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.

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 supported 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. Please keep the school informed if they can be assistance. 


Queensland's new senior assessment system begins for students entering Year 11 in 2019. Year 12 students graduating in 2019 will continue under the current assessment system, with internal moderated assessments and a QCS test if applying for university entrance. Students graduating in 2020 and beyond will undergo a different assessment system that includes external exams (25% of their final grade in most subjects except maths and science, which is 50%) and internal assessments (75% of their final grade in most subjects except maths and science, which is 50%), and will not face a QCS test if applying for tertiary entrance.

To attain the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), students typically undertake the study of six subjects. They must accrue a minimum of 20 credit points obtained from a variety of subjects and courses (including maths and English). They gain a point for each time they complete a Unit 1 or Unit 2 (Year 11 work) and two points when they successfully complete both Unit 3 and Unit 4 (Year 12 work). Points can also be gained from completing VET qualifications and school based apprenticeships.

For more detail about the new assessment system, please see tables in COMPARISON: CURRENT AND NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS and links in MORE INFORMATION (below). 

BAC Pathways

With 60% of Australian students choosing not to pursue a university/tertiary pathway, the College offers a range of pathways to support our students as they prepare for life after school. One is a university/tertiary entrance pathway and two offer work or vocational study pathways for study during Years 11 and 12. 

NOTE: 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 several non-ATAR methods of entry.

1. University/Tertiary (ATAR)

If a student wishes to pursue tertiary studies at university or TAFE and they enter Year 11 in 2019 or after, they can work towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). (See table below for differences in university entrance requirements and conditions for students graduating pre and post 2020.) To be eligible for an ATAR, the student completes 5 General subjects or 4 General subjects plus 1 Applied subject, although students generally undertake the study of 6 subjects. There are other variations to receiving an ATAR, including completing 4 General subjects and participating in a Tertiary Enhanced Studies Program. 

2. Mix 

If a student is uncertain about their future study/career gaols, they may wish to pursue a combination of both General and Applied subjects over the course of their QCE (Year 11 and 12). They will still be ATAR-eligible if they choose four General subjects and one Applied subject. We always suggest that students choose subjects that are interesting and aligned with their talents rather than subjects they find uninteresting or demotivating, especially when they are uncertain about the future, because they will achieve better results studying subjects they enjoy.

3. Early Start (Vocational Education)

If a student's aspirations lie in the direction of vocational education and training, they can get a head start on their career by enrolling in an external course of study. This contributes to the 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. 

Senior Subjects

Comparison: current and new assessment systems


Subjects and programs that count towards the CURRENT QCE Subjects and programs that count towards the NEW QCE (Year 11, 2019)
*Students typically undertake the study of six subjects.
*Students typically undertake the study of six subjects.
Authority Subjects
General Subjects
Authority Extension Subjects
General Extension Subjects
Authority-registered Subjects
Applied Subjects
Short Courses
Short Courses
Recognised studies
Recognised studies
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses


Current Tertiary Entrance Requirements (2019 graduates) New Tertiary Entrance Requirements (2020 and beyond graduates)
OP-eligible students receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement that shows their OP (Overall Position) and Field Positions (FPs). The OP is a rank from 1-25 and is calculated by QCAA.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the OP. An ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95, increasing in increments of 0.05. It will be calculated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) using student results and a process of inter-subject scaling.
The calculation of OPs and FPs uses student achievements in 20 semester units of Authority Subjects (the equivalent of 5 subjects), including at least 3 subjects studied for 4 semesters, each scaled against group Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test results.
An ATAR will be calculated from an eligible student's best five subject results, one of which may be an Applied Subject or competency based VET certificate at a level III or above.
Authority-registered Subjects do not contribute to a student's OP.
Students must satisfactorily complete a QCAA English subject (C or better) to be eligible for an ATAR. However, a student's result in English will only contribute to their ATAR if it is one of their five best subjects.

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