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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 subjects (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 13 February 2017 to Friday 3 March 2017 the following three Draft 2 Authority (General) subject syllabuses are available for feedback:

Note: Draft 2 syllabuses are pre-publishing and as such have not been edited.

Draft 2 of the redeveloped senior syllabuses contains the following sections:

  • Course overview, which includes a rationale outlining the particular qualities of a subject and what students will learn
  • Teaching and learning, which includes syllabus objectives, the valued pedagogies and/or conceptual frameworks particular to a subject
  • Four units of work, which include formative Units 1 and 2 and summative Units 3 and 4. Each unit will have a unit title and description, unit objectives, unit requirements and detail of subject matter
  • Assessment information for Units 3 and 4, including instrument-specific marking guides (ISMGs) for summative internal assessments
  • External assessment, which includes subject-specific external assessment advice
  • Glossary, which includes curriculum language that is consistent across syllabuses as well as subject-specific terms
  • References.

The consultation process is explained in memo 008/17 (PDF, 77.4 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 13 February 2017
English
English General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
English as an Additional Language General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
English & Literature Extension General (Extension) Second draft undergoing further revision
Essential English Applied* Undergoing further revision
Literature (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Short Course in Literacy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence
Mathematics
Essential Mathematics Applied* Undergoing further revision
General Mathematics General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Mathematical Methods General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Specialist Mathematics General Undergoing further revision
Short Course in Numeracy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence
Sciences
Agricultural Science General Second draft available for consultation
Agricultural Practices Applied Revision commenced
Aquatic Practices Applied Revision commenced
Biology General Undergoing further revision
Chemistry General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Earth and Environmental Science General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Marine Science General Second draft undergoing further revision
Physics General Undergoing further revision
Psychology (new subject) General Second draft available for consultation
Science in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Humanities and Social Sciences
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies General Redevelopment commenced
Ancient History General Undergoing further revision
Geography General Undergoing further revision
Modern History General Undergoing further revision
Philosophy and Reason General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Religion and Ethics Applied Revision commenced
Short Course in Career Education Short Course Revision yet to commence
Social and Community Studies Applied Revision commenced
Study of Religion General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Tourism Applied Revision commenced
Business and Economics
Accounting General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Business (new subject) General Second draft undergoing further revision
Business Studies Applied Revision commenced
Economics General Undergoing further revision
Legal Studies General Undergoing further revision
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies Applied Revision commenced
Health Education General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Physical Education General Undergoing further revision
Recreation Applied Revision commenced
Technologies
Aerospace Systems General Second draft undergoing further revision
Building and Construction Skills Applied Revision commenced
Design (new subject) General Second draft available for consultation
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Second draft undergoing further revision
Engineering (new subject) General Second draft undergoing further revision
Engineering Skills Applied Revision commenced
Fashion Applied Revision commenced
Food and Nutrition General Second draft undergoing further revision
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 Undergoing further revision
Dance in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Drama General Undergoing further revision
Drama in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Film, Television and New Media General Undergoing further revision
Media Arts in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Music General Undergoing further revision
Music Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020
Music in Practice Applied Revision commenced
Visual Art General 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 Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Chinese – full form characters (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Chinese Extension General (Extension) Second draft undergoing further revision
French General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
French Extension General (Extension) Second draft undergoing further revision
German General Undergoing further revision
German Extension General (Extension) Second draft undergoing further revision
Indonesian (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence
Italian General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Japanese General 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 Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
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
Applied*: The construct and assessment requirements for these subjects are yet to be determined.

Note: a process and schedule for redeveloping the current Senior External Examination syllabuses has not yet been determined.

Last updated: 13 February 2017

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