Curriculum Overview

Emmaus College offers a comprehensive curriculum to cater for a wide range of student interests,
needs and abilities. The classroom experience at Emmaus is about developing students with a
strong value for learning and a futures orientation. Our students are challenged to persevere, to be
diligent and to think critically.

The Academic Program of the College aims to:

  • provide a wide variety of relevant learning experiences, recognising the difference in learning styles, learning rates and abilities of our students
  • provide a learning environment that encourages students to perform to the best of their ability thus achieving positive learning outcomes
  • provide a curriculum that challenges students
  • encourage students to value learning
  • enable students to obtain the qualifications necessary to proceed to further education or employment
  • nurture wisdom and develop the capacity within students to examine all knowledge and all aspects of life in the light of Christian values.

In Year 7, students study a set course where they have an opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects.  As they move into Years 8, 9 and 10, students study a number of core subjects, while having an increased opportunity to study elective subjects of particular interest.

In Years 11 and 12, students choose one of the following pathways:

  • OP (Overall Position)
  • TER (Tertiary Entrance Rank) pathway; or
  • School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Within each course, students are able to select from a wide range of subjects that will qualify them for a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE – click here for more information). Students are required to choose six subjects in the following way:

  • 3 core subjects including a Religious Education, English and Maths course; and
  • 3 elective subjects from the extensive range on offer.

The OP eligible course allows a student direct entry into tertiary study. The Workplace Learning pathways (TER/SAT) are designed for students who do not wish to qualify for an OP at the end of Year 12. This course combines the study of school subjects with the opportunity to gain work skills through placement in a workplace or TAFE study.

Year 12 students who are eligible for an OP must sit the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test, while those who are ineligible may choose to sit the test. Click here for more QCS information.

Students who have been identified with learning difficulties are offered assistance in a variety of ways and over time periods which are commensurate with their particular needs.

Educational Facilities

Learning at Emmaus takes place in a physical environment abound with the latest technology and modern learning spaces. Wireless internet throughout the College can turn any area of our campuses into a classroom. All learning spaces are enhanced with interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to deliver our curriculum in a way that is modern, responsive and practical. Supported by the 1:1 Laptop Program and the College’s broad use of online spaces, students can connect with their study and their peers anytime, anywhere. This is supported by a dedicated eLearning Facilitator on staff as well as four IT Helpdesk staff. Our dedicated Middle and Senior school libraries encourage collaborative learning within a contemporary, relaxed setting, and offer broad online and physical catalogues.

Meet our Head’s of Faculty

To contact a Head of Faculty simply email

Visual Arts

Cajetan Goves


Carley Elliott


Social Science and Japanese

Chris Champion


Health and Physical Education

Darlene Hamilton

Religious Education

Helen Mollard


Information Technology and Business

Karyl Young

Performing Arts

Lynda Dowley

Industrial Technology and Design

Mike Harald


Peter O’Shaughnessy



Ronald Howell


Textiles and Food Technologies

Wendy Smith

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