Senior School


Education and training for young people in Queensland has changed. A new ‘compulsory participation’ requirement means that all young people must participate in ‘learning or earning’:

  •  for two years after they complete compulsory schooling (i.e. completed year 10 or turned 16 years of age) or
  •  until they turn 17 years of age or
  •  until they complete a Queensland Certificate of Education, Senior Statement or a Certificate III or IV vocational qualification.

Supporting the compulsory participation phase, young people have more opportunities than ever before to plan for their education and future career, to set goals, and to work towards those goals in a broader range of education settings, including school, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and other training.

These changes are based on national and international evidence that young people who complete 12 years of education have greater opportunities for further education and sustainable employment.

Through a varied and engaging curriculum we are committed to creating many pathways for our students. This and a focus on internationalism will allow them to participate productively as global citizens.

The Senior School at Bribie Island State High School encompasses Year 10, 11 and 12.

The Senior School curriculum is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to meet the requirements of the Senior Certificate and the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Year 10

Year 10 is seen as a transition year from Middle Schooling to Senior Schooling. The Year 10 Curriculum consists of a combination of compulsory core and a set of elective subjects. All subjects have pathways into subjects in Year 11 and 12. This transition process is supported by subject selection predicated on prerequisites for the majority of subjects.

The curriculum in Year 10 provides students with the opportunity to trial senior subjects to ensure that the subject selection for Year 11and 12 are both relevant to career goals and provide the best opportunity for successful outcomes.

Year 11 and 12

Students in Year 11 and 12 study six subjects (either Authority or Authority-registered) which are certified by the QSA. The study of English and Mathematics is compulsory for all students. Students are able to select from a range of subjects that cater for the interests, abilities and eligibility needs of young people in the modern context.

While at school students can gain credit towards or complete a Vocational, Education and Training (VET) qualifications which allows them to take up further study at Institutes of TAFE, providing an alternative pathway to university or move smoothly into the workforce on completion of Year 12.

Studying in Year 11 and 12 at Bribie Island State High School offers students:

  • Flexible and well integrated choices of study options. Part time arrangements between different learning providers can be arranged.
  • An OP pathway (Overall Position). An OP is required for university entrance.
  • A Vocational Studies pathway.
  • A rank pathway to further study.
  • A variety of Authority and Authority-Registered subjects.
  • Opportunities to study university level subjects for a small number of students who qualify through the acceleration program.
  • School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Tertiary Studies

Students following an OP pathway must select at least 5 Authority subjects and sit the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCST). A system of moderated school based assessment operates to provide students in Years 11 and 12 with an Education Profile, an OP statement and a grade on the QCS test (an external cross curriculum test).

The OP is used to allocate places in tertiary institutions. Entry to Tertiary Institutions is based on the attainment of a Tertiary Entrance Statement which contains an Overall Position (O.P.) on a scale of 1-25 (1 is highest) and 5 field positions (F.P.) on a scale of 1-10 (1 is highest).

The school provides the QSA with an assessment for each student in each Authority subject studied for one semester or more. The assessments are then adjusted by the group performance on the QCS Test. A similar process is used to calculate Overall and Field Positions. The Core Skills Test draws on general skills, knowledge and techniques and is not subject specific. To qualify for a Tertiary Entrance Statement a student must:
1. Study 20 semester units of Authority subjects.
2. Study 3 Authority subjects for four semesters.
3. Sit for the Core Skills Test.

The individual’s performance on the Core Skills Test (A – E scale) is reported on the Senior Certificate.

Tertiary Aspirant Program (TAP)

TAP aims to provide OP eligible students with the incentive to strive to continue study within the tertiary field and demystify university by:

  • Creating a greater awareness amongst students of university study options within South East Queensland.
  • Providing students with the information necessary to make an informed decision about Tertiary options.
  • Providing students with the skills to successfully study at the tertiary level.

Vocational Education

The Senior School curriculum also contains a number of Vocational education subjects which contain nationally recognised certificate courses. These courses are reviewed on an annual basis by industry to ensure that best practice is being delivered in the classroom. Students who successfully complete competencies are awarded qualifications in relation to Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) guidelines.

School – Industry Programs

An integral part of the Senior School program is the School Industry Links Program coordinated through the Assistant Community Liaison Office (ACLO). The ACLO provides students with multiple opportunities to access industry through provision of work experience, structured workplace learning, General Safety Induction Courses. Students may also be involved in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships which are also coordinated through the ACLO.

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  • School Office

    Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm.

    General Enquiries: 07 3400 2444

    Student Absences: 07 3400 2460 24hrs/7days or

  • 2017 School Term Dates

    TERM 1: 23 January - 31 March 2017.

    TERM 2: 18 April - 23 June 2017.

    TERM 3: 10 July - 15 September 2017.

    TERM 4: 3 October - 8 December 2017.

    *The final date for Year 12 students is Friday 17 November 2017, with Years 10 and 11 finishing on Friday 24 November, 2017.