Senior School (High School) at Northside Christian College is focused on equipping students for life beyond school - academically, spiritually and emotionally.

Our students prepare diligently for tertiary studies and vocational pathways alongside fostering the values and maturity needed to thrive as a Christian in our society.

Senior School at Northside Christian College includes Year 10 as well as Years 11 and 12. We believe including Year 10 students in the Senior School provides important preparation for their Year 11 and 12 studies.

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Northside Christian College was named one of the top 40 most innovative schools in Australia in 2017 and was a Finalist in 2019. Read more.

Australian Curriculum from a Christian Worldview

From Prep to Year 10, our curriculum aligns with the requirements of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), including implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

In Years 11 and 12, all educational programs are developed from syllabuses accredited and published by the QCAA and are moderated by the QCAA or by a Registered Training Organisation delivering a Certificate Course of Study.

Students are issued with a Senior Education Profile in December of Year 12, which may vary according to a student’s course section. All graduates receive a Senior Statement issued by the QCAA, listing the results in the student’s studies over Years 11 and 12.

Most students will also receive a Queensland Certificate of Education. Those who qualify also receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement issued by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), giving each student’s Overall Position (OP Score), which is a significant determinant for being offered a university placement.

All students study Christian Foundations, which focuses on biblical studies and discipleship, as well as Life Skills, which teaches study strategies, social and emotional skills development, budgeting, health and relationship wisdom.

Tailored Flexible Education

Northside Christian College provides students with a range of educational options enabling them to acquire the skills, disciplines and capacities to continue their lifelong learning journey beyond secondary school.

By focusing on each individual student’s aspirations, Northside Christian College aims to provide opportunities for learning across the Academic Curriculum, Vocational Education and Complementary Studies programs.

Each student is provided with guidance from the Student Services team to help map their preferred future and to assist them to excel in their chosen path.

Enrichment Opportunities
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 can opt to enrol in accelerated learning programs at university level for many subjects including maths, sciences, languages, music and more. 
  • Queensland Debating Union competitions 
  • Girls' Grammar debating competitions 
  • Rostrum Public Speaking competitions Robotics 
  • Milis Institute’s Path of Wisdom course at Citipointe 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Extension Program
Subject Selection

The following gives detailed information regarding each subject offered in Years 10 to 12 at Northside Christian College.

Year 10 Subject Guide 2024

Year 10 Subject Profiles

Year 11 Subject Selection Booklet 2024

Preparing for Life Beyond School

Senior School students have the opportunity not only to have a wide choice of subjects in their study program, but also to have structured and incidental mentorship opportunities.

  • Year 10 students complete intensive career education and planning
  • Year 11 students engage in Work Experience
  • Year 12 students undergo rigorous Core Skills Test preparation. 
Careers Guidance

A dedicated Careers Officer assists secondary students as they explore their future options. The Student Services team provide students with information and experiences to guide them toward the most suitable study pathway.

Most students choose the ATAR pathway (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) which provides the academic rigour and requirements for entry into tertiary study in Australia. Some students pursue vocational education, which begins the process of training young people in a trade or qualification. Many students combine academic subjects, short courses and other qualifications to graduate with plenty of study and work possibilities ahead.

The Career Officer’s diagnostic tools and resources educate students about career choices, and facilitates the creation of individual SET (Senior Education & Training) plans to ensure that students’ subject selections will adequately prepare them for entry into university courses or other pathways.

Vocational & Professional Training

The career possibilities for a Northside graduate are endless. Throughout their years of compulsory schooling, students are prepared for engagement with an ever-changing world filled with opportunities, challenges and options.

Equipped for Any Future

Students select from a range of ATAR and Non-ATAR subjects in Senior School. Northside’s Vocational Education Department works with academic faculties to provide meaningful subject choices to students who choose to follow the Non-ATAR pathway, or would like to incorporate vocational learning into their ATAR pathway. Together with core studies in English Communication and Pre-Vocational Mathematics, Northside Christian College students are able to select elective subjects that will train and equip them for any future.

Fostering Students' Potential

Many Senior School students incorporate a TAFE or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification into their Senior Education plan. Both ATAR and non-ATAR students across Years 11 and 12 have the option to pursue some form of VET certificate. As well as providing nationally recognised training as a Registered Training Organisation, Northside Christian College cooperates with a range of other training providers to facilitate this training. These providers have included TAFE Queensland, the Brisbane North West Trade Training Centre, Charlton Brown and a range of other private providers of VET.


Structured Workplace Learning Program

The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program provides an opportunity for students to undertake un-paid work experience on 1 day each week in place of their 6th Senior School subject. SWL has been helpful in assisting students and their families make decisions about future career pathways.

School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Northside students across Years 10, 11 and 12 have the opportunity to pursue a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are paid employment contracts which allow a student to gain experience in a field of endeavour while studying toward a Certificate qualification.

Vocational Education at Northside encompasses a wide variety of related subjects, activities and opportunities, giving students a comprehensive range of options for work or further study.

Student Services

Student Services at Northside Christian College are provided by the Head of Teaching and Learning, Careers Officer and Vocational Education Coordinator. Our role is to assist Northside Christian College's Secondary Students as they make decisions about study and work, to assist them to succeed at school, access complementary studies and future pathway options.

Student services can assist students with:

  • Subject choices
  • Vocational certificate qualifications (including TAFE courses)
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) Special provision (to assist students with learning difficulties or health challenges)
  • QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) requirements
  • Career and tertiary entrance information
  • Qualifying for an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) (for Year 11 students in 2019)
  • QCAA Learning Accounts

All year levels have many opportunities to develop their servant-hearted leadership skills. 


Weekly Chapels for both Middle and Senior School, where students lead the worship and share God's Word. 

Local Missions

On a weekly basis, students support the Valley Homeless Mission, serving BBQ to the homeless and spending time talking to them and praying for them. Students visit local nursing homes to encourage the aged residents. 

International Missions

Groups of students and staff travel oveseas to serve in South East Asia and Uganda. 

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While all Senior School students are considered leaders within the College, formal leadership positions include a female and male captain, seven vice captains, and numerous prefects.

All Senior students belong to leadership groups and contribute to their group’s activities. Vice captains and prefects oversee the groups.

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