Course Counselling and Subject Selection

This system offers an opportunity for students to make informed decisions about the subjects they would like to undertake the following year, and planning for future aspirations.

Following the subject counselling process, students will have:

  • an appreciation of their individual strengths and interests
  • knowledge of available subjects
  • an awareness of career pathways and related courses, including VET options
  • an understanding of university pathways and requirements for gaining an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking)

Subject Selection

Subjects for Students Transitioning to Year 7

Students transitioning to Kapunda High School will learn about subjects for year 7 from our staff who will visit their primary school during the year before they begin secondary school and also during transition visits. Information is also available in the Middle School Curriculum Book.

Progressing to Years 8 - 10

A subject selection information package will be given to students currently in year 7 to 9 mid term 3. Selection forms are subsequently returned to home group teachers and counselling meetings arranged, if requested by parent/caregivers. Students considering studying a VET course should contact the Assistant Principal, Flexible Learning Pathways to arrange a counselling meeting.

Students planning for Year 9 or 10 will choose subjects for the whole of the following year. Subject Selection website login details will be provided and students make their selections online.

Subject to class sizes and facilities, there may be the flexibility to make subsequent alterations where it is beneficial to the student. This process involves approval from both parent/caregivers and Year Level Manager, and may be subject to timetable and other restrictions.

As the school timetable is generated based on all students’ subject selections, occasional issues arise that may require some students to be re-counselled eg: subject lesson time clashes or a cancellation due to too few students choosing the subject.

Year 10 – SACE, VET and PLP

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is an internationally recognised qualification that paves the way for young people to move from school to work or further training and study.

By completing the SACE, students prepare for further learning, work and life by:

  • Building essential skills and knowledge
  • Making informed choices about future study and work, based on their strengths and interests
  • Gain a certificate that gives them a head-start on their pathway beyond school.
  • Students who successfully complete the SACE requirements (200+ credits) are awarded the SACE certificate.

The SACE is flexible, and caters for learning both in and outside school

  • Students can combine study and part-time work, a traineeship or school-based apprenticeship
  • Students can receive credit for SACE subjects, vocational education and training, community learning, and university studies

Some of the VET options that may be available whilst studying at KHS are: Automotive, Electrotechnology, Kitchen Operations or Front of House (Hospitality), Fitness, Hairdressing, Beauty, Early Childhood Education and Care, Engineering, Animal Studies, Community Services, Aged Care and Health Support Services.

See our Vocational Education and Training page for further information or contact our Assistant Principal, Flexible Learning Pathways.

The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a compulsory SACE subject undertaken in year 10. Students need to achieve a C grade or higher to gain 10 credits towards their SACE.

The Personal Learning Plan helps students to:

  • Identify strengths and interests
  • Set personal and learning goals
  • Choose the right SACE subjects and study options for their future plans
  • Look at different career paths and choices
  • Gain skills for future study and employment, such as planning and research.

The PLP is the first step to completing the SACE.

SACE graph

Choosing your subjects

When selecting online, compulsory subjects are already entered. Students should give careful thought about the subjects they choose for the following year and should consider the following:

  • Strengths, interests, talents and achievements
  • Select subjects that will support possible career or further study options, such as Doorways 2 Construction (available to students progressing to Year 10) as an option to further studies and career possibilities in the Construction Industry
  • What subjects may need to be studied as a prerequisite to SACE courses
  • Personal interest in a subject
  • Avoid relying on peers to choose subjects
  • Subjects such as Music and Japanese

Click here to view Middle School Curriculum Guide

Click here to visit the SACE website further information about studying the SACE

Progressing to Years 11 and 12

Students in years 10 – 11 will attend information sessions and will have opportunities to discuss various options with subject teachers, coordinators and parent/caregivers, to make an initial selection of subjects.

In considering courses of study, students and their parent/caregivers are making very important decisions. Senior students will consider where their studies are leading and plan study pathways to post-secondary education or training. Students’ educational backgrounds, interests, capabilities and plans for the future should all be taken into account.

Selection of subjects is not as simple as it may appear. Poorly selected subjects may adversely affect post-secondary pathways.

It is not intended that all subjects will ‘run’ in the following year. The final offering will include those subjects that were chosen by sufficient students to create a viable class. A review of choices may also be necessary in Term 4, depending on student achievement.

Selecting a Course of Study

The following is designed to provide students and parents with information about our SACE Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum.

In selecting a course of study, students should consider:

  • Ambitions - future aspirations and career plans
  • Strengths, interests, talents and achievements
  • Achievements at school so far
  • Information and options available to help make the best subject choices (from teachers, parents, subject counsellors etc.)

Students should read and understand:

  • Organisation of the school curriculum - choices, pattern, course descriptors
  • How subject courses connect to future options.
  • SACE requirements for senior school.
  • Pre-requisites or recommended subjects for further study.

Sources of Information

The information available in the following links, will assist in course selection.

Click here to view the Senior School Curriculum Guide

Click here to view a guide to planning for Stage 2 of the SACE

Click here to view South Australian Certificate of Education Board website

Click here to view South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre – SATAC website

Click here to view My Future website

Click here to view the Job Guide website

Other sources of information:

  • School reports
  • Subject teachers
  • Home group teachers
  • Flexible Learning Pathways Co-ordinator
  • SACE Coordinator
  • Contact teachers listed in Senior School Curriculum Guide
  • Friends and relatives
  • Tertiary institutions (eg TAFE and Universities)

Ready to Select?

Each student will be provided with individual login details by the school to access the Subject Selection website.

Click here to view the Online Subject Selection Guide

Click here to login to subject selection website

The Counselling Sessions

Counselling sessions are held in Term 3 for years 10 and 11 with parent/caregivers, the student and two counselling staff attending interviews.

Subject Counselling interviews are highly recommended as part of the selection process. SACE and VET information is given, recommendations made relating to achievements so far, and future pathways are discussed. A review of subjects previously selected online will be made for edit or approval. A final selection form will then be signed by parent/caregiver, student and counsellor.

Booking an interview

An Enrolment Key code will be given to students in years 10 and 11 for access to the booking website prior to the counselling sessions.

Click here to book a course counselling interview

Making appointments and choosing subjects using these sites is only available in the specified course counselling periods.


Once subject selections are made at all year levels, a timetable is generated and classes created. Subjects may be ‘cut’ if too few students select them or clashes happen based on what subjects appear on a ‘line’ together. Should this occur, students and parent/caregivers are consulted for course re-selection.

The final timetable is generated and students are given timetables.