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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition

Elizabeth Hayes School (Years 11 & 12)

Mount Alvernia College

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Students at Mount Alvernia choose one of two pathways to post-school options – one which may lead to further studies and one which may lead to employment or a combination of employment and further study.

The University Direct Pathway (UDP) provides the option of entry into tertiary studies and the Tertiary and Industry Pathway (TAIP) provides Vocational Education that focuses on entry into the workforce.

All pathways allow a student to achieve the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) qualification at the end of Year 12, if she gains at least a passing grade in each of her subjects and studies at least three subjects for four semesters.  Each student will also receive a Senior Statement listing all courses studied and results gained, whether or not she qualifies for a QCE.

1. University Direct Pathway (UDP)

  • Study:
    • English
    • Study of Religion or Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
    • Mathematics A or B
    • three (3) other subjects
  • Must
    • study at least five Authority [AB1] subjects (see asterisked subjects)
    • remain at school until the final day of Year 12

2. Tertiary and Industry Direct Pathway (TAIP)

Students who choose this pathway will receive a rank assigned by QTAC (SC2), which may be used to access further education at a tertiary institution if they study twenty semester units of Authority-registered subjects or a combination of Authority and Authority-registered subjects.  (Authority-registered subjects are developed from Subject Area Syllabuses and, when successfully completed, contribute four credits towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

A student wishing to follow this pathway:

  • Should study:
    • Religious Education – Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
    • English or English Communication
    • Pre-vocational Mathematics or Mathematics A
    • Three (3) other subjects which may include Work Education (work experience/apprenticeships/traineeships) or a Certificate course at TAFE
    • must remain at school until the final day of Year 12

3. Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

To be eligible for a QCE, a student must:


4. Senior Subject Selection

Of the many important things students embark on while at school, choosing the right course of study for Years 11 and 12 would rate as one of the more important decisions. As Year 10 students approach the end of their time in Clare School they will need to  consider their post-school plan and pathway preferences.

While students are permitted greater flexibility in their subject choices in the senior years, it is important that they consider their overall pathway and post school ambition. To this end, students in Year 11 and 12 will study a combination of compulsory core subjects and elective subjects. Compulsory core subjects include one of each of the following:

  • English (General), Literature (General) or Essential English (Applied)
  • Religion (Applied), SOR (General) or Religion, Meaning and Life (School Based)

To review all subject selection options please review our senior subject selection handbook below:

2022 Senior Subject Selection Handbook