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Senior secondary

Senior schooling in Queensland is changing to help give students the skills for success in work and life in the future. Under the new system, students can still choose from lots of subjects and courses that suit their work and study goals. However, there will be a new way to rank students who wish to apply for university after school. The current rank is called the Overall Position (OP). From 2020, it will be the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

At Western Cape College, our goals in Senior School are clear and simple.  We endeavour to ensure every student builds the skills, knowledge and academic record to leave our College firmly on a career pathway, whether that be directly into employment, pursuing Vocational Education and Training (VET) or on a formal university pathway.  

Under the new senior schooling system, there are three main types of senior subject syllabuses — General, Applied and Certificate Courses.

General Syllabuses 

General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to university studies and to pathways for vocational education and training and work. 

Applied Syllabuses 

Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work.

Vocational Education & Training (Certificate Courses)

Vocational education and training (VET) provides accredited training in job related and technical skills.  Qualifications range from certificate II to certificate IV, and diploma and advanced diploma.

Please see our ​Year 11-12 Course Guide​​​​ for further information.