design. Examples of design topics include logo and branding design, pattern design, photography, illustration and packaging design. 

Varies by course

At Walford you are encouraged to explore a range of opportunities and to immerse yourself in learning activities that support your development, engagement and passion for learning. For some students, this can include vocational education (VET). VET is training with direct links to industry, it is competency based and intended to make students ‘work ready’. Courses are available in all industry areas and have a variety of requirements and learning conditions that are course dependent and further information can be obtained from the VET Coordinator.