Senior students at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics Technology study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
With academic breadth and world focus, this program is recognised by leading international educational institutions, research bodies, and increasingly, the corporate world as the premier curriculum program for high achieving students.
The IB programme has a holistic approach to education and aims to produce socially aware, ethical and globally focused students. International research has shown that IB Diploma graduates have a significantly higher success rate at university as a result of the grounding they receive in this program. Our students are active, curious and involved.
The Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology benefits from a unique partnership with The University of Queensland. Through this partnership, students are offered a number of exclusive opportunities commencing with our Engagement Program for our incoming cohort through to study courses which lead to additional bonus tertiary selection rank points when successfully completed.
Students can extend their Diploma Programme studies through the completion of an additional university subject via UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). Through our partnership, UQ has developed a niche opportunity for our Year 11 students to complete the subject, Effective Thinking and Writing, through an intensive program. The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology also deliver the Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland (SPARQ-ed) program in conjunction with UQ. Based at the Translational Research Institute, the program provides opportunities for our senior students and all students throughout Queensland to promote excellence and innovation in biological and biomedical education, by delivering world class specialist programs based on a model that brings together personnel and expertise from the education and scientific research communities. Students who successfully complete ESP and SPARQ-ed programs are eligible to receive one bonus point towards their university entry rank through UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme.
The partnership with UQ has also resulted in the offering of academic credit toward a UQ program for IB students. Depending on the study plan of the chosen UQ program, how IB studies were structured, and the results achieved during the IB course, students can gain up to one semester (8 units) of academic credit.
The focus of our partnership is to bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary education for our state’s highest achieving students. Through an academically rigorous curriculum, a focus on the development of autonomous learners and our partnering with The University of Queensland, our students graduate from our campus ready and prepared for tertiary study.
From 2019 we welcome the addition of year 7 students to our Academy with the focus of learning on an International curriculum.