Secondary school curriculum
senior phase of learning at Babinda State School provides students
with a supportive learning environment designed to develop the skills,
knowledge and confidence needed to begin their journey towards
successful pathways to industry, further education and employment.
10 provides the foundation for Years 11 and 12 where subjects
comprising of General, Applied and Vocational subjects make up the
can focus exclusively upon tertiary entrance, an Australian Tertiary
Admission Rank (ATAR) score or they may choose to explore and negotiate a
range of learning options tailored to individual needs.
Years 11 and 12 students at Babinda State School will have a wide
range of options available to them as they complete the requirements
needed to gain the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). These
options include a:
Full Academic Program
for students seeking an ATAR and looking to go on to Tertiary
Education. 6 General Subjects or 5 General Subjects + 1 Applied Subject
or 5 General Subjects + Certificate III course.
Results contribute to ATAR and QCE.
Full Applied or Vocational Program
for students not looking at going to University but rather
concentrating on the QCE and looking for a Vocational outcome.
ATAR awarded at end of Year 12 but results contribute to QCE. Students
must select Essential English. Other subjects can come from a
combination of Applied or Certificate subjects.
an alternative students may complete 5 vocational subjects at BSS plus
select to do a TAFE course (TAFE at School)* on a Thursday (TAFE course
fees apply) or
- In addition to 5 vocational subjects students may also be able to do a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond
senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to tertiary studies and
to pathways for vocational education and training and work.
who do not achieve Sound Achievement or better in a Year 10 subject may
find related General Subjects in Years 11 and 12 difficult.
General Subjects may be taken in Year 11 without prior study of similar
subjects. It would be very difficult however, to attempt subjects such
as Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics,
Design, Music and Japanese without successful background study in
related Year 10 subjects.
subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in
pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational
education and training or work.
Vocational Education and training (VET)
Courses at Babinda State School are based on industry-endorsed
competency standards. Certificates gained are recognised within the
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and may give advanced
standing towards a traineeship or apprenticeship and/or credit on entry
to courses at TAFE institutes and other registered training