The College offers both the Queensland Certificate of Education course which qualifies students for an Overall Position (OP) and the prestigious, internationally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. This programme caters to Senior Students in Years 11 and 12, and is recognised by ALL Australian universities and by universities across the globe.
A summary of the Year 12 Overall Position (OP) Results achieved by the Class of 2012 and additional NAPLAN data is prepared each year.
Somerset College is a non-selective school. We accept students from all walks of life. Our only precondition is that students at the College always strive to do their best and try their hardest.
Once we combine this aim with the highest possible levels of academic and pastoral care, a plethora of academic achievement programmes, the IB, academic rigour balanced with a belief that adolescents will rise to the highest possible challenge placed before them, close and consistent communication with parents, a talented and committed staff and a positive and friendly school culture, one begins to comprehend the secrets of our success.
Academic enrichment is considered of vital importance at Somerset. Enrichment activities are deliberately built into each of the academic subjects and in addition, are also offered as extension activities that will, if taken up, add to a students' knowledge base in that particular subject area.
Most of the enrichment activities have already been mentioned in the "Curriculum at a Glance" section. Very briefly, they include; Chemistry, Physics and Biology Olympiads, Mooting and Mock Trials, Public Speaking and Debating, Open Entry into university courses in years 11 and 12, Creative Writing, a range of theatre and choral and instrumental music, Science week, the Somerset Celebration of Literature, The Master Musician series, Art and Writing competitions, immersion in historical periods, Westpac maths test, University of NSW English testing, IB Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Action and Service, Thesis work.
Dr Michael Brohier
PhD, M. Litt., B.A.(Hons), Dip.Ed., MACE, MACEL