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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.

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

Draft syllabuses available for feedback

The following draft syllabuses are available for feedback.

Learning area Subject syllabus Draft Online survey available (2017)
Health and Physical Education Physical Education Draft 4 Monday 15 May to Friday 2 June
Humanities and Social Sciences Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Draft 2 Friday 19 May to Friday 9 June
EnglishEssential EnglishDraft 4Monday 22 May to Friday 9 June
MathematicsEssential MathematicsDraft 4Monday 22 May to Friday 9 June

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

Current review status for all senior secondary 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 22 May 2017 Accessible via 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 Draft released for consultation To be determined
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 To be determined
Health and Physical Education
Early Childhood Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Health General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
Physical Education* General Draft released for consultation To be determined
Recreation Applied Undergoing further revision To be determined
Humanities and Social Sciences
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies General Draft released for consultation 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 June 2017
Business (new subject) General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Business Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Economics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Geography* General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Legal Studies* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Modern History* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
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 2018
Short Course in Career Education Short Course Revision yet to commence To be determined
Social & Community Studies Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
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 2018
Languages
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Languages (new subject) Short Course Development yet to commence To be determined
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) Undergoing further revision July 2017
French General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 Available
French Extension General (Extension) Undergoing further revision July 2017
German* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
German Extension General (Extension) Undergoing further revision 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 June 2017
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 Draft released for consultation To be determined
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 To be determined
Specialist Mathematics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Science
Agricultural Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Agricultural Science* General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Aquatic Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Biology* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
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 Undergoing further revision July 2017
Physics* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Psychology (new subject)* General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Science in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Technologies
Aerospace Systems General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Building & Construction Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Design (new subject)* General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Digital Solutions (new subject) General Undergoing further revision September 2017
Engineering (new subject) General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Engineering Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Fashion Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Food & Nutrition General Undergoing further revision July 2017
Furnishing Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Industrial Graphics Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Industrial Technology Skills Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Information & Communication Technology Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Hospitality Practices Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
The Arts
Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Dance* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Dance in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Drama* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Drama in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Film, Television & New Media* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Media Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Music* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Music Extension* General (Extension) Approved for implementation with Year 12 students in 2020 June 2017
Music in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018
Visual Art* General Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 June 2017
Visual Arts in Practice Applied Approved for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019 2018

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: 22 May 2016

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