Senior secondary


The Senior School at Kenmore State High incorporates Years 10, 11 and 12.

Information about enrolling in the senior years can be found on the enrolments page.

Year 10

Study at Year 10 level provides the foundation for success in learning in the senior school giving students the opportunity to choose specialisation subjects in areas of interest and ability, enabling them to sample subjects that they can continue into Years 11 & 12. Additionally, throughout Year 10, students will receive information on careers and vocational and academic pathways.

All mainstream students in Year 10 will be required to study English and Mathematics, plus a combination of four elective subjects each semester. Students in signature programs will study their signature subject (German or Music Extension) in the place of one or two of these specialisations.

The subjects on offer for Year 10 serve a dual purpose. Firstly, they seek to give students valuable learning experiences that provide a grounding in the key concepts, skills and ways of working that underpin subjects in Years 11 and 12; and secondly, to allow students to experience a variety of subjects to assist them make informed decisions about what to study in their final two senior years. In this regard, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to study up to ten subjects across the year - compulsory Maths and English, and four subject electives each semester. With some exceptions, completion of a subject at the Year 10 level will not be required as a pre-requisite for enrolment in the same subject in Years 11 and 12, although prior study in Year 10 will be highly beneficial.

Students should refer to the Year 10 Curriculum Handbook (PDF, 3.11MB) for more detailed information on subject selections.

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12 students continue to study six subjects, selected from a wide range of offerings which include Authority/General subjects, Authority registered/Applied subjects as well as vocational certificate courses, traineeships and apprenticeships offered both through the school and external training providers. The study of English, English Literature (from 2019) or English Communication/Essential English is compulsory and a mathematics subject is highly recommended.

Students should refer to the Year 11 Curriculum Handbook (PDF, 2.65MB) and Year 12 Curriculum Handbook (PDF, 2.65MB) for more detailed information on subject selections.

The diversity of courses available means there is significant scope for each student to fashion a learning pathway that best suits their needs and interests. In this respect, each senior student should appreciate that their chosen pathway is unique to them achieving their own learning goals, and hence commitment to succeeding in that pathway is expected.

Overall position (OP)- relevant to students completing Year 12 in 2018 & 2019

Students who aspire to pursue university study following completion of high school are required to study for two years at least five Authority subjects in order to receive an OP, the mechanism currently used in Queensland to assign school leavers to university places. It is compulsory for students who are eligible to receive an OP to sit the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test, held in Term 3 of Year 12.

For further information on the calculation of OPs, please refer to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website. The following literature, authored by the QCAA, may also prove informative:

Useful information concerning the university application process can be found at the website of the responsible agency, the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) -  relevant to students completing Year 12 in 2020 and beyond

The ATAR will be introduced for students commencing Year 11 in 2019, who will graduate from the end of 2020 and seek entry to tertiary courses from 2021. The ATAR is the primary mechanism now used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. The ATAR is expressed on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 (highest) down to 0, in increments of 0.05.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre will calculate ATARs for Queensland school leavers.

To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must fulfil the following three requirements:

  • satisfactorily complete an English subject
  • complete five General subjects, or four General subjects plus one Applied subject or VET course at AQF Certificate III or above


  • accumulate their subject results within a five-year period.

While students must satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, the result in English will only be included in the ATAR calculation if it is one of the student’s best five subjects.

If a student is aiming for an ATAR for tertiary study entry, Queensland universities have decided that the following rules will also apply:

  • only General English subjects or Applied English subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both
  • only General Maths subjects or Applied Maths subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both
  • only one type of language subject can be included in the ATAR – either General or Senior External Examination, but not both.

When selecting subjects for Years 11 & 12, students are strongly encouraged to make use of QTAC’s My Path on-line facility. My Path is a tool that helps students choose their senior subjects, determine their ATAR eligibility and check whether their senior subject selection will meet prerequisites for courses they may want to pursue after Year 12.

Further useful information concerning the university application process can be found at QTAC website.

Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA)

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is the statutory body that regulates senior schooling for all high schools state-wide, who have published the protocols for the new QCE system in the QCE & QCIA Policy and Procedures Handbook 2019 v1.1Section 6 of this document sets out guidelines to assist students who may otherwise be impeded in completing assessment due to a disability, impairment, medical condition or other legitimate circumstance. Such students can apply to the QCAA (through the school) to receive AARA (access arrangements and reasonable adjustments) to help undertake assessment.  

For the sake of clarity, “assessment” in this context refers to both examinations and non-exam formats such as assignments, projects, performances, experiments and the like, which contribute to the calculation of a student’s overall academic grade. 

It is important to note the AARA regulations published in section 6 of the Handbook only apply to assessment undertaken by students across Units 3 & 4 of their subjects, as it is these assessments that will contribute to a student’s ATAR calculation.  In this respect, most of our senior subjects at Kenmore High commence Unit 3 in Term 4 of Year 11, hence the Handbook regulations apply to all assessment undertaken from that time until the completion of Year 12.  However, to achieve a consistency of expectation for students, families and school staff, it is our intent to apply these protocols for Unit 1 & 2 assessment as well, which occurs across the first three terms of Year 11.

Key stipulations that parents and carers need to be particularly aware of include:

1. Student absence from assessment due to a medical condition/illness:
  • students must submit a medical certificate that covers the date of the assessment (e.g. exam or submission date)
  • the medical certificate is to state:

               - the illness or condition

               - the date of diagnosis, onset or occurrence; and

               - an explanation of the probable effect of the illness, condition or event on                   the student's participation in the assessment

The QCAA provide a medical report template for use.  See the QCAA Medical Report Form (PDF, 129KB)

2. Student absence from assessment due to other adverse circumstances:

  • students must submit written documentation from an independent third party 
  • the circumstances leading to the student being absent from assessment must be unforeseen, beyond the student’s control, and have an adverse effect on the student being able to undertake assessment; and
  • the situation cannot be of the student’s own choosing or that of their parents/carers, such as a family holiday (see Handbook section 6.3.2)

3.  Students with a disability, impairment, or long-term medical condition who require adjustments to assist undertake assessment:

  • applications to receives access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA), such as the granting of extra time or the provision of alternative format papers, need to be made to the QCAA through the school
  • students who self-manage impairments or medical conditions that require them to bring equipment or provisions into exam settings (e.g. amplification equipment for the hearing impaired; a puffer for asthma; bite-sized food and drink to manage diabetes; etc.) should apply for an AARA to allow continued access to such provisions
  • please refer to the Kenmore SHS AARA Application Process for Years 11 & 12 (PDF, 918KB) to obtain further detail on:
               - the AARA application process 
               - the types of possible adjustments that can be applied for
               - the supporting documentation required and its requisite currency; and
               - application due dates

Please use the link to the QCAA's QCE and QCIA Handbook for the full policy and procedure.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

All senior students, regardless of whether they are presently eligible to receive an OP, should be seeking to obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education on the completion of Year 12. Introduced in 2008, the QCE is now the chief indicator that a student has successfully attained a high school education. To be awarded a QCE, by the completion of Year 12, a student must fulfil the following four conditions:

  • complete one semester of mathematics at a grade of Sound Achievement ('C') or higher
  • complete one semester of English at a grade of Sound Achievement ('C') or higher
  • obtain 12 credits from completed core courses of study


  • achieve a minimum of 20 credits.

Four credits are awarded following the completion of each Authority and Authority registered subject at a grade of Sound Achievement ('C') or higher. With regards to vocational certificates, successful completion of all competencies in a Certificate I course accrues two points; a Certificate II course, four points; and a Certificate III course, five to eight points.

Students can also obtain additional credits through the completion of advanced courses of study, such as a university subject and higher level music and language exams.

For detailed information on eligibility for a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), please consult the QCE handbook (PDF, 385KB), authored by the QCAA.

Senior students can keep track of how many credits they have banked towards obtaining a QCE by accessing their individual QCAA learning account through the Student Connect website.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

As mentioned, Kenmore State High provides students in Years 10 to12 the opportunity to study a variety of vocational certificate courses, as well as engage in traineeships and apprenticeships. These courses are offered either by the school or through an external training provider such as local TAFE colleges. Senior Students are kept informed of vocational courses, traineeship/apprenticeship opportunities, work experience and open days through the Senior Schooling Bulletin which is emailed direct to students on a weekly basis. Parents can access the Senior Schooling Bulletin through the school e-newsletter.

Kenmore SHS is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) providing a range of VET courses at no cost. Some courses are delivered by external RTOs and incur fees. Current VET Courses at Kenmore SHS RTO Code 30071 can be accessed at the National Register on Vocational Education and Training . Further information about VET courses can be obtained through the Senior Curriculum Handbook 2017 (PDF, 2.8MB).

The following VET Policies and Procedures are available for student and parent perusal:

All students studying VET courses at Kenmore SHS are required to apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI system is a register of qualifications obtained by each student and is a useful tool for keeping track of qualifications earned over their lifetime. RTOs cannot issue a qualification unless a USI has been supplied to the school. As such, students will be required to set up a USI upon commencement of a VET course. Further information and creation of USIs can be obtained from the Unique Student Identifier Portal.

Additionally, students and parents wishing to find out more about VET study can contact our school VET Coordinator, Mrs Clair Doevendans on (07) 3327 1581 or email Mrs Doevendans.

Senior Students are kept informed of vocational courses, traineeship/apprenticeship opportunities, work experience and open days through the Senior Schooling Bulletin which is emailed direct to students on a weekly basis. Parents can access the Senior Schooling Bulletin through the school e-newsletter.

School to Work Transition Programs

Senior Students who are interested in a trade pathway are strongly encouraged to apply for the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training’s School to Work Transition Program. These programs include a Certificate qualification in addition to 30 days work placement in one of ten industries including automotive, hairdressing, cabinet making to name a few. The Transition Programs are a supported model and achieve excellent employment outcomes upon successful completion of the program. See the attached flyer for a full list of industries. If you would like further information, please contact Clair Doevendans, Pathways and Transitions Head of Department, on (07) 3327 1581 or

School to Work Transition Program overview (PDF, 2.1MB).

Senior school accelerated pathways

In recognition of the fact that Kenmore High attracts many students who demonstrate a high level of ability across academic, artistic, cultural and sporting domains, a large number of extension and enrichment opportunities exist in our school’s senior phase of learning, ranging from advanced placement in university courses to individual mentorship programs for talented students.

Contact information

Should you have any further queries related to senior schooling at Kenmore State High, please feel free to contact our Head of Senior Schooling - Paul Stronach.

Last reviewed 30 July 2019
Last updated 30 July 2019