Senior Years 10 to12

In 2001 St John’s School began its first steps towards offering Senior education, introducing Year 11 for the first time. This progress had been a long time goal of the school to offer quality Senior teaching and opportunities for our pupils, right to the conclusion of their schooling.

Since then, the Senior sector of St John’s School has developed and been able to offer a variety of subjects for students, whether their future plans be for work, a trade qualification, traineeship or to attend university once they leave the gates of St John’s for the final time. The school aspires to impress not just academic success for our seniors, but also the Spirit of St John’s School values of Respect, Justice, Excellence and Compassion throughout their lives. As young men and women of St John’s, these graduating students can continue into adulthood with a “Future in Faith”.


2024 Senior Subject Guide

Year 10


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Physical Education


  • Business
  • Legal Studies
  • Drama
  • Visual Art
  • Outdoor Education
  • STEM
  • Design Technology
  • Hospitality

Years 11 and 12


  • General English
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Study of Religion
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Modern History
  • Legal Studies
  • Business
  • Visual Art

Applied and Essential

  • Essential English
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Visual Art in Practice
  • Furnishing Skills
  • Hospitality in Practice


  • Certificate III Business
  • Certificate III Fitness


Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

All students at St John’s School, Roma are encouraged to be working towards their Queensland Certificate of Education whilst enrolled at the College.

To be eligible for a QCE, a student must be enrolled with a school and registered. For most students the QCE will be achieved over Years 11 and 12. Others may not achieve it until after they finish Year Twelve. The total amount of learning required is at least 20 credits. This reflects an amount of learning that could be reasonably achieved by most young people over a two-year, full-time program of study in the Senior Phase of Learning.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

In Years 10, 11 and 12, students can apply to undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship allowing them to work for an employer and undertake training towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary school studies. SBAs can offer great benefits to many students and help them to explore career options.

St John’s School uses the services of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office SBA Program to facilitate opportunities School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The Career Development Team works closely with the SBA Program Officer to advise students on various VET pathways and monitor students’ progress and welfare.

Generally, students are required to attend work for a minimum of 50 days (or an equal amount of hours) of paid employment during each 12 month period. When deciding on workday/s, the student’s school timetable will need to be discussed with the Academic Leader and the Career Development Team.

If you are interested in pursuing an SBA, please see Mrs Katie Shellshear our Career Development Practitioner, to discuss and complete an Expression of Interest form.

TAFE at Schools Program

In Years 10, 11 and 12, students are able to participate in the TAFE at Schools Program where they are able to undertake a variety of VET courses.  These courses are offered both online, and through face-to-face training.  Students may attend TAFE one day a week or through TAFE blocks each term. These courses allow students to gain credits towards a further study including apprenticeships, diploma or university studies as well as helping students to become work ready.

Students who are interested in completing VET courses through the TAFE at Schools Program are invited to make an appointment with Mrs Katie Shellshear, the Career Development Practitioner, to discuss. Enrolment usually occurs in Term 4 for the following year as spaces are limited.


Senior Years Assessment Policy





Legal Studies – Year 10, 11 & 12

Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law and explores the role and development of law in response to current issues. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals, while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities.

In terms of careers and future opportunities for students, Legal Studies can lead to engagement with:

  • law
  • law enforcement
  • criminology
  • justice studies
  • politics.