Senior Years

Senior Years is a time of growing in personal responsibility, of advanced learning, the setting of life goals and of spiritual growth. It is an exciting and fulfilling three years as students approach their graduation.

The Senior Phase of Learning is both a challenging and exciting journey for young adults. In Years 11 and 12 students step into the pathways that will lead them into the world beyond schooling. During this journey, students develop their whole selves – academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically as they participate in College life. It is our goal to assist students to grow in their character, their faith, and their learning.

With regards to academics, the Senior years at Suncoast provide the depth and range of study required for students to be well prepared for employment and tertiary education. Subjects reflect the growing maturity of students and prepare students for a changing world, through the development of the 21st Century skills which underpin the Senior subjects.

Along with Literacy and Numeracy, the 21st-century skills are:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Personal & social skills
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills

Senior Years Study Guide 

Download our Study Guide for Years 11 and 12.

Changes to the Queensland Senior Curriculum

Queensland is currently transitioning to a new system of assessment and tertiary entrance with two methods of assessment in operating concurrently for students graduating Year 12 in either 2019 or 2020 and beyond.

Students Graduating Year 12 in 2019

Students completing Year 12 in 2019 will be the final cohort to graduate under the current tertiary entrance system of OP or Selection Rank.  Eligible students are awarded the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) when the set amount and standard of work is met.


Students study 6 subjects: English and Mathematics, and 4 electives.


Six subjects, including Senior English and either Maths A or Maths B


Five subjects, including Senior English and either Maths A or Maths B, and Certificate (ie Cert II Hospitality or Cert III Music) OR a Traineeship


Six subjects can include English Communication, Pre-Vocational Maths, and any number of Certificates OR Traineeship.

DOWNLOAD: YEAR 12 – 2019 Subject Guide

Subject Selection - Students graduating Year 12 in 2019

English OptionsMathematics OptionsOP SubjectsNON OP Subjects
English (OP)Mathematics A (OP)Ancient HistoryCert III Christian Ministry
English Communication (Non OP)Mathematics B (OP)BiologyCreative Arts
Pre-Vocational Mathematics (Non OP)Business Communications & TechnologiesCert II Hospitality
ChemistryCert I Manufacturing (Year 11) & Certificate I in Furnishing (Year 12)
DanceCert III Music
DramaSchool-based Traineeship or Apprenticeship (Subject to availability)
EconomicsIndustrial Technology Skills
Film, TV and New Media
Home Economics
Legal Studies
Mathematics C
Physical Education
Visual Art
Information Technology Systems

Students Graduating Year 12 in 2020

Students in Year 11 in 2019, and graduating Year 12 in 2020, will be the first students to commence in the new Queensland Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance System.  While students will still work to achieve the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), tertiary entrance will change to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).


Senior Subjects

Suncoast offers three of the QCAA developed types of senior subjects — General, Applied, and where necessary, Short Courses.

Results in General and Applied subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and may contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation, although no more than one result in an Applied subject can be used in the calculation of a student’s ATAR.

Typically, it is expected that most students will complete these courses across Years 11 and 12. All subjects build on the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

General Subjects

General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond Senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to tertiary studies and to pathways for vocational education and training and work. General subjects include Extension subjects.

Applied Subjects

Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond Senior secondary schooling that lead to Vocational Education and Training or work.

Short Courses

Short Courses are only offered to students who are unable to achieve success in General or Applied subjects. These have been developed to meet a specific curriculum need and are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond Senior secondary schooling that lead to Vocational Education and Training and establish a basis for further education and employment. They are informed by and articulate closely with, the requirements of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). A grade of C in Short.

Courses align with the requirements for ACSF Level 3.

DOWNLOAD: YEAR 12 – 2020 Subject Guide

Subject Selection - Students graduating Year 12 in 2020

EnglishGeneral MathsLegal StudiesFood & NutritionDramaPhysical
LiteratureMathematical MethodsAncient HistoryEconomicsDanceSports &
English EssentialsSpecialist MathsCert III Christian MinistryBusinessMusicPhysics
Maths EssentialsBusiness StudiesFilm TV & New MediaPsychology
Information & Communications TechnologiesVisual Arts
Industrial Technology SkillsVisual Arts in Practice
Hospitality PracticesCert III Music

Year 10 Subjects

Subject Selection Year 10

The CORE subjects for Year 10 are:
Christian Studies
The two ELECTIVE subjects for Year 10 are selected from the following subjects:
Business StudiesDance
Design & TechnologiesDrama
ArtFood & Textile Technologies
MusicDigital Technologies
Media Studies

Student IT technician at Suncoast

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Suncoast has a range of Vocational Education and Training opportunites which provide our students with great pathways into the workforce and further education.


School-based Apprentice from Suncoast on a Sunshine Coast Building Site

School Based Traineeship/Apprenticeships

Suncoast has offers for school-based trainees and apprentices which allows students to combine work and study – and to move into the workforce sooner.


Senior Years Co-Curricular Activities

Recreational and competitive sport occurs in the timetable for all students. In addition, teams of Senior students compete against other Independent schools in Touch, Rugby, Football, Volleyball, and Basketball.

An extensive Voice and Instrumental Program (SunArts) supports performance opportunities at Chapels, Assemblies and special events such as the Onstage variety concert, the binnial musical production, Easter and end of year celebrations. Chapel Bands, the Performance Band and Dance Company provide a world of performance opportunities.

Many students also choose to participate in the Voice and Instrumental program’s (SunArts), Speech, Drama and Dance classes, offered at the College.

  • At Suncoast, we also believe that having a growth mindset is essential to learning. This is the understanding that a person’s abilities and skills are not fixed, and that with effort, the right attitude and persistence, a person can grow

    Lyndall Waters
    Director of Studies