Senior School Subjects


English is based on the study of language and texts, both literary and non-literary. Students learn to interpret, evaluate, create, discuss and perform texts through writing, reading, viewing, speaking and listening.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
English X X X X X X
Literature X X

Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It can enhance our understanding of the world and the quality of our participation in a rapidly changing society.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Mathematics X X X
Mathematics 1 X
Mathematics 2 X
General (or Essential) Mathematics X X
Mathematical Methods X X
Specialist Mathematics X X

Science familiarises students with the tools, equipment, resources and behaviours associated with the successful and enjoyable learning of science.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Science X X X
Natural Sciences X
Physical Sciences X
Biology X X
Chemistry X X
Physics X X
Commerce and Law

With a broad range of subjects on offer, commerce and law enables students to develop their knowledge and transferable skills in these areas.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Financial Literacy X
Accounting X X X
Business X X X
Economics X X X
Legal Studies X X X
Humanities and Social Sciences

The humanities and social sciences develop a deeper understanding of societies, cultures and people, as well as consider challenges for the future.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Christian Education X X X X X X
Geography X X X X X X
Big History X
History X
Ancient History X X
Modern History X X
Health and Physical Education

Health and physical education develops knowledge about behavioural, cognitive and health promotion theories, as well as the human body and its physical application.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Health and Physical Education X X X
Health Studies and Physical Education X
Health X X
Physical Education X X

The study of languages develops problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, while promoting an understanding of varied perspectives and cultures.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Languages X X X
Chinese X X X
French X X X
German X X X
Japanese X X X

Societies have used technology to transform the world we live in. The technologies promote the place of every student as a valued member of the global technological community.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Digital and Design Technology X X X
Digital Solutions and Technology X
Digital Solutions X X
The Arts

The arts develop students’ creative and practical skills across a variety of art forms.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Drama X X X X X X
Music X X X X X X
Art X X X X
Visual Art X X
Music Extension (Composition, Musicology or Performance) X

What is Senior Pathways?
Students in Years 11 and 12 at Somerville House are required to maintain a full academic program equivalent to six subjects. Students may choose to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) recognised course as the equivalent of one or two out of these six subjects. This is called a Senior Pathway course.

Structure of VET learning
Students undertake VET learning at a Certificate III or Diploma level, in one of the following ways: 

  • Attending classes one day per week maximum at a TAFE Queensland or private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) (Off-campus Vocational Education)
  • Studying the qualification online through TAFE Queensland or a private RTO
  • Completing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) (towards a Certificate III)

Objectives of the VET-eligible Senior Pathway are to provide:

  • Additional ranges of subjects of interest and benefit to students, via access to external institutes 
  • An alternative pathway and possible entry into tertiary study
  • A career head start

Benefits of choosing a Senior Pathway

  • Upon successful completion, VET qualifications give a student between 4 and 8 credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Enhancement of an application to university with a pre-existing qualification*
  • Possibility of increasing the Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER), and therefore possibly opening up further options for entry into university in Queensland
  • Possibility of reducing the future time spent at a university in Queensland by approximately one year after completing a Diploma level qualification*
  • Increased communication, vocational and other employability skills
  • Gaining practical skills and knowledge at an adult learning level

The subject handbooks below provide additional information about Senior School subjects and the curriculum they adhere to.