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Senior Secondary

​Senior Secondary

The Senior Secondary consists of years 10-12.  Students choose from a range of subjects and received regular feedback on how they are progressing towards their chosen post schooling pathway. 

Year 11 and 12 Senior Secondary students at Bowen State High have the choice of two “Pathways” when choosing their course of study.  The two pathways (see diagram below) are defined as the ATAR Pathway or the Negotiated Pathway.  Bowen State High School has developed these two pathways in order to ensure that “every student is in the correct pathway” and studying a course which will help them in their future endeavours upon successful completion of Year 12.




 ATAR Pathway  
                 Vocational Pathway
  •    Study 5 or 6 General Subjects or 4 General Subjects +1 Applied or Certificate III or IV
  • Limited access to school-based traineeships or apprenticeships
  • General English and Maths General or Mathematics Methods
  • Must sit external assessment in Year 12
  • Short courses
  • Destination: University
  • Must study 6 subjects
  • Essential English (or General English) and Essential Maths or General Maths are compulsory
  • May study one certificate II or III course (only 1 at TAFE)
  • Eligible to study Applied and General Subjects
  • Short courses
University Workforce, Diploma Courses & University 

ILC - Independent Learning Centre

ILC is a specialised learning centre for students who need to access subjects via Distance Education.  Subjects ILC is a specialised learning centre for students who need to access subjects via Distance Education.  Subjects include Physics, Mathematics Specialist, Ancient History, Modern History, Digital Solutions, Legal Studies and BCT .  Students study these subjects via a program called Blackboard Collaborate (iconnect).

Online lessons are usually held at 8am twice a week. These are compulsory lessons.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

The QCE is Queensland's senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. The QCE recognises broad learning options and offers flexibility in what, where and when learning occurs.

 Bowen SHS Careers Website  

The Bowen SHS Careers website is a brand new website that contains the latest information to help students make informed decisions about their future and careers.

  • Senior School Information
  • Post School Options
  • Links to Careers
  • QCE Test
  • OP (Year 12 2019 only / ATAR
  • School-based Traineeships/Apprenticeships
  • Defence Force
  • Youth Allowance
  • Tax File numbers
  • Student Connect
There is a wealth of resources and weblinks to external organisations (universities, TAFEs, apprenticeships and centrelink) to help our students get the best outcomes.
Student Led Conferences 

“We feel that student-led conferences is a great initiative by BSHS allowing interaction between student, staff and parents. It has provided an opportunity for our daughter to set her own goals in consultation with subject staff and to progress with achieving the targets each term. Also, it allows staff and parents to better understand student’s expectations and guide them to achieve their goals within the time frame.” (Year 12 Parent)
Why Student Led Conferences?
  • Encourage students to take an active role in their education.
  •  Allow students to see their progress over time.
  • Encourage students to evaluate their work.
  • Focus discussion on criteria standards and strategies to improve.
  • Increase parent participation in their student’s learning. 
  • Encourage students, parents and teachers to engage in open, honest, dialogue about learning rather than behaviour.
Student Led Conferences are held at least once (1) a year for all Year 10,11 and 12 students
Year Level
Student Led Conference Dates
Year 10
Year 10 into 11 Subject Information Evening - Wednesday 28th August 6pm

SET PLAN INTERVIEWS 4th and 5th September
Year 11
QCE Reviews Wed 30th October and Thurs 31st October
Year 12
OP Students
Term 3, Week 3 - 19 July31st July
Non-OP Students: Based on QCE/QCIA Eligibility.


Senior Secondary Academic Review

As part of our continued focus on providing quality education in a caring, disciplined, environment the senior secondary students in Year’s 10-12 will take part in an Academic Review after each reporting period this year.  This process will aim to talk to students who are currently receiving a “C/Satisfactory” or lower for their academic, effort and behaviour results on their report cards.  Our belief is that with increased effort, students will ultimately also show improvement in academic achievement and thus give themselves a better opportunity to secure their preferred employment pathway after completion of their senior studies.
If your student has received a “C/Satisfactory” or lower you may be contacted to accompany your student to an appointment at the school with a Year Level Coordinator, Head of Department, Guidance Officer or the Deputy Principal. During this meeting we will have discussions with your student about how to make improvements in order to achieve better results by the end of semester.  If there are no measurable improvements by the end of the next reporting period, another meeting will be arranged to discuss whether your student’s study program is appropriate for their career path.
SET Plans enior Secondary
What is a SET Plan?
Your SET Plan maps out how you will work towards a Queensland Certificate of Education or Certificate III vocational qualification, and/or a viable work option.
The SET Plan is designed to:
  • Work as a ‘road map’ to help you achieve your learning goals during the Senior Phase of Learning.
  • Include flexible and coordinated pathway options.
  • Assist you to examine further options across education, training and employment sectors.
  • Help you to communicate with your parents/carers or personnel from your school/learning provider.
In your personalised planning, you will be able to list a variety of different learning pathways, some of which you may access outside the current formal structure of your school.  This will allow you to create more options and flexibility in your learning.  The Plan can be altered if you decide to change direction and explore different learning pathways.
Your SET Plan process can be started at any time.  However, it should be ready before you complete the transition into the Senior Phase of Learning.  For most of you, this will be Year 10 at school.
SET Plan Interviews will be held on
4th and 5th September 2019
You will be notified to book an appointment time.

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