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​​​New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System

Queensland is introducing a new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019. From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s.

Key features include of the system include:

  • new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses
  • external assessment in most senior subjects
  • new quality assurance processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • changes to QCE eligibility requirements
  • the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Resources available

The Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) has a webpage dedicated to brochures and fact sheets containing all of the relevant information. 

The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) also has a webpage dedicated to the ATAR. It includes a white paper about inter-subject scaling amongst other resources. 

Year 10 curriculum

The Year 10 curriculum provides a link between the junior and senior school, helping students to succeed in Year 11 and 12.

The Year 10 subject booklet (PDF, 341 KB) provides an overview of subjects offered. 

Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan

During Year 10, students can choose their pathway through the senior phase of learning. To finalise their learning plans, students and their parent/guardian will need to complete a Senior Education and Training (SET) plan interview.

SET Plans aim to help students make important decisions about their future education, training and employment.

The SET Plan Interviews will take in August following the Senior Pathways information evening.

Senior Schooling Policy

The Senior Schooling Policy (PDF, 229 KB) has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at Chinchilla State High School. It has been designed so that students and parents understand the academic requirements of students, including the prerequisites that need to be met for progression into Year 11.

Year 11 and 12 curriculum
After completing Year 10, students choose from a broader range of learning options that may lead to a:
  • Senior Statement
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement (OP and ATAR eligible students)
  • VET Certificate qualification.

The Senior Pathways Handbook (PDF, 1322 KB) provides detailed information about these study options.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Eligibility

The calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be based on student’s:
  • Best five General subject results or
  • Best results in a combination of four General subject results plus an Applied subject or a Certificate III or higher VET qualification.

Eligibility for an ATAR will require satisfactory completion of a QCAA English subject.

Satisfactory completion will require students to attain a result that is equivalent to a Sound Level of Achievement in English or Essential English.

While students must meet this standard to be eligible to receive an ATAR, it is not mandatory for a student’s English result to be included in the calculation of their ATAR.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has responsibility for ATAR calculations.

Vocational education

These include:

  • school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT)
  • attending registered training organisations (RTO)
  • work experience.
These are available to all Year 11 and 12 students. In some cases, Year 10 students can access these pathways.
Last reviewed 09 August 2021
Last updated 09 August 2021