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, ABCN Programs, Student Council and the Senior Leadership Team. 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 SETP Program, the Career Expo and support from their SETP Mentor. 

​Senior Schooling Team​

Senior Depu​ty Principal Ms Kate Jorgensen
Senior Schooling Head of Department Mrs Jodie Teng
Senior Dean Mr Simon Heffernan
Guidance Officer ​
Mr Rishi

Queensland Certification of Education (QCE) 

In Senior Secondary, all students are required to work towards achieving their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).  The QCE is Queensland's senior secondary schooling qualification. It is internationally recognised and provides evidence of senior schooling achievements. The flexibility of the QCE means that students can choose from a wide range of learning options to suit their interests and career goals.

To receive a QCE, students must achieve a set amount of learning, at the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.​

Griffith University Earl​y Start to ​​​Tertiary Studies (GUEST)

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

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Students who elect 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, Industrial Technology & Design/Trades, Humanities and Physical Education.

Nerang SHS (RTO Code: 30085) offers the following qualifications on our scope:

Certificate I in Furnishing (Year 10)
Certificate I Workplace Skills (Year 10)
Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (Year 11 and 12)

The following VET qualification are offered in partnership with external RTOs – refer to Senior Subject Handbook for further information.

Certificate III Active Volunteering (Volunteering QLD – RTO 6020)
Certificate III in Aviation – Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight and Spatial Technology Pathway (AVI) (Aviation Australia - RTO 30770)
Certificate III – Sport and Recreation (Binnacle Training – RTO 31319)
Certificate II Tourism/Hospitality (Aurora Training – RTO 32237)
Certificate I Finance (Smith Family – RTO 6351)
Diploma of Business (Aurora Training – RTO 32237)
Diploma of Nursing (TAFE - RTO 0275)

VET Trades @ Nerang

The following VET qualification are offered in partnership with TAFE (RTO – 0275) to deliver our VET Trades @ Nerang Signature Program – refer to Senior Subject Handbook for further information.

​Certificate I in Construction
Certificate II Engineering Pathways
MSF20516 Certificate II furniture Making Pathways

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment if the course/s are not completed successfully.  VET courses contribute credit points towards the QCE.​​​

School Based Appr​enticeships and Traineeships (SATs) 

Students also have the opportunity to participate in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs). SATs are emailed to students weekly, therefore, students are reminded to check their emails regularly for opportunities. Students and Parents/Caregivers are welcome to contact our Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) Mrs Shelley O'Sullivan on (07) 5503 7861 for further information.​

TA​FE - Schools Program

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast offers school students from Year 10 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. More information is available on the TAFE Queensland website

​​Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

​All categories of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered as an elective subject to years 10, 11 and 12. A benefit of completing an award is the provision of additional QCE points in the 'complementary' category of learning. Please note that Year 11 and 12, Silver and Gold Awards, are offered 'offline' as an additional subject in before and after school arrangements. Refer to Senior Subject Handbook for further information.

QCE Points​
Gold - 2
Silver - 1
Bronze - 1

Senior Schooling Policies and Procedures

Please read Nerang State High School's Senior Schooling Policies and Procedures document for further information on:

  • ​Student Responsibility
  • AAAs (Attendance, Attitude and Achievement
  • Senior Assessment Policy and AARA
  • QCE and QCIA
  • Wellbeing
  • Warning of Cancellation
  • Uniform
  • Behaviour
  • VET
  • Driving to School Form
  • Stamp of Approval (end of Year 12 requirement) 

​​​Link &​ Launch Prog​r​am

Amy Gorton is our New Link and Launch Officer. Amy has joined our team to support past Year 12 students – who we are now calling 'Year 13'.  Nerang SHS has been privileged to be part of the Link and Launch initiative which aim​s at connecting with young people who have completed Year 12 but have not yet transitioned to further study, training or employment. Amy will assist young people to make a successful transition. Some of the options available through the program include:

  • free apprenticeships and traineeships for under 25s
  • free TAFE for under 25s
  • skilling Queenslanders for work programs
  • back to work subsidies
  • alternative entry to University – those who didn't achieve their desired ATAR score
  • employment
  • federal incentives and participation programs such as JobMaker and JobTrainer.

Please do not hesitate to contact Amy if you have any questions or know of any young people who may benefit from her assistance.

Mobile: 0460 024 285

Last reviewed 20 March 2023
Last updated 20 March 2023