Senior School

Senior – Moving Forward (Growth)
Years 11-12
Since our cohort is small, there are advantages upon which we can capitalise. The staff/student ratio is beneficially low and we are able to offer special attention to our students both in terms of staff/student interaction and personalised tuition.
Subjects offered at Peregian Beach College follow Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) syllabi and enable students to gain an OP score and a QCE certificate. The College also facilitates school-based traineeships.
Social Development
By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, our Secondary School contributes to the development of students’ sense of self-worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future. All members of our school community know each other well and this engenders respect for individual differences.  Excursions, camps, sporting exchanges, artists-in-residence, music programs, school productions, guest speakers, artists and performers, and cultural experiences with European and Asian students all add richness to our students’ social development.

Subjects Years 9 and 10   Year 9 Course Guide 2020  Year 10 Course Guide 2020
Students in Years 9 and 10 have a core and elective program. All students in Years 9 and 10 study:

•    English (5 lessons a week)
•    Mathematics (5 lessons a week)
•    History (2 lessons a week)
•    Geography (2 lessons a week)
•    Science (3 lessons a week)
•    Physical Education (2 lessons a week)
•    Pastoral Care (1 lesson a week)

Students in Years 9 & 10 also choose three of the following elective subjects and study each one for 3 lessons a week over the two year period of Year 9 & 10:

•    Visual Art
•    Health and Physical Education
•    Business Studies
•    Food Technology
•    Digital Technology
•    Music

Making Choices
In making choices for your elective curriculum, it is important to consider subjects which:
•    you enjoy
•    reflect your ability and or aptitude
•    reflect your interests
•    provide appropriate challenge and engagement 
•    develop skills, knowledge and attitudes useful throughout life.

It is also important to keep in mind that the subjects you choose will not limit or affect your future career as the compulsory subjects you undertake keep your options open.

SUBJECTS Year 11 and 12   Senior Course Guide 2020


All Year 12 students will be issued with a ‘Tertiary Prerequisites’ booklet from QTAC in Term 3. This is a summary of selection criteria for entry to Universities, TAFE QLD and other tertiary institutions.

Prerequisite subjects for courses to be offered at the respective universities are listed in the booklet referred to above. However, the following general points should be noted.

1. Each institution has its own list of prerequisite subjects and these may differ between institutions for similar courses.
2. A Sound Achievement in Authority English is a prerequisite for many degree level tertiary courses.
3. Mathematics and Science subjects are most commonly listed as prerequisites for Engineering and Health Science courses, however, a variety of other subjects are also mentioned as prerequisites.
4. While some subjects are not listed as prerequisites, progress at University will be significantly less demanding if they have been studied in Years 11 and 12.
5. Recommended studies and ‘Assumed Knowledge’ schemes have replaced formal subject prerequisites at many universities. Students who do not have the ‘Assumed Level of Knowledge’ are not prevented from receiving an offer, but may encounter difficulty with their studies. Many universities recommend such students should undertake bridging or preparation work to acquire the assumed knowledge.


The College determines the variety of courses available for study based on student choices and facilities available, and in accordance with the guidelines of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

At Peregian Beach College, Year 11 students are expected to enrol in six subjects each semester.  All students are required to study English, Mathematics and 4 elective subjects.  

Permission may be given for students to enrol in fewer than six subjects.  This permission is usually given where a student is undertaking an extension program.  It may also be desirable to enrol in only 5 subjects where a student is involved in a traineeship or is enrolled in an external course such as Dance, Drama or Language Studies.


Authority Subjects (Authority subjects contribute to gaining an OP and QCE)

  • English
  • General Mathematics
  • Business
  • Music
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Biology
  • Visual Art
  • PE
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology

Authority Subjects via Distance Education   
Authority subjects, other than those offered at the College, may be studied through Distance Education upon negotiation with the College.  Those subjects offered via that mode would be subjects that students are required to study to meet university entrance. The cost of the first subject (approximately $1500/subject/year) would be paid by the College provided that the student ‘passed’ each semester of the course.

School-Based Traineeships     (contribute to QCE but not OP)
The College will support students undertaking school-based traineeships (SBT) and apprenticeships.  SBTs allow students to train and do paid work in their chosen area (usually for one day a week) while still attending school the rest of the week.  The training may occur at work or at a TAFE or a private training organisation.  The traineeship contributes to the QCE (but not the OP).  Please note that a training agreement needs to be signed.  This is a contract committing the trainer, College, student, parent and employer to the traineeship or apprenticeship.  It may be completed after Year 12.

Students interested in pursuing a SBT should do the following:
•    Find out what school-based apprenticeships and traineeships there are to choose from. 
•    Talk to people working in different jobs to find out about the skills they use and where they work.
•    Talk to people at school who can help with advice – for example, relevant teachers 
•    Get experience in the areas you are interested in through volunteer, part-time or holiday jobs or through work experience.

SENIOR PHASE of LEARNING (Years 11 & 12)

Listed below are the key aspects and stages of the senior phase of learning.
1.    Career Planning
2.    Registration
3.    Learning Account
4.    Possible Year 12 Outcomes
•    Senior Statement
•    Queensland Certificate of Education
•    Overall Position
•    Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement
•    Vocational Education and Training Certificate


In Year 10, students need to consider their career aspirations and possibilities.  They should explore pathways to achieve their goals and formulate their Senior Education and Training plan (SETP).   Students and parents formulate and develop their plan, which can be reviewed and revised during Senior Schooling within parameters of the QCE and other constraints.  Career information should continue to be gathered by the student throughout their senior years of schooling.

Camps Year 9 - 12

The purpose of camp for Senior students is to provide learning opportunities such as problem solving, teamwork skills, environmental awareness and physical and social challenges in a different setting. Many of the activities enrich the curriculum in subjects such as Science, History, Health and Physical Education. Activities are varied depending on the camp location, but may include snorkelling, archery, kayaking, abseiling, bushwalking, high/low ropes and varied team building exercises.