Curriculum Overview 2015
The College currently operates a curriculum based on Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) documents. English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities (including Geography) are aligned and embedded utilizing the Australian Curriculum standards and descriptors. Over the next few years as the documents become available many more subject programs will move to align with the Australian Curriculum.
The structure of the curriculum consists of semester based units of work, contained within one and two year programs. This combination enables the College to fulfil the QSA requirements whilst maintaining maximum flexibility and hence, cater for the individual preferences and interests of all students.
Senior Secondary operates on a six line structure. This means, at any time students are studying a total of six subjects. Students study either the authority subject Study of Religion or the non-authority Religion and Ethics. The College mandates students study a form of English and a form of Mathematics.
Junior Secondary operates on a seven line structure and a cross-curriculum structure for year 7. This means, at any time students are studying a total of seven subjects. Students rotate through a selection of experience subjects including but not limited to, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Technics, and Home Economics. In keeping with current educational practices, Information Communication Technology is integrated across the curriculum.
Year 7 and 8
- English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities for the whole year
- Either Korean or German (beginning or advanced) for the whole year
- Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for the whole year
- Home Economics, Visual Art, Performing Arts and Technics for one term each
- English and Mathematics for the whole year
- Christian Studies, Science, Health & Physical Education and History for one semester
- A choice of three electives, from a selection of twelve specialist subject areas, for one semester each
Year 10, Semester One
- English, Mathematics and Science for the whole semester
- Christian Studies and Health & Physical Education for one term
- A choice of four electives from a selection of twelve specialist subject areas, each for one semester
Year 10, Semester Two
- English and Mathematics A or B for one semester
- Study of Religion or Religion and Ethics and Health and Physical Education for one term
- Six electives from a selection of twelve specialist subject areas, each for one term
This semester is designed as a preparation for Year 11 and 12. Students have the opportunity to select subjects that align with Year 11 and 12 subjects.
Year 11 and Year 12
- Study of Religion or Religion and Ethics
- English or English Communication
- Mathematics – A, B or Pre Vocational Mathematics
- Students will also study three electives. The number of electives will be reduced if a student obtains an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
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:
These subjects are ones that have been approved by the Queensland Studies Authority and for which Faith has its work program accredited by the QSA. These subjects contribute to OP calculation.
These subjects are ones that have been approved by the Queensland Studies Authority and for which Faith has its study plan accredited by the QSA. 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.
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.