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​In this section you will find information about Tannum Sands State High School's curriculum.

Junior Secondary Curriculum (years 7-9)

 Students in year 7 are provided with a common program that provides for study of English, mathematics, science, history, languages other than English (Japanese), health and physical education and the arts.  Students have a choice of technology subjects (Manual Arts or Home Economics) once they have completed a common Information Technology course.

In years 8 and 9, students study a core program of English, mathematics, science, history and health and physical education and is supplemented by an optional program of electives subjects.  Information about the elective can be found in the Subject Selection Booklets.   

 Literacy and numeracy is embedded in all subjects across the junior secondary curriculum.  Additional programs focusing on cultural, life skills and sport run twice a week.

Senior School Curriculum (years 10-12)


Year 10

 In Year 10, students are required to study six subjects with mathematics, science, history and English being compulsory. Opportunities exist for students to choose elective studies that prepare them for entry into senior phase subjects and also make links with future career pathways.  

 Year 10 is viewed as crucial bridge into years 11 and 12 and is a time when students are exposed to the rigour and independent learning approaches expected in Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority year 11 and 12 subjects. A student’s effort, behaviour and achievement results from year 10 help determine their year 11 and 12 subject enrolment.


Year 11 and 12

Tannum Sands State High School offers a great variety of subjects in years 11 and 12. The curriculum allows students to pursue multiple pathways including a rigorous academic program, an arts program, a skills based vocational program or a combination of these.

Students and parents are required to meet with school staff towards the end of year 10 to discuss subject choices and learning program options. 

Senior students at Tannum Sands State High School study five subjects. English or English Communication is compulsory and all students must also study at least one mathematics subject. All other subjects are offered for students to select via subject lines and should relate to interest areas and future career pathways.

All students must enrol in a program of study that enables them the opportunity to meet their QCE requirements.

Senior students have a range of flexible learning options, these include:

 - Education Queensland Industry Partnership (EQIP) programs

 - TAFE and other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) courses

 - University courses

 - Brisbane School of Distance Education

 - School based traineeship or work placement

The school timetable allows senior students flexible arrangements.  If senior students access any of the above flexible learning options they may be given a flex in their timetable. During this flex students are expected to attend a supervised study session or with parental permission, not be at school during these times.