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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

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Social Sciences


Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary faculty that is concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society. Social sciences as a whole has many branches including the study of sociology, commercial activities, law, politics, philosophy and economics.

The Social Sciences faculty consists of dedicated and talented teachers who, by the multidisciplinary nature of the subject area, are specialists in multiple fields of expertise. Our teachers create a supportive environment where students are welcome to explore new ideas and test them through application to current events.

Courses Offered

In Years 7-10 (Stage 4 & 5) Geography is a mandatory course for all students.

In Years 9-10 (Stage 5) the Socials Sciences faculty offer two elective courses:

  •  Commerce
  • International Studies

In Years 11-12 (Stage 6 the Social Sciences faculty offer three elective courses:

  • Society and Culture
  • Business Studies
  • Economics

Penrith Selective High School also give selected gifted students the opportunity to accelerate their learning in Business Studies – Students selected for this start the preliminary course a year early in Year 10 and complete the HSC course in Year 11.

Key Excursions and Learning Opportunities:

  • The opportunity to accelerate Business Studies a year early
  • The Australian Geography Competition
  • Year 10 Geography Excursion - Barangaroo
  • Year 9 Commerce Business Enterprise Challenge
  • Public Speaking

Further details about additional opportunities for students

The staff of each faculty are highly involved in running and supporting student leaders to lead a wide variety of co-curricular, enrichment, clubs & societies as part of the school's strong commitment to  talent development opportunities. These programs also play a key part of ensuring that students work alongside not only their classmates, but with other like minded students from across the 6 cohorts within the school. 


For more details about Co-Curricular and Enrichment, please click here (Hyperlink)


For more details about Clubs and Societies, please click here (Hyperlink)