Senior Secondary

This final phase of their secondary journey is both challenging and exciting. It is a time when students focus on preparing for summative assessments and leaving the College to enter tertiary studies or vocational fields, traineeships and apprenticeships. At the same time, they are cultivating their talents, developing leadership skills, and learning how to establish mature, healthy relationships in their community.

Quality Learning

It is during this phase of learning that our students commence their individual pathway to further study and/or careers. Pathways vary from person to person, however our specialist teachers and partner organisations assist students towards completing the requirements of their chosen course of study or training. Their senior secondary teachers are practiced at working alongside and instigating meaningful learning, and this is integral to the process. 

Technology in the Classroom

Every classroom on the secondary campus is digitally equipped with appropriate technology to enhance the delivery of the curriculum and meet the needs of a broad range of learning styles. With digital technology changing the way students solve problems, work and connect with each other and the world, our one-to-one laptop/tablet program gives them a solid grounding in harnessing and managing 21st century learning. The teachers, as part of a progressive professional learning community, participate in professional development that continually investigates research-based ways of enhancing student learning.

Wellbeing and Support

The wellbeing of senior students is critical at this time when they are faced with important life choices and looming dates for exams and assignments. Students are monitored closely by a pastoral care team that includes their year level coordinator, form teacher, school chaplain and class teachers. Parents are also asked to keep a close eye on their young person during this time as the pressure of personal and external expectations can be overwhelming. 


The senior secondary school teaches in accordance with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to prepare students for assessments and leaving the College to enter university studies or vocational traineeships and apprenticeships. Legislation requires that students must either ‘earn or learn’ for two years following their compulsory schooling (Year 10 or 16 years of age).

In Year 11 and 12 at Brisbane Adventist College, students study towards attaining the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). To do this, they must pass five subjects (including maths and English) and obtain 20 credit points. In essence, a student achieves 1 credit point per subject when passing Unit 1 (Semester 1, Year 11), 1 credit point per subject when passing Unit 2 (Semester 2, Year 11), and 2 credit points per subject when passing Units 3 and 4 as a pair (end of Semester 2 of Year 11 and Semesters 1 & 2 of Year 12). Since Units 3 and 4 offer credits as a pair, students will not be able to change subjects throughout Year 12.


General subjects: These are developed by QCAA and contribute to the calculation of ATAR. When successfully completed, each subject contributes four credit points towards the QCE.

Applied subjects: These are developed by QCAA. One Applied (plus four General subjects) can contribute to the calculation of an ATAR score and each successfully completed subject contributes four credits towards the QCE.

Vocational courses: These enable students to earn credit towards a recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, which are recognised by industries across Australia under the Australian Qualifications Framework. 

Please check the QCAA website for more information regarding the requirements of the new QCE.

BAC Pathways

With 60% of Australian students choosing not to pursue a university/tertiary pathway, the College offers one ATAR option and two non-ATAR options for Years 11 and 12. Please keep in mind that should you choose to go to university at a later date and you have not received an ATAR score during Year 11 and 12, there are non-ATAR methods of entry.

1. University/Tertiary (ATAR)

If you wish to pursue tertiary studies at university or TAFE, you can work towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). To be eligible for an ATAR, you will need to complete 5 General subjects or 4 General subjects plus 1 Applied subject. You can also complete 4 General subjects and participate in a Tertiary Enhanced Studies Program. 

2. Mix 

If you are still uncertain about your future study/career gaols, you may wish to pursue a combination of both General and Applied subjects for your QCE (Year 11 and 12). [Keep in mind that you will be ATAR-eligible if you choose four General subjects and one Applied subject.] If you are uncertain of your future goals, we suggest that you choose subjects that are interesting and aligned with your talents rather than subjects you find uninteresting or demotivating because you will always achieve better results studying subjects you enjoy.

3. Early Start (Vocational Education)

If your aspirations lie in the direction of vocational education and training, you can get a head start on your career by enrolling in an external course of study, which contributes to your QCE and is recognised by industry across Australia under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Talk to the College career advisor about pursuing TAFE or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship and choose Applied subjects on each line. 

Academic Overview of Senior Subjects

Students make subject choices based on their chosen pathway, interests and academic history. (Prerequisites apply: please see Year 11 and 12 Subject Information Guide.) Subjects with an asterix (*) are offered through the School of Distance Education. Some conditions, restrictions and costs apply.

Core Subjects and Compulsory Involvement

  • Encounter (religious studies)
  • English 
  • Maths 
  • Chapel 
  • School Sport

General Elective Subjects

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History*
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese*
  • Design
  • Digital Solutions
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French*
  • General Mathematics
  • Geography*
  • German*
  • Health*
  • Japanese*
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension - Composition
  • Music Extension - Musicology
  • Music Extension - Performance
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Visual Art

Applied Elective Subjects

  • Aquatic Practices
  • Business Studies
  • Certificate I, II, III in Business* (VET qualification)
  • Certificate II in Financial Services* (VET qualification)
  • Certificate I & II in Information Digital Media and Technology* (VET qualification)
  • Certificate I & II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways* (VET qualification)
  • Certificate III in Accounts Administration* (VET qualification)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care* (VET qualification)
  • Essential English
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Information and Communication Technology*
  • Industrial Technology Skills
  • Media Arts in Practice
  • Science in Practice*
  • Social and Community Studies*
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Visual Art in Practice*


BAC Distinctives

Brisbane Adventist College encourages students to be involved in the following types of activities designed for the development of the whole person.

Spiritual enhancement:

  • Weekly chapel programs 
  • Week of Worship (WOW)
  • Daily morning devotionals

Personal development and social inclusion:

  • Class socials (each term)
  • Year 12 Sydney trip (March)
  • Year 11 class camp (March)
  • Year 11 & 12 road safety program
  • Careers Expo, TAFE and university open days
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • New Zealand snowskiing trip (every second year)

Leadership and service:

  • Leadership development program (pastoral care program for student leaders)
  • Mentoring opportunities i.e. Year 11s in Junior Secondary STARS program
  • StormCo community service for outback Australian towns (post exam activity)
  • Sonship international service trip to Solomon Islands 
  • Community service option during school sport
  • Participation in ANZAC Day ceremony, NAIDOC Week Assembly and Diversity Day
  • The Kokoda Challenge team fundraising and endurance event

Talent development:

  • Secondary musical productions (every second year)
  • Ensemble (highly successful)
  • Sporting Excellence Program, involving competitions with neighbouring district schools and sister schools in Australia and New Zealand, and providing opportunities for state and national progression
  • Worship band
  • Music and drama evenings Applaud and Recital (senior music and music extension performances)
  • Private music lessons