FAQs

Why should I send my child to Somerset College?

It may be for the College’s magnificent facilities, the teaching and learning programmes in place, the strong pastoral care focus or our extensive co-curricular programmes. All of these help make Somerset but the key is the members of the Somerset Community, the people, who make the College a special place for children. Passionate teachers work with children to expand their horizons and encourage them to become lifelong learners. Parents support the College in many ways and this is a vital aspect in developing the sense of community which is so evident at the College. All of these make it possible for our students to achieve outstanding results and graduate as young men and women well prepared to make a difference in the world of the future.

What differentiates Somerset from other schools on the Gold Coast?

Firstly, we are an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) - an alternative to the Queensland Studies authority programme in Years 11 and 12. International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect. Somerset is unique on the Gold Coast in that essentially all of our Year 12 students will be awarded a Queensland OP (Overall Position) or IB Diploma.

How many students attend Somerset?

Approximately 1480 students attend Somerset College. There are approximately 700 students in the Junior School (Pre-Prep to Year 6) and 780 students in the Senior School (Years 7 to 12).

How do I apply for admission to Somerset College?

We require a completed Application for Admission form signed by both parents, plus a copy of the prospective student’s birth certificate and recent school reports if applicable. The form can be downloaded from the Resources section of this page.

At what Year Levels can students enter Somerset College?

Our major intake years are Pre-Prep, Year 4 and Year 7. It is usual for positions to be available at the beginning of each year at other Year Levels as well. Please check with the Admissions Office for availability.

How old must students be to commence in Pre-Prep?

Students must be four by the end of June in the year they commence.

When do we find out if we have a position at Somerset?

Offers for intake years are made early in the year before entry. Other positions will be offered as vacancies arise.

What are the extra costs in addition to the tuition fees?

In addition to tuition fees, families pay a Services Fee which covers the cost of all services that are commonly provided for students at a particular Year Level or particular subjects. This includes camps, sport, excursions and other activities that are planned to support the curriculum. The cost of optional activities such as co-curricular lessons (individual music lessons or chess lessons, for example) will be charged as an Optional Account.

Does the College offer Scholarships?

Scholarships are offered to students entering Years 7, 10 and 11. These can be Academic, Music or General Excellence Scholarships, usually providing a remission of fees of between 25% and 75%. Scholarship testing occurs in February each year. If you are interested in applying, email scholarships@somerset.qld.edu.au

How much are the uniforms?

The average cost of uniforms varies according to the Year Level in which a student is studying. Approximate uniform costs for students commencing in the following Year Levels:

Pre-Prep uniforms – $360
Years 1 to 6 – $550
Years 7 to 10 – $800
Years 11 and 12 – $1,200 including the blazer

What subjects are taught?

A wide range of subjects are taught at Somerset. The core subjects, English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science, take centre stage but are accompanied by second language studies, Visual Art, Music, Health and Physical Education and Religion and Philosophy. In Years 9 and 10 additional elective subjects include Multimedia Studies, Design Technology, Business Technology, Sound Effects and Engineering, Drama and Studies in Commerce.

In Years 11 and 12 students have a wide range of subjects from which to select. In addition to English and Mathematics (A, B and C), students can select from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering Technology, Ancient and Modern History, Legal Studies, Business Organisation and Management, Economics, Information Processing and Technology, Geography, Philosophy and Reason, Music, Visual Art and second languages French, German, Japanese, and ab initio Italian.

What sports are offered?

In the Senior School the following sports are offered: Athletics, AFL, Basketball, Chess, Cross Country, Cricket, Cycling, Sailing, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football Volleyball and Water Polo.

What languages other than English are taught at Somerset?

Pre-Prep, Prep and Year 2 – Mandarin
Years 2 to 5 – Italian
Years 6 to 12 – French, German, Japanese plus ab initio Italian in Years 11 and 12

What performing arts opportunities are available for my child?

The College is proud of our Performing Arts programme. Each year, a Junior School and Senior School musical is produced and performed to packed houses. Another outstanding evening of entertainment is the House Plays. Keen performers can be involved in the Gold Coast Drama Festival as well. Many musical groups perform regularly throughout both the Junior and Senior Schools. These include ensembles, choirs, bands and orchestras.

Does the College have a bus service?

Several bus companies provide transport options for students attending Somerset College.

Surfside Buslines operates numerous services for students travelling to and from Somerset College. As this is an independent service, we advise all students to check the Surfside Buslines website for up to date details prior to starting the school year. Please also be advised that Surfside only operate their school services on State Government School days. All fare assistance information is also contained on their website.

Details of the Non-Government Schools Transport Assistance Scheme and the Conveyance Allowance School Transport Assistance Scheme for Queensland students are available here.

Details of the Private Vehicle subsidy scheme and the School Student Transport Scheme for New South Wales students are also available here.

Moving to the Gold Coast?

The following links may be useful in obtaining general information about the region:
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au