Curriculum - Senior

We recognise that students learn in different ways. As such, courses of study allow for a degree of individualisation, flexibility and choice.

The Marist College Ashgrove Year 11 & 12 curriculum offering has been devised to provide the widest possible choices for students and to cater for the diversity of the student body. Whilst the majority of students will study subjects which will make them eligible only for an Overall Position (OP), a significant number will choose a more personalised program that will allow them to move towards a QTAC Selection Rank in Year 12. Both an OP and a QTAC Selection Rank allow tertiary entrance in Queensland. Some students will make choices related to Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses which are more appropriate for their interests and abilities and which will lead to a career pathway through TAFE or industry.

There are three (3) types of subjects; Authority subjects; Authority-Registered subjects and Vocational Education & Training subjects.

Authority Subjects (OP Subjects)

An Authority subject is a subject for which the course of study is based on a syllabus that has been approved and issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). The work programs for Authority subjects and assessment of student achievement are subject to the full moderation procedures of the QCAA.  Levels of achievement in Authority subjects are also recorded on the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Results from Authority subjects can count in the calculation of an Overall Position (OP) which is the most common selection device used by the tertiary sector.

Authority-Registered Subjects (Non OP Subjects)

An Authority-Registered subject is a subject devised from a Study Area Specification (SAS) for which a school’s study plan is approved. The work programs for Authority-Registered subjects and assessment of student achievement

are also subject to QCAA moderation processes.  Results in Authority-Registered subjects are not included in the calculation of OPs but can contribute to a QTAC Selection Rank.

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Vocational Education & Training (VET) can play a valuable role in helping young people move from school to further education, training and employment. Students at Marist College Ashgrove have access to a package of vocational education & training programs that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. These programs include work placements, School-based traineeships and apprenticeships.  Students are excused from classes in a block of time at the end of each term.

During Year 11 & 12 students are encouraged to study a broad range of subjects in order to keep their career and tertiary options open, particularly if they are undecided about their future career path. Current performance in Year 10 subjects should be considered carefully when choosing subjects at senior level.

Year 11 & 12 students study;

  • English or English Communication (non OP)
  • Mathematics A or Mathematics B or Pre-Vocational Mathematics (non OP)
  • Religion & Ethics or Study of Religion (SOR)


  Accounting   Ancient History    Biology
  Business Management   Chemistry   Drama
  Economics   English   English Extension
  Film, Television and New Media   French   Geography
  Graphics   Information Processing and Technology   Japanese
  Legal Studies   Mathematics A   Mathematics B
  Mathematics C   Modern History   Music
  Music Extension   Physical Education   Physics
  Study of Religion   Technology Studies   Visual Art
  English Communication   Pre-Vocational Mathematics   Recreation Studies
  Religion and Ethics   Visual Arts in Practice  
  Certificate II in Business   Certificate III in Business   Diploma of Business
  Certificate I in Construction   Certificate II in Enginering Pathways   Certificate III in Fitness
  Certificate II in Hospitality   Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology