Option Guides

What Subjects Do I Need?

When making decisions about what subjects to take it is important to remember that for many courses and job training situations you do not need to have studied particular subjects at school.  It is more important that you can demonstrate your interest in learning through your school grades and teachers’ report comments.  Therefore your college years can be a chance to keep your studies broad rather than specializing at an early age.

It may be helpful to sort subjects into 3 categories – USEFUL, RECOMMENDED and COMPULSORY.


Every subject is useful for developing knowledge and skills.  Useful subjects add value to your overall course of study even though they may not be directly related to your future plans.


These subjects provide a strong background of knowledge and skills needed for further study and training.  Subjects recommended for tertiary study and job training are listed in the following pages.


These subjects provide necessary building blocks of knowledge and skills.  You must have these subjects in order to gain entry into specific courses either at school at tertiary level.  Study at school – many subjects have pre-requisites at each year level, check summaries.

Study at tertiary level

Entering on job training / apprenticeships – e.g. ETCO electrical apprenticeships.