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Senior secondary

Our curriculum offerings

Sarina State High School offers its students a wide variety of courses throughout Senior secondary, incorporating Years 10 to 12. There are three types of senior courses offered at Sarina State High School:

  • Authority courses
  • Authority registered Courses 
  • Vocational Education and Training Certificates

We organise these courses into pathways to assist students in deciding which courses they will study.

Authority courses

These courses, approved by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA), are offered State wide in Queensland secondary schools and colleges and are used in the calculation of a student’s Overall Position (OP) when they exit year 12. Overall Positions are used to gain entry into tertiary institutions such as universities. They contribute to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) if the required level of achievement is attained. In Senior secondary at Sarina High we offer:

Accounting, Ancient History, Biology, Business Communication and Technology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Graphics, Home Economics,  Legal Studies, Marine Studies Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Modern History, Music Physical Education, Physics, Visual Art.



Authority registered courses 

Authority registered courses are those based on QSA developed Study Area Specifications (SAS). They are not used in the calculation of an OP. Authority registered courses emphasise practical skills and knowledge relevant to specific industries. They contribute to the QCE if the required level of achievement is attained. In Senior secondary at Sarina High we offer:

Building and Construction (Manufacturing), English Communication, Industrial Graphics, Marine and Aquatic Practices, Prevocational Mathematics


Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificates

Student achievement in accredited Vocational Education competencies (based on industry-endorsed competency standards) may give advanced standing towards a traineeship or apprenticeship and/or credit on entry to courses at TAFE institutes and other registered training organisations. VET certificates contribute to the QCE if the required competence is attained.

Vocational education and training provides skills and knowledge to work efficiently and to a certain level through a standardised national training system in specific industry areas. Essentially, VET courses are designed to prepare learners for the workforce and at Sarina State High School, as a registered training organisation, a wide range of vocational certificates in a stand-alone or embedded format are able to be offered. These include:

Certificate II in Business, Certificate III in Children’s Services, Certificates I and II in Engineering, Certificate III in Fitness, Certificates I and II in Hospitality, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificates I and II in Visual Art, Rugby League Development Program.

# Delivery of these certificates will be dependent on the approval status of Sarina SHS’s Scope of Registration.

Sarina State High School also offers a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SAT) program that allows students to gain a VET qualification and do paid work in a traineeship or apprenticeship area, while still at School  studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Having VET qualifications can lead to many different careers and jobs. 


The link between VET and tertiary entrance 

OP eligible – students can select 5 Authority subjects and a VET certificate as their sixth subject.

Not OP eligible – students achievements in VET can contribute to a selection ranking used by Universities and TAFE.

Students also have the option of studying a certificate course offered by TAFE, or a private RTO in vocational areas that interest them. If students are interested in studying a VET certificate not offered by Sarina State High School, please contact the VET co-ordinator.