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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.  This can be accessed at:
 
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. This can be accessed at:
 
In the resources section to the right of this article, there are small videos provided by the QCAA and Tully State High School about the changes in specific detail so parents/ carers and students are able to understand the changes of the new senior curriculum.
 
At Tully State High School, we acknowledge that there is a large amount of information about the changes in the new senior curriculum. We openly welcome questions from our community about these changes. The preferred method for this communication is via email to either the Deputy Principal, Guidance Officer or Curriculum Heads of Department. These emails can be found in the ‘Staff Section’ of our website.

 

​Senior school studies policy

The Senior School Studies policy has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at Tully 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 and through into Year 12 policy has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at Tully 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 and through into Year 12 policy has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at Tully 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 and through into Year 12 policy has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at Tully 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 and through into Year 12.
 

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 place later in the year. Parents will be informed of these dates shortly.
 

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/ATAR eligible students)
·       VET Certificate qualification.
The Senior Subject Guide provides detailed information about these study options.
 

Subjects

All Year 11 and 12 students must study one English and one Mathematics subject. They also choose four other subjects to complete their Senior Selections.
 
For students in Year 12 in 2019, to be eligible for an Overall Position (OP), students must undertake at least six subjects, five of which are authority subjects, over 2 years. Students can include one authority-registered subject in their total of 6, and still be OP-eligible.
Please see the attached link in the resources section of the right to view subject offerings for Year 12 students in 2019.
 
For students in Year 12 in 2020, to be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), students must undertake at least six subjects, four of which are general subjects, over 2 years. Students can include two applied subjects in their total of 6, and still be ATAR-eligible. In addition, to be ATAR eligible students musts pass English.
Please see the attached link in the resources section of the right to view subject offerings for Year 12 students in 2020.
 

Completing senior study over 3 years

If a student wishes to apply to complete their senior study over three years, a letter of application must be written to the Executive Principal explaining all extenuating circumstances behind the application.
Please contact the Deputy Principal-Senior Schooling to discuss this further.
 

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.
Please contact the Head of Department-Senior Schooling to discuss this further.