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A QCE is awarded to a person who, in addition to achieving 20 credits in the required pattern of learning, has met the requirements for literacy and numeracy.

The table below lists options for meeting those requirements.

Literacy Numeracy
Students can meet QCE literacy requirements by satisfying any one of these options: Students can meet QCE numeracy requirements by satisfying any one of these options:
At least a Sound Level of Achievement in one semester of one of these subjects1:

A student may exit the subject:

  • after 1, 2, 3 or 4 semesters with at least a Sound Level of Achievement
  • with a Limited or Very Limited Level of Achievement, having achieved a notional Sound in a single semester (see Section 4.4 of the QCE handbook).
At least a Sound Level of Achievement in one semester of one of these subjects1:

A student may exit the subject:

  • after 1, 2, 3 or 4 semesters with at least a Sound Level of Achievement
  • with a Limited or Very Limited Level of Achievement, having achieved a notional Sound in a single semester (see Section 4.4 of the QCE handbook).
At least a Sound Level of Achievement in English assessed by a Senior External Examination At least a Sound Level of Achievement in Mathematics A or Mathematics B assessed by a Senior External Examination
At least a Sound Level of Achievement in the short course in literacy developed by the QCAA At least a Sound Level of Achievement in the short course in numeracy developed by the QCAA
Completion of one of the following certificates:
  • 39282QLD2 Certificate I in Core skills for Employment and Training — Communication
  • 39283QLD2 Certificate II in Core skills for Employment and Training — Communication
  • FSK20113 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Completion of one of the following certificates:
  • 39288QLD2 Certificate I in Core skills for Employment and Training — Numeracy
  • 39289QLD2 Certificate II in Core skills for Employment and Training — Numeracy
  • FSK20113 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
At least a Pass grade in a literacy course recognised by the QCAA3 At least a Pass grade in a numeracy course recognised by the QCAA3
At least a C on the Queensland Core Skills Test At least a C on the Queensland Core Skills Test
At least a 4 for an International Baccalaureate (IB) examination in Language A English Language and Literature (SL or HL) or Language A English Literature (SL or HL).
A student may exit the subject with a 3, having achieved a grade of 4 or higher for the internal assessment component (see Section 4.4 of the QCE handbook)
At least a 4 for an International Baccalaureate (IB) examination in Mathematics (SL or HL) or Mathematics Studies (SL).
A student may exit the subject with a 3, having achieved a grade of 4 or higher for the internal assessment component (see Section 4.4 of the QCE handbook)

1The subjects Functional English and Functional Mathematics do not meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

239282QLD, 39283QLD, 39288QLD and 39289QLD courses are expiring. No new enrolments from May 2016.

3See QCE recognised studies for an up-to date list of the recognised studies that contribute towards the literacy or numeracy requirement.

 

Last updated: 13 August 2015

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