Our curriculum embraces Years 10, 11 and 12 as the Senior Phase of learning and offers the opportunities for students to plan and implement their own learning pathway. Based on the concept of life long learning, Unity College is committed to assisting students in striving to attain their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
The curriculum structure offered in Year 10 acts as a foundation to a range of pathways in the Senior Phase, providing opportunities for students to achieve the QCE qualification. Students will be required to engage in courses in the areas of Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science and further explore specialties within the following Learning Areas: Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Technology, The Arts, Health and Physical Education (HPE), a Language other than English (Japanese) and subjects such as Business. These areas will explore speciality strands within them in preparation for our Senior curriculum. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: Science (Physics, Biology, Marine Studies and Chemistry), SOSE (Legal Studies and Modern History), Technology (Hospitality, Industrial Design and Graphics), The Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Art) and HPE (Physical Recreation). A Certificate III in Fitness is also offered to our students on site.
In addition, Year 10 students will complete a Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan) to help structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. The plan is finalised by the end of Year 10 and is agreed between the student, their parents and the school. At this time, students are also registered and a learning account with the Queensland Studies Authority is opened. The learning account records details of learning and results of any completed studies. Students are able to access their learning account through the Career Information Service website.
Unity College values holistic education and is committed to our continued Pastoral Care program and Interschool sport opportunities.
In Years 11 and 12, students will have the opportunity to select six subjects and/or courses. These can include Authority subjects, those that contribute to an Overall Position (ranking used for tertiary entrance), Authority-registered subjects, those that are practical school-based subjects and Vocational Education and Training Subjects, those subjects that are part of Certificate courses offered here at school or other training providers including the Certificate III Fitness.
At the end of Year 12, it is anticipated that a number of students will be awarded the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). To be awarded the QCE, students must have at least 20 credit points in the required pattern, and fulfil literacy and numeracy requirements. Students who do not meet the QCE requirements at the end of Year 12 can continue to work towards their certificate - their learning account remains open, regardless of their age (however, credits expire after 9 years).
All students who finish Year 12 receive a transcript of their learning account in the form of a Senior Statement issued in December.
Students with an intended pathway of further study may also qualify for an OP (Overall Position) and FP (Field Positions) to be used to gain entry to further education institutions.
Unity College, in supporting multiple learning pathways for our students, endeavours to provide a flexible framework that supports the establishment of and the monitoring of each student's Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan. This includes providing Work Experience opportunities for students in Year 10 and supporting School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships for those students interested in this pathway. As partners in your child's education, we embrace the life long learning goals identified and defined by our Senior students.
Mr Alain Sauvage, Head of College (Years 7-12 focus)
Year 9 and 10 Subject Selection Handbook