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Senior secondary

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the Senior phase of learning, Bundaberg State High School expects all students who graduate to attain a QCE or QCIA that leads to/enhances their chosen pathways.
 
With guidance from the school, students are responsible for driving their success towards their chosen pathways.  Planning suitable pathways begins in Year 9 and is supported through Year 10 through career development opportunities currently embedded in the school curriculum.  Internet guided research into career options, career talks, expo’s and work experience all provide opportunities for students to learn more about the jobs which align with their interests.

QCE basics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=549ttDyVHlg

To be issued with a QCE students need to complete the set amount of learning, at the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.

Students receive one QCE Point for each unit they satisfactorily pass in Year 11 (Units 1 and 2) and two bundled QCE points if they pass Units 3 and 4 at the end of Year 12. Students can start accruing QCE points in year 10 through any recognised VET qualifications.​

​​​​Students require 20 credits to be eligible to receive a QCE.

​​Course type
QCE category
QCE credit
​​ATAR eligibility
General subjects
Core
Up to 4 per course
All subjects may contribute
Applied subjects
Core
Up to 4 per course
Only 1 can contribute when combined with general subjects
Short courses
Preparatory or complementary (depending on the course)
1 per course
Do not contribute
Vocational education and training
Core Preparatory or Complementary (depending on the course)
​Up to 8 per course

Duplication of competencies between qualification will impact QCE points

Only 1 may contribute at Certificate III or higher, when combined with 4 general subjects
Other courses e.g recognised certificates, university subjects undertaken at school
Core Preparatory or Complementary (depending on the course)
As recognised by the QCAA
Check with QTAC, depends on course


Assessment

​General subjects

General subjects have three internal assessments (set and marked by schools) and one external assessment (set and marked by QCAA).

Applied subjects

Applied subjects have four internal assessments (set and marked by schools). In Essential English and Essential Mathematics, one of the assessments is a common internal assessment (set by QCAA and marked by schools).

QCAA short courses

Short courses have two internal assessments (set and marked by schools).

​VET courses

VET assessment will vary, depending on the type of course. It may include observation, written assessment, questioning, work samples or third-party feedback.​

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Last reviewed 20 August 2021
Last updated 20 August 2021