Pathway Programs offer a dynamic exploration of industry-based experiences and learning. Direct entrance pathways to tertiary and post-secondary study, complement and enhance our students’ opportunities, as well as give employment advantage. Students who complete Pathway Programs can use this to contribute toward their ATAR and QCE.
Fairholme College Pathway Programs see our students explore areas of career interest, as well as gain industry qualifications, workplace experience and develop new learning strategies, all whilst contributing to an ATAR.
The success and subsequent longevity of these programs, is evident when SET Planning with our girls throughout Years 10, 11 and 12. Exposure to study and practical placement in an area of career interest at this early stage, assists with our girls’ decision-making processes, which enables them to make more relevant and informed subject choices. Another bonus to our Pathway Programs, under the new ATAR system, is that a Certificate III and above level qualification can contribute directly to ATAR calculation. The program also assists with direct entry into various universities, enhances scholarship, residential college and job applications and we see our girls experience success in their ATAR subjects, tertiary study and employment, all due to this program.
Briefly in Year 9 and more formally in Year 10, students begin the Student Education and Training (SET) Plan process. This is a compulsory education requirement and is a prerequisite for enrolling into some Registered Training Organisations (RTO). As part of this SET Planning process, students are offered the opportunity to start Vocational Education and Training (VET), known as Pathway Programs.
We continue to create pathways for our students into tertiary study, enhance employment opportunities and improve our students’ workplace and life skill-sets. Pathway Programs are for ALL the girls at Fairholme College, from Year 10 to Year 12. Fairholme College believes that by beginning a Pathway Program earlier in the girls’ schooling, it ensures they are making informed career and subject choices, having ‘tasted’ or experienced an area of interest outside of traditional subject offerings.
Health Services is one of our long-standing, advanced programs which we run from our Health Hub; a 3-bed simulated hospital ward with Allied Health station, housed on-campus. The creation of the Fairholme College Health Hub ensures our Health, Allied Health and Medical students can train in Toowoomba, as well as Brisbane, whilst still accessing the high-quality training opportunity Mater Education delivers out of the Mater Hospital, Brisbane. It has also allowed fruitful partnerships with our local hospitals; St. Vincent’s and St. Andrew’s and other dynamic health organisations, like Lifeflight, Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) and RMEA/QRME, providing the most relevant and diverse practical, hands-on hospital, nursing, allied health and medical placement opportunity for our girls.
New areas such as Aviation and Animal Studies are also a popular choices. The Certificate III in Aviation (RePL) gives our girls a highly-transferable, industry skill-set and licence across multiple industry areas; Defence, Agriculture, Art and Photography, Paramedicine…allowing our girls to gain their commercial drone pilot licence, completing flying hours right on our own College Oval. The Certificate II in Animal studies, also delivered on Fairholme grounds, gives out girls a chance to study basic-industry level skills, whilst it also contributes as a pre-requisite toward Veterinary Nursing.
Gaining a nationally-recognised qualification not only provides a pathway into tertiary study and gives our girls an edge when entering the workforce, it can also assist in scholarship application and resume development, gain and improve student’s workplace, study and life skill-sets and bank points toward the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Pathway Programs may also contribute to students’ ATAR.
Examples of Pathway Programs Studied at Fairholme College
- Allied Health and Health Services – Health Hub
- Animal Studies
- Aviation (RePL) – Droning
- Beauty Services, Make-up and Massage
- Business and Social Media Marketing
- Crime and Justice
- Early Education and Children’s Services (0-5 years)
- Education Support (Teacher Aide)
- Events and Tourism
- Recreational Pilot Licence
- Retail Cosmetics
- School-based Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Coordinator of Learning Pathways
Miss Arlie Hollindale
T 07 4688 4665