Year 11 - Year 12 Curriculum


​​​​​​​Year 11 and 12 are uniquely tailored to provide students with the knowledge and techniques necessary for their QCE, whilst also providing choices and opportunities for specialised education building upon previous years. This combination not only allows students to invest in knowledge that interests them, but to provide them with the best opportunities for the future. ​

This information is designed to assist Year 10 students to make a wise selection of subjects for the next two years. Students and parents are urged to read the Senior Curriculum Book carefully. Please feel free to consult members of the school staff at any time about these very important decisions.

Study Options in Years 11 and 12

Since the introduction of the Queensland Certificate of Education or QCE (see page 5) there has been increased flexibility in the options available to students in Years 11 and 12.  Some of these are offered by the school and others by Registered Training Organisations outside the school. The following can count towards a student’s QCE.

Subjects Offered at School

General subjects are based on syllabi that have been approved and issued by the QSA.  Results in Authority subjects can count in the calculation of OPs and FPs. These are the most common selection devices used by the tertiary sector.  Authority subjects are academic subjects which are aimed at preparing students for tertiary studies, principally at University.

Applied subjects are developed from Study Area Specifications (SASs) and generally include substantial vocational and practical components.  Results in these subjects are not used in the calculation of OPs and FPs.  Authority-registered subjects suit students who are more practical and are aiming to go to TAFE or into the workforce.

TAFE – Link subjects can lead to obtaining a Certificate III.  TAFE supplies the curriculum and assesses students but the course is offered at the school under the supervision of a teacher.  There is an extra cost imposed by TAFE for these courses.

Courses Offered Out of School

TAFE Certificate Courses are offered usually one day a week at a TAFE campus.  Students who successfully complete the assessment complete a Certificate I, II or III or gain credit towards a Diploma.  Because the course is offered at a TAFE Campus, students can study areas which can’t be offered at school.  There is an extra cost imposed by TAFE for these courses. 

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATS) allow students to work towards a vocational qualification while working and attending school.   Students apply for a SAT in the same way as they apply for a job.  Students who obtain a SAT normally spend one school day working with their employer.  They will also complete theory work which leads to the granting of a Vocational Certificate.  Students are paid for the work component.

University Subjects may be taken by a small number of academically capable students in Year 12.  Both QUT and the University of Queensland offer some first year university subjects to students who meet their criteria.  There is no charge and students may count their results towards a degree at the university.

Certificates or Awards which are recognised by the Queensland Studies Authority may contribute to the QCE.  Examples of these are AMEB (grade 4 or above) or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  A list of awards can be found on the Queensland ​​​​Government​  website.

Additional School Sponsored Activities

In addition to the usual co-curricular sporting and cultural activities, Senior school students will be offered the following additional programs:

  • Wavell Development Program (a half-lesson each Friday).
  • Vocational Pathways Program

Subject Selection Rules

  1. All students are required to initially pick 6 (six) subjects.  If a student subsequently obtains a SAT or are accepted into an external TAFE course, they may apply to reduce their load to five subjects.
  2. All students must select English or English Communication.
  3. You may choose any combination of 5 (five) other subjects, except you may not do-
    • The same subject twice
    • Mathematics C unless you also do Mathematics B
    • Mathematics A and Mathematics B at the same time
    • English Extension (Literature) without English (Authority Subject)
    • Certificate II Sport and Recreation (General Strand) and Certificate II Sport and Recreation – (Netball / Rugby League Excellence Program)
  4. The subjects that will be offered at Wavell for Year 11 depend on there being sufficient students taking each subject on the list.  If you have chosen a subject which cannot be offered, you will be contacted and assisted to make another selection.

 Subject Selection Guidelines

  1. Students who are considering going to university should make sure they are OP eligible by choosing at least 5 (five) Authority subjects.
  2. Students who are not achieving at least a ‘C’ in three of their core subjects currently are strongly advised to choose a course made up of Authority-registered subjects.  Students who want to be eligible for an OP should have a ‘C+’ average or higher.
  3. Students who want to commence a SAT or an external TAFE course are strongly advised to take a non-OP course.  Although students who are going for an OP are able to do a SAT or take an external TAFE course, it is not recommended because of the time missed from Authority subjects on the day when the student is out of the school.  If you want to be eligible for an OP and take a SAT or an external TAFE course you must discuss this with the Guidance Officer.
  4. If you are currently working to capacity and are getting only ‘C’ in your subjects or if you are not prepared to work harder than you are now, it is strongly suggested that you consider taking Authority-registered subjects.
  5. You should choose subjects –
    • you enjoy
    • in which you have achieved good results
    • for which you have adequate background knowledge and skills
    • that will challenge you but in which you can achieve success
    • which will help you reach your career and employment goals
    • that will develop skills, knowledge and attitudes useful throughout your life.
  6. Students who are considering going onto tertiary study after Year 12 MUST consult the book "Tertiary Prerequisites" which has been given to all Year 10 students.  Students must make sure they have chosen the prerequisite subjects for courses they may be interested in.
  7. Students who do not want to go to university should consider taking two or more Authority-registered subjects.  If you decide to take Authority subjects, think carefully and ask advice from teachers.  These subjects will be more difficult and you will need to commit more time to them.

Avoid Subject Selection mistakes. 

Here are some of the ways to avoid errors:

  • Do not select subjects that are too difficult for you.  For example, do not attempt Mathematics B if your ability level is more suited to Mathematics A.  (You need at least a B Achievement in Year 10 Extension Mathematics to have an adequate background for Mathematics B.)  This error could cause you to obtain a less satisfactory OP than you are capable of gaining.
  • Do not select subjects that are too easy for you.  For example, do not select Mathematics A if you are quite capable of succeeding in Mathematics B.  This error could also cause you to obtain a less satisfactory OP than you might otherwise have gained.
  • Do not choose a subject only because your friends are taking it.  You should choose a subject because it is suitable for you.
  • Consider other people’s opinions about subjects, but do not select subjects simply on that basis.  You need to form your own opinions after careful consideration of all the issues.
  • Do not fall into the trap of thinking “I’ll start working next year”.  If you haven’t started working yet, you’re unlikely to start working next year.
  • Do not try and take on too much.  If you spend a lot of time on extra-curricular activities and work and are not prepared to reduce this you should consider doing a non-OP course.  This has a lighter workload.

Subjects offered for Year 11 and Year 12

Queensland Studies General Subjects:  

  • Accounting*
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Organisation and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • English Extension (Literature) Year 12 only
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • Health Education
  • Home Economics – General Strand
  • Home Economics - Food Major
  • Information Processing and Technology
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies*
  • General Mathematics 
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension – (Excellence Program) Year 12 only
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Technology Studies
  • Visual Art

External Queensland Studies Authority Subjects:

(studied through School of Distance Education)

  • Nil

Applied Subjects:

  • Creative Arts – Dance Studies (Excellence Program)
  • Creative Arts - Drama Studies (Excellence Program)
  • Creative Arts – Media Studies
  • Creative Arts – Visual Art Studies
  • Early Childhood
  • English Communication
  • Hospitality
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing – Engineering Studies
  • Manufacturing – Furnishing Studies 
  • Manufacturing – Industrial Technology Studies
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Social and Community Studies - Health and Leisure

External and School Based Registered VET Subjects:

Vocational Education & Training (VET) Subjects studied at school:

  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - General Strand
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation – Netball (Excellence Program)
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - Rugby League (Excellence Program)
  • Certificate II in Workplace Practices
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assisting
  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Accounts Administration
  • Certificate IV in Justice Studies

*Please note a Certificate qualification is offered within Authority Subjects.  These subjects cannot be studied on their own. 

*Certificate Course - a fee applies from the Register Training Provider.

Last reviewed 23 November 2021
Last updated 23 November 2021