Middle Years Programme

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The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the curriculum framework for students in Years 6 to 10 at Somerset College and encourages our students to become creative, critical and reflective learners.

Our Programme was authorised in 2004, in the third year of its implementation. Now in its 11th year, the Programme remains the precursor to entering either the IB Diploma Programme or the Queensland OP course for students in Years 11 and 12.

The Middle Years Programme is a broad, balanced curriculum framework where every subject area has rigorous learning aims and objectives. The Australian Curriculum at Somerset College is taught within the Middle Years Programme framework. Students in the Middle Years examine content through a lens known as Global Context. Such contextualised study brings relevance and purpose to learning. In addition, students develop perspectives which enable them to discuss a topic from many view points from an authoritative base.

MYP Model

The development of conceptual understanding in the Programme is the foundation for all higher order thinking. It is through opportunities for deep inquiry into disciplinary and inter-disciplinary study that students make connections between subjects and the world around them. Such inquiry also provides opportunities to examine human identity and global challenges. This rigorous approach to curriculum allows students to explore what it means to be internationally minded, critically appreciating their own and other cultures.

The Middle Years Programme focuses on students becoming life-long learners through the development of skills that support learning. Regardless of the subject area, these Approaches to Learning skills are explicitly taught and include research literacy, creative and critical thinking and transfer, self-management, communication and collaboration. The Middle Years Programme also has a strong focus on analysis, evaluation, reflection - all of which are required for students to become self-regulated learners.

Student learning in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme focuses on taking one’s place in communities, acting in new contexts, making informed choices about one’s own welfare, interacting with the world and considering the consequences of human thought and action. Judith Fabian, IB Chief Academic Officer


As part of the Middle Years Programme, students are required to study a second language throughout the five years of the Programme. Service is also a requirement. Students actively engage in their community from personal interest or curriculum opportunities. This promotes students developing an understanding of others and the world around them as well as skills that will enable global engagement beyond school. Students also complete a Personal Project in Year 10. This is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills, to demonstrate their ability pursue new learning and to be able to self-regulate their learning in order to accomplish an outcome that reflects a significant achievement in an area of personal interest.