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Senior secondary

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Secondary school curriculum

The 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. 

Year 10 provides the foundation for Years 11 and 12 where subjects comprising of General, Applied and Vocational subjects make up the curriculum. 
Students 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. 

In 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 

Mostly 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

Suitable for students not looking at going to University but rather concentrating on the QCE and looking for a Vocational outcome. 

No 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.             

  • As 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

General Subjects

  • General 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. 
  • Students who do not achieve Sound Achievement or better in a Year 10 subject may find related General    Subjects   in Years 11 and 12 difficult.
  • Many 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.

Applied Subjects

  • Applied 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)

  • Certificate 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 organisations.

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Last reviewed 27 August 2021
Last updated 27 August 2021