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​​​​Year 10 curriculum

The Year 10 curriculum provides a link between the Junior and Senior school, helping students to succeed in Year 11 and 12.

The Senior Course Guide 2018–2020 (PDF, 1.73 M​B) provides an overview of subjects offered. 

The Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Selection slideshow (PDF, 1.93 MB) provides information about subject selection for Year 10 students.

Senior school studies policy

The Senior School Studies Policy, Year 11 2016 to 2018 (PDF, 115 KB) has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at BSHS. It has been designed so that students and parents understand the academic requirements of students, including the prerequisites that need to be met for progression into Year 11.

For students who will be commencing Year 11 in 2019, please refer to this version of the Senior School Studies Policy, Year 11 2019 (PDF, 125 KB).

Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan

During Year 10, students can choose their pathway through the senior phase of learning. To finalise their learning plans, students and their parent/guardian will need to complete a Senior Education and Training (SET) plan interview.

SET Plans aim to help students make important decisions about their future education, training and employment.

The SET Plan Interviews will take place in the Resource Centre (Library) on the Vulture Street Campus on:

  • Thursday 6 October
  • Friday 7 October​.

Year 11 and 12 curriculum

After completing Year 10, students choose from a broader range of learning options that may lead to a:

  • Senior Statement
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement (OP eligible students)
  • VET Certificate qualification.

The Senior Course Guide 2018–2020 (PDF, 1.73 M​B) provides detailed information about these study options.


All Year 11 and 12 students study 1 English and 1 mathematics subject. They also choose 4 Authority subjects.

To be eligible for an Overall Position (OP), students must undertake at least 6 subjects, 5 of which are authority subjects, over 2 years. Students can include 1 authority-registered subject in their total of 6, and still be OP-eligible.

Authority subjects

Subjects currently offered at State High are:

  • accounting
  • ancient history
  • biological science
  • business management
  • chemistry
  • Chinese
  • dance
  • drama
  • economics
  • engineering technology
  • English
  • English extension (year 12 only)
  • film, television and new media
  • French
  • geography
  • German
  • graphics
  • health education
  • information processing and technology
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • legal studies
  • mathematics A
  • mathematics B
  • mathematics C
  • modern history
  • music
  • music extension (Year 12 only)
  • philosophy and reason
  • physical education
  • physics
  • Spanish
  • visual art.

Authority-registered subjects

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:

  • building and construction
  • Certificate I in construction
  • Furnishing studies
  • Certificate III in fitness
  • Certificate III in business​
  • Certificate IV in justice studies
  • Diploma of business
  • Creative arts—music studies
  • English communication
  • prevocational mathematics
  • social and community studies.

Completing senior study over 3 years

If a student wishes to apply to complete their senior study over three years, a letter of application must be written to the Executive Principal explaining all extenuating circumstances behind the application.

Contact the Head of Year 10, 11 or 12 for more information.

Vocational education

These include:

  • school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT)
  • attending registered training organisations (RTO)
  • work experience. 

These are available to all Year 11 and 12 students. In some cases, Year 10 students can access these pathways.

Read more about vocational education. ​