The QCE is Queensland’s senior secondary schooling qualification. It allows students to choose from a wide range of learning options like senior school subjects, vocational education and training, workplace and community learning. A student’s final grade is given as a Level of Achievement, of which there are five:
- Very High Achievement (VHA), roughly equivalent to an “A”
- High Achievement (HA), roughly equivalent to a “B”
- Sound Achievement (SA), roughly equivalent to a “C”
- Limited Achievement (LA), roughly equivalent to a “D”
- Very Limited Achievement (VLA), roughly equivalent to an “E”
Each of these achievement levels are split into 10 rungs, to further differentiate the achievement of individual students. A VHA10 is the highest mark a student can achieve for a subject and a VLA1 is the lowest.
In order to be awarded a QCE, a student must be awarded at least 20 credits from their studies, in which at least 12 credits must come from Core courses. Core courses not fully completed may also contribute some credits, however the level of achievement must be at least a Sound Achievement (or Pass).
Students who do not meet the QCE requirements at the end of Year 12 can continue to work towards their certificate after finishing Year 12, through the completion of additional learning such as vocational education and training courses or traineeships.
Did you know? In 2015, Year 7 was moved from primary schools into secondary schools following a trial involving 20 secondary schools in 2012. This change was motivated to bring Queensland into line with other states to better facilitate the 2014 introduction of the Australian Curriculum, a national program to provide a more consistent education across Australia, reducing problems for children moving between schools in different states, each with a different curriculum.
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