Senior Secondary


​​​​The Senior Schooling Department at Gladstone State High School strives to assist students to access and maintain productive partnerships leading to successful futures. Mr Brendan Hooley (Head of School – Senior), Mr Tristan Nietfeld (Head of Department VET/Pathways), Mrs Crystal Bowra​ (Senior Schooling Teacher Aide) and Ms Moana Hakavalu (Youth Support Coordinator) are always available to have a general chat with students about options in the Senior Phase of Learning and can provide specific information or contacts with outside agencies regarding certificate based courses, school based apprenticeships/traineeships and vocational pathways.   

Senior School Initiatives

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) throughout the school
  • Work experience Opportunities
  • Learning Enhancement Subject Tutorials
  • Leaving School Programs
  • Career Pathways Program

Senior School Subjects, Certificate Courses and Programs

General Subjects

English, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physical Education, Marine Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Accounting, Business, Food and Nutrition, Design, Drama, Visual Art, Music, Music Extension, Japanese, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Ancient History
AppliedEssential English, Essential Mathematics, Aquatic Practices, Sport and Recreation, Visual Arts in Practice, Early Childhood Studies, Hospitality Studies, Building and Construction Skills, Engineering Skills, Furnishing Skills, Industrial Graphics, Information Communication and Technology, Tourism, Social and Community Studies, Science in Practice
School VET

Certificate II in Workplace Skills

SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness with GSHS as a third party, providing training and assessment services on behalf of Binnacle Training (RTO Code 31319)

Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (CTSDE)

External VET that our students engage inCertificate II in Engineering Pathways
Certificate II in Automotive
Ce​rtificate II in Health Support Services  
Certificate II in Hospitality
Certificate II in Salon Assist
Certificate III in Beauty Services
Certificate II in Process Plant Operations
Certificate II in Resource Infrastructure Operations
Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics,
Certificate II in Electrotechnology
Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies
ProgramsDoorways to Civil Construction (Year 10)
Year 10 Indigenous Program
Technical College
BITs Centre program


How the Senior School department supports students, other departments and whole school learning

Students in year 10 will undertake a Careers Pathway Program, which is embedded into a core subject and as part of this they will complete a Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan).  This plan is designed to map out their educational or vocational pathway and include specific information on how students will go about achieving these journeys. 

Furthermore, work experience placements complement the learning and training students receive in their school subjects at Gladstone SHS as well as developing employability skills that see our students compete extremely well for highly sought after positions within the Gladstone community and beyond.

QTAC Guides

QTAC Guide - Year 10

QTAC Guide - Year 12

Last reviewed 08 August 2023
Last updated 08 August 2023