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AIM Senior Secondary College


The Australian Institute of Music Senior Secondary College (AIM SSC) is a dedicated Year 11 and 12 High School, catering for students who are serious and passionate about pursuing their goals in the performing arts industry. 

Unlocking the Potential of Young Minds in the Creative Industry
AIM Senior Secondary College provides students with the opportunity to study all of the creative arts, including HSC music, dance, drama, visual arts and academic subjects. AIM SSC caters to the student’s individual strengths and talents within each subject, providing a focus on an academic approach to the creative arts as well as creating bodies of work or major projects that reflect their passion.
The lessons and qualities derived from study in music and performing arts (self-discipline, empathy, curiosity, and a constant drive for excellence) are critical to inspiring a lifelong passion for learning and self-growth.
And, most importantly, the values of openness, mutual respect and actively empowering students sit at the heart of everything we do at AIM SSC. 

We empower our students by promoting their sense of self-belief, helping them realise their full potential, encouraging teamwork and mutual respect, and providing a safe, supportive environment. We deliver a mature approach to educational and extra-curricular activities by placing trust at the core of the teaching/learning process.

Our small class sizes encourage collaboration, foster positive relationships between staff and students, and allow students to receive more individualised learning experiences. 
Providing Pathways for Higher Education
The two-year HSC program effectively nurtures and allows students to reach their goals across a plethora of subjects, where students will learn the skills to become a practicing artist and industry professional. As well as achieving HSCs in academic fields that students have a true interest in, AIM’s Senior Secondary College also provides a direct pathway for higher education within their chosen creative field. A unique advantage is that AIM SSC’s Pathway Program exempts students from auditions for The Australian Institute of Music’s Undergraduate Degrees, alleviating the stress of the unknown and preparing students for tertiary education.
Exclusive Industry Experience
AIM SSC students are exposed to industry creative workshops and masterclasses throughout their pattern of study providing a robust foundation for a career in the music, arts and entertainment industry. The workshops, delivered by industry experts, teach students the technical, financial and business aspects and skills of the industry. Practical and performance masterclasses focus on everything from instrument to ensemble skills where students learn to collaborate with other artists and musicians, all whilst building confidence and ownership of their craft. Music Industry masterclasses provide students with the foundation essentials such as contracts, copywriting, and royalties. Students will also have plenty of performing opportunities to showcase the skills they’ve learnt each week.
Unique Extras and Facilities
In addition to the HSC two-year pattern of study, AIM SSC students also attend Undergraduate Masterclasses twice a week. These masterclasses are delivered to tertiary Bachelor and Diploma students, meaning AIM SSC students gain invaluable exposure to industry experts delivering higher curriculum classes. Students have their own exclusive area separate from the AIM Undergraduate School which includes classrooms, lockers and digi-labs. SSC students also receive access to AIM’s on-campus recording studios, rehearsal rooms, dance studios, music library and cafeteria.
Secondly, as part of the HSC curriculum, students have exclusive access to each of the AIM short courses at no extra cost - 10 Week Short Courses are offered in a variety of areas including Music Composition (Songwriting and Ableton), Music Theory 101, Music Theatre, DJing, Contemporary and Instrument Skills.  The advantage of SSC students having access to any of the 10 week courses allows a total saving of $3570 if they were to enroll for each Short Courses. These courses are enabled to be a foundational stepping stone to prepare them for entry into higher education courses, as well as providing the opportunity to receive a letter of offer for early entry for AIM Tertiary degrees.
Our Pastoral Care
Our SSC Pastoral Care is integrated throughout the entire structural organisation to effectively meet the personal, social, wellbeing and academic needs of students and staff. We monitor students’ overall progress, and offer unique Buddy Programs and Student Leadership Programs. Traditional academic subjects are supported by extracurricular programs dedicated to music and the creative arts. Smaller classes with more one-to-one time with the teachers means your child gets uninterrupted attention and nurturing so they reach their full creative potential. Students enter an “adult learning environment” where they thrive in the independence given. Due to the small nature of the school, staff strive to create an inspiring, caring and secure environment for students to flourish and exceed their creative goals. Students receive study periods and dedicated HSC workshops to prepare for final assessments, and receive opportunities to perform in end-of-term musical productions, showcases and presentation ceremonies.

AIM SSC is fully accredited with the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA no:20030) to deliver the NSW HSC. 
AIM SSC is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code: 90465) governed by the Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority (ASQA) accredited to deliver Vocational Education Training (VET) in the form of the Certificate II in Music Industry (CUA20615). AIM’s Registered Provider CRICOS Number is 00665C. AIM’s Registered RTO Code is 90465.

Entry Requirements

*Intensive English Language Program only applicable to International Students
We acknowledge that music is a global industry and that some of our potential students may come from countries where English is not their first language. For those students who do not meet the initial English language requirement to gain direct entry into one of our programs, they can improve their English language skills to the required level by enrolling in an intensive English Pathways Program and AIM SSC can suggest providers for this.

Watch the music video below: Keith Urban - Somebody Like You. Performed by Australian Institute of Music Senior Secondary College student Kiara.


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