Senior College

Senior College

Senior schooling is an exciting time for our Riverside Christian College students. We offer wide range of subjects and courses that count towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).


During Year 10, following the Subject Information evening, students will finalise the process leading to the development of their Senior Education and Training plan (SET plan).

The SET plan results in a document that helps students to structure their learning in Years 11 and 12 around their abilities, interests and ambitions. Developing the SET plan facilitates invaluable communication between students, their families and Riverside to help students plan their education, training and career goals and map their pathway to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

A tertiary pathway is a course of study with a training institute or university following the completion of high school. In general, universities offer tertiary qualifications including, Diploma, Advanced Diploma (Associate Degree), Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Doctoral Degree, whilst training organisations offer Certificate 1 through to Advanced Diploma (Associate Degree).

QCE Information Sheet

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

Year 10, What’s Next

Tonya Holder

Tonya Holder

Head of Senior College

QCAA General Subjects

General subjects prepare students for tertiary study, further education and training and work. They may contribute up to four credits per subject towards a QCE and also contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Examples include English, General Mathematics, Ancient History, Biology, and Music.

QCAA Applied Subjects

Applied subjects focus on practical skills and prepare students for further education and training and work. They may contribute up to four credits per subject towards a QCE, and one Applied subject may also contribute to an ATAR when combined with four General subjects. Examples include Essential English, Essential Mathematics, Aquatic Practices, Industrial Technology Skills, and Media Arts in Practice.

QCAA Short Courses

Short Courses are suited to students interested in pathways to vocational education and training or further education and employment. They may contribute one credit to a QCE, but do not contribute to an ATAR. Examples include Short Course in Literacy and Short Course in Numeracy.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) at School

VET prepares students for work through practical learning and is an important part of senior schooling for many students. Approximately 60% of Queensland senior students achieve VET qualifications. Riverside Christian College is a Registered Training Authority and we currently offer Certificate I Construction, Certificate II Hospitality, Certificate II Agriculture, Certificate II Horse Care, Certificate II Work Skills, Certificate II Dance and Certificate III Agriculture. These popular courses can lead to further education and training and may contribute up to four credits for a Certificate II and eight for a Certificate III toward a QCE. If students are interested in undertaking a VET course not mentioned above, our experienced RTO Manager, Mrs. Bronte Hose can assist with facilitating such requests.

One VET qualification at Certificate III or above may also contribute to an ATAR.

To peruse VET Course overviews, follow this link.

Leadership Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to develop their leadership qualities in Senior College.

Life Beyond School

Our dedicated Careers Coordinator supports students in obtaining the necessary requirements to suit their career aspirations through the establishment of community partnerships.

The College has a unique pathways web portal designed to keep students up to date on relevant opportunities available throughout Senior College, as well as provide information and resources that will help them make decisions about their future beyond school.

Through the secure Student Area, students can access a variety of great resources that will assist them to:

  • Map out their Senior College plan through the Career Planner tool
  • Create a resume and cover letter
  • Investigate various career options
  • Explore and compare courses available through University, TAFE and other institutions
  • Build a digital portfolio
  • Write a personal statement – great for scholarship applications!

Certificate Courses

Through our internal Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we can provide students with access to a number of Vocational Education and Training Certificates for students in Year 10 through to Year 12. Our RTO Manager may also assist students in sourcing and establishing school-based trainee and apprenticeships.

Please visit our VET Pathways page for further details and contact information for our RTO Manager.

Rhonda Scullen

Rhonda Scullen

Future Pathways & RTO Compliancy Manager

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Download our Senior Subject Selection Books

Our Senior Subject Selection books cover information on General, Applied and Vocational courses on offer to Senior College students.

Senior College Gallery

Depicting Senior College students at events, camps, excursions, leadership opportunities and more.