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Marist Education in North Queensland

Senior School

Helpful hints for choosing senior subjects

Two major factors should be considered when choosing subjects for Year 11 and 12.

  • What are your academic strengths and interests, and
  • What type of career do you have in mind?​

Ten years of formal education will have given you a good basic idea of your academic strengths and interests. Use this as a st​arting point when selecting subjects. 

While many students are unsure as to what career they will ultimately decide upon, most have some idea in which general area their future occupation will lie - in technical, scientific, language, social science, service industry etc. If you are uncertain as to what you wish to do, choose a broadly-based course which allows maximum flexibility. If you have a particular career in mind, make sure you find out first if you must study any subject in particular in order to qualify for entry into the field of your choice. This information is available from the VET & Careers/Pathways Coordinator at the College​.

Please note the following:

  • Some Senior subjects have recommended results for Year 10 courses. This means that you should have reached a particular standard of achievement at the Year 10 level before you choose such subjects in Year 11. These recommendations will be considered in every case.  Where they have not been achieved and enrolment in a particular subject is allowed in the first instance, continuation in the subject will be subject to review.
  • General Subjects have more academic rigour than Applied Subjects, but there are no 'easy' subjects in Years 11 and 12.  All require commitment and a high degree of effort if you wish to be successful.
  • While every effort is made to satisfy students' subject choices, it is sometimes impossible to cater for each and every student.  While the vast majority are catered for, inevitably a few changes are necessary.  We reserve the right to direct students away from courses where programming constraints make a student's choices impossible to satisfy.​

Further guidance for parents:

  • Your son's present subject teachers can give you an accurate guide on present performance and potential in his subjects.
  • The Director of Studies will guide you and your parents through the SET Plan and Senior School enrolment process.
  • The Heads of Department are well versed in the demands of the courses offered in Years 11 and 12.
  • The College has a comprehensive Careers resource area and a Careers and Pathways Coordinator to assist you.​

How do I qualify for university?

There are several factors that universities take into consideration:

1. Subject Results
  • The levels of achievement allocated by subject teachers on the basis of internal and external assessment.
2. ATAR (created by QTAC)
  • Your tertiary rank relative to all other students completing senior and seeking tertiary entrance.
  • 99.95 is the highest position; 30.00 is the lowest reportable position.
  • The ATAR will be the most common way for graduating students to gain entry into their tertiary institution of choice (assuming you have studied the pre-requisite subjects for the course you have in mind).
  • Your performance in each subject you study is the single most important factor in determining your ATAR.
3. Interviews and Auditions
  • Depending on the degree and the institution, it is possible that an interview or audition is required.  For these degrees, you should begin compiling a resume now in order to give yourself the best opportunity.
4. Where to From Here?
  • Read the QTAC website, consult widely with the relevant people - parents and teachers- think carefully about all that you learn from this process.
  • Consider the subjects yo do best and you prefer to do, as you are likely then to achieve higher results for your Senior Certificate and for Tertiary Entrance.
  • Pencil in possible choices on the Senior Education Training Plan (SET Plan) as you become more certain about what you might choose.
  • Check compatibility with your career preference.
  • If considering tertiary study, make sure any subject pre-requisites for courses you are interested in are included.
  • Complete the relevant sections of the Senior Education Training Plan (SET Plan) and bring along to your interview in Term 3 of Year 10.
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