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 and 12 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 and 12, students are provided the opportunity to engage in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Students may participate in the following options:

  • A nationally recognised qualification offered onsite by an external RTO, Binnacle Training, RTO Code: 31319. These courses are undertaken at the school as per normal timetable arrangements.
  • 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 the Senior Schooling Subject Guide 2021.