Teaching & Learning

ATAR (AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY ADMISSIONS RANK) Pathway

OP (Overall Position) Pathway

This is the best option for students wishing to seek direct tertiary entrance immediately on completing Year 12 using an ATAR. Students choosing this pathway are required to study 6 subjects. To gain an ATAR, students must study a minimum of five General Subjects.

EP (Employment) Pathway

This pathway is suitable for those students who wish to be fully engaged in Vocational Education and Training (VET) to maximise opportunities for participation in the workforce after completing Year 12.

Students who choose this pathway may secure a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT). Students in this pathway are ATAR ineligible.

In this pathway students attend mandatory unpaid work placement and field experience in an industry area of their choice. It is from this unpaid work experience that students may gain a SAT. It is important to note that SATs are not guaranteed through this program.

Students choosing this pathway complete 5 subjects. For a student to be awarded his QCE on conclusion of Year 12 he must achieve a satisfactory result in all 5 subjects including the minimum of a Sound Achievement in Authority Registered Subjects and completion of competencies in Certificate courses.

VP (Variable) Pathway

This pathway is suitable for students who do not want to be ATAR eligible but who want to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge that will make them more readily employable in the workforce, as well as to undertake some General Subjects that may be required for further tertiary education. Students choosing this pathway may opt to do 1 day per week of work placement or to attend TAFE during the course. To make an informed and wise decision as to whether work placement is a good option, students need to have had the experience of at least one semester in the senior school and have had the opportunity to review their academic progress. Students who do opt to undertake work placement will miss classes that are timetabled on this day. Once a student commits to undertake work placement with a host employer he is expected to

VET Qualifications

Senior Curriculum which includes AQF Certificates.

Further explanation is included in the senior school coursing booklet. These courses are taught by AQF and QCAA accredited teachers, who maintain their vocational currencies by annually undertaking on-the-job work experience to ensure student training meets the prescribed national criteria.

The school offers a range of certificate I and II courses. Each of these courses is credited to the QCE.

Vet Qualifications


Enrichment & Learning Support

St Edmund’s College Exceptional Learning Centre

The staff of the Exceptional Learning Centre strive to implement the vision of Edmund Rice with a clear commitment to justice.

The Centre caters for exceptional learners who include:

  • Students with learning disabilities/difficulties
  • Students with low incidence disabilities
  • Students from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • International Students

Every student at our college has the right to an appropriate education to enable him to attain success in learning.

Students with exceptional needs are identified in a variety of ways:

  • Formal & informal testing, including teacher referral & parent referral
  • Student self-nomination
  • School identification through achievement & term/semester reports
  • Full assessment in learning disabilities including Dyslexia.

For further information, contact HOD Exceptional Learning via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.

St Edmund’s College is committed to academically challenging Gifted & Talented students. The school has in place a number of proactive programs designed to cater for their varying needs.

The College conducts activities for High Performing Learners including competitions, extension workshops with other schools and Universities, Days of Excellence and the Year 11 Mentoring Program.

For further information contact HOD Exceptional Learning Centre via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.

Gifted & Talented Students

St Edmund’s College is committed to academically challenging Gifted & Talented students. The school has in place a number of proactive programs designed to cater for their varying needs.

The College conducts activities for Gifted & Talented Students across all year levels including: Public Speaking, Youth Parliament, Workshops, Tournament of the Minds, competitions across a variety of subjects, students completing university subjects while in Year 12 and the College Mentoring Program.

For further information contact HOD Exceptional Learning Centre via the College reception on (07) 3810 4400.


St Edmund’s College Pedagogical Framework – Plan Teach Manage

St Edmund’s College staff high impact researched evidence based pedagogical strategies in the development of a whole College Pedagogical Framework. This included the pedagogy which underpins the new ATAR General Syllabuses for Senior School. The St Edmund’s College Framework entitled “Plan Teach Manage”, is tailored to suit St Edmund’s College context and provides a consistency of teaching pedagogy to maximise outcomes for students.

Learning Management System

The St Edmund’s College Learning Management System, aptly named EDE for convenience, provides twenty-four hour electronic access for students and parents to a range of resources. Classroom resources and assessment tasks can be viewed and timely feedback for assessment is a feature the College is currently planning for delivery. College Policies are easily accessed together with Student Report Cards and Co-curricular information.

Parents have the ability to change and update personal details with ease.