Students in the Greater Brisbane area can complete Year 11 and 12 in an adult-learning environment with our Senior College program. Offered exclusively at our Alexandra Hills campus, this program is perfect for 15 to 17-year-olds who are looking for a practical and independent alternative to the traditional high school system. Our Senior College program allows you to complete your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and work towards gaining an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) if you choose to.
Completing your senior studies can open up doors to your future, including further study opportunities. With your ATAR you can choose to continue your studies at TAFE or university. While with your QCE you can put your new knowledge and skills into practice and get straight into the workforce. Whether you're currently in high school or have left school already, we've got your pathway to work or further study sorted.
A SUPPORTIVE PROGRAM
TAFE Queensland offers a holistic range of student
support services, including:
All senior college students are enrolled in our Mentor Program which is designed to prepare you for the challenges of study, regardless of your initial academic ability.
This program is embedded into the Social and Community Studies subject, allowing students to develop essential life skills while gaining 4 credits towards your QCE upon successful completion. This program is comprised of a variety of activities, discussions, and guest speakers.
Our Mentor Program supports students throughout their time with us, enabling you to set and achieve clear, realistic goals for your future.
Year 12 students will also join the Career Hub in semester two of their Mentor Program. This prepares students for the completion of Year 12, equipping you with key skills required to be job-ready. You will get to focus on your career pathways and hear from an exciting schedule of industry guest speakers to discuss various career choices.
TAFE Queensland has AccessAbility Support Officers who:
Daniel found it hard to manage his studies and sporting commitments at school. But after switching to TAFE Queensland Senior College his marks have greatly improved.
Our Senior College program allows you to earn a QCE and ATAR outcome at the end of Year 12 by studying Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) registered subjects. Depending on your goals, these qualifications can help you transition to tertiary study or secure a job.
The ATAR and QCE pathway:
The employment pathway:
English is a two-year course that is highly recommended if you want to gain an ATAR. For entry into most university courses, you must have completed four semesters of Senior English. Assessment is predominantly written with some compulsory spoken tasks. You will have opportunities to engage with diverse texts for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Essential English develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy to enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts.
General Mathematics is a QCAA subject that can contribute to an ATAR for university entrance. General Mathematics will equip you with the skills to manage the mathematics you will encounter in everyday life, as well as those that you will experience in non-science university courses.
Essential Mathematics provides a broad foundation of practical mathematics if you are planning a vocational outcome. The course is organised under various themes with a focus on numeracy and basic mathematical skills that are encountered in day-to-day living with practical applications relating to vocational areas.
By studying Biology you will gain an understanding of the complex and diverse world of organisms and the natural systems that affect them. You will get the chance to undertake experiments that investigate problems pertaining to the living world including plant and animal physiology, genetics and ecology.
This course is based on a thematic, life-related approach to the study of science. It draws from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. Science in Practice uses a contextualised approach, where units deliver the core through electives to enhance your scientific understanding of the physical world.
Social and Community Studies aims to foster an appreciation of, and respect for, cultural diversity and encourages responsible attitudes and behaviours essential for the effective participation in the community. This course fosters critical, creative and constructive thinking, and predominantly focuses on personal development and social skills, with emphasis placed on developing communication, personal, interpersonal and citizenship skills, problem-solving and decision making, resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence. Essential workplace, learning, and study skills are also incorporated.
This course provides opportunities for you to develop business knowledge and skills to contribute to society, the workforce and the marketplace. You will investigate the business life cycle, develop skills in examining data and learn business concepts, theories, processes and strategies relevant to leadership, management and entrepreneurship. You will engage with the dynamic business world, the changing workforce and emerging digital technologies.
Once enrolled in Business Studies, you will be involved in a range of contemporary real world activities. Business learning involves a range of experiences that provide knowledge, processes and skills that can be applied to business in the real-world.
You will gain an understanding of business environments and have the opportunity to engage in practical business projects.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a practical course designed to train you to produce solutions to simulated problems. Through practice in problem solving in a variety of contexts, both individually and collaboratively, it will contribute to your development as an adaptable, competent, and self-motivated user and consumer of ICT who can work with clients and colleagues to identify issues and solve problems.
Visual Arts in Practice encompasses art forms that communicate and express meaning through visual perception. This program gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of visual arts practices, visual mediums, art-making technologies and techniques to communicate meaning through visual forms.
This is an exciting course if you are wanting to engage in the performing arts industry. Offering you hands-on experience in various styles of acting, through involvement in various plays, monologues, auditions, performances and events throughout the year. This course is not just for ambitious actors but also for those of you who want to be involved in all areas of performing arts, film, entertainment and music and for those who want to build confidence in public speaking.
In this subject you will develop skills in all areas of music including performance, management, technology and creation. This is a hands-on practical subject where you have the opportunity to regularly rehearse, set-up, perform, and market.
This fascinating subject will allow students to explore factors that affect the health of individuals and communities whilst applying recognised health theories and frameworks to real-life situations. Drawing from the health, behavioural, social and physical sciences, this course offers students an opportunity to investigate various health issues. Students then design, implement and evaluate action strategies to combat these issues.
Aquatic Practices is a practical course designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with the safe and responsible use of the marine environment. When you complete this course you will be equipped to participate more safely in a variety of marine pastimes.
The delivery methods used in the Aquatic Practices course involves practical application of knowledge and skills using Moreton Bay and its facilities as the focus of learning and practice.
Our vocational courses are available in many different career fields such as engineering, health care, computer technology, tourism, office management and skilled trades. These courses are offered as part of our TAFE at School program.
The vocational courses we offer:
TAFE at School course delivered by Senior College
Based predominantly at our Wellington Point Boat Shed, students will develop the skills and knowledge to conduct recreation sessions safely in a range of aquatic and recreational environments. This exciting, hands-on course allows students to become competent in performing core skills in outdoor recreation environments whilst developing their skills in teamwork, self-management, problem-solving, planning, organisation, and communication skills while developing their confidence and initiative. Our passionate, industry-experienced teachers will give students all the support and guidance they need to succeed.
Students will gain practical skills in areas such as:
"I have the freedom to express myself because the focus at Senior College is on the individual as well as their academic achievement. Senior college gives me the flexibility to complete my high school studies, work and study a tertiary qualification. The teacher's trust and support give me the confidence to know I can succeed"
"The learning environment at Senior College is really supportive. The teachers are engaging and I can work at my own pace with their support. I've wanted to be an electrician from an early age and the Senior College allows me to complete my high school subject requirements whilst focusing on training that will contribute to my career."
Alex is currently studying the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011) TAFE at School program while completing his Senior College studies.
“We’re all really different people but we get along really well. It’s more of an adult environment, we get to express our personalities. Everyone shows their real colours and it’s really nice.”
“I felt like I wasn’t learning anything at school, it wasn’t working for me. The way I learn is by using practical skills. I want to be shown how to do it and then I do it myself. The teachers have a lot of experience and they’re always trying to teach in a way that suits everybody in the classroom.”
“I was being home schooled but I wanted an OP to get into uni and I thought TAFE Queensland was the best way. Because it’s three days a week it leaves room for work and other hobbies. Classes are quite small, really relaxed and the subjects are varied.”
"At Senior College we learn subjects differently and they adjust their teaching styles to cater for a wide range of learning styles. All of my teachers are so caring and supportive. What excites me about Senior College is that it allows me to balance my high school studies with my Health Support qualification, and I'm really motivated to do well. The new Nursing Facilities on campus are amazing - it feels like a real hospital and being in that environment with the instruments and resources make it easy to learn."
Amira completed the Certificate II in Health Services Assistance (HLT23215) in Year 11 and is now studying the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115) while completing her Senior College studies.