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QCAA is redeveloping and revising senior syllabuses to support the introduction of Queensland’s new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems.

When redeveloping syllabuses, writing teams draft a syllabus in consultation with Learning Area Reference Groups comprised of practising teachers and academics, as well as stakeholder group representatives.

The redevelopment process for General (currently called Authority) subjects involves publishing three drafts online for feedback from the wider education community with refinements made after each response period.

From Monday 16 January to Friday 10 February 2017, the second drafts of the following syllabuses are available for feedback:

For more information on this consultation round see memo 001/17 (PDF, 78.9 KB).

At its 14 December 2016 meeting, the QCAA Board decided to conduct further work on a group of syllabuses to support their delivery in a composite class setting. Memo 090/16 (PDF, 69.7 KB) lists those syllabuses.

For a list of all senior secondary subjects and their current status please see the table below. Please note that syllabus titles are provisional while the redevelopment and revision process continues.

Senior secondary subjects revision status
Syllabus Subject classification Status as at 16 Jan 2017
English
English General Final draft awaiting approval
English as an Additional Language General Final draft awaiting approval
English & Literature Extension General (Extension) Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Essential English Ongoing consultation Third draft undergoing further revision
Literature (new subject) General Final draft awaiting approval
Short Course in Literacy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence
Mathematics
Essential Mathematics Ongoing consultation Third draft undergoing further revision
General Mathematics General Final draft awaiting approval
Mathematical Methods General Final draft awaiting approval
Specialist Mathematics General Third draft undergoing further revision
Short Course in Numeracy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence
Sciences
Agricultural Science General First draft undergoing further revision
Agricultural Practices Applied Revision commenced
Aquatic Practices Applied Revision commenced
Biology General Third draft undergoing further revision
Chemistry General Final draft awaiting approval
Earth and Environmental Science General Final draft awaiting approval
Marine Science General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Physics General Third draft undergoing further revision
Psychology (new subject) General First draft undergoing further revision
Science in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Humanities and Social Sciences
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies General Redevelopment commenced
Ancient History General Third draft undergoing further revision
Geography General Third draft undergoing further revision
Modern History General Third draft undergoing further revision
Philosophy and Reason General Final draft awaiting approval
Religion and Ethics Applied Revision commenced
Short Course in Career Education Short Course No changes
Social and Community Studies Applied Revision commenced
Study of Religion General Final draft awaiting approval
Tourism Applied Revision commenced
Business and Economics
Accounting General Final draft awaiting approval
Business (new subject) General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Business Studies Applied Revision commenced
Economics General Third draft undergoing further revision
Legal Studies General Third draft undergoing further revision
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies Applied Revision commenced
Health Education General Final draft awaiting approval
Physical Education General Third draft undergoing further revision
Recreation Applied Revision commenced
Technologies
Aerospace Systems General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Building and Construction Skills Applied Revision commenced
Design (new subject) General First draft undergoing further revision
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Engineering (new subject) General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Engineering Skills Applied Revision commenced
Fashion Applied Revision commenced
Food and Nutrition General Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Furnishing Skills Applied Revision commenced
Industrial Graphics Skills Applied Revision commenced
Industrial Technology Skills Applied Revision commenced
Information and Communication Technology Applied Revision commenced
Hospitality Practices Applied Revision commenced
The Arts
Arts in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Dance General Third draft undergoing further revision
Dance in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Drama General Third draft undergoing further revision
Drama in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Film, Television and New Media General Third draft undergoing further revision
Media Arts in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Music General Third draft undergoing further revision
Music Extension General (Extension) Final draft awaiting approval
Music in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Visual Art General Third draft undergoing further revision
Visual Arts in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Languages
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages (new subject) Short Course Development yet to commence
Arabic (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Chinese General Final draft awaiting approval
Chinese – full form characters (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Chinese Extension General (Extension) Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
French General Final draft awaiting approval
French Extension General (Extension) Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
German General Third draft undergoing further revision
German Extension General (Extension) Second draft available for reviewing and feedback
Indonesian General Revision yet to commence
Italian General Final draft awaiting approval
Japanese General Third draft undergoing further revision
Korean (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Latin (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Modern Greek (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Polish (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Punjabi (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Russian (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Spanish General Final draft awaiting approval
Vietnamese (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence

Key and notes

General: Currently known as Authority subject 
General (Extension): Currently known as Authority Extension subject
Applied: Currently known as Authority-registered subject or Subject Area Syllabus subject 

Please note that a process and schedule for redeveloping the current Senior External Examination syllabuses has not yet been determined.

Last updated: 16 January 2017

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