Students in the Greater Brisbane area can complete Year 11 and 12 in an adult-learning environment with our Senior College program. Our school alternatives option is perfect for 15 to 17-year-olds who are looking for a practical and independent alternative to the traditional high school system. You can either complete a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or vocational pathway, based on whether you want to go to university or get straight into the workforce.
Completing your senior studies can open up doors to your future, including further study opportunities. Whether you're currently in high school or have left school already, we've got your pathway to work or further study sorted.
Our Senior College program lets you to earn a selection of QCAA, QCAA-registered and/or vocational qualifications. Depending on your goals, these qualifications can help you transition to tertiary study or secure a job.
The OP pathway:
The employment pathway:
English is a two-year program that is highly recommended if you who want to gain an OP score. Most university courses require applicants to have successfully completed four semesters of Senior English. It is also a subject that employers recognise and value.
Assessment is predominantly written with some compulsory spoken tasks. Both written and spoken components must be passed in order to achieve a passing result in this subject.
English Communication focuses on content and skills which will prepare you for employment. You will be expected to read, view and discuss a wide range of texts and media including novels, films, documentaries and songs.
Mathematics A is a QCAA subject that can contribute to an OP for university entrance. Mathematics A will equip you with the skills to manage the mathematics you will encounter in everyday life, as well as those that you will experience in non-science university courses.
Pre-vocational Mathematics provides a broad base of practical mathematics if you are planning a vocational outcome. The course is organised under various themes with a focus on numeracy and basic mathematical skills that are encountered in day-to-day living with practical applications relating to vocational areas.
Biology will give you an understanding of the complex and diverse world of organisms and the natural systems that affect them. You will get the chance to complete experiments that investigate problems related to the living world, including plant and animal physiology, genetics and ecology.
The program of study is based on a thematic, life-related approach to the study of science and draws from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics.
Through a combination of psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics and law you will develop an awareness of yourself as an individual and how you interact with the culture around you. The aim of this course is to increase the ability and willingness of society’s citizens to participate constructively and ethically in their public and private lives.
Modern History is a two-year program that is highly recommended if you want to gain an OP score. In this course you will engage in hands-on experiences as historians — examining archival materials and working on collaborative projects such as conducting oral history interviews.
Law affects every member of a society. Individual members of society need to be better informed of their legal position, rights and responsibilities. If you study this course, you will gain an understanding of the legal implications of daily life, as well as your rights and obligations.
Business learning involves a range of experiences that provide knowledge, processes and skills that can be applied to business in the real-world. You will gain an understanding of business environments and have the opportunity to engage in practical business projects.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a practical course designed to train you to apply knowledge of ICT to produce solutions to simulated problems. Through practice in problem solving in a variety of contexts — both individually and collaboratively — it creates adaptable, competent, and self-motivated users and consumer of ICT who can work with clients and colleagues to identify issues and solve problems.
Visual Arts in Practice encompasses art forms that communicate and express meaning through visual perception. This program gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of visual arts practices, visual mediums, art-making technologies and techniques to communicate meaning through visual forms.
This subject gives you hands-on experience in various styles of acting and aims to give you real-life practice in various plays, monologues, auditions, performances and different events throughout the year. This program is not just for ambitious actors; it is for anyone who wants to be involved in all areas of performing arts, film, entertainment and music.
In this subject you will develop skills in all areas of music including performance, management, technology and creation. This is a hands-on practical subject where you have the opportunity to regularly rehearse, set-up, perform, and market.
The focus of Health Education is the understanding of health in the context of society, and the mechanisms necessary to develop and promote health for individuals, groups, communities and nations. Health Education offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills needed to help you to participate effectively in the promotion of equitable health outcomes.
Aquatic Practices is a practical course designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with the safe and responsible use of the marine environment. When you complete this course you will be equipped to participate more safely in a variety of marine pastimes.
This course develops your practical application of knowledge and skills using Moreton Bay and its facilities as the focus of learning and practice.
Successful completion of the specific units make you eligible for a Recreational Shipmasters Licence (Boat).
Our vocational courses are available in many different career fields such as engineering, health care, computer technology, tourism, office management and skilled trades. These courses are offered as part of our TAFE at School program.
The vocational courses we offer:
“We’re all really different people but we get along really well. It’s more of an adult environment, we get to express our personalities. Everyone shows their real colours and it’s really nice.”
“I was being home schooled but I wanted an OP to get into uni and I thought TAFE Queensland was the best way. Because it’s three days a week it leaves room for work and other hobbies. Classes are quite small, really relaxed and the subjects are varied.”
“I felt like I wasn’t learning anything at school, it wasn’t working for me. The way I learn is by using practical skills. I want to be shown how to do it and then I do it myself. The teachers have a lot of experience and they’re always trying to teach in a way that suits everybody in the classroom.”
All senior college students are enrolled into our mentor program which is designed to prepare you for the challenges of study, regardless of your academic ability.
The program includes formal scheduled class time involving a variety of activities, discussions and guest speakers, as well as informal time where students can raise issues.
Through this program, Year 12 students are prepared for the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test. Our Mentor Program supports our students throughout their time with us, enabling you to set and achieve clear and realistic goals for their future.
Year 12 students will also join the Career Hub in semester two of the mentoring program. This prepares students for the completion of Year 12, and equips them with key skills required to be job-ready. Students will focus on their individual career pathways and learn skills to meet these goals, including an exciting schedule of industry guest speakers to discuss various career choices.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government which provides Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting, testing and certification services for Queensland schools.
An OP is a student’s position in a statewide rank order based on their overall achievement in authority subjects. It indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 OP bands from OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest).
The QCE is Queensland’s senior school qualification which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. It is a broad-based school qualification awarded to young people who have achieved a significant amount of learning at a set standard and have met certain literacy and numeracy requirements.
The QCE is awarded to students who achieve 20 credits in the required pattern at the required standard as well as meet the literacy and numeracy requirements.
A School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT) is a government- funded program where students are able to commence a nationally-recognised training program as an employee while completing their QCE.
A training plan is individually designed in consultation with the student, the employer, the vocational trainer, an Australian Apprenticeship Centre, and the school. For example, SAT students may find they would prefer to complete their senior studies over three years.
TAFE Queensland is ideally positioned to offer the SAT programs as we have a fully-integrated QCAA, QCE and/or employment pathways program.
A student taking on a SAT program will:
Authority subjects are based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by the QCAA. Results in Authority subjects can count in the calculation of your Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP), the most common selection devices used by the tertiary sector.
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) allows tertiary admissions centres to compare students from across Australia when they apply for tertiary places. The ATAR is a number between 0 and 99.95 in increments of 0.05. ATARs below 30 are not reported.
In Queensland, students who complete Year 12 may apply for tertiary entrance using multiple pathways. However for Queensland students, only students who are eligible for an Overall Position (OP) are eligible for an ATAR.
The ATAR will replace the Overall Position (OP) in Queensland from 2020 (i.e. students entering Year 11 in 2019).
Students entering the Senior College program ideally should have completed Year 10 or the equivalent.
Each application is examined on merit. All applicants must be between 15 and 17 years of age at application, and undertake an interview prior to enrolling.
Once we have received your application, we will contact you to advise if you have progressed to the interview stage.