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 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), 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.
Head Start Opportunities
At St Mary's College, Year 11 and 12 students can complete university subjects while they are 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.”
(Year 12 student)
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 opportunities.
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 them.
These opportunities such as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT) and attending external Queensland Studies Authority registered training organisations (RTO).
They are 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:
Certificate III in Hospitality/Tourism (Certificate II Course embedded into program)Certificate II in Manufacturing TechnologyCertificate III in Sport and Recreation (Certificate II Course embedded into program) Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Certificate IV in Crime and JusticeCertificate III in Information, Digital Media and TechnologyCertificate III in Visual ArtCertificate III in BusinessCertificate II in Sampling & Measurement / Certificate III in Laboratory SkillsCertificate II in Plumbing
“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 )
Courses offered offsite
TAFE-Trade Training Centre
Certificate I in ConstructionCertificate II in Electrotechnology / Certificate II in Sustainable EnergyCertificate II in Engineering PathwaysCertificate II in Furniture Making PathwaysCertificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
“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)
Destination of Year 12
St Marys College Maryborough_NextStep2020_Summary.pdf