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Senior secondary

The Queensland Certificate of Education

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), which replaced the Senior Certificate in 2008, is awarded providing certain criteria are met including:

  • 20 credits of sound achievement, pass or equivalent at a set standard. Twelve credits must be from Core courses studied for all 4 semesters.
  • Literacy and numeracy requirements

If students have not met the full criteria at the end of Year 12 their ‘learning account’ towards the QCE remains open and they may continue to work towards their QCE for a number of years. Students receive detailed information about courses and the QCE in Years 10 and 11. More information about the QCE can be obtained at Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) or by speaking with the school’s Guidance Officer.

Students finishing Year 12 may be eligible to receive:

  • a Queensland Certificate of Education
  • a Senior Statement showing all studies and results achieved by the end of Year 12 (issued regardless of whether the student has met the requirements for the QCE at the end of Year 12)
  • a Tertiary Entrance Statement showing the student’s Overall Position (OP) and Field Positions (FPs) used for determining eligibility for admission to tertiary courses provided that
    • a minimum of 20 semesters of Authority Subjects have been completed
    • at least three of these subjects have been studied for all four semesters
    • students have sat the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test
  • Selection Ranking
  • Vocational education qualification depending on certificates completed ADDs and,
  • Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) if applicable

Subjects Available in Year 10

Preparation for the Senior School occurs in Year 10. Students are encouraged to explore the options available and to consider what subject areas they want to experience in preparation for Senior School. Students in Years 10 and 11 receive detailed information about senior subjects and are invited to participate in information nights about course availability and choices.

Subjects Available in Years 11 and 12

Subjects are available in the following curriculum areas: Languages, Business, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, The Arts, Health and Physical Education and Technology. Please refer to the Information Brochure (PDF, 1489 KB) for the complete list of subjects.

Other Courses of Study

Accredited through external agencies are other courses of study including school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, Certificate III in Fitness, some SQIT courses and those courses offered through the School of Distance Education.

Junior Certificate of Education