Senior Phase Learning
Advance your future with Groves Christian College

Mr James van Gelderen

Head of Secondary

By enrolling at Groves Christian College you are laying down a solid foundation for you to reach your hopes & dreams. Advancing your future starts now. Groves is a place where your future aspirations are formed, developed & nurtured. The choices you make now help to prepare a future for you that give you options & a competitive advantage. As a College we encourage you to be intentional in making decisions when numerous choices & package pathways are on offer.

Making decisions about careers, university options, TAFE, apprenticeships/traineeships & industry connections about your future is complex. At Groves we come alongside you & help you navigate options & connect you with a number of possibilities that best accommodate your unique needs, hopes & dreams. The teaching staff will help you to identify, nurture & develop your unique God given gifts & talents. The dynamic Christian learning environment will help guide you in your learning & development, as you strive to fulfil your unique potential to enhance your personal best; academically, emotionally, physically, socially & 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.

Helpful Resources

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

The QCE is Queensland’s senior secondary schooling qualification. To be issued with a QCE, students need to complete the set amount of learning, at the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.

QCE Factsheet

Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)

The QCIA recognises the achievement of students who undertake 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.

QCIA Factsheet

Senior Subject Guide

The senior subject guide provides information with regards to the content, skills and assessments included in all the subjects and courses offered at Groves Christian College. The QCAA develops four types of senior syllabuses – General, Applied, Senior External Examinations and Short Courses.

Subjects Guide

Senior Pathways

At Groves Christian College students can prepare for their future career by following a Workforce Ready pathway or a Uni-ready pathway. Students might want to pursue a career that require a mix of subjects & will therefore continue in a Blended pathway. This must be negotiated due to timetabling issues.

Pathways Explained

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) allows tertiary admissions centres to compare students from across Australia when they apply for tertiary places. The ATAR is a number between 0 and 99.95, in increments of 0.05. ATARs below 30 are not reported.

ATAR Information

Senior Subject Selection for 2019

A compulsory information evening will be held during Term 3 to provide information about the QCE, SET Plan and subject selection process. Students must select to study a minimum of 6 courses (6 lines). Some courses are compulsory and are indicated on the subject selection forms.

Year 10
Subject Form
View Form

Year 11
Subject Form
View Form

Year 11
Subject Guidelines
Subject Guidelines

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 be based on a mixture of internal & external assessment.

We strongly encourage all families to view the following resource via the Department of Education & Training.

View Guide

Pathways Explained


Will be ready to apply for a job straight after school, e.g. hospitality, building, retail.
Might undergo further vocational on-the-job training and certificate courses after school.
Will be studying ‘Applied’ subjects and certificate courses in Years 11 and 12.
Will be doing school-based traineeships and apprenticeships.


Ready for the workforce, but know that tertiary studies at a degree level will be part of their pathway – either full time or part time.
Wants to enter the workforce in a professional job that requires the higher level of English & Mathematical skills, e.g. working in administration or in a bank.
Studying General academic subjects plus maybe a certificate III or university course in Years 11 & 12.


Wanting to pursue careers that require a mix of academic/vocational subjects. (Undertaking both hands on & theory based subjects).
Might be students who want to enter a specialist trade (electrician or a trade in the army). The student is capable of and/or requires subjects that will complement their careers such as Physics or Advanced Mathematics.
Usually will undertake English rather than English Essentials.
This group must negotiate their subject selection with Mr Geeves & Mrs Nieuwoudt.

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.


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.

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