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

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...
LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL: A SERIOUSLY, SENSATIONAL SPECTACLE
FRIDAY 04 MAY, 2018
The Australian School of the Arts has once again done Sheldon College proud, with a stunning production of the Broadway Musical “Legally Blonde, the Musical”.  ...
STUDENTS TUNE INTO HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL, 2018
Sheldon College recently held three Holiday Technology Workshops for students in Years 1 to 10. Students immersed themselves in the evolving worlds of programming, design...
SHELDON COLLEGE ATHLETICS ON A GAMES HIGH
THURSDAY 12 APRIL, 2018
In the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletics Events, Sheldon College was delighted to host Team Scotland for a second time...
SHELDON COLLEGE WELCOMES AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
TUESDAY 27 MARCH, 2018
Sheldon College Year 10 English students welcomed the award-winning children's author from Sydney, Mr Will Kostakis, to the Senior Learning Centre. Mr Kostakis’s books include...
SHELDON COLLEGE SAYS NO WAY! TO BULLYING AND VIOLENCE
FRIDAY 16 MARCH, 2018
On the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Sheldon College is one of over 4000 schools who are committed to stopping bullying in schools...
SHELDON COLLEGE FAMILIES JOIN IN CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
WEDNESDAY 07 MARCH, 2018
Once again this year for a third time running Sheldon College families participated in the Clean Up Australia Day Community event. Almost 200 students, largely...