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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 student for Queensland Year 12s.  The changes will give students the skills they need for success in work and life in the future.
Key features 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).

Further information:

New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems in Queensland - A guide for parents

The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) has a web page dedicated to ATAR.  It includes a white paper about inter-subject scaling amongst other resources.  This can be accessed at

Senior pathway planning

Making decisions about senior schooling is an important step in planning for the future.
Students can choose from a wide range of learning options that will help them in whatever pathway they choose after school — whether they want to do further study, take up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce. 

Developing a SET Plan

In Year 10, schools work with students and their parents/carers to develop a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan.
Students’ SET Plans will help them:
•    think about their education, training and career goals after Year 12
•    structure their learning in Years 11 and 12 around their abilities, interests and
•    decide which learning options they should choose to achieve their learning, further
      education and training, and career goals.
Students should choose subjects that:
•    they enjoy
•    they are good at
•    are prerequisites for future study or will assist them in the pathways of their choice.