Years 10-12

The Senior School encompasses Years 10-12. Few schools in Queensland can offer the variety of subject choices and pathways that allow our students to fully explore their areas of interest and relative strengths. We offer the QCAA OP System, the IB Diploma and a number of VET offerings.

The Senior School provides our students a balanced and broad education in their pathway of choice, through a supportive network of teachers, career guidance, counselling and pastoral care.

As students enter their Senior years at St Peters, they can build strong foundations for tertiary and higher learning through our academic, vocational education and co-curricular programs, complemented by the College’s quality teaching staff and extensive educational, sporting and music facilities.


The Year 10 curriculum is designed to help students try senior subjects before making subject selections for Year 11. This is done through a semesterised curriculum. Students may choose two subjects for each of the two Year 10 semesters. To ensure adequate coverage of key learning areas, the College prescribes core study of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Health and Physical Education, and Christian Studies.

Subjects (Year 10)

  • Religion and Ethics
  • English - Essential, Mainstream, Enrichment
  • Mathematics A or Mathematics B
  • Science
  • Studies of Society and Environment – History, Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese
  • Business Studies – Finance, Justice Studies, Psychology electives
  • The Arts: elective areas
  • Technology: elective areas
  • Exceptional Learners Programs: Academic Skills Development Program, Gifted and Talented, English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Senior Pathways

St Peters offers a number of pathways for students to complete their final two years of schooling:

  • Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) Authority Subjects – these contribute to Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP) calculations for tertiary entrance; 
  • Authority Registered Subjects – these do not contribute to OP and FP calculations, but may contribute to a Tertiary Selection Rank. 
  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for Vocational Education and Training (VET) – nationally recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognised by TAFE and industry as meeting required national standards. These may contribute to a Tertiary Selection Rank.
  • Combination of the above
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) for Years 11 and 12 students. Click here for IBDP

All pathways contribute toward the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

YEARS 11–12

All QCAA students are required to:

  1. Study an equivalent of a semester of Religion & Ethics (Christian Studies) each year (one semester equivalent in Year 11 and one in Year 12). The only exception to this is where a student has chosen Study of Religion as one of their elective subject choices. This subject contributes toward the QCE, but not the OP; and
  2.  Study the St Peters subject Life Skills each year (one semester in Year 11 and one 9 week block in Year 12).

 Life Skills will not contribute to the QCE or appear on the Senior Statement.

 Subject Choices:

 In Year 11 students are required to study subjects following these guidelines:

  1. One of English, English Communication; and
  2. Five (5) additional subjects from those listed below.

In Year 12, students may choose to discontinue the study of one of their electives (not an English subject).

The College may vary the subject selection rules for particular students when it believes that a different arrangement is required e.g. students with special needs.

It should also be noted that to be eligible for an OP, a student must have studied four (4) semester units in each of three (3) Authority Subjects as well as gaining credit for at least 20 semester units of Authority subjects. 

Subjects (Years 11–12)

  • Academic Skills Development Program
  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Biological Science
  • Business Procedures
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Construction
  • Diploma of Business
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • English Communication
  • English for ESL Learners
  • Fashion Studies
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • Information Processing and Technology
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Hospitality
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics (A, B, C) and Pre-vocational
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Science 21
  • Study of Religion
  • Technology Studies
  • Visual Art

A head start to real-world skills

Read how a group of Year 11 students are taking advantage of a new Diploma of Business Course on offer at St Peters Indooroopilly and Senior IT Teacher, Paul Herring, talks about Authentic Learning opportunities for our computer technology students.

Indooroopilly01 October, 2017
Year 11s - getting down to business
The introduction of a Diploma of Business at St Peters Indooroopilly gives Year 11 students interested in pursuing a business pathway, the opportunity to undertake the Diploma as one of their six subjects.
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Indooroopilly09 October, 2017
Smart Learning; Smart Thinking; Smart Doing
St Peters Senior IT Teacher, Paul Herring, talks Authentic Learning
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The IB Diploma Program is a leading, internationally recognised and rigorous pre-university qualification and is a symbol of academic excellence worldwide.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is designed to prepare students to be active participants in their global community. The diploma program enables gifted students to demonstrate their talents, while also being accessible to all students. It is particularly suited to students wanting to pursue tertiary studies. Students choose to study the diploma program instead of pursuing studies with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).


The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Students are taught to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain practical experience of being part of an international community.

The IB program encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The IBDP is unique, with a challenging curriculum that fosters high academic standards and international understanding. Courses within the program have a global rather than local perspective which students find stimulating and outward looking.

The program requires the study of six subjects culminating in assessment after two years and three special features to promote interdisciplinary study and thought.


Students must undertake studies from each of six curriculum groups. One subject* is chosen from each group.

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A1: Literature (SL/HL)
  • Other languages – tutorial basis for extra fee

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

  • Spanish ab initio (SL) – for the student without prior experience
  • Chinese B (Mandarin) (SL/HL)
  • French B (SL/HL)
  • German B (SL/HL)
  • Japanese B (SL/HL)
  • Other languages – tutorial basis for extra fee
  • Any Language at HL – negotiated with IB Coordinator

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management (SL/HL)^
  • Economics (SL/HL)
  • Geography (SL/HL)
  • History (SL/HL)
  • Information and Technology in a Global Society (SL/HL)^
  • Psychology (SL/HL)

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

  • Biology (SL/HL)
  • Chemistry (SL/HL)
  • Physics (SL/HL)
  • Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SL/HL)

Group 5 – Mathematics

  • Mathematics (HL)
  • Mathematics (SL)
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)

Group 6 – Arts (or subject from another group)

  • Music (SL/HL)
  • Visual Arts (SL/HL)
  • Another subject from either group 2, 3 or 4

* subject availability depends on demand and will be governed by class size policies. ^ offered as an online option for an additional fee.


Students complete at least three (and not more than four) subjects at a Higher Level (240 hours) and the remainder at Standard Level (150 hours). Students at St Peters will choose six subjects for Year 11 and then decide later in Year 11 which of their subjects will be studied at Higher Level (HL).

The choice between two different levels in each subject allows students to pursue an intensive study of their preferred specialties, while still maintaining sufficient exposure to the other fields of knowledge to ensure that balance is achieved.


  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – which includes the Christian Studies requirement of Lutheran Education Australia (LEA), explores the relationships between the various subject disciplines, ensuring that students engage in analysis and critical reflection of the knowledge acquired, within and beyond the classroom.
  • Extended Essay (EE) – requires students to undertake original research and write an extended essay of some 4,000 words. This offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints the student with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected in university level studies.
  • Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – emphasises the importance of life outside the world of study. Students must spend significant time engaged in activities over the two years with time distributed evenly among the three areas. The College offers a wide range of activities for students to participate in enabling them to share their special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work co-operatively with others.

IB Success

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is designed to prepare students to be active global participants. Read how two of St Peters IB students, Amelia Horrocks (2016) and Brandon Lee (2015), have transitioned to UQ and Cambridge.

Old Scholars28 September, 2017
​Amelia’s perfect IB Score
2016 Old Scholar, Amelia Horrocks, is the second St Peters IB Scholar to receive a perfect score. Now she has the world at her feet, studying Biomedicine at UQ and awarded a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship.
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Old Scholars06 July, 2017
Old Scholar and engineering student, Brandon Lee (2015), is changing gears and heading to Cambridge University in October.
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The Years 10, 11 and 12 students are placed into Year Level Form Groups, under the guidance of a Year Level Coordinator; as well as being part of the House system.

As students progress from Year 10 to Year 11 and, finally, to Year 12, each Form Group Teacher and the Year Level Coordinator moves with them, enabling a three-year partnership and relationship to be established.

At St Peters, we are committed to knowing your child. We want our students to be confident there will always be someone nearby who can respond to their needs.

As is the case with each of the St Peters sub-schools, the Senior School has chaplaincy and counselling staff. These people play an essential role in the activities and life of the College and provide specialist guidance in personal matters to our students.


Leadership is valued in all facets of society, so St Peters has always fostered and developed leadership opportunities for girls and boys. Every program at St Peters is designed to develop student confidence and sense of responsibility, their organisational skills and commitment to goals, so that all students may experience elements of leadership.

Leadership is an integral part of school life. In the Senior School, a Years 10 and 11 mentoring program provides emerging leaders with guidance and preparation to lead. By Term 4 (end year), Year 11 leaders are elected, inducted and begin formal leadership of the Senior School and continue into Year 12 until the end of Term 3 each year.

Behaviour Management and Student Safety

St Peters Lutheran College is committed to the development of ‘Positive Relationships’, a process informed by the teachings of the Gospel and Restorative Practice principles. In a culture of support and inclusivity, the development of positive relationships between students, teachers, parents and the wider community allows students to flourish. As such, time is spent developing social and emotional competency and positive behaviours, so that young people have the capacity to effectively engage in relational problem solving.

The program at St Peters is based on four fundamental premises:

  • maintaining culture of care, dignity and respect
  • nurturing abilities of self-regulation
  • ensuring acknowledgement of and accountability for any harm or wrongdoing, and
  • restoring relationships in an inclusive community.

We acknowledge that, in any community, there will be challenges and breakdowns in relationships. In our Senior School, the restoration of relationships is regarded as an opportunity for learning, growth, and building communities.


Music is an integral part of students’ lives at St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane, Queensland.


St Peters Lutheran College offers a comprehensive co-curricular Sports program with its enviable facilities and expert coaches.

David RushmoreHead Senior School, St Peters Indooroopilly
The Senior School prides itself on the development of the whole student. We are able to provide a challenging and stimulating academic and co-curricular program which provides a balance between a student's intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs."