A broad range of subject offerings, extension and enrichment opportunities, and co-curricular activities from Years 9 to 12 means that all students can fully explore their passions and interests at the Scotch Oakburn College Senior School. Our staff are highly skilled in providing innovative and engaging learning experiences, and they are committed to working closely with each and every student to help them realise their full potential at school and beyond.
Learning occurs in many places and it is for this reason we are committed to ongoing programs of work experience and careers education, adventure and Outdoor Education, service learning and leadership. These opportunities place great value on the development of collaborative partnerships whilst fostering individual capacity and a commitment to excellence.
We have a proud tradition of fine academic results, with almost half of Scotch Oakburn Year 12 students consistently attaining results that put them in the top 10% nationally. More importantly, we pride ourselves on assisting each student to reach his or her full potential, an achievement reflected by our high median ATAR scores.
Senior School student -Hanlon Innocent
Senior School teacher – Kate Gard
In Years 9 and 10 at Scotch Oakburn College, students become a part of the thriving and bustling Senior School. Students study core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education. In addition, over the two years, students have the opportunity to study a range of semester-based electives. Throughout Years 9 and 10, students are encouraged to aim for breadth, keeping an open mind and all doors open for future TCE studies.
All three languages – Chinese, Japanese and French – continue to be offered right through to TCE. There are a large number of elective subjects in the Design and Technology area (Applied Technology and Food Technology), Visual and Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Art), ICT, Business Studies, and Health and Physical Education. All Years 9 and 10 students work with the Futures Centre team throughout these two years to begin their individualised Pathway Plan and careers education. Years 9 and 10 students have formal mid-year and end of year testing and exams to prepare them for TCE.
In addition to these curriculum offerings, Year 9 has a distinctive 4-week experiential learning program as part of the 9Alive Program. For one week each term, students take part in the following:
- Southern Tasmania program (Humanities and Science focus)
- Community Service placement
- Integrated Learning Week – Building Healthy Communities
- Our Land Our Future – Education Outdoors and Environmental Studies, ‘From paddock to plate’
Specific programs for Year 10 include:
- Work Experience (one full week)
- Education Outdoors program in various Tasmanian locations
- NextGen STEAM Challenge – A full week program solving a real-life problem in teams (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics)
- Head Start to TCE – Full immersion to the TCE curriculum during late November and early December to fully induct and prepare students for their TCE course
- Year 10 Leadership – Education Outdoors. Students attend programs of younger year levels as leaders
- Pathway Planning program
All Years 9 and 10 students are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and can apply to participate in College service and educational trips, Round Square conferences, and exchanges across Australia and around the world. There are also a multitude of co-curricular, extension and enrichment opportunities across all subject areas and interests to stimulate engagement with learning and the community and thus ensure a true sense of belonging.
The TCE experience at Scotch Oakburn College is a rich and rewarding one. We offer tailored and flexible courses to suit the needs of individual students to prepare them for the world beyond school. The College offers a wide range of TASC courses (Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification) at various levels (Level 1-4). The College offers approximately 50 TCE subjects.
Completing a program of study in Years 11 and 12 provides our students with the opportunity to achieve the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification, which will set students up for tertiary study, future employment and/or training. Students can choose Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, formally recognised learning or a combination of these to make up their program of study.
In addition, Scotch Oakburn College is part of the Co-operative Program where students may study a subject at St Patrick’s College, Launceston Church Grammar School or the Launceston Christian School. Being part of this arrangement increases the range of offerings for all students. Eligible Year 12 students may also choose to study a subject through the University of Tasmania’s High Achiever’s Program (HAP) or the University Connections Program (UCP), all of which can contribute towards their TCE.
TCE students at Scotch Oakburn College are offered one-on-one meetings with the Director of Curriculum and with the team of staff in the Futures Centre to plan each student’s individualised pathway. Students in Years 10 and 11 participate in the HeadStart to TCE program in late November/early December. This gives students authentic opportunities to begin their studies the year prior to the commencement of the academic year.
Leadership and mentoring of younger students is very much part of the program offerings at Scotch Oakburn College; students participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities to develop important all-round attributes and skills. There are many opportunities to participate in optional programs such as Education Outdoors, Round Square exchanges and conferences, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.
Students in Years 11 and 12 have the world at their fingertips and at Scotch Oakburn College we aim to nurture that transition with the very best of teaching, mentoring, learning programs and pastoral support.