High School Options

The College has very well developed and recognised vocational education programs.
These classes cater for our vocationally-oriented students and may include commencing a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT) or study at TAFE.
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Senior Certificate courses

As part of the Alternate Pathway option offered at Clairvaux MacKillop College, students in Years 11 and 12 can undertake certificate courses in a variety of industry areas, all registered with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) compliant.
Certificate courses offered by the College include:​

​​Course Code
​Course Name​​
​RTO Partnership​
​Certificate I in Construction
​Skillstech Tafe
​Certificate II in Hospitality
Sarina Russo
​Certificate II in Furniture Making
​Skillstech Tafe
​Certificate II in Electrotechnology
​Skillstech Tafe
​Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
​Certificate III in Hospitality
Sarina Russo
Certificate III in Fitness
​Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
​Certificate IV in Crime and Justice Studies
​Unity College, Caloundra 

​Diploma of Business 
Prestige Services Training

​School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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Many students are keen to pursue an apprenticeship or traineeship while completing their senior studies. They can undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in an industry of their choice.  The attached document provides additional learning opportunities for students.
For more information about the advantages of School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs) and how they work visit the Department of Education and Training website.

​ School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students, generally in Years 10, 11 and 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education and/or Overall Position (OP) score.​​

Vocational Education Courses

Vocational education and training

  • Can provide school students with a nationally recognised qualification while they are still at school
  • Not just for trades
  • Offers skills for the ‘real world'

Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training

School to Work Transition Program - See the Career Pathways Office for assistance to apply for these programs.

University Early Entry

Many universities have Early Entry Schemes where you can be offered a place before the normal round of offers.

The way these operate can vary from university to university, but generally they will involve you completing an application and being able to demonstrate that you are capable of succeeding in your chosen course and also that you are a good all round student who will contribute well to the life of the university you have chosen to apply for.  These have strict deadlines and cutoff times.  For more information regarding University Early Entry go directly to the website of the University you are interested in.

University of Queensland

​​Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.



TAFE pathways to university study 

TAFE provides several pathways that can be used to gain entry to degree courses at university. 

These include:

  • ​Upgrading - Successful completion of any diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE may improve your tertiary entry score when applying through QTAC for entry to university degree programs.  For example, a completed diploma at pass level will receive a QTAC selection rank of 82, which was comparable to OP 9 in 2016.
  • Credit transfer agreements with universities - You complete a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE and apply through QTAC for a related degree course at a university with which TAFE has a formal credit transfer agreement.  This means you receive credit from your TAFE course towards your degree course.
  • Dual awards - You apply through QTAC for a dual TAFE/university qualification.  Once you have completed your TAFE qualification you commence your university degree studies without reapplying through QTAC.
  • Degrees at TAFE – Some TAFE institutes partner with universities to deliver a degree program on the TAFE campus.  TAFE Queensland Brisbane at South Bank has been accredited to offer its own degree program – B Dental Prosthetics.

Check out the Degree Pathways 2018 Course Guide for a listing of degree programs offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane and for a list of pathway options to universities and other higher education providers.

Students in  year 10*, 11 or 12  are eligible to participate in the TAFE at School program. Students can choose from a number of exciting and varied certificate II and certificate III courses. Best of all, a TAFE at School course can be achieved in conjunction with senior studies and can count towards the  Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).


TAFE at School is a great way to:

TAFE at School 2019 Course Guide

  • get a qualification while still at school
  • gain valuable credit points towards your QCE
  • get a guaranteed entry into a TAFE Queensland Brisbane Diploma course
  • gain valuable credits towards a diploma course or university studies
  • make students work ready
  • build practical skills in an adult learning environment
  • learn from professionals, bursting with current industry knowledge

Students must be enrolled in Year 10*, 11 or 12 and attend a Queensland high school for the duration of the program. Students also need to have a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan in place, and should talk to the school's Guidance Office, VET Coordinator or Head of Senior Schooling and ask for their help to make this happen.

  •  Students can only enrol in one program with TAFE Queensland *Subject to a letter of support from the school principal.
  • The School’s Guidance Officer, VET Coordinator or Head of Senior Schooling can provide students with more information.

Work Experience

Students in Year 10, 11 and  12 will have the opportunity to undertake work experience with an employer of their choice or as provided by SCIPS (School Community Industry Partnership Service). 

​Work Experience is normally conducted during the exam block each term and gives students a taste of working life and what to expect in the workplace.  It is also a great opportunity for students to evaluate your suitability for their desired career pathway. 

Senior OP eligible students are also welcome to undertake work experience, which would need to be conducted during the school holidays, however, they must contact Mr Darren Smith at smid@cvxmck.edu.au before registering. 

Students are also welcome to source their own employer and advise the College so that the relevant paperwork can be prepared for the work placement.    Students who source their own employer will need to provide the employer details to Mr Darren Smith prior to the placement.

For any enquiries, please contact Mr Darren Smith, Service Leader – Career Pathways at smid@cvxmck.edu.au.

White Card

A White Card is mandatory for anyone who works, or wants to work, in the construction industry. You will need a White Card to enter a construction site.
To obtain a general construction induction card you will need to undertake training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that conducts the General Construction Induction training. (Unit of competency - CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry). Once you have successfully completed the training the RTO will issue evidence that you have completed the training and the white card. You should keep evidence of completion of training as it may be required to replace your card in the future​.​​ ​​​​