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Preparatory Year

A non-compulsory, full-time Preparatory Year of education prior to Year 1 is available in all state schools. The Preparatory Year helps children develop the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for school.

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 Griffi th University. The educational program offered by the academies is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is a world-recognised preuniversity qualifi cation 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 individual programs in many locations for students with signifi cant support needs, and who have an intellectual impairment. A range of staff is employed including teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and registered nurses. Educational programs for students with disabilities are also provided in primary and secondary schools, sometimes within special education units and classes.

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 specifi cally set up to provide day and evening classes for adult students. In addition, many mainstream schools also provide flexible programs with parttime 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 Certifi cate or Senior Certifi cate. Students must: be over the age of 15 years; have ceased full-time education for at least six months; be unable to access classes at Centres for Continuing Secondary Education.

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

Education Queensland welcomes the participation of international students in Queensland state schools. Education Queensland International (EQI) manages a range of programs to assist international students to enrol and participate in educational programs in Queensland state schools.

International students are offered a choice of long-term and short-term programs in state primary and secondary schools in a variety of programs available from the Prep Year to Year 12. International students may also undertake an intensive Englishlanguage preparation through the High School Preparation Program before commencing mainstream schooling in Queensland.

The Study Tour Program provides groups of international students and teachers with tailored education and tourism programs that include visits to state schools, homestay, recreational activities and/or professional training.

EQI also manages offshore programs in the People's Republic of China. Students in the Year 10 offshore programs undertake subjects taught by Queensland registered teachers. Students finishing the Year 10 programs then come to a Queensland state secondary school to complete Years 11 and 12. EQI also delivers a quality university foundation program. Students completing the program are eligible to apply for entry into diplo ma and degree studies at one of the 28 Australian universities recognising the program.

An extensive range of international projects and services, including curriculum licensing, capacity building, professional development, curriculum development and reviews and specific educational activities, are also delivered by EQI in a range of regions including the Middle East, Oceania and South-East Asia.

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

Higher education for international students is available at all nine universities in Queensland. These universities are engaged in both 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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