Senior School Subjects

English

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.

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English
Literature
Mathematics

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.

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Mathematics
Mathematics 1
Mathematics 2
General Mathematics
Essential Mathematics
Mathematical Methods
Specialist Mathematics
Science

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

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Science
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Commerce

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

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Financial Literacy
Accounting
Business
Economics
Legal Studies
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.

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Geography
History
Ancient History
Modern History
​Christian Education

Christian Education is a core subject based on the teachings of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, and recognises the importance of a reasoned approach to the Christian faith.

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Christian Education
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.

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Health and Physical Education
Core Physical Education
Health Studies and Physical Education
Health
Physical Education
Languages

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

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Chinese
French
German
Japanese
Technologies

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.

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Digital and Design Technology
Digital Solutions and Technology
Digital Solutions
The Arts

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

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Drama
Music
Art
Visual Art
Music Extension (Composition, Musicology or Performance)
Pathways

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.