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Senior secondary

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Senior Pathways

The step from Year 10 to Year 11 is a big one.  More responsibility will rest with the student and regular study and personal commitment to their studies is a must, if success is to be achieved.

In Senior Secondary students at Bowen State High have the choice of two "Pathways" to choose from when choosing their course of study.  The two pathways (see diagram below) are defined as the ATAR or the Vocational 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.

Students who already know that they are going to pursue further study at university should select the ATAR Pathway and receive an ATAR, which will entitle them to consideration by universities for an offer of study upon successful completion of Year 12.   Students will not be eligible for tertiary admission if they do not choose an ATAR pathway.

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

 

 

Students who already know that they are going to pursue further study at university should select the ATAR Pathway and receive an ATAR, which will entitle them to consideration by universities for an offer of study upon successful completion of Year 12.   Students will not be eligible for tertiary admission if they do not choose an ATAR pathway.


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
  • 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.

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

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 2nd and 3rd September 2020. You will be notified to book an appointment time.

 
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Last reviewed 19 May 2020
Last updated 19 May 2020