We prepare each student with a seamless

transition to the next stage of their life's journey

Sheldon College Senior Schooling prides itself on being able to provide pathways that lead our students to success.

Senior Schooling is proud to boast a variety of opportunities for our senior students, including but not limited to:

  • Diploma of Business as part of their senior academic timetable
  • Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight)
  • Year 11 Aviation Foundation Program
  • Year 12 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence).
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • School-based Traineeships and Apprenticeships
  • TAFE Programs

 Senior Schooling will investigate any program that a student has an interest in so that they can enhance their studies and their future pathways.

Senior Schooling Pathways to Success

Senior Schooling Pathways to Success

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Curriculum Programs


Years 11 and Year 12 students participate in the Options Program once a week on Wednesday afternoons. This program allows our students to engage in an area of interest encouraging them to enhance their current studies and/or improve their learning processes.

Students take advantage of: 

  • Tutorials
  • TAFE courses
  • On-line through the Open Learning Institute of TAFE
  • Work Experience
  • Personal Study (College or home)
  • Part-time work
  • University courses
  • School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Stand-alone programs


Our Years 11 and 12 Focus Program is built around the three pillars of Study Skills, Memory and Cognition and Social and Emotional development. This program occurs twice a week and includes experiences such as:

  • Academic Mentoring and Coaching
  • Memory and Cognition training
  • Pastoral Development programs
  • Careers and Pathways planning
  • Study Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Enrichment programs
  • Guest speakers from Business, Industry and Government

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Spaceflight Academy

Sheldon College’s SpaceFlight Academy offers a range of programs not seen anywhere else in Australia. Our students are provided with unique and innovative opportunities to gain credentials and experience real world applications in the Aviation and Space Design, Drone and Engineering arenas.

To ensure that our Senior students receive industry recognised credentials, we have strategic partnerships for a Drone Pilot program, an Aviation Private Pilot course and the International Space Design Competition.

Aviation Programs

Year 11 students have the opportunity to complete an Aviation Foundation Course; the perfect option for students interested in exploring Aviation pathways upon completion of their schooling years. Students will become familiar with aircraft equipment and gain the theoretical knowledge required to progress into the Year 12 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence) Program. Year 12 students are able to complete their Private Pilot’s Licence before the end of Year 12, whilst working towards the completion of the Diploma course. Depending on their progress, the Diploma can be completed within 6 months of completing Year 12.


Space Design Competition

Our Senior students are able to participate in the International Space Settlement Design competition. This runs as an engineering industry simulation and 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. If successful at the Australian competition, our students are given the opportunity to represent Australia at the International competition held in Florida annually.


Drone Program

The Drone Program gives Years 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight). Students who successfully complete the Certificate are eligible to apply for the CASA qualifications required for flying a Drone.

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Universities provide a variety of programs suitable for 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. Our Year 12s are also provided with a Tour Excursion of Griffith University, the University of Queensland and QUT as part of their preparation for QTAC selection and post Year 12. Curriculum Frameworks best suited to the needs of Sheldon College students are implemented. Students who successfully complete a UQ Enhanced Studies, START QUT or Griffith GUESTS program are eligible to receive an adjustment point/s towards their university entrance rank, if they choose to continue their studies at the same University.

The University of Queensland and Griffith University offer high-achieving Year 11 students the opportunity to discover, learn and engage through their UQ Young Scholars Program and the Griffith University Future Leaders Retreat.

Sheldon College encourages Year 11 and Year 12 students to investigate these programs and apply if they feel it will enhance their current school programs.


TAFE Brisbane

Students are offered a wide variety of courses at TAFE.  All programs are Nationally Recognised and give students credit for future courses.  Full day programs are available and offerings include Beauty Therapy, Business, Engineering, Events, Fashion, Horticulture, Information Technology and Justice Administration, to name but a few.

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

Students are offered a wide variety of courses at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.  All programs are Nationally Recognised and give students credit for future courses.  Full day programs are available and offerings include Automotive, Building and Construction, Engineering and Electrotechnology.

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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 also as a means of quality control for the Vocational Education and Training Framework requirements.

All Year 11 students will be engaged in our Work Experience program. This involves a comprehensive induction program and establishes links with business and industry in accordance with current legislation. Employers provide formal feedback to the College on student performance. This is structured according to the National Employability Skills Framework.

In order to provide our Year 12 students with every opportunity to enhance their future success, Sheldon College hosts a “Futures Breakfast”. The aim of this breakfast is to provide a forum for several of our past Year 12 students to outline their pathways and experiences post Year 12 and is designed so that students can chat, liaise and network with both Alumni and Industry Representatives from the students’ chosen field of study.

Importantly, our links with businesses 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
  • Successful students may receive a Queensland Certificate of Education and a Nationally Recognised certificate at the completion of Year 12.
  • Payment for time spent at work.
  • First-hand knowledge and experience in employment areas of interest thereby allowing a 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 tertiary education.

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Careers Centre

The Pathways Advisor and the Senior Schooling team work to ensure that each student’s individual pathway is catered for. Students may now have multiple occupations in a number of different industries, including some in occupations that are not yet created. This causes challenges for educators and we strive to help students be flexible, adaptable and highly skilled lifelong learners.
The services offered through the Careers Centre 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
  • Information on the undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UCAT)
  • Reminders and updates on Art Auditions and Queensland Conservatorium dates
  • Resources: University/TAFE booklets, brochures and important career information
  • Assistance with Scholarship applications.

The Pathways Advisor meets with all students and assists with Subject Selection in Year 8 and Year 10 through a Careers Education Program.

Contact Senior Schooling

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