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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.

Draft 3 syllabuses available for feedback

From Friday 24 March 2017 to Friday 28 April 2017 the following Draft 3 Authority (General) subject syllabuses are available for feedback:

Learning area Subject syllabuses*
Business and Economics Business
English English & Literature Extension
Languages Chinese Extension
French Extension
German Extension
Science Agricultural Science
Marine Science
Psychology
Technologies Aerospace Systems
Design
Digital Solutions
Engineering
Food & Nutrition
*Please note that syllabus titles are provisional while the redevelopment process continues.

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

Draft 3 syllabus structure

Draft 3 of the redeveloped senior syllabuses contain 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 018/17 Draft 3 senior syllabuses for consultation (PDF, 87.0 KB).

Draft 1 syllabus available for feedback

From Friday 17 March 2017 to Friday 28 April 2017 the following Draft 1 Authority (General) subject syllabus is available for feedback:

Learning area Subject syllabuses*
Humanities and Social Sciences Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
*Please note that syllabus titles are provisional while the redevelopment process continues.

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

Draft 1 syllabus structure

Draft 1 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
  • glossary, which includes curriculum language that is consistent across syllabuses as well as subject-specific terms.

The consultation process is explained in memo 0017/17 Draft 1 of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies syllabus for consultation (PDF, 81.4 KB).

Current review status for all senior secondary syllabuses

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:

  • syllabus titles are provisional while the redevelopment and revision process continues.
  • a process and schedule for redeveloping the current Senior External Examination syllabuses has not yet been determined.
Senior secondary subjects revision status
Syllabus Subject classification Status as at 24 March 2017
Business and Economics
Accounting General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Business (new subject) General Third draft available for consultation
Business Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Economics General Undergoing further revision
Legal Studies General Undergoing further revision
English
English General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
English & Literature Extension General (Extension) Third draft available for consultation
English as an Additional Language General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
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
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Health Education General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Physical Education General Undergoing further revision
Recreation Applied Undergoing further revision
Humanities and Social Sciences
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies General First draft available for consultation
Ancient History General Undergoing further revision
Geography General Undergoing further revision
Modern History General Undergoing further revision
Philosophy & Reason General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Religion & Ethics Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Short Course in Career Education Short Course Revision yet to commence
Social & Community Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Study of Religion General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Tourism Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Languages
Aboriginal & 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) Third draft available for consultation
French General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
French Extension General (Extension) Third draft available for consultation
German General Undergoing further revision
German Extension General (Extension) Third draft available for consultation
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
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
Short Course in Numeracy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence
Specialist Mathematics General Undergoing further revision
Science
Agricultural Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Agricultural Science General Third draft available for consultation
Aquatic Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Biology General Undergoing further revision
Chemistry General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Earth & Environmental Science General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Marine Science General Third draft available for consultation
Physics General Undergoing further revision
Psychology (new subject) General Third draft available for consultation
Science in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Technologies
Aerospace Systems General Third draft available for consultation
Building & Construction Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Design (new subject) General Third draft available for consultation
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Third draft available for consultation
Engineering (new subject) General Third draft available for consultation
Engineering Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Fashion Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Food & Nutrition General Third draft available for consultation
Furnishing Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Industrial Graphics Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Industrial Technology Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Information & Communication Technology Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Hospitality Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
The Arts
Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Dance General Undergoing further revision
Dance in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Drama General Undergoing further revision
Drama in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Film, Television & New Media General Undergoing further revision
Media Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Music General Undergoing further revision
Music Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020
Music in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
Visual Art General Undergoing further revision
Visual Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019

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 construct and assessment requirements for these subjects are yet to be determined

Last updated: 24 March 2017

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