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Senior School

Our Senior School Curriculum incorporates Years 11 and 12 at St Brendan's College; a critical end to a student's school years. 

St Brendan’s College offers a wide range of Senior subjects, in order to satisfy the career pathways of young men
with different abilities and interests.  With the change to the ATAR system in Queensland, the College offers four types of senior subjects — General, Applied, Vocational and School Endorsed. Results in the first three categories can contribute to the student’s QCE and to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), although no more than one result in an Applied subject or in a Vocational Certificate can be used in the calculation of the ATAR. Results in the fourth category may assist attainment of the QCE or provide skills to compliment career options.

  • General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to tertiary studies.
  • Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work.
  • VET qualifications are recognised Australia wide and are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to training or work. These subjects are predominantly hands-on but also require some theoretical concepts to be completed. The College has a renowned VET Centre with many of our students securing apprenticeships and trades for a strong future. 
  • School endorsed subjects are intended to provide learning opportunities that can contribute towards the attainment of a QCE, or provide additional certification in areas of interest. The College offers two Types of School Endorsed subjects
    • Literacy and Numeracy Short Courses
    • Private Music Tuition

What is an ATAR?
The ATAR is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions. It indicates a student’s position relative to all other students in the Country on a 2000 rung scale. The scale ranges from a maximum of 99.95 to 0.00. ATARs below 30.00 will be listed as “30 and below”.  Each .05 band of the ATAR will contain approximately 30 Queensland students. This makes the ATAR a very fine-grained measure of student performance. An ATAR tells a student the percentage of the Year 12 population they beat. Someone with an ATAR of 65 has performed as well as, or better than 65% of the students in the country.

Calculating an ATAR

The calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be based on a student’s:

  • best five General subject numeric results or
  • best results in a combination of four General subject results plus an Applied subject result or a Certificate III or higher VET qualification.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has responsibility for ATAR calculations.

For full detail on the St Brendan's College Senior Subject offerings, please download and review carefully the Senior Handbook below. 


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