Senior school


Year 10 Curriculum

At Aviation High School, Year 10 provides a link between the Junior and Senior school. Students study six subjects in each semester. Year 10 is designed to establish the framework from which Year 11 and 12 will be built. Students must reach certain minimum requirements in Year 10 English and Mathematics to study Senior English and Mathematics. Other subjects are designed to illustrate to the students the type of skills needed to extend their study in the Senior school.

Starting with the Year 10 Career Education, students quickly identify their strengths/weaknesses, likes/dislikes and investigate the wide variety of education and training opportunities available to them. From this students develop their Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan which outlines specific targets and goals for Year 11 and beyond. It forms the basis of their senior subject selection.

Year 11 & 12 Curriculum

Aviation High School has a wide range of subjects that can be studied in Years 11 and 12. This subject range offers a variety of subjects allowing students with different strengths and areas of interest to pursue their future aspirations.

All Year 11 and 12 students study an English subject and a Mathematics subject. They also choose four other subjects from a range of General or Applied subjects for Year 11 or Authority or other subjects for Year 12, as described below. This takes the total number of subjects studied to six.
For Year 12 – 2019 - The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) governs both the Authority and Authority-Registered subjects. In order to be eligible for an Overall Position (OP), students must undertake at least five Authority subjects over two years, thus they may include one Authority-Registered subject in their total of six, and still be OP-eligible.

Authority Subjects

The Authority subjects that count towards an OP which are currently offered at Aviation High School are:


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Studies
  • Biological Science
  • Business Communication Technologies 
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B
  • Mathematics C
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Visual Arts


Authority-Registered Subjects

Authority-Registered subjects have a more practical orientation than do the Authority subjects. Authority-Registered subjects may also allow students to attain concurrent TAFE qualifications. These subjects do not count towards an OP.
The Authority-Registered subjects currently offered are:


  • English Communication
  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Prevocational Mathematics
  • Aeroskills


For Year 11 – 2019 - The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) governs both the General and Applied subjects. In order to be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), students must undertake at least four General subjects plus one Applied subject/Certificate III course over two years.

General Subjects

The General subjects that count towards an ATAR which are currently offered at Aviation High School are:


  • Aerospace Systems
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • English
  • Food and Nutrition
  • General Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Specialist Mathematics


Applied Subjects 

Applied subjects have a more practical orientation than do the General subjects. 

The Applied subjects currently offered are:


  • Business Studies
  • Essential English
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Industrial Technology Skills
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Visual Arts in Practice.


Certificate Courses

Students may choose to study a certificate as one of their subjects. These certificate courses are offered in partnership with outside RTOs (Registered Training Organisations). 

The certificate courses currently offered are:


  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • And other courses as offered by Aviation Australia, Airways Aviation and TAFE or other provider. 

Alternative Pathways

Alternative Pathways include opportunities such as school based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT), attending external Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority registered training organisations (RTO), and work experience. 

They are available to all Year 11 and 12 students.  

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships 

This involves attending one day of paid work per week and completing the appropriate training package, usually Certificate III level, in most areas of employment.

The student’s timetable is adjusted to five subjects to allow them the flexibility to complete all commitments and with most traineeships taking between 12 to 24 months this usually enables apprentices to exit during the senior schooling phase as a second year apprentice.
Students on these pathways exit Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) that outlines both school and vocational studies.

Last reviewed 11 September 2019
Last updated 11 September 2019