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5. QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education)

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About the QCE

The QCE is Queensland's senior secondary schooling qualification. It is internationally recognised and provides evidence of senior schooling achievements.

The QCE allows students to choose from a wide range of learning options to suit their interests and career goals.

To receive a QCE, students must achieve the set amount of learning, in the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.

Planning for the QCE

Senior pathway planning starts in Year 10, when schools work with students and their parents/carers to develop a Senior Education and Training (SET) plan or equivalent.

A SET plan helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. It details what, where and how students will study in Years 11 and 12.

Monitoring QCE progress — student learning accounts

Schools create student learning accounts for students.

Year 10 and 11 students (2019 cohort) will be able to track their progress towards a QCE in their student learning account. Students can access their learning account in the Student Portal via the myQCE website.

In the meantime, students can request a transcript of enrolments or results from their school, if required.

Issue of the QCE

Most students achieve their QCE at the end of Year 12 and it is issued as part of their Senior Education Profile.

Tertiary entrance and the QCE

The requirements for a QCE are different to those for tertiary entrance. See the ATARs page for information about ATARs in the QCE system.


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Last reviewed 16 September 2020
Last updated 16 September 2020