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The QCAA is redeveloping and revising senior syllabuses to support the introduction of Queensland’s new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems from 2019.

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

The General syllabus redevelopment process involves publishing drafts online for feedback from the wider education community, with refinements made after each response period.

Current review status and availability of senior secondary syllabuses

Approved syllabuses for implementation from 2019 are now available as PDFs via the table below.

For a list of all senior secondary subjects and their status please see the table below.

Please note:

  • syllabus titles are provisional while the redevelopment and revision process continues.
  • a process and schedule for redeveloping the current non-languages Senior External Examination syllabuses has not yet been determined.
  • additional resources to support the syllabus implementation workshops are available for teachers in the QCAA School Portal.
Senior secondary subjects revision status
Syllabus Subject classification Status as at 18 September 2017 Anticipated release
English
English (PDF, 870.0 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
English & Literature Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 September 2017
English as an Additional Language (PDF, 854.0 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Essential English Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019  September 2017
Literature (PDF, 784.7 KB) (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Literacy Short Course Revision underway November 2017
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies (PDF, 967.1 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Health (PDF, 2.0 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Physical Education* General Undergoing further revision November 2017
Recreation Applied Undergoing further revision November 2017
Humanities and Social Sciences
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies General Undergoing further revision November 2017
Accounting (PDF, 1016.0 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Ancient History (PDF, 1.4 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Business (PDF, 1.3 MB) (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Business Studies (PDF, 1016.5 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Economics (PDF, 1.1 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Geography* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 September 2017
Legal Studies (PDF, 1.1 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Modern History (PDF, 1.8 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Philosophy & Reason (PDF, 962.6 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Religion & Ethics (PDF, 1.3 MB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Career Education Short Course Revision underway November 2017
Social & Community Studies (PDF, 1.3 MB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Study of Religion (PDF, 1.0 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Tourism (PDF, 937.0 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Languages
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Languages (new subject) Short Course Development underway December 2017
Arabic (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Chinese (PDF, 1.6 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Chinese – full form characters (Senior External Examination only) General Undergoing revision January 2018
Chinese Extension (PDF, 753.2 KB) General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 Available
French (PDF, 875.9 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
French Extension (PDF, 754.8 KB) General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 Available
German (PDF, 879.0 KB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
German Extension (PDF, 757.2 KB) General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 Available
Indonesian (Senior External Examination only) General Undergoing revision January 2018
Italian (PDF, 874.2 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Japanese (PDF, 1.7 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Korean (Senior External Examination only) General Undergoing revision January 2018
Latin (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Modern Greek (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Polish (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Punjabi (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Russian (Senior External Examination only) General Borrowing arrangements yet to be finalised^ January 2018
Spanish (PDF, 873.5 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Vietnamese (Senior External Examination only) General Undergoing revision January 2018
Mathematics
Essential Mathematics Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 September 2017
General Mathematics (PDF, 1.7 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Mathematical Methods (PDF, 1.7 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Numeracy Short Course Revision underway November 2017
Specialist Mathematics (PDF, 2.2 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Science
Agricultural Practices (PDF, 1.1 MB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Agricultural Science (PDF, 1.2 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Aquatic Practices (PDF, 1.2 MB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Biology (PDF, 1.0 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Chemistry (PDF, 1.8 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Earth & Environmental Science (PDF, 1.7 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Marine Science (PDF, 1.1 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Physics (PDF, 1.2 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Psychology (PDF, 1.2 MB) (new subject)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Science in Practice (PDF, 988.8 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Technologies
Aerospace Systems (PDF, 1.1 MB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Building & Construction Skills (PDF, 977.3 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Design (new subject)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 September 2017
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 September 2017
Engineering (PDF, 1.1 MB) (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Engineering Skills (PDF, 717.9 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Fashion (PDF, 859.0 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Food & Nutrition (PDF, 1022.8 KB) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Furnishing Skills (PDF, 804.9 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Industrial Graphics Skills (PDF, 738.6 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Industrial Technology Skills (PDF, 910.1 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Information & Communication Technology (PDF, 1004.0 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Hospitality Practices (PDF, 867.4 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
The Arts
Arts in Practice (PDF, 687.8 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Dance (PDF, 1.0 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Dance in Practice (PDF, 843.0 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Drama (PDF, 1.5 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Drama in Practice (PDF, 1023.8 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Film, Television & New Media (PDF, 1.0 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Media Arts in Practice (PDF, 856.0 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Music (PDF, 1.5 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Music Extension (PDF, 924.5 KB) General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 Available
Music in Practice (PDF, 808.9 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Visual Art (PDF, 1.1 MB)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Visual Arts in Practice (PDF, 897.9 KB) Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available

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

*The QCAA will conduct additional work on these syllabuses to enable delivery of summative assessments in both Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4. This was the result of a decision by the QCAA Board at its 14 December 2016 meeting. See memo 090/16 (PDF, 69.7 KB) for more information.

^Syllabus to be borrowed from another jurisdiction or offered under the Collaborative Curriculum Framework for Languages (CCAFL), a national model for the teaching, learning and assessment of small candidature language subjects.

Last updated: 26 September 2017

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