We prepare each student with a seamless

transition to the next stage of their life's journey


Sheldon College facilitates quality education programs and enhances partnerships between Sheldon College and tertiary and other training organisations, business, industry and the community in order to provide Senior Secondary students with Pathways to Success.

"Students have every opportunity to experience Pathways to Success at Sheldon College." 

Mrs Diane Vandermeer, Director of Senior Schooling
What makes Senior Schooling at Sheldon College outstanding?

We asked our parents and students and they told us that the myriad of pathway opportunities and support programs provides for the unique needs of their son or daughter. We aim to prepare each student with a seamless transition from their schooling years on to the next stage of their life's journey.

Senior Schooling Pathways to Success

Senior Schooling Pathways to Success

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Aviation and Space Academy

Learn to be a Pilot or Drone Pilot

In launching this Academy, we have been able to provide students with the opportunity to commence studies in Aviation as well as expand their knowledge and skill in relation to Space Design and Engineering.

To facilitate training in Aviation, we have partnered with the Australian Wings Academy (AWA) based at the Gold Coast Airport. Programs being developed for students in Year 10 include Physics and the Flying Machine to allow students to study Aviation and Aeronautics.  This unit concludes with a flight day with our partners at the Australian Wings Academy.

Senior Schooling (Years 11 and 12) programs include Work Experience, scholarships, Aviation traineeships and pathways into a Diploma of Aviation, which will include a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Students have already had training and experience on simulators leading up to them being at the controls for an actual flight. We were proud to see our Sheldon College logo on the nose of the plane with our students at the controls!

Our Space Settlement Design students commence this program in Year 4 and AWA have offered to provide mentoring, site visits to Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports as well as training for our students.

The International Space Settlement Design competition, run as an Engineering industry simulation, puts high school students in the shoes of Aerospace industry Engineers designing a city in space. Student Engineers demonstrate creativity, space environment knowledge, technical competence and management skills to design and present a solution to a space design problem.

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University Links

Universities provide a variety of programs suitable for Year 11 and 12 students. 

Enhanced Studies, START QUT and the GUESTS program will be accessed for our students as well as informal workshops, vacation school and seminars. Curriculum Frameworks best suited to the needs of Sheldon College students are implemented.

Sheldon College has negotiated with Griffith University to deliver a subject from two of their courses (one from the Film and Television Degree and one from the Arts Degree) at Sheldon College. These courses are part of the Griffith University GUESTS Program and are offered to Year 12 students.

To enrol in these programs, all students need to be achieving their best at school and if they receive a pass or better at Griffith University, they will be granted direct entry into a related Undergraduate Degree

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Business Links

Partnerships formed with Business and Industry serve to provide quality input into curriculum planning and assessment. 

Strategic alliances with these organisations provide opportunities for our students to showcase outstanding achievements. Sheldon College has joined the Redland Chamber of Commerce and this affords us the opportunity to network with business and government agencies in our local area.

Sheldon College students will be encouraged to develop sound practices that are valued by the business community. Business and Industry Advisory committees are formed as part of Traineeship/Apprenticeship programs and as quality control for the Vocational Education and Training Framework requirements.

Our Year 11 Business students are offered the opportunity to attend the SeaWorld H.O.T.E.L. School for a three day program. Students who attend gain an overview of the possible career pathways for employees in a large hotel. They have the opportunity to participate in Work Experience along with a Responsible Service of Alcohol course during their stay.

Through our partnership with the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe, the Year 12 Chemistry students engage in a practical laboratory session in state of the art Wine Science Laboratories. This enables the students to perform chemical wine analysis experiments that are unable to be completed in the school environment. Along with this they are exposed to a variety of areas of Chemistry through visits to local businesses. This live-in program enhances the students’ understanding of Wine Chemistry.

The concept of Government, University, TAFE, Schools and Industry working collaboratively is the way of the future. Importantly we are providing students with the opportunity to develop a sound work ethic which is highly sought after by employers.

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School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Students at Sheldon College will have access to Nationally Recognised education and training through Traineeships and Apprenticeships that are registered with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE). 

Students are engaged in paid employment and study both on the job and off the job.

These students are given the opportunity to commence studies and work in their chosen field whilst still at school. The credentials are Nationally Recognised and students may be fast tracked into future courses. The Apprenticeships and Traineeships will be organised to take advantage of the College’s flexible timetable.

Benefits for Students

  • Completion of a Senior Statement and Queensland Certificate of Education (if requirements met);
  • Completion or progress towards completion of a Nationally Recognised Qualification;
  • Payment for time spent at work;
  • First-hand knowledge and experience in employment areas of interest allowing more informed career choice;
  • A head start in the job market;
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem in an adult environment;
  • Development of attitudes and learning skills relevant to the workplace, thus increasing employability;
  • More effective transition from school to work;
  • Use of vocational qualifications to enter into tertiary education (e.g. Diploma course); and
  • Successful students may receive a Queensland Certificate of Education and a Nationally Recognised certificate at the completion of Year 12.
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Careers Centre

The Careers Counsellor and Senior Schooling team work to ensure that each student’s individual pathway is catered for. We recognise that students are facing multiple challenges during this time in their schooling as well as the pressures of the changing world of work. 

Students may now have multiple occupations in a number of different industries, some in occupations that are not yet created. This causes challenges for educators and we strive to help students to be flexible, adaptable and highly skilled lifelong learners.

The services that the team offer include:
  • A career interest inventory helping with subject selection and post schooling pathway decisions
  • Assistance with time management using templates for study planners and help with goal setting
  • Advice on tertiary prerequisites and upgrading options
  • Advice on options post Year 12: University, TAFE, private Colleges, apprenticeships and traineeships, employment and GAP Year programs
  • Assistance with QTAC, VTAC, UAC guides and the application process, including OP and RANK range estimates
  • Information on the undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT)
  • Reminders and updates on Art Auditions and Queensland Conservatorium dates
  • Help with gaining part-time work; resume writing, letters of application and interviewing techniques
  • Resources: University/TAFE booklets, brochures and important career information
  • Assistance with scholarship applications. 

The Careers Counsellor meets with year levels in the Senior College and assists with Subject Selection in Year 8 and Year 10 through a careers education program. Throughout Senior College, students will have many career education opportunities including guest speakers.

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Registered Training Organisation

As a Registered Training Organisation, Sheldon College has a scope of registration covering the Industry areas of Screen and Media, Information, Digital Media and Technology and Hospitality. 

These programs can be offered to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Our Year 11 and 12 ASTA Film students work towards a Certificate III in Media if they satisfy the requirements of the course.

National Provider Number: 30759

Senior Schooling Year in Review 2017

The Year in Review for 2017 shows Senior Graduate outcomes, senior schooling pathways and student attainment for last years Senior Student cohort.  

Contact Senior Schooling

For more information contact Senior Schooling on (07) 3206 5550 or email [email protected]