Preliminary courses are the Year 11 part of a course which students must satisfactorily complete before they can begin study of the HSC Course. Preliminary courses begin in Term 1 of Year 11 and extend to the end of Term 3 of Year 11. During this time, students develop knowledge and skills critical to the study of the HSC course. Although the Preliminary course is generally not specifically examined at the HSC, it is considered assumed knowledge and skills for the HSC.
HSC courses are taught during the Year 12 part of the course. They begin when students have satisfactorily met the requirements of the Preliminary course, usually in Term 4 of Year 11. The HSC course is examined in the HSC and assessment for the HSC is based only on the HSC part of the course.
Courses offered are of 4 types:-
Board Developed Courses – School
Board Endorsed Courses/Content Endorsed Courses – School
Board Endorsed Courses – TAFE
Curriculum Framework Courses – School and TAFE
Board Developed Courses offered at the school include Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Design & Technology – Multimedia Industries, Drama, Economics, English, Extension 1 English, Extension 1 Mathematics, Food Technology, General Mathematics, Geography, Industrial Technology – Furniture and Timber Products, Information Processes and Technology, Italian – Beginners, Italian – Continuers, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern History, Music 1, Music 2, Personal Development Health & Physical Education, Physics, Senior Science, Studies of Religion I & II, Society and Culture, Textiles, Visual Arts.
Board Endorsed Courses/Content Endorsed Courses offered include Catholic Studies, Photography Video and Digital Imaging, Sport Lifestyle and Recreation Studies, Visual Design. These courses do not count to the calculation of the ATAR.
Category B Courses offered at Magdalene include Construction (VET), Information Technology (VET), Hospitality Operations (VET).