Senior Schooling Vision
Senior Schooling at Lowood State High School endorses and celebrates
flexible pathways, ensuring all students have a plan for their self-sufficient
future. We strive to build in each student the capacity to become proud,
productive and active member of society who possess diverse skill sets for the
21st century. We seek to support the whole person reach their full
potential through multiple pathways.
|% OP 1 to 15||62.5%||79.2%||87.5%||88.9%||87.1%||90%||See below||See below|
|% A-C QCS Test||66.6%||72.7%|| 91.0%|| 88.8%|| 87.1%|| 80%||NA||NA|
|% VET Qualification||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%||97.7%|
|% VET Cert III or Higher||11.8%||38%||54.7%||52.1%||74.4%||57.9%||82.4%||94.3%|
Senior Schooling at Lowood State
In Years 10, 11 and 12 the, Senior Phase of Learning, students have
access to a broader range of subjects and can access pathways that are suited
to their current and future learning needs. Access to these opportunities
encourages students to engage in their education and achieve success which will
provide a foundation for their lifelong learning.
It is the expectation at Lowood State High School that all senior
schooling students are actively participating in their schooling and that all
students will be working towards the attainment of their QCE/QCIA and attain at
least one nationally recognised Vocational qualification (VET qualification).
Gaining these certificates are an indication that students have developed the
skills and practices to transition to further study and/or the workplace after
Year 10 marks the start of the Senior Phase of Learning and is designed
to create solid foundations and prepare students for the transition to Year 11
and 12. During Year 10 it is important that students are fully engaged and
demonstrate their commitment to their academic studies as when students
undertake their SET (Senior Education and Training) Plan discussions in August,
they will be required to meet pre-requisites to enter some subjects/qualifications
to ensure that they are prepared and most likely to be successful.
Important events in Year 10 include:
- Career development program (during WEL lessons
in Semester 1)
- Building My Future Expo – subject and post
school planning information evening (July)
- SET Plans including subject selections for Years
11 and 12 (August)
- Begin to collect points towards QCE through
completion of VET certificate
- Some students my begin a School-based
Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Year 11 and 12
The QCAA develops four types of senior subject syllabuses — General,
Applied, Senior External Examinations and Short Courses. Results in General and
Applied subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and may contribute to an
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation, although no more than
one result in an Applied subject can be used in the calculation of a student’s
Extension subjects are extensions of the related General subjects and
are studied either concurrently with, or after, Units 3 and 4 of the General
Typically, it is expected that most students will complete these courses
across Years 11 and 12. All subjects build on the P–10 Australian Curriculum.
syllabuses (and Senior External Examinations)
General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways
beyond senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to tertiary studies and
to pathways for vocational education and training and work. General subjects
include Extension subjects.
Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in
pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education
and training or work.
Short courses are one-unit courses of study that are suited to students
who are interested in pathways beyond school that lead to vocational education
and training. (These subjects only run for 1 semester).
syllabuses are underpinned by:
- literacy — the set of knowledge
and skills about language and texts essential for understanding and conveying
- numeracy — the knowledge, skills,
behaviours and dispositions that students need to use mathematics in a wide
range of situations, to recognise and understand the role of mathematics in the
world, and to develop the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical
knowledge and skills purposefully.
education and training (VET)
Students can access VET programs through the
school if it:
- is a registered training
- has a third-party arrangement
with an external provider who is an RTO
- offers opportunities for students
to undertake school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.
Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) eligibility
The calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be
based on a student’s:
- best five General subject results
- best results in a combination of
four General subject results plus an Applied subject result or a Certificate
III or higher VET qualification.
The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has responsibility for
Students choose a pathway that is right for them where they are able to
experience success and attain skills for their next step after school. The two
pathways offered are:
4 or 5 General Subjects
1 VET Certificate (Preferably
3 or above)
1 Applied subject
A mix of Essential, Applied
and Vocational Qualifications
of 6 subjects in Year 11
program in Year 12 becomes Tutorials for ATAR students (therefore ATAR
students only undertake 5 subjects in Year 12)
of 6 subjects in Year 11 and 12
program is a year long program and therefore students choose an additional
program for their Year 12 year.
State High School has made a commitment to students in years 11 and 12 assist student’s
access vocational qualifications offered by external Registered Training
Organisations (RTOs). To do this Wednesday runs as a stand-alone all day
program. This allows students to attend TAFE, complete qualifications with
external RTOs who come to school each week or an internal subject. Each
qualification runs for a year so students choose a qualification for year 11
and a different one for year 12.
apprenticeships and traineeships
apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students, generally
in Years 10, 11 or 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised
qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for
their Queensland Certificate of Education.
help young people go places, whether that’s full-time job, a trade career,
university, TAFE or other training. (DESBT, 2020).
more information visit: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/apprentices/sats
information about how to go about being signed up for a traineeship while at
Lowood State High School, please see the documents section on the senior
schooling page (on the top right hand side).
students are supported through an academic coaching program. Students will
reflect upon their TrackED profiles with their WEL teachers once per term. We
also then operate a tiered system of support where if a student is identified
as at risk or needing additional support they will be allocated a senior member
of staff to have additional coaching conversations with.
you have any further questions about Senior Schooling please contact Stacey