With Term 1 drawing to a close, Year 11 students have completed their first unit of study in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system for each of their subjects. This is an important step for each Year 11 student as Unit 1 and 2 form the foundational knowledge for Units 3 and 4, which will commence in Term 4 of this year for Year 11 students. I am sure that each student will be reflecting on their results and identifying areas for development that they can aim to improve on in Unit 2.
As well as providing foundational knowledge for Units 3 and 4, Units 1 and 2 are key in ensuring that students graduating in 2020 achieve the QCE. In order to obtain a QCE, a student must accrue 20 credits from learning options by completion of their senior secondary schooling. Credits are awarded for satisfactory completion of each unit of study in Units 1 and 2, and for a grade C or above in Units 3 and 4. Credits are also awarded for recognised VET qualifications. It is important to note that Units 3 and 4 come as a pair and you must obtain a C or better at the end of Year 12 in order to obtain the two credits for these units.
The QCE has additional requirements in relation to Literacy and Numeracy standards. To be eligible for a QCE in 2020, students must satisfactorily complete Unit 1 or 2 or obtain a grade C or better in Units 3 and 4 in one of the following Mathematics subjects: Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics, or complete the Short Course in Numeracy. To fulfil the literacy requirement, students must satisfactorily complete Unit 1 or 2 or obtain a grade C in Units 3 and 4 in one of the following English subjects: Essential English, English or Literature.
12 Credits towards the 20 credits must also be contributed from completed Core courses of study. For credits to contribute from a Core course of study, a student must be enrolled in a General or Applied subject for Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 and achieve a grade of C or higher in Units 3 and 4. Learning in the Core category may also be contributed from a completed VET Certificate II, III or IV.
The QCE is quite different to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in that it is not used for entry to tertiary education. To be eligible for an ATAR a student must complete one of the following study patterns:
A student’s ATAR will be calculated based on their five best scaled subject results. Subject results will be provided by the QCAA in mid-December 2020 and will be based on a student’s individual results in each piece of assessment completed in Units 3 and 4 for each subject. The ATAR will then be used as the standard pathway to tertiary study in Queensland for courses commencing in 2021.
As our Year 11 cohort progress to Unit 2 for each of their subjects, many students will be considering their pathway once they graduate. In order to maximise their options for 2021, students are encouraged to continually strive for excellence in all that they do, critically analyse their results and identify key areas for improvement in order to maximise their achievement at every opportunity. There is a huge support network at the College to help students achieve their goals; subject teachers, Heads of Faculty, Heads of House, mentors and peer study groups, to name but a few. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities and challenge yourselves to achieve the very best that you can.
I wish everyone in our College Community a restful break over the holidays and look forward to hearing from many of our students next term about their goals and what they hope to achieve next term and beyond.
Dean of Senior School