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William Ross State High School operates under the implementation of a national framework for schooling, aligning with the aim of raising education standards and achieving nationally consistent curriculum, assessment and reporting.
Junior Secondary students study the Australian Curriculum for their core subjects. Students also participate in academic lessons in Health and Physical Education and the Languages (Japanese or Chinese) as well as completing subjects from Technology and The Arts areas. Year 7 provides the platform for building the knowledge, skills, experience and understanding required for the junior secondary phase of learning. At the completion of Year 9, successful students will be awarded the JCE (Junior Certificate of Education). This is a school-based certificate, pioneered by William Ross State High School that recognises the completion of the student’s junior phase of learning.
Types of Subjects Offered 
There are three types of subjects which are offered through Senior Studies at William Ross State High School. 
  • Authority Subjects
  • Authority Registered Subjects
  • VET (Vocational and Education & Training) Training Packages (both internal and external)

Authority Subjects
These subjects  
  • Derived from the state-wide syllabus developed by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
  • Have school work programs reviewed and accredited by the QCAA
  • Have standards of assessment reviewed and accredited by the QCAA
  • Contribute to a student’s eligibility for University entrance
  • Contribute to Overall Position (OP) and Field Position
  • A student must study 5 Authority Subjects to be eligible for an OP
  • Contributes 4 credits over 2 years toward the QCE

Authority Registered Subjects 
These subjects  
  • Are derived from Study Area Specifications (SASs) developed by the QCAA
  • Are vocationally oriented and may include national recognition of vocational units of competency
  • Have study plans approved by QCAA
  • Do NOT contribute to a student’s eligibility for tertiary entrance (through an OP) but do contribute to your Selection Rank/OP equivalent. To be eligible for Selection Rank you can study no more than 4 Authority Subjects and sitting for the QCS test may improve your Selection Rank.
  • Are recorded on the Senior Statement and the School Exit Statement
  • Have a practical orientation
  • Contribute 4 credits over 2 years towards the QCE

Vocational Education and Training Packages/Courses
These courses  
  • Carry a National Accreditation at a specific level of competence
  • Result in the issue of a specific certificate upon successful completion of all the Units of Competency
  • Are recorded on the Senior Statement and the School Exit Statement
  • Contribute to credits for the QCE (up to 8 credits for a Certificate III course) (Please see QCAA website for variations to credit points for different certificates)
  • Can be delivered by any registered RTO – William Ross State High School/TAFE/private provider
  • May streamline into Higher Certificates or Diplomas