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Senior School

Curriculum

Somerset College is a non-selective school. We accept students from all ability levels with our only precondition being that students at the College always strive to do their best and try their hardest.

Once we combine this aim with the highest possible levels of academic and pastoral care, a plethora of academic achievement programmes, the IB programmes, academic rigour balanced with a belief that adolescents will rise to the highest possible challenge placed before them, close and consistent communication with parents, a skilled and highly qualified and committed staff, a commitment to relevant professional development and teaching innovation and a positive and friendly school culture, one begins to comprehend the secrets of our success.

The curriculum is constantly being reviewed at Somerset with the aim of providing the best possible educational experience for our students. Changes are always carefully considered and stem from developments in educational theory and practice. At post-compulsory level (Years 11 and 12) the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is the vehicle by which students complete secondary education and gain accreditation for work and further study. In addition, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers students the opportunity to complete a two-year curriculum that is rigorous and intellectually coherent, encouraging critical thinking through the study of a wide range of subjects in the traditional academic disciplines while encouraging an international perspective.

Somerset College has always produced and continues to produce exceptionally high academic results when compared with the rest of Queensland, Australia and even with comparable schools internationally. Each year, the results of the Somerset Senior cohort are outstanding in comparison with comparable schools on the Gold Coast, across Queensland and Australia wide. In addition, within the academic sphere, the College, with its deliberate emphasis on “Personal Success with a Global Outlook” has thrust itself into the international rankings with it involvement with the three International Baccalaureate programmes.

Academic Enrichment at Somerset College

Academic enrichment is considered of vital importance at Somerset. Enrichment activities are deliberately built into each of the academic subjects and in addition, are also offered as extension activities that will, if taken up, add to a student’s knowledge base in that particular subject area.

Some of the enrichment activities include:

  • Chemistry, Physics and Biology Olympiads
  • Mooting and Mock Trials
  • Public Speaking and Debating
  • Open Entry into university courses in Years 11 and 12
  • Creative Writing
  • A range of theatre and choral and instrumental music
  • Science week
  • The Somerset Celebration of Literature
  • Art and Writing competitions
  • Immersion in historical periods
  • Westpac Mathematics test
  • University of NSW English testing
  • IB Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Action and Service
  • Extended Essay thesis work