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Years 11 and 12 curriculum

For Years 11 and 12, Churchie offers two major tertiary matriculation pathways selected in collaboration with parents:
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Queensland Certificate of Education

The new QCE syllabuses will ensure school leavers have the twenty-first-century skills they require to be lifelong learners, valued employees, innovators, entrepreneurs and responsible global citizens.  Students must meet the Year 10 grade point average and subject prerequisites to be selected for a QCE pathway. To be awarded a QCE, a student must complete a significant amount of learning, to a set standard and in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.
The subject offerings derive from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s subjects leading to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Students select six subjects to study, with an external examination for each subject. At Churchie, English or Literature is compulsory as is either General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods. Students then select four additional subjects from the following:
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Design
  • Digital Solutions
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • French
  • Geography
  • Japanese
  • Literature
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension
  • Philosophy and Reason
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Visual Art.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

Churchie is an IB World School authorised for the delivery of the IB Diploma Programme.  The IB Diploma Programme enables students to make sense of the complexities of the world around them, as well as equipping them with the skills and dispositions needed for taking responsible action for the future. It provides an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and champions critical engagement, stimulating ideas and effective relationships.
An IB pathway consists of six IB subjects, three of which are taken at a higher level and three are taken at a standard level.  Additionally, there are three core components: the theory of knowledge, the extended essay and creativity, activity and service. Each subject receives a score out of seven, and the core is worth up to three marks, allowing a total possible score of 45.
Students have to choose one subject from each of the six groups. However, if the student does not want to do an arts subject, they can choose a second humanities (Individuals and societies) or science subject. Similarly, if a student would like to choose two arts subjects, they can take Environmental systems and societies.

Group 1: Studies in language and literature

  • Literature

Group 2: Language acquisition

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Group 3: Individuals and societies

  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • History
  • Philosophy

Group 4: Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Physics

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Analysis and Approaches
  • Application and Interpretation

Group 6: The arts

  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

IB Diploma Programme students receive a Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) rank, an exact equivalent to an ATAR, based on their mark out of 45. The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) receives IB Diploma results directly from the International Baccalaureate and any subject bonus points students are eligible for will be automatically allocated by the institutions.

Vocational Education Programme

School policy provides for only a small number of students, who meet specific criteria, to access a vocational pathway.  The criteria for a vocational pathway are based upon a personalised evaluation of every student. The small number of students with the highest academic needs may be selected for a vocational pathway, in accordance with school policy.

The Vocational Education and Training courses available may include:
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Diploma of Business
  • Industrial Technology Skills
  • Science in Practice
  • Sport and Recreation.

Students may only undertake vocational qualifications and pathways that are approved by the School. The School will not support students on pathways that have not been approved.

Leadership development

Students receive leadership development training as part of the pastoral learning curriculum and through outdoor education opportunities. Senior students can apply their leadership skills during house and co-curricular activities, by mentoring younger students and undertaking duties for the house or school.