Years 11 – 12
Senior School Curriculum

General Overview of Senior Outcomes in Qld

Pathway Opportunities

St James College provides opportunities for all students regardless of their pathway beyond school, whether it be University, TAFE or Employment. We are skilled in designing bespoke pathway options for students which enable students to be prepared for the next step beyond school. In accordance with QCAA, subjects are arranged in to the areas of General, Applied and Vocational Education and Training.

Our Vision for Inclusive Education:

  • Focus on Academic and Vocational Training outcomes for all students
  • Student-centred, pathway and career focus
  • Intervention culture – we look for opportunities for enrichment, extension and connection with community and industry partners
  • Understand the importance of connections with business, community and industry.

Pathway opps

Year 11 and 12 Subject Offerings

General Subjects

General English English as an Additional Language
Maths Methods  Specialist Mathematics (External)
General Maths      Physics
Chemistry    Biology  
Study of Religion  Chinese
Legal Studies     Arabic (External)

 Applied Subjects

Essential Mathematics        Information Communication Technology
Essential English   Religion & Ethics    
Visual Arts in Practice  

Vocational Education and Training

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

10741NAT Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology (Compass)

BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

SIS20213 Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

CUA20215 Certificate II in Creative Industries

SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

SIT20116 Certificate II in Tourism

SIS20513 Certificate II in Sport Coaching

MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

ICT20115 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction

MSF10113 Certificate I in Furnishing

More information regarding our Vocational Education and Training Qualifications can be found here  

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

Students are able to complete an additional qualification in the area of their desire by completing a school based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) while they are at school in Years 10, 11 and 12. Students work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification at a Certificate III level while they are completing their schooling. To undergo a SBAT students must fain support and approval from the school. The school, student, parent/guardian, employer and training organisation will negotiate a timetable which outlines when the student is at school, work and training.

Benefits of a SBAT:

  • Provide students with an early start career
  • Flexibility and Variety
  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • An opportunity to learn and earn money
  • Employer satisfaction
  • University and TAFE pathway opportunities

Further information can be found at

TAFE at School

For additional qualifications that are not on our Scope, students are able to complete a Certificate qualification while they are still at school. TAFE at school provides students with a wide variety of Certificate I to Certificate III courses from a range of different study areas.

Benefits of TAFE at School:

  • Students are able to complete a qualification in an area of interest
  •  Direct entry to a TAFE Qld course
  • Fits around your high school studies
  • University and TAFE pathway opportunities

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

What is the QCE?


The QCE is Queensland 's senior schooling qualification. The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) will award young people a QCE when they complete the senior phase of learning. To be awarded a QCE young people will need to achieve a significant amount of learning, including literacy and numeracy, at set standards.

How does the QCE work?

The QCE recognizes broad learning options and offers flexibility in what, where and when students learn. A wide range of learning, including academic subjects, vocational education, workplace learning and university subjects, can contribute towards the QCE. Different types of learning attract different numbers of credits. Students must have at least 20 credits to be awarded a QCE.

Planning for a QCE

All students in Year 10 develop a Senior Education and Training (SET) plan. The SET plan helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. It maps out what, where and how a student will study during their senior phase of learning – usually Years 10, 11 and 12. The SET plan needs to be agreed by the student, his/her parents or carers, and the school. It can be started at any time, but should be finalized by the end of Year 10. Schools and students regularly review the SET plan to monitor progress. The plan can be updated at any time.

Monitoring progress

The learning account records what, where and when a student learns and the results he/she achieves. Schools and other learning providers report students' enrolments and results to the QSA and this information is recorded in the individual learning accounts. Students use their learning accounts to track their progress towards a QCE, vocational certificate of Certificate of Post-Compulsory School Education.

More information can be found at:

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

In 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. 

What is ATAR?

The ATAR is the standard measure of overall school achievement used in all other Australian states and territories. It is a rank indicating a student’s position overall relative to other students. The ATAR is expressed on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 (highest) down to 0, in increments of 0.05. ATARs below 30 will be reported as ‘30.00 or less’.

ATAR Eligibility

To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must have:

  • satisfactorily completed an English subject
  • completed five General subjects, or four General subjects plus one Applied subject or VET course at AQF Certificate III or above
  • accumulated their subject results within a five-year period.

While students must satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, the result in English will only be included in the ATAR calculation if it is one of the student’s best five subjects.

If you are aiming for an ATAR for tertiary study entry, Queensland universities have decided that the following rules will apply:

1. Only General English subjects or Applied English subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both.
2. Only General Maths subjects or Applied Maths subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both.
3. Only one type of language subject can be included in the ATAR – either General or Senior External Examination, but not both.

ATAR Calculations

The ATAR will be calculated by combining a student’s best five subject scaled scores.  Scaled scores will be derived from a student’s subject results as reported to QTAC by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), using a process of inter-subject scaling.

Inter-subject Scaling

Inter-subject scaling is where raw scores for a given subject are adjusted so the results for that subject can be compared fairly with the results of any other subject. 

If a student of a given ability studies an easier Maths subject, they might get a 90/100. But if the same student studied a harder Maths subject they might only get a 70/100. However, if scaling works, they should end up with the same scaled score for inclusion in their ATAR calculation.

If subjects were not scaled, students could maximise their ATAR by studying what they believe are the easiest possible subjects to get the highest possible best five subject results to comprise their ATAR.

Inter-subject scaling will not enhance or diminish a student’s performance in their subjects.  The student’s ranking relative to other students in their subjects does not change. Scaling simply allows for performances to be compared across all subjects, and then only for the purposes of including these in the calculation of a student’s ATAR.

Students should choose subjects:

  • they enjoy
  • think they will achieve well in
  • that are subject prerequisites for tertiary courses that they will be seeking entry to.

Vocational Education and Training and the ATAR

Each VET qualification level (Certificate III or higher) will have a single scaled score that can be included in a student’s ATAR. For example, a Certificate III in Hospitality and a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills will each have the same scaled score; this will be regardless of the duration or area of study of the Certificate III. It is expected that the scaled score for a completed VET Diploma will be higher than that for a completed VET Certificate IV, which in turn will be higher than the scaled score for a completed VET Certificate III.

Information obtained from

Senior Outcomes for Tertiary Admissions

Tertiary Entry is determined by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Director of Learning, Innovation and Pathways

Ms Jessica Whelan