system (for implementation with Year 11 students from 2019)
Queensland is introducing a new Queensland Certificate of
Education (QCE) system starting with Year 11 students in 2019.
At Kuranda District State College we are delivering the following subjects
offerings in three categories:
ꝉ in 2020 subject to numbers
certificate course offerings are subject to numbers and may incur fees.
General subjects (for implementation with Year 11 students from
General subjects are suited to students who are interested in
pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to tertiary studies and to
pathways for vocational education and training and work. They include Extension
Results in General subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and
may contribute to an ATAR.
General syllabuses are underpinned by 21st century skills.
Applied subjects (for implementation with Year 11 students from
Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily
interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to
vocational education and training or work.
Results in Applied subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and
one Applied subject result may contribute to an ATAR.
Applied syllabuses for the new QCE system were developed from
Subject Area Syllabuses (SASs). Watch the video guides to learn more about the
similarities and differences between Applied syllabuses and the SASs they
ATARs and tertiary entrance
(for implementation with Year 11 students from 2019)
From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary
study for Year 12 students in Queensland.
What is the difference between the
ATAR and OP?
- The ATAR is a finer grained rank
order of students than the OP.
- It’s a number between 0.00 and
99.95 with increments of 0.05, whereas the OP consists of 25 bands.
- The ATAR is commonly used in
other states and territories.
The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) will be responsible for calculating
QTAC will calculate ATARs based on either:
- a student's best 5 General
- a student's best results in a
combination of 4 General subject results, plus 1 Applied subject result or
completed VET qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
Certificate III level or above.
If a student is eligible for an ATAR in both categories,
QTAC will use their highest ATAR.
English as a requirement for ATAR
To be eligible for an ATAR, students must satisfactorily
complete a QCAA English subject. While students must meet this standard to be
eligible to receive an ATAR, it won’t be mandatory for a student’s English
result to be included in the calculation of their ATAR.
Visit the QTAC website for more information about ATARs.