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New QCE 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:

General Subjects

Applied Subjects

Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses*


Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

(General) English

Essential English


General Mathematics ꝉ

Essential Mathematics

Mathematical Methods

Specialty Mathematics (CSDE)


Certificate II Conservation and Land Management (in partnership with Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School)


Science In Practice ꝉ


Marine Science

Aquatic Practices


The Arts

Certificate II in Visual Arts

Visual Art

Visual Arts In Practice

Drama ꝉ

Music In Practice

Film, Television & New Media

Certificate III in Visual Arts


Ancient History

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Certificate I in Construction (in partnership with Bulldog Training)

Certificate II Hospitality Practice (in partnership with Queensford College)

ꝉ in 2020 subject to numbers

*all certificate course offerings are subject to numbers and may incur fees. 

About General subjects (for implementation with Year 11 students from 2019)

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 subjects.

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.

About Applied subjects (for implementation with Year 11 students from 2019)

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 replace.

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.

Calculating ATARs

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) will be responsible for calculating students’ ATARs.

QTAC will calculate ATARs based on either:

  • a student's best 5 General subject results
  • 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 eligibility

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.

More information

Visit the QTAC website for more information about ATARs.

Last reviewed 01 April 2020
Last updated 01 April 2020