Senior secondary


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 centered 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.

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 Subject Information & Selection

2020 Year 10 Subject Selection Book​

Based on a 4 unit course with each unit approximately 10 weeks in duration.

Year 10 Core Subjects

English (studied for 4 units)                             Maths (studied for 4 units)

Science (studied for minimum of 3 Units)        History (studied for min 2 Units)

Health & PE (studied for 1 Unit)

Year 10 Elective Subjects

Accounting, Business, Certificate II Sport & Recreation, Certificate II Hospitality, Construction, Dance, Design, Digital Solutions, Drama, Early Childhood Studies, Furnishing, Health, Hospitality, Japanese, Music, Physical Education, Tourism and Visual Arts. 

The following electives could also available for selection for Unit 4 only:  Maths C, Media Arts in Practice, Early Childhood Studies, Social and Community Studies, Certificate II Information Technology & Media, Certificate II Business, Certificate III business, Certificate III fitness & Certificate IV Justice Studies

Students also have the opportunity to access courses offered by outside organizations 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.
USI Information for Parents (PDF, 282KB) for all information.

Year 11 & 12 Subject Information & Selection

Senior Subject Selection Booklet 2020



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. General 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 at least 4 General Subjects are studied in order to be ATAR eligible for tertiary entrance.

Year 11 and 12 General Subjects include:

Accounting, Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, General English, Digital Solutions, Health, Japanese, General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Modern History, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Design, Visual Art.

2. Applied 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 enroll at TAFE at the end of Year 11 or 12.

Year 11 and 12 Applied Subjects include:

Early Childhood Studies, Essential English, Essential Mathematics , Furnishing Skills, Construction Skills, Hospitality, Media Arts in Practice, Social and Community Studies, Tourism.

3. Vocational Education and Training Subjects (VET)

These subjects lead to a nationally recognized 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)

Last reviewed 12 September 2019
Last updated 12 September 2019