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What is the QCE?

The QCE is Queensland's senior school qualification, awarded to eligible students, usually at the end of Year 12.

The qualification is internationally recognised and offers students flexibility in what is learnt as well as where and when learning occurs. This allows students to tailor their study program to suit their interests and future goals.

How does the QCE work?

To get a QCE, students need:

  • a set amount of learning (20 credits)
  • at a set standard (Sound Achievement, Pass or equivalent)
  • in a set pattern (at least 12 credits from completed Core courses of study and an additional 8 credits from a combination of any courses of study).

They also need to meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

What can students study?

The QCE allows students to choose an individual learning pathway to suit their further education, training and career goals. There are many learning options available and hundreds of subject and course combinations that may lead to a QCE.

Teacher or career guidance officers can help students decide which learning options are best to ensure they achieve a QCE and their learning and career goals.

When do students receive their QCE?

Most students are awarded a QCE at the end of Year 12. Students who do not meet the QCE requirements at the end of Year 12 can continue to work towards their certificate — up to seven years after finishing Year 12.

Useful resources

More information

  • Visit the QCE section.

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