Senior Secondary


​​​​​​The Senior Secondary curriculum at Redbank Plains offers students a broad range of pathways to their future career. 

The vision driving our School is to 'Learning First, Leading Tomorrow'. To achieve this vision, it is our aim to support all students to best address their educational experiences to effectively facilitate their pathways into further learning or earning.  

Senior Secondary schooling staff will assist students in achieving this shared vision by facilitating involvement in the following programs.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System

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

Key features of the system include:

  • new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses
  • external assessment in most senior subjects
  • quality assurance processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • changes to QCE eligibility requirements
  • the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Resources available

The Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) has a webpage dedicated to brochures and fact sheets containing all of the relevant information.  This can be accessed via the QCAA website.

The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) also has a webpage dedicated to the ATAR.  It includes a white paper about inter-subject scaling amongst other resources. This can be accessed via the QTAC website.

Year 10 Curriculum

The Year 10 curriculum provides a link between the Junior and Senior school, helping students to succeed in Year 11 and 12.

Year 10 subject handbook 2022 (PDF, 1.51MB)​

Year 10 subject handbook 2023 (PDF, 1.12MB)

SET Plan Interviews

In Year 10, students undertake a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan review to update and finalise their learning plans. These experiences help students to make important decisions about their future education, training and employment.

Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

After completing  Year 10 , students enter range of learning options that contribute to them achieving a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority makes syllabus materials and resources available for students to access on the QCAA website.  

Senior subject selection handbook Years 11 - 12 2023 (PDF, 3MB)​

At the end of Year 12, eligible students will be issued with Senior Education Profile (SEP) by the QCAA, which includes the following: 

Senior Statement

The Senior Statement is a transcript of a student’s learning account. The Senior Statement shows all QCE-contributing studies and the results achieved that may contribute to the award of a QCE. 

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) 

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is Queensland's senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students, usually at the end of Year 12.  




Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)

The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) recognises the achievements of students who are on individualised learning programs. To be eligible, students must have impairments or difficulties in learning that are not primarily due to socioeconomic, cultural or linguistic factors,

The QCAA provides the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) with information about student achievement so that the Australian Tertiary 

Subjects ​

All Year 11 and 12 students study 1 English and 1 Mathematics subject. They also choose four other subjects.  

To be eligible for an ATAR, students must undertake at least five subjects, four of which are general subjects, over two years. Students can include either applied or Vocational Education certificate (Certificate III or higher) subjects in their total of six, and still be ATAR-eligible. 

General subjects

Subjects currently offered at Redbank Plains State HIgh Shcool are:

  • Accounting 
  • Ancient History 
  • Biology 
  • Business
  • Chemistry 
  • Dance 
  • Design (Technology & Design)
  • Design (Textiles & Design) 
  • Digital Solutions 
  • Drama
  • English 
  • Film, Television and New Media 
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography 
  • Health Education 
  • Japanese 
  • Legal Studies 
  • Mathematics (General) 
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Specialist Mathematics 
  • Modern history 
  • Music 
  • Physical education 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
  • Visual Art 

Applied subjects 

Applied subjects have a more practical orientation than general subjects

  • School-based vocational subjects currently offered: 
  • Building and Construction Skills
  • Dance in Practice
  • Drama in Practice
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Engineering Skills
  • Essential English
  • Fashion
  • Furnishing Skills
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Industrial Graphics Skills 
  • Industrial Technology Skills
  • Information & Communication Technology 
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Media Arts in Practice
  •  Science in Practice
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Sport & Recreation (Football - Soccer)
  • Sport & Recreation (Rugby) 
  • Sport & Recreation (Volleyball)
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts in Practice

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a program that enables students to gain nationally recognised qualifications while at school. Students learn skills and knowledge required for specific industries. VETiS can be undertaken in years 10, 11 and 12, and can count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. Vocational Education and Training subjects allow students to attain TAFE qualifications These subjects can contribute to an ATAR.

  • Certificate I in Construction
  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate II in Creative Industries
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate II in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Community Services 
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Retail Services
  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

Students in Year 11 and 12 can also undertake an external certificate qualification as a part of their Senior pathway.  

These include:  

  • VET certificate II or higher qualifications through an approved provider (e.g. TAFE Queensland) 
  • school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT) 
  • attending registered training organisations (RTO) 
  • work experience.  

These are available to all Year 11 and 12 students. In some cases, Year 10 students can access these pathways. 

Last reviewed 18 August 2022
Last updated 18 August 2022