Developing a learning pathway to suit the needs and the ability of each
individual is continued in the senior school (Years 11 and 12) at St
Mary’s College. The College offers academic and vocational pathways,
with both offering the opportunity to qualify for a Queensland Certificate
of Education (QCE).
Students planning to undertake tertiary study are able to plan a course of
between five and six Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
subjects from those offered at the College. Students must meet
all requirements as outlined by the
QCAA to be
eligible to receive an OP score, used to determine entry into some
Queensland tertiary institutions, or to be eligible for a range of other
tertiary studies options.
Students who want a vocational focus in senior will find a
well-structured vocational pathway at St Mary’s College. We access
a range of accredited certificate courses that are delivered at the
Trade Training Centre or in conjunction with local TAFE College or other
Registered Training Organisations. Students who choose to
undertake school based traineeships or apprenticeships within their
studies may have a reduced workload to incorporate work-related training
as part of their course.
More information regarding the actual subjects studied in a year level
can be found in the
curriculum handbooks and on the individual subject department pages.
The Careers Website is a 'One Stop Shop' for everything you
need for career planning and help. It provides the latest information on Universities, TAFE and other
courses as well as QCE information and job vacancies. Check it
out and bookmark the page. You will also find the latest
Pathways Post newsletters on this site.
Head Start Opportunities
At St Mary’s College, year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to
complete university head start subjects while there at school.
Completion of these units are either free or heavily subsidised and
can lead to direct entry into related courses at a university. More
information on Head Start can be found by clicking the below links:
University of Sunshine Coast Head Start
CQ University SUN Program
USQ Head Start Program
“Completing a University Head Start subject in Engineering in
Year 11 enabled me to achieve outstanding results in my Senior
Physics class this year. It is also good knowing that I have
direct entry into an Engineering course at the university.”
(2017 Year 12 student Greta Stephensen)
At St Mary’s College, we aim to facilitate a range of opportunities for
students to explore the ever-changing options available to them.
Information and links to helpful websites and resources are available
through this site. Updates will be provided through the St Mary’s
College newsletter regarding upcoming events, deadlines and
Please find below links to a number of key resources to help you on your
Senior Learning Pathway.
Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to
acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training
within an accredited course.
At St Mary’s College, our students have a limitless range of
options to pursue with the training and courses available to
These opportunities such as school-based apprenticeships and
traineeships (SAT) and attending external Queensland Studies
Authority registered training organisations (RTO).
available to all Year 11 and 12 students and in some cases, Year
10 students can access these pathways.
Courses offered at St Mary’s College
St Mary’s College offers several subjects as part of its
Vocational Education program. These Vocational Education &
Training (VET) courses are nationally accredited courses and
Students will be eligible to receive one or more certificate
Qualifications gained are determined through competency-based
assessment. The completed certificate/s and units of competency
will appear on the Senior Statement.
Courses offered at St Mary’s College include:
“Completing the certificate IV course in crime and justice
has been advantageous for me as I am interested in the legal
system and how it works and I also get 8 QCE points. It is
also great to have the opportunity to get a direct entry
into the Bachelor of Criminology course at the University of
Sunshine Coast. (Year 12 student Tajanna Parmenter)
Courses offered offsite
TAFE East Coast
Trade Training Centre
“I currently do the Certificate II in Heath Support course at
TAFE and it is great. TAFE at Maryborough has a Health Hub and
there is a mock ward, mechanical hoist and shower rooms.
It has been interesting learning the different treatment
options available in health care.” (Year 11 student Aidan
Destination of Year 12
St Marys College Maryborough_NextStep2020_Summary.pdf