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Year 10 Subject Selection

Students should select subjects that will suit particular career aspirations and that will match abilities and interest and should use the advice received from class talks, information evenings and discussions with Teachers, Heads of Departments and the School Guidance Officer.


The curriculum program for Years 8 and 9 at Pacific Pines State High School is centred on the achievement of student learning outcomes. As students move through Years 10 to 12, they will be offered a greater freedom of choice in the subjects that they choose to study.

Year 10 - all students will study 4 core subjects and choose elective subjects (2 electives in 1 semester and 3 electives in the other semester)
There are many important decisions you have to make while at school. Some of the most important are concerned with the choice of subjects to take in Years 9 and 10, and later the selection of subjects for Years 11 and 12. These are important decisions since they may affect the type of occupation or career you can follow when you leave school. Your course selections can also directly affect your success at school and how you feel about school.

Year 10 Core Subjects

English (studied for 2 semesters)

Maths (studied for 2 semesters)

Science (studied for 2 semesters)

History (studied for 1 semester)

Year 10 Elective Subjects

Art, Business, Commerce, Dance, Drama, , Certificate II Fitness (SIS30310), Food Studies, Furnishing Studies, Health and Physical Education, History, Home Economics, Information Processing and Technology, Certificate I Information Technology (ICA10105), Japanese, Manufacturing Studies, Music, Rugby Union, Technology Studies, Tourism, Volleyball.

Students also have the opportunity to access courses offered by outside organisations other than Pacific Pines State High School. Please see the Year 10 Subject Selection booklet for more details.

USI (Unique Student Identifier)

It has become a federal government requirement that all people undergoing vocational training must now apply for a USI. This includes all school students as well as adult learners.
See USI Information for Parents (PDF, 282KB) for all information.

Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection

Senior Subject Selection Book 2018 (PDF, 1,825 KB)

Senior Subject Selection Book 2017 (PDF, 3,760 KB)

The task of choosing subjects to be studied in Years 11 and 12 is not easy. The selection of subjects should be made only after much consideration, as the decisions made may have a major influence on the student’s career and future. To meet the needs of students with a wide range of abilities and interest, this school offers a diverse range of subjects that can be divided into three categories:


1. Authority Subjects

These subjects prepare students for tertiary study, and/or employment. These are known as Authority Subjects because the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) requires that 20 Semester units of Authority Subjects be studied in order to be OP eligible for tertiary entrance. Three of these subjects must be studied continuously over four semesters.

Year 11 and 12 Authority Subjects include:

Accounting, Ancient History, Business Communication and Technologies, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, English, Information Processing and Technology, Information Technology Systems, Japanese, Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Modern History, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Technology Studies, Visual Art.

2. Authority Registered Subjects

These are either subjects derived from study area specifications (SAS) or school developed subjects for which a work program has been approved. These subjects are designed to cater for those students who would experience difficulty with Authority Subjects and who wish to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge which will enable them to be more readily acceptable in the work force or enable them to enrol at TAFE at the end of Year 11 or 12.

Year 11 and 12 Authority Registered Subjects include:
Dance in Practice, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering Studies, English Communication, Furnishing Skills, General Construction Skills, Hospitality, Media Arts in Practice, Pre Vocational Mathematics, Rugby Union, Science in Practice, Social and Community Studies, Tourism, Visual Art Studies, Volleyball.

3. Vocational Education and Training Subjects (VET)

These subjects lead to a nationally recognised vocational qualification, usually a Certificate I or Certificate II level. These subjects provide both theoretical and practical skills and may require students to participate in work experience during their studies.

Year 11 and 12 VET subjects include:

Certificate I Furnishings (MSF10113), Certificate I Construction (CPC10111), Certificate II Business (BSB20115), Certificate III Business (BSB30115), Certificate III Fitness (SIS30310), Certificate II Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICA20115).

Other Courses:
Diploma of Business (BSB50215), Certificate IV in Crime and Justice (VLE)