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Senior Secondary

The Senior Secondary years at Nerang State High School are Years 10, 11 and 12. Students in these year levels are distinguished from the rest of the school by their school uniform and the expectation that they will be positive role models for students in Junior Secondary.

Students in Senior Secondary have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, explore future pathways and excel in the educational fields they have chosen. Leadership skills are developed through participation in the Gold Coast Junior Council, the Beacon Program, Student Council and the School Leadership team. Students are encouraged to nominate for positions and are mentored by year Co-ordinators and teaching staff.

In Year 10, students are able to choose subjects that are predominately academic or vocational. These pathways reflect student interest, their strengths and their aspirations. Students are provided with opportunities to ensure that their choices are attainable through the Care Program, the subject choices available, the Career Expo and support from the school.

Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS)

The Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test is a common state-wide test for Queensland Year 12 students who wish to continue in tertiary education.  It is based on the Queensland curriculum and is accessible to all Year 12 students, however it is compulsory for students who are OP eligible, i.e. completing at least 5 Authority subjects.

Particular knowledge of specific senior subjects is not tested. However, the test assumes a level of general knowledge and a knowledge of vocabulary, mathematical operations and concepts that could reasonably be expected of a student with a general senior school education.

The dates for the QCS are the Tuesday and Wednesday in the first week of September. 

Queensland Certification of Education (QCE) 

In Senior Secondary, all students are working towards achieving the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  If they follow a vocational pathway they will graduate with one or more VET qualifications or if they have followed an academic pathway, an Overall Position (OP) score that will enable them to pursue their studies at university.

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUEST)

In Years 11 and 12, students are able to pursue their academic aspirations through programs such as GrifBiol, GrifBusiness and the GUEST (Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies) Program. Further information is provided to students through the Guidance Officer, the University Showcase and the Wellbeing Program.

​Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Students who want to follow a vocational pathway are supported through the VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses offered at Nerang State High School.  Courses are offered in the following curriculum areas: Business Education and IT and Industrial Technology.

Nerang SHS (RTO Code: 30085) offers the following qualifications.

​RII20113 ​Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation
​BSB10112 ​Certificate I in Business
​FSK10213 ​Certficate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways
​ICA10111 ​Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology
​ICA20111 ​Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
​MSA10107 ​Certificate I in Manufacturing

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment if the course is not completed successfully.  VET courses contribute credit points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).  Please refer to the link 'QCE Planning Pathway' for more information.

We also offer the following VET courses via an external RTO (Registered Training Organisation):

​SIT20112 ​Certificate II Tourism ​Delivered by Aurora Training RTO Code 32237
​SIT20213 ​Certificate II Hospitality ​Delivered by Aurora Training RTO Code 32237
​HLT21212 ​Certificate II Health Support Services ​Delivered by College Australia RTO Code 31222



​School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs) 

Students also have the opportunity to participate in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs).  Please refer to our SAT Overview and current availability for more information.  Additionally, please contact our Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) Mrs Shelley O'Sullivan on (07) 5503 7861.


TAFE Queensland Gold Coast offers school students the opportunity to enrol in TAFE to complete a Nationally Recognised Qualification which contributes credit points towards their QCE.  Students attend TAFE one day a week whilst still at school.  This enables students to fast track their career.  Please click on the link below for more information: