Curriculum Overview 2018
Faith Lutheran College offers a broad curriculum that caters for a diverse range of interests and subject combinations. It prides itself on the student centred timetable that offers flexibility but also a clear pathway for all students. Currently, the College operates a Senior curriculum (Years 10 to 12) based on Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) syllabus requirements. The Junior curriculum (Years 7 to 9) – including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and the Languages (German/Korean) utilise the Australian Curriculum standards and descriptors.
The structure of the curriculum from Year 7 to Year 12 consists of semester based allocations. Students complete introductory 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 yearlong courses, semester long introductory courses, as well as integrated extended cross-curricula projects.
The Senior curriculum operates on a six-line structure. This means, students are studying a total of six subjects with Extended Curriculum opportunities for one lesson a week. 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.
The Junior curriculum operates with a sub-line structure and an integrated cross-curriculum structure for Year 7. This means, students are studying a total of nine subjects in a semester for Year 8 and eight subjects in Year 9. Students are able to select elective subjects or participate in experience subjects, including but not limited to, Visual Arts, German, Integrated Curriculum or Korean, Industrial Design Technology, Digital Technologies, and Food Technology and Design. Year 7 students study integrated cross-curriculum units that incorporate English, Humanities and Digital Technologies across two lines and Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies across another two lines. Year 7 students are able to participate in a range of experience subjects, including Visual Art, Music, Industrial Design and Food Technology and Design.
Students study the following subjects in each Year Level of Junior Secondary at Faith:
- English, Humanities, Christian Studies, Mathematics, Science and Health & Physical Education for the whole year
- Either Korean or German (beginning or advanced) for the whole year
- Visual Art, Music, Industrial Design Technologies, and Food Technology and Design for one semester
- English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for the whole year
- Korean, Integrated Curriculum or German for the whole year
- A selection of two Arts based subjects and two Technologies based subjects, such as but not limited to - Food Technology and Design, Visual Art, Media, Music, Digital Technologies, and Industrial Design Technologies for one semester each
- English, Mathematics, Christian Studies, Science, Health & Physical Education, Humanities for the whole year
- A choice of four electives for one semester each
Student study the following subjects in Senior Secondary at Faith:
- English and Mathematics for a whole year
- Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for a whole year
- The choice of six semester based electives whereby one subject must be a Science and one subject must be a Humanities
Year 11 and Year 12
- Study of Religion, Religion and Ethics, or FaithWorks
- 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 four OP subjects and elects to complete FaithWorks (Certificate II Volunteering).
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.
Teaching and Learning Framework 2017-2020
Faith Lutheran College is committed to learning and teaching that is grounded in evidence from research and practice. It has the centrality of the child as its core principle. The Faith Lutheran College Teaching and Learning Framework provides a basis for teachers through their actions, as well as dedication to the child, to seek measurable student outcomes in all facets of holistic education.
Explicit targets for improvement are utilised at each phase of the framework and the New Art and Science of Teaching (Marzano) is used as the central text. The College provides clear communication with staff and the community, which enables the Faith community to be focussed on the holistic development of the child as core.