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Education facilities in Queensland

Preparatory (Prep) Year

Prep is the first year of schooling in Queensland. It is a full time, school-based program, and has a defined curriculum. The Prep Year helps children develop the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for school. To enrol in Prep, children must be aged five years by 30 June in the year of proposed attendance. From 2017, it is compulsory for all Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to commencing Year 1. For further information on enrolment in Prep, please visit the Enrolling your child website.

Primary schools

Primary schools provide students with seven years of compulsory learning in a common, yet broad, curriculum that teachers adapt to suit local and individual needs. Students develop skills and knowledge relevant to their present and future needs and gain a greater understanding of other cultures and technology.

Secondary schools

Secondary schools provide educational programs to students of compulsory school age and provide a further two years of senior education for those wishing to continue formalised learning in school as their compulsory participation option. Students are offered a broad range of academic and vocational subjects enabling them to pursue a course of study that will further their educational and career goals.

P-10/12 schools

P-10/12 schools provide education to students from Prep to Year 10 or Year 12 depending on the school's location. Traditionally, P-10 schools have developed in more rural and remote locations but more recently P-12 schools have been established in other locations. Generally, P-10/12 schools provide students with a seamless transition across the phases of learning, and many are very innovative in the way they offer the curriculum.

Enriched Education - Queensland Academies

The Queensland Academies aim to accelerate learning opportunities for Queensland's best and brightest students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries at Kelvin Grove operates in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Toowong operates in partnership with the University of Queensland. The new Queensland Academy for Health Sciences operates on the Gold Coast in partnership with Griffith University. The educational program offered by the academies is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is a world-recognised preuniversity qualification and characterised by accelerated studies, extension and enrichment work with universities, industry experience and personal and social development. For more information visit the Queensland Academies website.

Special schools

Special schools provide highly specialised and individualised programs to cater for students with intellectual disability and/or multiple disability. For information about special schools in the department, visit the Disability Policy page.

Hospital schools

Hospital schools provide either classroom or ward-based specialised educational programs for students from Prep to Year 12. A student can be an admitted patient, a sibling of a patient or a child of a patient. Hospital school teaching staff, in liaison with medical staff, provide a warm, supportive and flexible educational environment for students during their hospital stay.

Schools of distance education

Schools of distance education provide educational programs for students from Prep to Year 12, who are unable to attend a traditional school setting due to geographic isolation, illness or other special circumstances. Schools of distance education also provide services to families who choose home-based learning, adults who are completing their schooling, and students living overseas. School-based students who are unable to access desired subjects locally and students attending alternative education settings are also provided with educational programs. There is an increasing emphasis in schools of distance education on the use of information and communication technologies and digital learning resources to maximise learning opportunities and improve teacher and student interaction.

Centres for continuing secondary education

Centres for continuing secondary education offer similar educational programs to state high schools with vocational and academic subjects available to post-compulsory-age students. There are four centres specifically set up to provide day and evening classes for adult students. In addition, many mainstream schools also provide flexible programs with part-time or full-time options suitable for adult students. The Schools of Distance Education in Brisbane, Cairns and Charters Towers offer tuition in Years 9 to 12, covering a range of subjects, to Queensland adult residents studying towards either a Year 10 Certificate or Senior Certificate. Students must:

Adult students should approach the principal of the school to discuss their enrolment, curriculum and attendance schedule.

Outdoor and environmental education centres

Outdoor and environmental education centres (OEECs) develop and deliver outdoor and environmental education programs for schools and the community, and provide professional development for teachers. Programs are linked to the school curriculum and student leadership objectives. These centres provide information about local environmental issues, and serve as venues for school excursions and camps. Many are available for hire on weekends and school holidays. The centres offer specialised learning programs such as archaeology and heritage interpretation, environmental arts, urban renewal, and waterwatch investigations.

Higher Education

Students in Queensland have the opportunity to obtain higher education qualifications after completing their secondary schooling studies.

Students who obtain an Overall Position (OP) at the end of secondary schooling can apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a place at one of the nine universities and some of the 27 non-university higher education providers in the state. Queensland students can also apply to other universities within Australia and overseas.

Through student support services, Year 12 students are provided with career advice and counselling to help them choose their university courses and prepare for higher education.

A full list of Queensland universities and non-university higher education providers is available from the departmental website.

International Education

The department welcomes the participation of international students in Queensland state schools and offers offshore education and services through Education Queensland International (EQI):

For further information on any of these international education programs and services visit the EQI website External Link.

Higher education for international students is available at Queensland universities. These universities are engaged in teaching and research, and offer undergraduate and postgraduate studies, study abroad and English language courses.

Further information is available on the Study Queensland External Link website.

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