Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

For Students in Years 9 to 12


In Senior College, students begin their individually tailored pathway to becoming independent lifelong learners. 

We maintain the highest of standards in individual scholarship and work habits and Academic Staff work closely with each student to ensure success.

We engage passionate and inquiring minds by offering an extensive range of courses which allow the development of 21st century skills. Our unique curriculum approach ensures success with our students whereby they are positioned as expert learners who are flexible, confident, creative and intrinsically motivated. We empower our students to innovate and actively collaborate in authentic contexts to ensure preparedness for a dynamically changing world.

At Sheldon College, we encourage our students to strive for individual academic excellence. From entry to exit, we track performance through a range of tailored curriculum programs and assessment. Students are individually guided through their senior years to ensure the best educational outcomes possible.

"Our Senior College curriculum is designed to develop and nurture strong academic outcomes that inspires and challenges our students to think critically, creatively and innovatively."

Mr Jarrod Pleass, Director of Teaching and Learning Secondary

Years 9 and 10

Study Options


A full-time academic program at Sheldon College consists of studying nine senior subjects.

All students in Years 9 and 10 study English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education (HPE).  Students then have the opportunity to elect three additional subjects.

Pastoral Care

Students have a weekly pastoral care lesson, whereby students and teachers discuss a range of topics appropriate to their age group – (i.e. time management, career choice, ethics, values, human relationships, anti-drugs, anti-smoking and anti-drinking). Year 10 students complete a Senior Education Training Plan in negotiation with parents and specialist staff who provide careers advice.

Elective Options include:
  • Business Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Technologies
  • Enterprise Design and Innovation Studies (EDIS)
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Dance
  • Drama 
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Art and Australian School of the Arts

Extension classes are provided for students who exhibit high academic ability. 

Years 11 and 12

Study Options


A full-time academic program at Sheldon College consists of studying six senior subjects. 

All students in Years 11 and 12 study the two subjects of English and Mathematics (Mathematics A or B). Students then have the opportunity to elect four additional subjects which best suits their academic goals and future pathways. 

Pathways to Success

We also recognise that as our students get older, the freedom to choose alternative timetables and pathways is very relevant. In accordance with this, each Wednesday students have an Options Afternoon, where they can pursue an activity of their choosing such as Teacher Tutorials, TAFE Courses, Personal Study, Part-Time work or Apprenticeship/Traineeships. For further information, please visit Senior Schooling.

Elective Options include:
  • Science - Maths C, Chemistry, Physics, Biology
  • Technology - Information Processing and Technology (IPT), Design Technology
  • Business - Economics, Legal Studies, Business Management
  • Humanities - Ancient History, Modern History, Geography
  • Health - Physical Education, Health Education
  • Arts - Film TV and New Media (FTM), Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Art

SENIOR COLLEGE NEWS

YEAR 10 ENTREPRENEURS SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE START-UP BUSINESS IDEAS
TUESDAY 04 DECEMBER, 2018
Technical smartwatches, environmentally friendly clothing and a convenient first-time car buyer’s app were among the many outstanding designs presented by Year 10 Business Students at...
MIDDLE AND SENIOR COLLEGE CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE 2018
TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 2018
Over 1400 family members and friends of Sheldon College’s Middle and Senior College students (Years 5 to 12) attended the 2018 Celebration of Excellence Ceremony...
STUDENTS AWARDED FOR EDUCATING TEEN TRAVELLERS TO BE SMART BUYERS
THURSDAY 08 NOVEMBER, 2018
L-R Pictured with Hon Yvette D'Ath MP and Sheldon College Year 9 Students, Alison Wu and Madelize Breet. Sheldon College Year 9 Students, Alison Wu...
CRACKING THE CASE IN CLASS
FRIDAY 02 NOVEMBER, 2018
Sheldon College’s Year 10 Students have been investigating ‘Big Ideas in Science’ this term linking Chemistry, Biology and Physics to real-world applications by solving actual...
SHELDON COLLEGE SENIORS DONATE TO BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER, 2018
Sheldon College Year 12 Students have donated $3,714 to The Charlie Teo Foundation to aid in brain cancer research. The Charlie Teo Foundation was established...
SHELDON COLLEGE YOUTH OLYMPIAN SPORTS STAR
TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 2018
Sheldon College superstar athlete, Jamie Hiscock, and Sheldon Academy of Sport Head Athletics Coach, Mr Ben Norton, have been selected to represent Australia at the...
SHELDON COLLEGE MUSICIANS ON BEAT!
FRIDAY 27 JULY, 2018
Rowan Bowyer (12C) recently sat the Trinity College Diploma Exam for Drumkit and achieved a Distinction.  This is one of the highest awards one can...
NUMBER 1 IN QUEENSLAND FOR SHELDON COLLEGE CHINESE LANGUAGE STUDENTS
MONDAY 18 JUNE, 2018
Between 21 May to 31 May, Sheldon College Year 5 to 10 students put their Chinese language skills to the test as they participated in...
SHELDON COLLEGE CLAIMS SWIMMING DOUBLE
MONDAY 14 MAY, 2018
Sheldon College completed the 2018 double, winning both the Junior, The Associated Schools (JTAS) Years 3 to 6 and the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) Years...