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Senior Secondary

The Government’s “learning or earning” laws mean students will be required to complete Year 10 at school and go on to complete a further two years of education and training, either into Senior schooling or the workforce on a full time basis.

At Tamborine Mountain College students will work towards a Senior Statement.  There are two pathways for students to choose from:

A strong academic focus with the goal being entrance into tertiary study or

A school-based traineeship (SBT) with the goal being the attainment of the QCE and then an apprenticeship or trade, post Year 12.

Tamborine Mountain College’s intention is to provide personalised education, catering for individual optimum learning with a ‘family’ like environment.  The College has set standards in the area of academics with a strong focus on core curriculum.  Our academic program seeks to create confident students who develop into independent learners.

Tamborine Mountain College’s size enables us to offer a unique and individualised program for students to tailor learning programs to meet individual needs. Pastoral Care is valued at Tamborine Mountain College to reinforce the supportiveness of the school population. This is delivered through a Values program run by form teachers.  Enrichment and extension programs are on offer for students to extend their learning experiences.

Tamborine Mountain College offers students a wide range of avenues to nurture and encourage students in an array of areas. Gifted and talented programs are available to ensure that students who are gifted feel that they are valued in a learning environment which both challenges and supports them to pursue excellence and develop a passion for lifelong learning. Excellence and extension programs are available for Senior Secondary students in the Arts.

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Senior Secondary’s Year 10 is the foundation year for senior schooling. Focus is on an individual career SET plan to assist in decision making for subject selection at senior level for future goals. Certificate courses and Tafe options are explored as part of the school’s program. Through work experience, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships are engaged for those students seeking this career path.


  1. English
  2. Mathematics – Advanced*, Mathematics – Core Level 1*, Mathematics – Core Level 2*
  3. Business & Economics, Visual Arts, Physical Education
  4. French, Drama, Certificate II Fitness
  5. Digital Technologies, History, Certificate II Tourism, Other certificate as negotiated**
  6. Science Level 1*, Science Level 2*
  7. Other ARC (Academics, Resilience and Careers)

*Subject levels is dependent on performance in Year 9 and is subject to approval by the Head of Faculty. 

*Students wishing to study either French or Digital Technologies in Year 11 & 12 must select the subject for study in Year 10.


Certificate II Sport Rec/Certificate III Fitness
Certificate II/III Tourism


  1. English, English Essentials
  2. Mathematical Methods, General Maths, Essential Maths
  3. Physics, Business, Modern History, Visual Arts, Visual Arts in Practice
  4. Specialist Mathematics, Biology, French, Drama, Drama in Practice
  5. Chemistry, Digital Solutions, Psychology, Physical Education


Certificate II Sport Rec/Cert III Fitness (continuing from Year 10)
Certificate III Tourism (continuing from Year 10 Certificate II)
QCE Short Courses (for students not continuing certificates from Year 10)

Tamborine Mountain College offers school-based traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities to selected students through the school-based traineeship (SBT) program.

The objective of the program is to assist students, whilst at school, to develop skills in a workplace setting, receive nationally accredited training and a qualification that will set them up for job opportunities and a career path after their schooling is complete.

Students are able to achieve a Certificate level in their chosen industry whilst working part time as well as completing their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and working towards a Senior Statement.

School-Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships are suitable for students who do not wish to gain an ATAR or complete tertiary education.

At the completion of Year 12, students will receive a Senior Statement with a record of their subjects and other qualifications achieved such as a Certificate III from a School-Based Traineeship.

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is a school-based qualification awarded at the completion of the senior phase of learning, usually at the end of Year 12.  It confirms a student’s achievements of:

a significant amount of learning – at least 20 credits. As school studies and other learning, such as SBT, are completed, these achievements or credits, as they are known, are banked and the learning account grows just like a bank account. a set standard of achievement – minimum SA in all subjects. meeting literacy and numeracy requirements – determined by a pass in English and Maths.

Teacher tutorials occur typically occur after school according to the schedule (excluding the first and last week of term).

Tutorials are at no additional cost to families.

Friday is never scheduled as a tutorial day. 

Refer to Parent Lounge for Tutoring timetable (under General Links)