Curriculum in the Year 7 to Year 10 phase of learning seeks to recognise and cater for the different stages of development students are experiencing. The knowledge and skills acquired will help prepare students for a rapidly changing society and equip them to be a valuable part of society. The academic emphasis within this area is for students to achieve the best of which they are personally capable whilst we nurture and foster the development of the whole person, recognising the need for a balanced approach to life and study.
Lessons are 60 minutes duration with 5 lessons per day. Saint Mary's Catholic College delivers the Australian Curriculum using a disciplinary approach with specialist teachers.
Other subjects are offered via Brisbane School of Distance Education through an application process.
Each unit has been developed with a notional or minimum learning, teaching and assessment time of 55 hours determined for each General or Applied Syllabus (QCAA QCE Handbook).
QCE credit for VET qualifications is based on the recommended hours of learning as determined by the Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) (section 2.3.1 of the QCAA QCE Handbook).