Senior secondary


The Senior school encompasses Years 10, 11 and 12 and prepares students for their chosen future pathways.

Year 10 is a transition year where prior skills are consolidated and students develop the independent learning skills required for the final two years of school and future study or employment.

Years 11 and 12 comprise a two-year course which forms the basis for students to proceed into further education, industry or employment.

Students may select Authority, Authority Registered or Vocational subjects in combinations which are designed to maximise their opportunities to achieve qualifications including the following:

  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Overall Position score (OP)
  • Vocational Education certificate qualifications (VET)
  • School-based Traineeships (SBT) or Apprenticeships
  • Structured work placement
  • Studies at other institutions such as TAFE or outside Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System

Queensland is introducing a new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019. From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s.
Key features include of the system include:
  • new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses
  • external assessment in most senior subjects
  • new quality assurance processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • changes to QCE eligibility requirements
  • the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

QCE Resources

The Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) has a webpage dedicated to brochures and fact sheets containing all of the relevant information

The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) also has a webpage dedicated to the ATAR.  It includes a white paper about inter-subject scaling amongst other resources.


Authority subjects currently offered at Woodridge State High School are:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama in Practice
  • English
    • General English
    • Essential English
    • English as an Additional Language
  • Furnishing Skills
  • General Education for Adults
  • Hospitality
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Industrial Graphics Skills
  • Industrial Technology Skills
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
    • Essential Mathematics
    • General Mathematics
    • Mathematical Methods
    • Specialist Mathematics
  • Media Arts in Practice
  • Modern History
  • Music in Practice
  • Physics
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Science in Practice
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Art in Practice

Authority-registered subjects have a more practical orientation than authority subjects, and may also allow students to attain concurrent TAFE qualifications. These subjects do not count towards an OP.

Subjects currently offered:

  • Certificate II Business

  • Certificate III Business

  • Certificate I in Construction

  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

  • Certificate III in Fitness

  • Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory)

  • Certificate I in General Education for Adults

  • Certificate II in General Education for Adults

  • Certificate II Hospitality

  • Certificate in Horticulture

  • Certificate II in Logistics

  • Certificate III in Music Industry

  • Certificate II Sport and Recreation

  • Certificate I in Warehousing Operations

  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations

  • Certificate II for Work and Vocational Pathways

Last reviewed 09 October 2019
Last updated 09 October 2019