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The information on this page relates to students who will be graduating from school in 2018 and 2019, i.e. current Year 11 and 12 students. For information about the new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019, visit the QCAA website.

The QCE lets you choose from a wide range of learning options and offers flexibility in what is learnt, as well as where and when learning occurs.

Senior school subjects

Results in Authority subjects count towards your OP and FPs; results in Authority-registered subjects do not.

Recognised studies

The QCAA recognises a range of awards, certificates, international learning programs (such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma program), school-based courses, and structured community and workplace learning. Completed recognised studies can contribute credits towards a QCE.

Learning projects

As part of your QCE, you can design and undertake an independent and unique short program of learning that is separate from any established school, training or other educational program. Completed learning projects can contribute credit towards a QCE.

University subjects completed while at school

Most Queensland universities and TAFEs offer students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to study at a tertiary level. If you successfully complete diploma or advanced diploma modules or university subjects, you can earn credit towards your QCE. To find out more about tertiary study opportunities available to you, speak to your school guidance officer.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship gives you the opportunity to train on the job while working towards your QCE. Students who are ineligible for an OP may have their school-based apprenticeship or traineeship considered as part of the tertiary entrance process. For more information contact your school guidance officer.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET qualifications give you practical work-related skills and can contribute credits towards your QCE. If you are ineligible for an OP, you may have your VET certificate considered as part of the tertiary selection process.
Your teachers/school guidance officers and parents/carers can help you decide which earning options are best to ensure you achieve your QCE and further education and career goals.

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Last updated: 14-Feb-2018