Changing Subjects


Changing subjects/units during the year is not a decision to take lightly! Changing subjects/units can impact upon Secondary Graduation, future career and tertiary goals may also become a risk. Changing a subject should only be considered after discussion with your Teacher, the relevant Educational Manager, your Advocate, Parents, Student Development and Support Services and the Dean of Studies.

John Tonkin College In most cases students are wiser keeping the subjects/units they already have. When a subject is changed the student must be committed to catch up with the work they have already missed. This can be a difficult task and involves additional pressure for the student. Students cannot change subjects after the first 2 weeks of each semester.

Students who attempt the subject change process must attend all subjects on their current timetable until the subject change appears on their new timetable. Failure to do this will impact on the Student Status and attendance percentage.

Year 7:

  • No change of subject is permitted at any time.


Years 8 - 10:

  • Subject changes will only be accepted during the first TWO weeks of the college semester in option subjects only. ( Refer to published dates on Term planner)


Years 11 and 12:

  • Subject changes will only be accepted during the first TWO weeks of the college semester. ( Refer to published dates on Term planner)


Important Things to Consider

  • Subject changes will only be accepted during the first TWO weeks of the college semester. ( Refer to published dates on Term planner)
  • Application forms need to be completed. These will take time, as you will need interviews and signatures of a number of staff and your parents.
  • Students must make an interview with Education Program Managers to discuss subject change following discussion with their teacher. If subject change investigation is considered appropriate the Student will be provided with a Change of Subject Application Form by the Learning Area Manager, or Student Services Staff.
  • Students will require a signature from their parent to confirm their permission to change subjects and their subject teacher.
  • When completed application Forms must be returned to Student Services to monitor the change in relation to WACE. (If applicable)
  • Handing in an Application form does not mean that your subject change will automatically happen; an Associate Principal must approve this.
  • Students who attempt the subject change process must attend all subjects on their current timetable until the subject change appears on their new timetable.


Students will be notified if the subject change is approved and will be issued with a new timetable.

The new timetable serves as the student's passport to the new subject.

The student must continue to attend their current subjects until a subject change has been approved.