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Senior secondary


Western Cape College caters for students in the senior years of school, Years 10, 11 and 12. We strive to ensure all young people are well prepared for their futures, with skills to progress purposefully on their chosen pathways. Our students will graduate as lifelong learners with options that include OP and university entry, a VET pathway to employment, further study options or employment. We guarantee that your child will be provided with the opportunity to engage in programs, training and/or excursions to ensure they reach their full potential.

Our Senior School is recognised for its broad range of subject offerings, extensive array of vocational education and training courses, and links with industry and tertiary institutions which enhance the learning experiences and future opportunities for students.

In Year 10, all students complete a Senior Education and Training Plan which maps out a study and career orientated learning pathway through Year 11 and 12. Year 10 is designed as a transition year between our Junior and Senior Curriculum programs. It provides opportunities for students to prepare for and sample all subjects offered in Years 11 and 12 and provides for the learning experiences necessary to make broad pathway choices leading into the final two years of Senior School.

Work Experience is offered to all Year 10 students. Students are provided with the opportunity to complete their work experience in Weipa or Cairns.

In Years 11 and 12, students are required to make pathway choices between a University Pathway or a Vocational Pathway. The subject and pathway choices link closely with the students’ individualised Senior Education and Training Plan and serve to provide a clear direction beyond school.

Students who choose a University Pathway may choose six Authority Subject or they may choose to study five Authority Subjects and one Authority Registered, VET subject or a SUN course. In 2016, students at Western Cape College will have the opportunity to join the SUN program offered through CQUniversity. The SUN program is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students the opportunity to study CQUniversity courses whilst still in Year 11 and 12. SUN allows students to enrol in a range of CQUniversity courses (subjects) by distance education.  Students at Western Cape College may choose five school subjects and then can choose to study a SUN course instead of a sixth subject.

On a Vocational pathway, students in Year 10, 11 and 12 may have the opportunity to combine work and study through the provision of a School Based Traineeship or a School Based Apprenticeship and achieve a Nationally Recognised Qualification.  The aim of these programs is for students to begin to transition into their chosen profession prior to completing secondary schooling. 

Each student matters at Western Cape College.  All students, whether they are on a University or a Vocational pathway are provided with individual case management. This is to ensure all of our students attain their Queensland Senior Certificate of Education, so they can achieve success on their future pathway.