Senior Subjects on Offer

Senior Curriculum Overview

Please click here to open the 2017/2018 Senior Subject Handbook.  This is for students entering Year 11 in 2017 and Year 12 in 2018.

Please click here to open the 2018/2019 Senior Subject Handbook.  This is for students entering Year 11 in 2018 and Year 12 in 2019.

Tertiary Entrance

Students wishing to continue their studies at university after completing their senior schooling do so by applying to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) in the latter part of Year 12. OP ineligible students may also apply for a tertiary placement through QTAC who will allocate them a Tertiary Selection Rank (TSR) based on their results to date. QTAC allocates positions at tertiary institutions based on each person’s OP score (and, if necessary, their FP score) or their TSR and any prerequisite results required by the course.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Options

For many students, moving straight into the work force is the preferred pathway following senior schooling. In some instances students may spend up to two days at work during the school week and many students complete nationally recognized Certificates or Units of Competence towards them. These qualifications may reduce the time the student must spend in training after leaving school.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • SATS (School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships)
  • Structured Work Placement both in school time and during holidays
  • Concurrent study through other providers such as TAFE
  • School/Industry partnerships with companies such as Bucyrus and the Construction Industry Association (Doorways to Construction project)

Many of these initiatives involve flexible timetable arrangements and a high level of co-operation and responsibility from the student.

Number of Subjects

Students will be required to select a total of six subjects, including the two compulsory subjects: English or English Communication and Study of Religion or Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

Under some circumstances special arrangements are made for students to vary the number of subjects studied.

Compulsory Areas of Study

As a Catholic College we look to the life of Jesus as a model for our own lives. Study in this area allows students to develop their knowledge based on the life and times of Jesus as told through scripture and the Gospels. Such studies allow students to learn about other significant people in both ancient and modern times who provide models from which they might learn, and to reflect upon their values.

Students who are enrolling in a course which makes them eligible for an Overall Position are encouraged to enroll in Study of Religion (SOR) whilst other students may select either SOR or Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

The Diocese of Rockhampton has made it mandatory that English be studied by all students in the post-compulsory years. A perusal of the Selection Criteria for Tertiary Courses in Queensland handbook will show that English is the dominant pre-requisite subject for courses. The English Head of Department will be able to advise students on the most appropriate strand of English to undertake, either English (OP) or English Communication (Non-OP).

Incompatible Subjects

The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) allows students to choose:

  • English or English Communication
  • ITS or Cert I or II in IT

Any one of the following Mathematics combinations are allowable:

  • Pre-vocational Mathematics
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics A and Mathematics B
  • Mathematics B
  • Mathematics B and Mathematics C

Subject Selection Guidelines

  • What do I want to be?
  • Which courses do I think I might want to do?
  • Which subjects am I good at?
  • Which subjects do I like?
  • Which subjects are prerequisites?

Authority Subjects – OP Ineligible

These subjects are approved by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). The results are used in the calculation of a student’s Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP).

Overall Position (OP) Subjects on offer are:

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Communication & Technologies
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Home Economics
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B
  • Mathematics C
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Study of Religion
  • Technology Studies
  • Visual Art

Authority Registered and VET Courses – OP Ineligible
Vocational Education and Training (VET) includes a wide range of experiences with work and training activities whilst still at school. VET programs have been introduced into post-compulsory years throughout Australian schools. In Queensland, Year 11 and 12 students are able to undertake vocational programs which operate within the framework of the Australian National Training System.

All Authority Registered subjects are approved by the QCAA.  Results in these subjects are not used in the calculation of a student’s Overall Position (OP) but may be used in the calculation of a Tertiary Selection Rank. Results in these subjects are recorded on the Senior Statement.

VET is offered as nationally recognised industry training units and certificates which may be completed in both OP and non-OP subjects.

Holy Spirit College offers the following OP Ineligible subjects:

  • Aquatic Practices
  • Certificate II in Business, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
  • Certificate I in Construction, Certificate I in Furnishing
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • English Communication
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Industrial Graphics Skills
  • Pre-vocational Mathematics
  • Recreation
  • Religion & Ethics (by application)

Structured Work Placements, mandatory for OP ineligible students, are essential components of VET at school, ensuring that learning outcomes relate more directly to actual competencies required in employment.

While studying for their QCE and Senior Statement, students, whether OP eligible or not, may undertake a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. They participate in normal school activities and usually attend work one day a week. They may complete part of the apprenticeship out of school hours and during holidays.

School-Based Apprenticeships conducted over Years 11 and 12 will usually enable a student to complete the equivalent of the ‘first year’ of their apprenticeship.

Note: AQTF requires that students and parents are made aware of the following statement:
“The College must have certain teachers and equipment to run VET courses. If the College loses access to these resources, the College will attempt to provide students with alternative opportunities to complete the course and the related qualification. The College retains the right to cancel a course if it is unable to meet requirements.”