Senior Schooling

Senior Schooling at Mt St Michael's College includes Years 10 to 12

Year 10 Curriculum Overview 

The Year 10 Curriculum is designed to build a bridge for girls coming from the Middle Years of schooling to help them move as smoothly as possible into the different patterns of study required in Years 11 and 12. All Learning areas offered in the curriculum, are structured in a way to enable students to specialise in their general areas of interest and to explore new options.

Our philosophy for Year 10 is to provide students with Core units of work that follow the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. The Year 10 curriculum therefore provides a good breadth and depth of study providing a strong foundation for the new QCAA senior school syllabuses. This will prepare for greater independence and decision-making ahead. During this time students are engaging with a higher level of academic rigour, in a responsive and challenging curriculum.

Click here to view and download the Year 10 Subject Guide.

Year 11 Curriculum Overview

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is a schooling qualification confirming a student’s achievement in a broad range of learning undertaken in a variety of settings. It is a qualification that prepares young people to move confidently to further education, training and employment.

The QCE is about achievement in the Senior Phase of Learning — a stage of education that begins when young people are registered with the QCAA before they turn 16 and open a Learning Account. The Senior Phase of Learning ends with the award of the QCE. Throughout the Senior Phase of Learning young people bank their achievements in their Learning Account. Young people who have fulfilled the requirements are awarded the QCE.

In line with QCAA senior subject syllabuses, students select from General and Applied subjects. Results in General and Applied subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and may contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation.
Extension subjects are extensions of the related General subjects and are studied either concurrently with, or after, Units 3 and 4 of the General course. Typically, it is expected that most students will complete these courses across Years 11 and 12. All subjects build on the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

In Year 11, students are provided the opportunity to engage in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Students may participate in the following options:

  • A course offered as a senior subject being delivered with the assistance (and under the auspices) of an external Registered Training Organisation, Binnacle Training, RTO Code: 31319:
  • A third-party arrangement with an external provider who is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This can include TAFE at School offerings. School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SBTs and SBAs) which are managed in conjunction with employers, RTOs and relevant Apprenticeship Support Network Providers (AASN).

Click here to view and download the Year 11 Subject Guide.

Year 12 Curriculum Overview

Students in year 12 can choose from (2) pathways with diverse options within each: 


The Tertiary Entrance Pathway is for students aiming for an Overall Position (OP) Score. These “OP Students” usually are aiming at tertiary education through university degrees and TAFE Diplomas. 


Tertiary Selection Rank Pathways include a combination of the academic Authority subjects and Authority Registered subjects which have a focus of more practical and work-related competencies, plus other educational opportunities such as Vocational Education (VET) Certificate courses, usually at TAFE. “Rank pathway students” are aiming for direct entry into a workplace and career path after leaving school, or aiming for tertiary education through either university degrees or TAFE diplomas and certificates via a Tertiary Selection Rank Score which is calculated based on all courses completed and other qualifications achieved by the student. Historically, many RP students who graduate with a Certificate III. 

Click here to view and download the Year 12 Subject Guide.