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What is Senior Schooling?
At Sunshine Beach SHS Senior Schooling is conducted over Years 11 & 12 through the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. All students have a range of personal, intellectual and social needs. These include completing a senior education, undertaking further education and training, leaving home, finding work and forming personal relationships. The senior years of education at Sunshine Beach SHS provides an excellent framework to prepare students to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.
Sunshine Beach State High School's senior curriculum is based around the need for students to exit with credentials to enable them to progress to the next phase of their life and incorporates the following principles.
  • an extensive range of subject offerings with academic rigour to cater for all students either on a tertiary or vocational pathway
  • opportunities for students to master the skills and knowledge to prepare them for future challenges
  • flexibility within the curriculum for young people moving between pathways
  • teachers produce intellectually challenging work, develop high order thinking skills and motivate students through the ASOT pedagogical framework
  • ICT strategies are embedded as a part of lifelong learning
  • students develop a personal success oriented ethos which is reflected by the school's high academic performance expectation of all students with a rigorous and unrelenting process of monitoring and review
  • the school provides programs to ensure students are career oriented and have an exit pathway post senior schooling
  • students develop independent learning skills and are expected to take responsibility for their learning and progress
  • social development of all students is a priority
  • the school promotes respectful and purposeful communication between staff, students, parents and the community.

Senior Schooling Goal:

Sunshine Beach State High School has high expectations.  To graduate, every student must achieve an OP of worth, a vocational Certificate II or better and they attain their Queensland Certificate of Education.


The Queensland Certificate of Education is the qualification awarded to students who have reached the minimum standard for education in Queensland. It signifies an amount and pattern of learning the Queensland Government has legislated for students to graduate from senior schooling in Queensland.

Tertiary pathways:

Sunshine Beach State High School has a pathway for students who wish to receive an OP (overall position score) or tertiary rank score and study at University or TAFE. Students must study six Authority subjects including Maths and English (Authority subjects).

Vocational Pathways:

Sunshine Beach State High School has a wide range of authority registered and vocational qualifications. Students must choose a Mathematics and an English subject as well as four electives of which one must be a Certificate II or better.

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority:

For further information in regard to all Senior Schooling qualifications and certificates, please go to -

Subject Selection Booklet 2016:

Download the Senior Course Guide 2019 (PDF, 1.6mb) to explore all of the Senior School course offerings of Sunshine Beach State High School.

Tutorial Sessions:

Download the 2018 Tutorial poster (PDF, 298 KB).

Download the Exemplar-Study-Planner (PDF, 115KB).

The new QCE: In 2019, a new Senior School system will commence for Year 11 students.  For further informtion, please go to