Academic Programs

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Year 7

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Japanese
  • French
  • HPE

Term Rotation Subjects

  • Philosophy and Logic
  • Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Drama
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Music Extension
  • Digital Tech and Media
  • Industrial Tech and Engineering

Year 8

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • HPE

Elective Subjects

  • Maths Problem-Solving
  • Engineering
  • Japanese or French
  • Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Music Extension
  • Film and Media
  • Industrial Tech and Design
  • Digital Solutions

Year 9 

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics or Essential Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • HPE

Elective Subjects

  • Engineering 
  • Chemistry and Physics (Extension) 
  • Principles of Animal Production
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Languages Lab
  • World History (Americas and Asia)
  • Legal Studies
  • Geography
  • Anatomy
  • Sport Academy: Netball
  • Psychology
  • Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Film and Media
  • Industrial Tech and Design
  • Digital Solutions

Year 10  

Core Subjects

  • English, Literature, Essential English or English as an Additional Language
  • Preparatory General Mathematics, Preparatory Mathematics Methods or Preparatory Essential Mathematics
  • Science
  • History 

Elective Subjects

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Engineering 
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Chinese Extension
  • World History (Europe and Africa) 
  • Legal Studies 
  • Geography
  • Physical Education 
  • Health 
  • Sport Academy: Netball 
  • Psychology 
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Business 
  • Tourism 
  • Certificate I in Hospitality (SIT10216)
  • Drama 
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Film and Media
  • Design
  • Digital Solutions
  • Certificate I in Furnishing (MSF10113) 
  • Construction
  • Fashion

Years 11 and 12 

Elective Subjects

  • English
  • Literature
  • Essential English
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Essential Mathematics 
  • General Mathematics 
  • Mathematics Methods 
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Engineering
  • Japanese 
  • French 
  • Chinese 
  • Chinese Extension 
  • Modern History 
  • Ancient History 
  • Legal Studies
  • Physical Education 
  • Health 
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) 
  • Psychology 
  • Sport and Recreation 
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood (CHC30113) 
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Business 
  • Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)
  • Accounting 
  • Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316)
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) 
  • Diploma of Business (BSB50215)
  • Drama 
  • Dance 
  • Visual Art 
  • Music 
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only) 
  • Film, TV and New Media 
  • Design 
  • Digital Solutions 
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways (MSF20516) 
  • Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111)
  • Fashion 
  • Information Communications Technology

Secondary School Academic Pathways

An academic pathway provides a rigorous and intellectually challenging course that will most likely lead to university or other tertiary study after graduation.

Many students combine their study of traditional subjects with nationally recognised certificate, diploma or university courses.

Canterbury College Year 12 students who study academic pathways achieve consistently high outcomes each year.

Students nominate their university course preferences through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) in September of Year 12, or through the equivalent interstate body for study in another state.

Choosing a pathway

Before choosing an academic pathway for Senior Students it is important to consider the student’s abilities, interests, likes/dislikes and preferred and intended future.

The Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan) process during Year 10, formal conversations with specialist staff in Years 11-12, parental involvement and support are all vital in this consultative process when determining courses of study for Years 11 and 12.

Students who do this process well will ensure they have chosen a suitable pathway for themselves along with the necessary prerequisite subjects for subsequent tertiary entrance.

Pathways to University

Students may also study subjects from university courses for one or more semesters while in Senior School through the College’s association with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Southern Queensland and University of Queensland.

University Subjects could include: Commerce, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Law and Legal Process, Mathematics, Nursing, Performing Arts, and Psychology. Students who successfully pass such subjects receive credit for subsequent university studies and can gain preferential entry to the course after completing Year 12.

Canterbury is a Griffith Connect Partner School, and a number of College students have been awarded scholarships while many others have been offered guaranteed entry into nominated courses of their choice. A number of Year 12 students also attend Griffith University’s Business School Outreach Program at the Logan Campus each year and so gain an offer of automatic entry into the Business Faculty.

The College is also part of Bond University’s Collegiate Partnership Program that provides support to partner schools with educational activities for staff and students. On offer are a range of scholarships for Year 12 students which have been regularly awarded to Canterbury students over recent years.

Curriculum Handbook

Years 11 and 12 Curriculum Handbook