Upper Senior

Upper Senior Curriculum

The following subjects are offered in the upper senior classes and are compulsory for all.
Subjects marked with an asterisk do not lead to SEC certification.

  • Religious Knowledge
  • English Language and Literature
  • Maltese
  • Italian OR French
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • ICT* (which leads to certification)
  • Physical Education*
  • PSCD*

In addition, students are required to choose 4 OPTION SUBJECTS which must include at least one Science subject and one Foreign Language.
Students are given the opportunity to choose their preferred subject options, but a subject grouping can only be offered if there are enough applicants and time-table constraints are manageable.  Senior Management is committed to ensuring this.

All the following Option Subjects will lead to SEC Certification.

Students are to choose ONE of the following

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Students are to choose ONE of the following

  • French
  • Italian

Students are to choose any TWO of the following

  • Accounts
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics
  • French
  • Home Economics
  • Italian
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • VET IT

On completing secondary school in Senior 5, students are eligible to sit for 10 SEC Exams.

Dropping Subjects in the School Curriculum

Students will only be allowed to drop a subject on the specific recommendation of a written report by an Educational Psychologist during the first four years in Senior School. IEN students will be allowed to leave the classroom during lessons they are not taking on the recommendation of their LSA and after agreement during Map Sessions.

In Senior 5, students are allowed to drop subjects after permission has been obtained from Senior Management. Religious Knowledge is a compulsory subject for all throughout the senior school years unless permission has been granted by Senior Management. Students who drop subjects in Senior 5 are to remain in their assigned classes and are allowed to work on their own without disrupting the lesson. Senior Management is to inform teachers of students who have dropped subjects in Senior 5. It is the responsibility of the subject teacher to ensure that all students participate in class and hand in work regularly unless they have been advised otherwise by Senior Management.


We believe that to be successful at school, students should follow a Code of Behaviour. To this end, all students and parents are given a Code of Behaviour booklet on commencing Senior School, and a Home Contract is signed. St Joseph’s is a place of learning and all our students are to be properly equipped for their lessons, to work hard and to complete all homework.

We expect our students to care for and to respect others and the environment, to be polite and courteous, and to be self-disciplined. We believe that a child’s success depends on a close partnership between home and school. We hope, therefore, that parents will help us by encouraging their daughter to make the best of opportunities.