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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.

Draft syllabus available for feedback

The following draft syllabus is available for feedback.

Learning area Subject syllabusDraft Online survey available (2017)
Humanities and Social Sciences Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Draft 3 Monday 24 July to Friday 11 August

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

Current review status and availability of senior secondary syllabuses

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

As indicated in the table, teachers can access available syllabuses online through School Portal. Public access to syllabuses approved for implementation from 2019 will be provided via the QCAA website from late August 2017. In the meantime, non-teachers can access redeveloped syllabuses by emailing adminseniorcurriculum@qcaa.qld.edu.au.

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 July 2017 Anticipated release in School Portal
English
English General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
English & Literature Extension General (Extension) Undergoing further revision September 2017
English as an Additional Language General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Essential English** Applied Undergoing further revision September 2017
Literature (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Literacy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence November 2017
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Health 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 Draft syllabus available for feedback November 2017
Accounting General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Ancient History* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Business (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Business Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Economics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Geography* General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Legal Studies* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Modern History* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Philosophy & Reason General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Religion & Ethics Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Career Education Short Course Revision yet to commence November 2017
Social & Community Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Study of Religion General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Tourism Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Languages
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Languages (new subject) Short Course Development yet to commence November 2017
Arabic (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Chinese General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Chinese – full form characters (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Chinese Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
French General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
French Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
German* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
German Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Indonesian (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Italian General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Japanese* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Korean (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Latin (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Modern Greek (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Polish (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Punjabi (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Russian (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Spanish General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Vietnamese (Senior External Examination only) General Revision yet to commence To be determined
Mathematics
Essential Mathematics** Applied Undergoing further revision  September 2017
General Mathematics General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Mathematical Methods General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Short Course in Numeracy (to be advised) Short Course Revision yet to commence November 2017
Specialist Mathematics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Science
Agricultural Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Agricultural Science* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Aquatic Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Biology* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Chemistry General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Earth & Environmental Science General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Marine Science General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Physics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Psychology (new subject)* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Science in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Technologies
Aerospace Systems General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Building & Construction Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Design (new subject)* General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Engineering (new subject) General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Engineering Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Fashion Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Food & Nutrition General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 July 2017
Furnishing Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Industrial Graphics Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Industrial Technology Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Information & Communication Technology Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Hospitality Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
The Arts
Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Dance* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Dance in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Drama* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Drama in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Film, Television & New Media* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Media Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Music* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Music Extension General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 Available
Music in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Visual Art* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Visual Arts in Practice 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.

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

Last updated: 25 July 2017

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