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Senior secondary Australian Curriculum

Since 2010, Australia has been moving toward a national framework for schooling aimed at raising education standards and achieving nationally consistent curriculum, assessment and reporting.

The Queensland Studies Authority (now QCAA), and Queensland's school sectors — Education Queensland, Queensland Catholic Education Commission, and Independent Schools Queensland — have provided the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) with advice and feedback during the development of 15 senior secondary Australian Curriculum subjects.


The Australian education ministers have approved the content descriptions and achievement standards for 15 senior secondary Australian Curriculum subjects as the basis for state courses.

The 15 Australian Curriculum senior secondary subjects are:

4 English courses:

  • Essential English: Focusing on literacy and language skills for effective participation in work, training and community, social and civic life
  • English: Focusing on language and literature and meeting the demands for further study, work and community, social and civic life
  • English as an additional language/dialect (EALD)
  • Literature

4 Mathematics courses:

  • Essential Mathematics: Focusing on applied Mathematics for everyday life
  • General Mathematics: Focusing on Mathematics suitable for preparation for further study with a moderate demand in Mathematics
  • Mathematical methods: Focusing on higher level Mathematics
  • Specialist Mathematics: For further study in Mathematics or engineering and students with a strong interest in Mathematics

4 Science courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics

2 History courses:

  • Ancient History
  • Modern History

1 Geography course

Implementation in Queensland

States and territories are responsible for the structure and organisation of their senior secondary courses and for determining how they will integrate the Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards into their courses.

At this stage, no decision has been made about when Queensland schools should implement Australian Curriculum senior subjects.

Queensland schools are to continue to use the current Queensland syllabuses until the revised syllabuses based on the Australian Curriculum are available. See memo 074/12.

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