DISTINCTIVE CURRICULUM OFFERINGS

For Students in Year 7 to 12


The journey of a Secondary Years student at Sheldon College aligns to the Australian Curriculum and transitions into the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) at the end of Year 10. We carefully sequence our curriculum offerings across the campus to allow for appropriate progression and growth of our students.

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Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 students at Sheldon College are nurtured in the world of Secondary Education and are provided with foundational knowledge and experiences which will hold them in good stead for future years.

In Years 7 and 8, 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 student success whereby we aim to produce 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. 

Through effective timetabling processes, we are able to offer Academic Extension classes in a number of subject areas. This allows students who exhibit high academic ability the opportunity to be challenged beyond the scope of what is generally on offer in mainstream classes. This process is managed through the Director of Academics and aims to advantage all students.

A variety of Academic Enrichment Programs are available to Years 7 and 8 students which aim to enrich and accelerate the holistic educational experience at Sheldon College. 

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Years 9 and 10

Our Years 9 and 10 curriculum program is designed to develop and nurture strong academic outcomes that inspire and challenge our students to think critically, creatively and innovatively.

In Years 9 and 10, students develop strong academic mindsets as they experience life as Senior College student. Students are able to tailor their individual academic program with guidance from the Director of Academics, Director of Performance Analytics and Pathways Advisor. 

At Sheldon College, we encourage our students to strive for individual academic excellence. Academic performance data is accessible from an early age and allows parents, students and teachers to make informed decisions about the education of their child.

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. 

Students then have the opportunity to elect three additional subjects:

  • Business Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Technologies
  • IDEAS (Innovation, Design, Engineering, The Arts, Science)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dance
  • Drama 
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Art

Through timetabling processes, we are able to offer Academic Extension classes in a number of subject areas. This allows students who exhibit high academic ability the opportunity to be challenged beyond the scope of what is generally on offer in mainstream classes. This process is managed through the Director of Academics and aims to advantage all students.

A variety of Academic Enrichment Programs is available to Years 9 and 10 students which aim to enrich and accelerate the holistic educational experience at Sheldon College.

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Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12, students are focussed on achieving high academic outcomes which in turn will offer them their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Students are individually guided through these critical years with Academic Mentoring from the Director of Academics, Director of Performance Analytics and the Pathways Advisor. Students also receive regular Academic Coaching from Curriculum Heads of Faculty and Academic Staff.

A full-time Senior Academic program at Sheldon College consists of studying six General QCAA Subjects. All students in Years 11 and 12 are required to study English (Literature or English) and Mathematics (Mathematical Methods or General Mathematics). Students may elect four additional subjects that best suit their academic goals and future pathways. 

English and Languages

  • English OR Literature*
  • Chinese

Mathematics

  • General Mathematics OR Mathematical Methods*
  • Specialist Mathematics

Health and Physical Education

  • Physical Education

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

  • Modern History
  • Ancient History
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Diploma of Business**

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Technologies

  • Design
  • Digital Solutions

The Arts

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film, Television & New Media
  • Music and Music Extension (Composition, Musicology, Performance)
  • Visual Art

A variety of Academic Enrichment Programs are available to Years 11 and 12 students which aim to enrich and accelerate the holistic educational experience at Sheldon College. 

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