Senior Phase Subject Selection
Advance your future with Groves Christian College
Roshea Buksch
Head of Secondary

By enrolling at Groves Christian College you are laying down a solid foundation for you to reach your hopes and dreams. Advancing your future starts now.

Groves Christian College is a place where your future aspirations are formed, developed and nurtured. The choices you make now help to prepare a future for you that give you options and a competitive advantage. As a College we encourage you to be intentional in making decisions when numerous choices and package pathways are on offer.

Making decisions about careers, university options, TAFE, apprenticeships/ traineeships and industry connections about your future is complex. That is why at Groves we come alongside you and help you navigate options and connect you with a number of possibilities that best accommodate your unique needs, hopes and dreams.

The teaching staff will help you to identify, nurture and develop your unique God given gifts and talents. The dynamic Christian learning environment will help guide you in your learning and development, as you strive to fulfil your unique potential to enhance your personal best; academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Groves personalises the learning experience by customising tailored learning packages that allow you to engage with a curriculum that will begin to build your future. Whether it is starting university whilst at school, embarking on an apprenticeship or traineeship with industry placements, or leisure recreation pursuits such as scuba diving, snorkelling or sport coaching. All these options are available to you whilst being a student at Groves Christian College.

The purpose of this booklet is to guide you through the learning pathway packages that will help you choose a purposed curriculum to meet a diverse range of pathway options. We ask you to read through the information so you can consider the package that best suits your needs.

Available Learning Packages

Across Year 11 and 12 Groves Christian College offers distinct Learning Packages to support students in their study and vocational area of interest. Please follow the link below for details regarding our Learning Packages.


Workplace Connect

Life and Work Skills


Recreation and Leisure

Academic Intensive

Year 10 Subject Selection for 2018

Students begin their individual pathways in Year 10 by selecting six subjects of their choice. They are allowed to review their subject selection during the year in consultation with the Careers Officer. The Year 10 subject programs aim to prepare students for their final years of schooling and give students a ‘taste’ of what the senior subjects involve.

Students in Year 9 who are selecting subjects for 2018, please note that the details regarding the course content of its equivalent subject in Year 11, are yet to be finalised. As final syllabus documents are published, such changes will be made accordingly.

Subject list and descriptions Subject selection chart Distance Education subject selection form Day School subject selection form

Transition from OP to ATAR ranking systems

In 2019, current Year 9 students will be the first to undertake the new senior pathway system that is being introduced throughout Queensland. These students will be the first to receive an ATAR score in 2020 when they graduate. Their ATAR score will based on a mixture of internal and external assessment.

For more details on the transition, we strongly encourage all families to view the following resource via the Department of Education and Training:

New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems in Queensland: a guide for parents

Year 11 Subject Selection for 2018

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) supports two types of Senior subjects as well as approved Vocational courses that contribute credits towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Authority Subjects

Authority subjects are based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by the QCAA. Results in Authority subjects count in the calculation of Overall Positions (OP) and Field Positions (FP), the most common selection devices used by the tertiary sector.

Authority-Registered Subjects

Authority-registered subjects are developed from study area specifications (SASs) and generally include substantial vocational and practical components. Results in these subjects are not used in the calculation of OPs and FPs.

Vocational Courses

Vocational courses could include the CCM Trade Training Centre (TTC) and certificates, TAFE courses and School-based Traineeships or Apprenticeships. These courses contribute credits towards a QCE but not towards an OP

Students work towards achieving a QCE or a QCIA by the end of Year 12. A QCE will be awarded to a student when they have attained 20 credits at exit, gained 12 credits from completed core subjects and met the numeracy and literacy requirements. A QCIA will be individually designed and submitted for each qualifying student.

Subjects & Descriptions Subject Selection Chart Day School subject selection form Distance Education subject selection form

What is a core subject?

A core subject is any Authority or Authority Registered subject studied for four semesters (years 11 and 12) and exited with at least a Sound Achievement. To meet the 12 credits from completed core’ requirement a student must study at least three subjects for four semesters and exit all of them with at least a Sound Achievement.

Subject Change Policy

Students are allowed to make minimal subject changes; however, careful consideration should be made of prerequisites for senior subjects, tertiary entrance, and QCE regulations.

Partial completion of semesters contribute zero credits towards a QCE and such changes must only be considered at the completion of semesters. Subject changes are only permitted up to the second week of Semester 1 in a given year, and prior to the end of Term 2, for a Semester 2 change.

It is the student’s responsibility to familiarise himself/herself with work covered prior to entry in a new subject. As such, any potential changes should be negotiated with the teacher prior to the end of the term preceding the change.

For further information contact our Careers Officer:
Telephone: (07) 3380 5866


Reasonable care has been taken to ensure the contents of this handbook are correct at the time of publication. Whether individual non-core subjects actually run is conditional upon sufficient numbers of students choosing the subject and appropriate physical and human resources being available. The College reserves the right to alter subject offerings prior to the commencement of the school year.