Secondary: Year 10 to Year 12


Teaching & Learning in the Senior Years

The Senior School curriculum is structured to meet the needs of students aiming for Tertiary Entrance as well as those wishing to pursue other post-school pathways. Pathways are also available for Special Needs and Gifted and Talented students. The College Library (the Nancy Ashburn Learning Resource Centre) remains open until 6:00pm Mondays to Thursdays to provide students with a space and resources for homework and study.

Subjects offered in Year 10 are designed to be both terminating courses, representing for some students, their final year of study in a particular subject, as well as foundation courses for subjects undertaken in Years 11 and 12. Students in Year 10 study a mixture of core and elective subjects as listed below.

Year 10

Compulsory Curriculum Subjects:

  • English
  • Pre-Mathematics A or Pre-Mathematics B
  • Science A or Science B
  • Humanities A (History and Geography) or Humanities B (History)

Elective Subjects:
Students choose 3 of the following:

  • Bodies in Motion (Physical Education)
  • Chinese
  • Drama
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD)
  • Food Technology
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Japanese
  • Launch into Business
  • Launch into Law
  • Music
  • Self-Directed Extension Studies
  • Spanish
  • Visual Art

Additional Core (non-academic) Subjects:

  • Careers
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Christian Education
  • Personal Development


Years 11 and 12

Students in Years 11 and 12 can choose from Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority subjects leading to the award of an Overall Position (OP) or choose a vocational-oriented course offered in collaboration with external providers such as TAFE Colleges or other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), leading to a Selection Rank. These external providers vary from studies in Hospitality and Tourism to Childcare and Business.

All courses offered in Years 11 and 12 contribute to the award of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Students choosing the OP pathway study an English and a Mathematics subject plus four electives, chosen from the subjects listed below. Students on a Selection Rank pathway study English and Mathematics plus two elective subjects, as well as their vocational certificate learning area.

Courses in senior years are designed to include 'real-world experiences'. A highlight for Drama students in Year 12, for example, is the major production which they undertake each year at the Powerhouse Theatre Complex. For this production, the students work, for an extended time, with professional actors or playwrights to evolve the script, as well as acting and being responsible for all production aspects of the performances. Working in a professional theatre with professional actors and playwrights is an exceptional experience for the students.

In Year 12, Music Extension is offered for advanced Music students. Also, selected students are able to undertake first year University subjects.

Compulsory Curriculum Subjects:

  • English or English for ESL Learners or English Communication
  • Mathematics A or B or Prevocational Mathematics

Elective Subjects:
Students choose from the following:

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Biological Science
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD)
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics C
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension (Year 12)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Visual Art
  • Vocational Education (eg Hospitality, Childcare etc)

Additional Core (non-academic) Subjects:

  • Christian Education
  • Personal Development
  • Fitness Education
  • Life & Employment Education (Year 11)
  • Exit Preparation Program and QCS preparation (Year 12)