Curriculum

Curriculum Overview 2017

Faith Lutheran College currently operates a curriculum based on Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) syllabus requirements. In the Junior school - English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities (including Geography) are aligned and embedded utilizing the Australian Curriculum standards and descriptors. Over the next few years more subjects will align with the Australian Curriculum.

The structure of the curriculum from Year 8 to Year 12 consists of semester based units of work. Students complete subjects in one semester, or within one and two year programs. This combination enables the College to fulfil the QCAA requirements whilst maintaining maximum flexibility and hence, cater for the individual preferences and interests of all students. The structure of the curriculum in Year 7 consists of semester based units of work, as well as term based units of work for the experience subjects.

Senior Secondary operates on a seven line structure. This means, students are studying a total of six subjects with Extended Curriculum opportunities on line seven. Students also have the option to study a QCAA extension subject. It is compulsory for students to complete a course of Christian studies throughout the Senior phase of learning. The College also mandates that students study a type of English and a type of Mathematics.

Junior Secondary operates on a seven line structure and an integrated cross-curriculum structure for Year 7. This means, students are studying a total of seven subjects in a semester for Year 8 and the same in Year 9. These students are able to select elective subjects or participate in experience subjects, including but not limited to, Visual Arts, German or Korean, Technics and Home Economics. Year 7 students study integrated cross-curriculum units that incorporate English, Humanities and Christian Studies across two lines and Mathematics, Science and Physical Education across another two lines. Year 7 students are able to participate in a range of experience subjects, including but not limited to Media, Drama, Business, Computers, Industrial Design and Home Economics. 


JUNIOR SECONDARY

Year 7
Students study:

  • English, Humanities, Christian Studies, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education for the whole year
  • Either Korean or German (beginning or advanced) for the whole year 
  • Home Economics, Visual Art, Music, Drama, Media, Business, Computers, and Design Technologies for one term each

Year 8
Students study:

  • English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for the whole year
  • Either Korean or German (beginning or advanced) for the whole year 
  • A selection of two Arts based subjects and two Technologies based subjects, such as but not limited to - Home Economics, Visual Art, Media, Music, Computing, and Design Technologies for one semester each

Year 9
Students study:

  • English, Mathematics, Christian Studies, Science, Health & Physical Education, Humanities for the whole year
  • A choice of three electives, from a selection of twelve specialist subject areas, for one semester each 

SENIOR SECONDARY

Year 10
Students study:

  • English and Mathematics for a year
  • Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for a year
  • The choice of four electives from a selection of twelve specialist subject areas whereby two subjects can be studied for the entire year

Year 11 and Year 12
Students study:

  • Study of Religion, Religion and Ethics, Faith Works, Cert III in Christian Ministry & Theology
  • English or English Communication
  • Mathematics – A, B, C or Pre-Vocational Mathematics
  • Students will also study three or four electives. The number of electives will be reduced if a student obtains an Apprenticeship or Traineeship and increased to four if a student studies Faith Works. 

All subjects are generally studied for two years – whilst students may change subjects before the end of the two years they must be careful that they do not make themselves ineligible for a Queensland Certificate of Education or Overall Position if that is their desired pathway. 

Year 11 and 12 subjects offered at Faith include:

Authority Subjects – These subjects are ones that have been approved by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and for which Faith has its work program accredited by the QCAA. These subjects contribute to OP calculation. 

Authority-Registered Subjects – These subjects are ones that have been approved by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority and for which Faith has its study plan accredited by the QCAA. These subjects are four semester units in length and are studied over two years. In general these subjects are less academically demanding than Authority Subjects. These subjects do not contribute to OP calculation.

Vocational Education & Training (VET) Subjects – These subjects are complete training packages in which successful completion leads to the award of a VET Certificate, students must complete the course and demonstrate competency in each of the VET modules.

University subjects – the University of Southern Queensland and University of Queensland (Ipswich Campus) both offer secondary school students the opportunity to study University subjects whilst still at school. Further information can be found on their websites.

All subjects offered at Faith contribute toward the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The OP is used by QTAC to allocate Tertiary Study Places. For students who are ineligible for an OP they may gain entry via a selection rank.   

 

SCHOOL BASED TRAINEESHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

In line with the Federal initiatives in the area of Vocational Training, Faith Lutheran College offers students the opportunity to participate in negotiated hours at the College and supportive training arrangements.

Features of apprenticeships and traineeships in schools include:

  • A training agreement.
  • Students being employed part-time
  • A training component is undertaken by a Registered Training Organisation.
  • Students attaining QCE and a VET qualification, or credits towards a VET qualification.
  • Students attending school and work.
  • Provisions that apprenticeships and traineeships in schools will be undertaken through a wide range of delivery modes.  

New Apprenticeships in schools require students:

  • Be enrolled as students under the relevant Education Act
  • Undertake a training program
  • Undertake employment in productive work
  • Work towards a qualification.