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Senior secondary

Senior Secondary caters for students in the final phase of their education and is focussed upon students choosing a pathway which will allow them to exit school with qualifications that will set themselves up for their preferred future. 

Year 10 students are in the compulsory education stage where they remain until they turn 16 years of age or finish year 10. This is followed by the compulsory participation stage beyond year 10 where students are required to participate in education and training for a further two years or:


  • Until they have gained a Queensland Certificate of Education; or
  • Until they have gained a Certificate III vocational qualification; or
  • Until they turn 17.


Alternatively, after completing their compulsory schooling, young people are able to enter the workforce, as long as they are in paid work for at least 25 hours a week. The reality is that almost all students elect to remain at school to complete year 12.

At Woodcrest State College, we offer quality educational programs which allow an integrated three year course of study for students in the senior phase of their education, offering students a rich array of pathways to qualify for their Queensland Certificate of Education upon exit from year 12.

In the foundation stage (year 10), we build on the rich and challenging Junior Secondary curriculum to provide students with a firm foundation before progression to senior years 11 and 12 subjects and vocational programs. The Australian Curriculum underpins our year 10 foundation studies in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Physical Education. Students may also choose one elective subject for the full year and also choose either Manual Arts or Hospitality for one semester.

The years 11 and 12 curriculum program is geared towards students choosing either a Tertiary or Vocational pathway which will lead them to their chosen career. Within each pathway, students will choose from OP (Authority) subjects, Authority Registered subjects, school based VET certificates, VET certificates delivered by TAFE or other external registered training organisations or engagement in school based apprenticeships or traineeships. It is expected that all students will choose an educational program which will enable them to attain a Queensland Certificate of Education upon completion of year 12. In addition, many students will exit with an OP and/or nationally recognised vocational certificates. In term 3 of Year 10, students will articulate their educational goals in a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan and during their journey to completion of year 12, they will regularly reflect upon their progress and review and revise their SET plan as their needs chang​e.

Full details about the Senior Secondary pathway and subject options can be downloaded from our Senior Secondary Curriculum Handbook (PDF, 2.5MB)​​​.​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​