Queensland Certificate Of Education
The QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) was awarded to students for the first time in 2008. To be eligible for a QCE a student must be successful in a significant amount of learning and meet minimum Literacy and Numeracy requirements. The total amount of learning required is at least 20 QCE credits, which can be gained by achieving a ‘Sound’ grade in five subjects.
However, other learning, such as music or dance exams, a school based traineeship, certificate level courses or a University Head Start program also attracts credits and may contribute to meeting the 20 QCE credit minimum.
The Literacy and Numeracy requirements are met by achieving “Sound” grades in both Maths (any Maths subjects) and English.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority keep track of each student’s individual learning. Schools are required to register all students in Year 10 and a Learning Account is opened for each student.
Subject credits points are banked in the Learning Account as studies are completed. Students’ Learning Accounts can be accessed through https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/.
If the requirements for awarding the QCE are not met at the end of Year 12, the Learning Account remains open and credits can be earned for post-school learning.
The QCE is not linked in any way to the OP or ATAR.
Riverside Distance Education students have the opportunity to achieve a QCE, via various pathways. Senior teaching staff are available to offer support in collaboration with students and parent/tutors to source the best options for each individual’s needs and future goals.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) have advised that the Queensland Government have planned some significant changes to the senior schooling system which are due to take effect for students entering Year 11 in 2018. The purpose is to improve the QCE system, thereby giving students more opportunities for success after Year 12.
This new system will include a model that uses both school-based assessment and common external assessment. It will also include processes that strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment. This will change the Overall Position (OP) rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and will be known as ATAR. In preparation for these changes the QCAA is developing new senior assessment processes, and redeveloping senior syllabuses reflective of a new assessment model and 21st century technology skills.
The QCAA will be trialling processes for both external assessments and school-based assessments and ensuring that all teachers and students will be well supported in the transition to the new system.
In summary, Senior Distance Education students either focus on an academic pathway towards University, or pursue a vocational pathway (often with non-OP subjects and certificate courses) to align with their employment choices. Regardless of the pathway, all subjects and most courses attract QCE credit points.