Curriculum Overview

The aim of Columba Catholic College's academic program is to make available to students opportunities to:

  • attain academic excellence
  • receive a broad general education
  • gain life skills to function as members of society
  • develop as independent, lifelong learners
  • obtain the qualifications to enable them to proceed to further education and employment
  • examine all knowledge in the light of Christian values

For more specific information please refer to the Curriculum Handbooks available on this website.

Columba Catholic College endeavours to deliver holistic curriculum which provides students with opportunities to develop academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Students are expected to achieve their personal best and meet the challenges presented in the curriculum offered. The College has dedicated staff who nurture students and challenge them to perform to the best of their ability.

Students progress through their learning on the Mt Carmel Campus in two distinct stages: the Middle Years (Year 7 to Year 9) and the Senior Years (Year 10 to Year 12). There are distinct differences in the way learning is structured and engaged within each phase of learning. In Years 7 and 8 we offer a broad based learning program where students experience subjects within each key learning area so they have the opportunity to refine and build upon areas of interest and skill. During years 9 and 10 our curriculum offerings change to provide students more choice and depth in learning to deliver a range of courses to suit all learning pathways. While in Years 11 and 12 students can pursue both academic and vocational pathways. 

Years 7 – 10 Curriculum

(CRICOS Course: 7-10 Junior Secondary: 086283F)

The Australian Curriculum informs teaching and learning in Years 7-10  and is relevant to the adolescent learner. The Year 7-10 curriculum reflects both a breadth and depth of learning and prepares students well for study in Years 11 and 12 and beyond. Modern facilities and a strong emphasis on technology combine to enhance the learning experiences of our students. Columba Catholic College makes every effort and commitment to offer a broad range of subjects in order to cater for the individual needs of students enrolled at the College.

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HASS (History, Geography, Business and Civics & Citizenship)/History / Geography)
  • HPE 

Subjects students will study as rotational / elective subjects:

  • Languages - Chinese
  • The Arts- Drama, Music, Visual Art
  • Technologies: Design Technologies Food and Fibre Production, Design Technologies - Materials and Technologies Specialisations, Design Technologies - Engineering Principles & Systems, Digital Technologies
  • Agricultural Science

Year 11 – 12 Curriculum Overview

(CRICOS Course: 11-12 Senior Secondary: 086284E)

The needs of each individual are at the centre of the Senior Curriculum and the college provides various paths to further study and careers. Students may pursue an academic program which prepares students for higher education learning or they may access a vocational pathway which includes school-based apprenticeships and traineeships combined with Certificate courses offered by TAFE and other outside providers. Students may also elect to complete a vocational certificate. Years 11 and 12 students are offered a wide range of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority General and Applied subjects.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Columba Catholic College is committed to providing a range of programs and opportunities for senior school students. One of the many pathways available to students is Vocational Education and Training.What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to education and training that provides students with nationally recognised qualifications that focus on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. Students at Columba Catholic College in Year 10, 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to complete qualifications at Certificate II and III level, either at school or outside of school (e.g. TAFE). VET also includes school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Benefits of VET

Participating in VET can provide students with:

  •       nationally recognised qualifications
  •       credit points towards the attainment of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  •       hands-on work experience in the industry
  •       work-ready knowledge and skills
  •       support in their transition to employment, vocational and higher education pathways

 VET Qualifications

Columba Catholic College offers the following VET qualifications in regular timetabled lessons at school:



QCE points

(on completion)

FSK20113 Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

Burdekin Catholic College


SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation



AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot - Visual Line of Sight)




Dalrymple Trade Training Centre (DTTC)

Students at Columba Catholic College have the opportunity to complete the following VET qualifications through the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre. Students either complete these certificates at the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre or complete the certificates online in regular timetabled lessons and attend block training at designated times during the year. Please refer to the DTTC VET Courses handbook for details, information about block training and associated costs.

TAFE Qld - TAFE at School 2023 Course Guide


Contact Details

PO Box 274
Charters Towers QLD 4820


Mt Carmel Campus

Phone: 07 4787 1744
Fax: 07 4787 4986
6-8 Hackett Terrace
Charters Towers QLD 4820

St Mary's Campus

Phone: 07 4754 6333
59-69 Mary Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820

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