Senior School

Years Ten to Twelve

The value of our tailored program for seniors is evident in the high success rate of students entering tertiary studies. Through our links with tertiary institutions, students have opportunities to fast-track their careers by taking subjects and receiving credit points at partner universities.

The Senior School Pathways Program helps prepare senior students for a future after school, whether they choose tertiary study or the workforce.

Year 10 students may trial a broad selection of senior subjects from a varied range of semester units to equip them to make informed choices regarding their senior study pathway. Core subjects include Religious and Values Education, Health and Physical Education (at Year 10) and Enhanced Studies (at Year 11).

The Dimensions of Learning framework ensures that the elements tested in the Year 12 Core Skills Test are incorporated in the overall curriculum and provision is made to further prepare students for this test; the high achievement of our students is a testament to the success of this approach.

The Senior School

Senior School at St John’s Anglican College includes Years 10, 11 and 12.  The curriculum is structured to prepare students thoroughly for a range of post-school destinations including tertiary education (university, TAFE, apprenticeships) and the world of work.  Students are encouraged and assisted to choose a pathway through the Senior School that best suits their post-school aspirations and may lead to the award of a Queensland Certificate of Education plus either an Overall Position or a Tertiary Education Selection Rank (Rank) both of which qualify for entrance into university and TAFE.  At the conclusion of Year 12, students receive a Senior Statement issued by Queensland Studies Authority.  Students may also be awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education and/or an Overall Position (OP).

Year 10 serves as a foundation year.  The emphasis is on transition and preparation for the rigorous requirements of the last two years of schooling.  Year 10 is a very important transitional year for our students as they move from Middle into Senior School.  The ‘move up’ to Senior recognises the developing maturity of the children and with this comes more opportunities and responsibilities and some important decisions about the future.  A focus of the Year 10 program is the introduction of students to the increased expectations of assessment in the Senior School.  Students will also have the opportunity to investigate the various subject offerings available in Year 11 and 12.

  • In addition to the elective subjects selected from those listed below, all students in Year 10 study:
    • English
    • Mathematics (Maths A or Maths B)
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
    • Social Science (History and Geography)
    • Religious and Values Education
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Work Education

Current Year 11 and 12 subjects within each department:


English /English Extension (Year 12 only), English Communication*, English for ESL Learners (ESL – English as a Second Language)


Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Pre-Vocational*


Geography, Modern History, Chinese


Biology, Chemistry, Physics


Legal Studies, Accounting, Business Management, Business Studies*

Performing Arts

Drama, Music/Music Extension (Year 12 only)


Hospitality Studies

Information Technology

Information Technology Systems, Multimedia Studies*

Industrial Technology and Design

Graphics, Technology Studies


Visual Art

Physical Education

Physical Education

* non OP subjects

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education and training that provides students with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills.