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Senior secondary

Years 10 to 12

The senior phase of learning begins in year 10 when students are encouraged to explore the options available to them and consider their future pathway. To pursue their chosen pathway, year 11 and 12 students can select from a range of Authority and Authority-Registered subjects, as well as Vocational and Education Training (VET) courses.

By offering flexible programs to cater for the individual needs of students, Cairns School of Distance Education aims to maximise learning outcomes and broaden opportunities to prepare students for active and productive futures. We also provide alternative options for school-based students wishing to study subjects not offered by their school.

Provided that Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) requirements are met, Cairns School of Distance Education students who complete year 12 are eligible to receive:

  • The Queensland certificate of education (QCE).
  • A senior statement showing all studies and results achieved by the end of year 12 which contribute to the awarding of the QCE.
  • A tertiary entrance statement showing the student’s overall position (OP) and field positions (FPs) used for determining eligibility for admission to tertiary courses.
  • Queensland certificate of individual achievement (QCIA) for our profiled students who are part of the special education program (SEP).


2019 Year 11 Handbook (PDF, 587KB)

2019 Year 12 SET Plan Pathways Senior Subject Selections (PDF, 903KB)