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Senior school

Senior School

The senior secondary program caters for students in Years 10 to 12 and focuses on preparing students to transition to life beyond school.

In Year 10, teachers work closely with students and their parents/carers to identify the preferred post-school pathway for each student using the Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) and Senior Education and Training (SET) plan processes.

Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)

All senior secondary students have the opportunity to work towards the Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA).

In Term 1 of Year 11, a QCIA curriculum plan is developed for each student using the Guideline for Individual Learning (GIL).

The QCIA curriculum plan records individual learning goals under five curriculum organisers:

  • Communication and technologies
  • Community, citizenship and the environment
  • Personal and living dimensions
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Vocational and transition activities.

At the end of Year 12, each student’s achievements are summarised and recorded on the QCIA under each of the curriculum organisers. This can be presented to future employers or training providers.

Vocational Education Training (VET)  

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Your child may be enrolled in one or more VET certificate courses offered through the Special Education Training Alliance (SETA) that are taught by VET trained school staff. These courses are overseen and managed by the SETA central RTO based at Western Suburbs Special School (RTO 41021).


On successful completion of the course your child will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification. If your child does not  complete the full qualification they will receive a Statement of Attainment outlining units that have been completed successfully.


The courses available at Ipswich West Special School are:

  • FSK10113 - Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways
  • ICT10115 - Certificate I in Information, Digital Media & Technology
  • SIT10216 – Certificate I in Hospitality


For more information on SETA, specific certificate courses and copies of the complaints and appeals policy please visit


Off campus skill development

All students have the opportunity to participate in off campus skill development throughout their time in senior secondary. Ipswich West Special School has developed several partnerships with businesses in the community who are eager to host students.  Each student requires a formal Work Experience Agreement Form to be completed before commencement of any placements.