Years 9 and 10 - Update and Things to do!

Studio Limelight - Friday, March 28, 2014


a) Do I choose an OPS program or non-OPS program?

b) Should I study any Certificate courses and if so, how do they help me?

c) Which Maths do I choose – Maths B, Maths A or Trade and Vocational Maths (Non-OP)? Can you study both Maths A and B together in your school?

d) Which, if any, science subjects do I study? Biology? Chemistry? Physics? If choosing Chemistry or Physics am I also studying Maths B?

e) What are the prerequisite subjects needed for the uni degree in which I have an interest?

f) Will studying a language or music subject benefit my studies and results in the future? How?

g) Are any of my chosen subjects for years 11 and 12 attached to bonus points in regards to my OPS? 


Many students in Year 11 find a big difference in teacher expectations and subject requirements compared to Years 9 and 10. One way to prepare for next year is to make use of a Time Management Chart.

When preparing a TMC, choose 4-5 different colours e.g.

· Yellow = My Time (meals, sleep, travel, texting.)

· Green = Study Time at school and at home (include name of each day’s lessons.)

· Pink = Planning Time or a Diary Check for next 7-30 days usually between 9pm and 10pm.

· Blue = Sport (practices and games) and/or Music.

· Orange = Part time paid work and/or jobs to be done at home or in family business or property.

NOTE: By trying out a TMC for the rest of the year, students will be better organised for Year 11 where teachers will expect you to be “more independent” and “to be organised”! If you wish to send a draft TMC to BEARS, we would be happy to review and return it.


Now is the time to apply for Christmas-New Year paid holiday work. As a 15 year old, you may have a competitive advantage compared to 17-18 year old students due to your younger age. The first step is to have a quality resume. There are still some part-time jobs available but most employers will choose their staff by 30 November. In applying for work, consider transport and how to get to and from the place of work as sometimes parents may not be available.


For Year 10 students wishing to study Medicine at UQ after Year 12, the completion of any Bachelor degree is required, provided it includes some biomedical science subjects, followed by a further four (4) year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. In choosing subjects for Years 11-12, UQ is recommending students choose a balanced selection that includes some science AND some non-science subjects such as languages, art, drama, business, geography, history or music. When applying for the new MD which begins in 2015, UQ will accept students who have completed three or more years of study and will graduate in Arts, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Health Science, Pharmacy, Sport and Exercise Science, Therapies or any other degree provided some biomedical science subjects have been studied. For further information click here.


Some time ago, a media report suggested the current OP Score system would change. At present no official statement from either the Qld government or the Qld Studies Authority (QSA) has been made whether the OPS will remain or whether Qld will return to External Examinations as happens in other states. For parents seeking an alternative to the Qld Internal Assessment system, the BEARS TEAM recommends contact with Hubbards School at Auchenflower. Hubbards will continue to offer their QSA approved External Senior Examination program and parents may wish to contact Mrs Helen Stevens on (07) 3371 5999 or email for the latest information. Universities and employers recognise Hubbards courses and results.

Finally, appointments to consider any of the above topics or to discuss future career plans, please telephone (07) 3210 0277 during business hours.