Academic Pathway

Pathway of Excellence Academic Subjects

Brisbane Christian College has fostered relationships with several leading universities and tertiary colleges to ensure that students are given the opportunity to study a unit of work for the course of their choice while completing their school studies. Courses are attended on a weekly basis and students also access university libraries several times each year. Students have a balanced selection of senior subjects and teachers will journey with your child to manage their workload. Our team is committed to fostering life long learning.

An update on our 2017 Year 12 students and what they have been up to since finishing at Brisbane Christian College.
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Biology is a two year course of study that involves students covering the following topics.  The topics studied vary in style of assessment including open investigations (experimental investigations), examination and research items based on biological concepts and issues.

Computer Science

Business Communication and Technologies

Business Communication and Technologies encompasses theoretical and practical aspects of business in contexts students will encounter throughout their lives. The underpinning practices of Business Communication and Business Technologies are integral to all business relationships and dealings, and shape the development of students’ knowledge and skills.



Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. Students should come to understand that no real distinction could be made between `chemicals’ and matter. Students will learn about the applications of chemistry and their industrial and economic importance. They will be exposed to chemical issues relating to society and to recent developments and discoveries in chemistry.


Legal Studies

The Legal Studies course enables you to learn through the investigation of legal issues, exploring four core areas of study: the legal system,     criminal law, introduction to civil obligations, human rights. Through the investigation of legal issues you will develop high-order thinking skills, including analysing, evaluating and justifying and will learn using case studies and scenarios.



The course structure has been designed to allow for the development of skills, processes and knowledge of Drama to emerge over two years. Each semester contains elements of three basic strands of the syllabus: Forming, Presenting and Responding.



Students develop “audiation”, which is the process by which the brain makes sense of what the ear hears, or the ability to “think in sound”. They apply their developing audiation through exploring the musical elements: duration, dynamics, harmony, melody, structure, texture and timbre, within a variety of contexts, genres and styles.


Mathematics A

Students will participate in a wide range of activities such as: investigating the efficient use of credit cards or the cost and upkeep of a swimming pool, designing a new covered area, examining how statistics are used in the media, for example, in advertising or in weather reports, planning a holiday.


Mathematics B

Mathematics B aims to provide the opportunity for students to participate more fully in lifelong learning. This subject provides a foundation for further studies in disciplines within which mathematics and statistics have important roles.


Mathematics C

Mathematics C has been designed to be taken in conjunction with Mathematics B. The subject contains topics in functions, calculus, probability and statistics that build on and deepen the ideas presented in Mathematics B and demonstrate their application in many areas. Vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced.


Modern History

The Modern History syllabus offers students an extensive range of themes and inquiry topics. There are 16 themes in all, each offering a wide choice of inquiry topics. Themes develop broad concepts, such as conflict, power, change, cooperation, the environment.


Ancient History

The Ancient History syllabus offers students an extensive range of themes and topics. There are twenty-two themes in all, each offering a wide choice of topics. Some themes deal with specific geographical regions and civilisations, such as society and government in Greece and Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, and ancient China and India.


Physical Education

Students will study skill acquisition, sport psychology and various factors that impact how individuals learn skills. They will also learn to evaluate the individual use of biomechanical principles in physical performance.



Physics is fundamental science in that its principles are used to varying extents in other sciences. It is more ‘mathematical’ than other sciences and students can expect to derive satisfaction from pursuing some topics to considerable depth.



The English Department goals take different focuses. A range of approaches will give students the opportunity to develop a sense of cultural heritage and factors that cause particular texts, genres and authors to be valued, skills that enable them to control and experiment with a range of language systems, genres and technologies and an awareness of how their personal values, attitudes and beliefs relate to those skills operating within their culture.

Chinese (Mandarin)

English Extension

English Extension moves Years 11 and 12 students into accelerated independence, increased cognitive demands and more complex assessment task requirements that build on literature study in preparation for the rigors of university life. English Extension challenges students to look beyond the text itself to how theoretical approaches are utilised to analyse and evaluate literary texts. By the end of the course, students will engage in critically defensible evaluation of texts as literary documents.


Visual Art

Using the processes of researching, developing and resolving, students explore concepts through a study of a range of media areas. Media areas are overviews of knowledge, skills, techniques and processes, with each area not restricted to preconceived understandings of the visual art discipline.



Learning in Geography takes place in a variety of settings, including classroom, library, school grounds, local community, and field study excursions. Students will be involved in a wide range of learning activities, including fieldwork; statistical calculation and analysis; interpretation and transformation of satellite imagery and photographs; creation of maps, diagrams and graphs; and extrapolation of spatial and ecological information.

Computer Science

Information Technology Systems

 Computer Science or Computing is one of the fastest developing areas in Australia and the world. The career opportunities in this industry are huge; growing rapidly and currently far outweighing the number of graduates qualified to fill these positions. We aim to inspire our students and provide them with a well-rounded understanding of Computer Science. The topics covered include algorithm design, binary, animation, game design and writing code using Python programming language.

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