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The credit values for non-Queensland core courses of study are:

  • an international learning program (e.g. the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Diploma Program): 4 credits for each completed component course of study
  • incomplete studies that contribute to an overseas QCE-equivalent qualifications: up to 6 credits per semester for up to 3 semesters
  • incomplete studies that contribute to an Australian QCE-equivalent qualifications: credit per semester per component for up to 3 semesters
  • results for recognised non-Queensland studies (below): up to 6 credits per semester for up to 3 semesters.

Recognised non-Queensland studies

The QCAA is able to recognise non-Queensland studies that relate to a level of schooling equivalent to senior secondary education in Queensland.

Recognised non-Queensland studies fall into two categories:

Overseas studies

Hong Kong

Subjects assessed using the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination ( HKCEE ) or Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations ( HKALE ).

Results for studies assessed by HKCEE can contribute up to six credits towards the QCE .

Assumption: the academic year for schools is July to June and offset to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of final results for at least seven HKCEE at Grade E or better.

Credit for fewer than seven examination results qualifications will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
7 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 6
6 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 5
5 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 4
4 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 3
3 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 2
2 subjects ( HKCEE Level) Grade E 1

Further credits may be possible for those students with evidence of continuing studies in school education, i.e. from July in the year of issue of examination results (e.g. Advanced Subsidiary ( AS ) Level Advanced (A) Level). In the case of incomplete studies, these students must provide evidence of enrolment in these studies and an authenticated copy of an official interim result issued by the school that provided the studies.

Final results for studies assessed by Advanced Subsidiary ( AS ) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least five AS -Level subjects at Grade E or better. Credit for four or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
5 subjects (AS Level) Grade E 12
4 subjects (AS Level) Grade E 9
3 subjects (AS Level) Grade E 7
2 subjects (AS Level) Grade E 4
1 subject (AS Level) Grade E 2

Final results for studies assessed by Advanced Level (A) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least five A-Level subjects at Grade E or better. Credit for five or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
5 subjects (A Level) Grade E 12
4 subjects (A Level) Grade E 9
3 subjects (A Level) Grade E 7
2 subjects (A Level) Grade E 4
1 subject (A Level) Grade E 2

Malaysia

Subjects assessed using the Sigil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia or Malaysian Higher School Certificate ( MHSC ) Examination.

Results for studies leading to the MHSC can contribute credit towards a QCE .

Assumption: the academic year for schools is similar to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of results for studies in at least four subjects in lower or upper sixth form at grades C or better. Credits for fewer than four subjects will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
4 subjects assessable by MHSC examinations Grade C 6
3 subjects assessable by MHSC examinations Grade C 4
2 subjects assessable by MHSC examinations Grade C 3
1 subject assessable by MHSC examinations Grade C 1

Up to six credits is possible for each semester of these studies, to a maximum of three semesters, provided the required standard in the nominated number of studies is met.

New Zealand

Studies at National Certificate of Educational Achievement ( NCEA ) Level 2 and higher.

Assumptions: the student has completed Year 11 in New Zealand (or its equivalent) and been awarded NCEA Level 1

Results for studies contributing to the award of a National Certificate of Education Achievement ( NCEA ) Level 2 can contribute up to 12 credits.

Requirements: enrolled in Year 12, attempted at least one standard, and achieved at least one credit in a minimum of four subject areas at Level 2. Credits for fewer than four subjects will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
4 subjects ( NCEA Level 2) Achieved 6
3 subjects ( NCEA Level 2) Achieved 4
2 subjects ( NCEA Level 2) Achieved 3
1 subjects ( NCEA Level 2) Achieved 1

Up to six credits is possible for each semester of these studies, to a maximum of two semesters, provided the required standard in the nominated number of studies is met.

A further six credits may be possible for those students with evidence of continuing studies in school education, i.e. enrolled in Year 13 and attempted at least 1 standard and achieved at least 1 credit in one or more subject areas at Level 3. In the case of incomplete studies, these students must provide evidence of enrolment in these studies for at least one semester and an authenticated copy of an official interim result issued by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority ( NZQA ).

Singapore

Subject assessed using the Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education ( GCE ) A-Level examinations.

Results for pre-university studies in a Junior College or Millennia Institute leading to the GCE A Level examinations can contribute credit towards a QCE .

Assumption: the academic year for schools is similar to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of results for studies in the General Paper, Project Work, and Mother Tongue Language at H1 level and three H2 and one H1 content-based subjects in the first or second year at a Junior College or Millennia Institute at grades E or better.

Credits for fewer than these seven subjects will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
7 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 6
6 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 5
5 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 4
4 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 3
3 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 2
2 subjects assessable by A Level examinations Grade E 1

Up to six credits is possible for each semester, to a maximum of three semesters, provided the required standard in the nominated number of studies is met.

United Kingdom (excluding Scotland)

Subjects assessed using General Certificate of Secondary Education ( GCSE ), General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary Level ( AS -Level) or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level ( GCE A-Level) examinations.

Results for studies assessed by General Certificate of Education ( GCSE ) examinations can contribute up to six credits towards the QCE .

Assumption: the academic year for schools is July to June and offset to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of final results for at least seven GCSE examinations at Grade C or better. Note: double award subjects count as two full-course subjects and two short-course subjects count as one full-course subject.

Credit for fewer than seven examination results qualifications will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
7 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 6
6 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 5
5 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 4
4 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 3
3 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 2
2 subjects ( GCSE Level) Grade C 1

Further credits may be possible for those students with evidence of continuing studies in school education, i.e. from July in the year of issue of examination results (e.g. Advanced Subsidiary ( AS ) Level Advanced (A) Level). In the case of incomplete studies, these students must provide evidence of enrolment in these studies and an authenticated copy of an official interim result issued by the school that provided the studies.

Final results for studies assessed by Advanced Subsidiary ( AS ) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least four AS-Level subjects at Grade E or better. Credit for four or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
4 subjects ( AS Level) Grade E 12
3 subjects ( AS Level) Grade E 9
2 subjects ( AS Level) Grade E 6
1 subject ( AS Level) Grade E 3

Final results for studies assessed by Advanced Level (A) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least three A-Level subjects at Grade E or better. Credit for three or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
3 subjects (A Level) Grade E 12
2 subjects (A Level) Grade E 8
1 subject (A Level) Grade E 4

United Kingdom (Scotland)

Subjects assessed using Standard Grade, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher or Advanced Higher examinations.

Results for studies at Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 examinations can contribute up to six credits towards the QCE.

Assumption: the academic year for schools is July to June and offset to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of final results for at least seven Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 qualifications at grade 4 or better for Standard Grade, and D or better for Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2.

Credit for fewer than seven Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 qualifications will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
A combination of 7 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 ( SG ) Grade D 6
A combination of 6 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 ( SG ) Grade D 5
A combination of 5 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 ( SG ) Grade D 4
A combination of 4 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 ( SG ) Grade D 3
A combination of 3 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 ( SG ) Grade D 2
A combination of 2 Standard Grade ( SG ) Level and/or Intermediate 1 and/or Intermediate 2 Level Grade 4 (SG) Grade D 1

Further credits may be possible for those students with evidence of continuing studies in school education, i.e. from July in the year of issue of examination results e.g. Higher or Advanced Higher Level, a further six credits may be possible. In the case of incomplete studies, these students must provide evidence of enrolment in these studies and an authenticated copy of an official interim result issued by the school that provided the studies.

Final results for studies assessed by Higher (H) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least 4 H-Level subjects at Grade C or better. Credit for four or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
4 subjects (H Level) Grade C 12
3 subjects (H Level) Grade C 9
2 subjects (H Level) Grade C 6
1 subject (H Level) Grade C 3

Final results for studies assessed by Advanced Higher ( AH ) Level examinations can contribute up to 12 credits towards the QCE .

Requirements: final results for at least three AH-Level subjects at Grade C or better. Credit for three or fewer results will accrue on a pro-rata basis as described in the following table:

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
3 subjects ( AH Level) Grade C 12
2 subjects ( AH Level) Grade C 8
1 subject ( AH Level) Grade C 4

Zimbabwe

Subjects assessed using the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council ( ZIMSEC ) General Certificate of Education ( GCE ) at Advanced (A) Level examinations.

Results for incomplete Upper Secondary School studies (Form V and VI) assessed using the ZIMSECGCE A Level Examination can contribute credit towards a QCE .

In the case of incomplete studies, students must provide evidence of enrolment in these studies and an authenticated copy of an official interim result issued by the school that provided the studies.

Assumption: the academic year for schools is similar to Queensland schools.

Requirements: authenticated copies of results for studies in at least three subjects in Form V and VI at grades E or better, as described in the following table. Final results for ZIMSEC A Level examinations use Grades A to F to report achievement, an E result is nominally a pass.

Number of studies Required standard Number of credits
3 subjects ( ZIMSEC A Level) Grade E 6
2 subjects ( ZIMSEC A Level) Grade E 4
1 subject ( ZIMSEC A Level) Grade E 2

Up to six credits is possible for each semester, to a maximum of three semesters, provided the required standard in the nominated number of studies is met.

International Baccalaureate Organisation studies

Recognised International Baccalaureate Organisation ( IBO ) Diploma program subjects, Standard Level and Higher Level, including the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge may contribute to the QCE . A list of recognised IBO Diploma subjects that may contribute to the QCE is available.

The IBO has agreed that the QCAA can record results for students who exit an IB Diploma subject early and who do not sit the IB Diploma examination for the subject. The results may be used to contribute credit towards the award of a QCE . These arrangements do not apply to the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge.

This agreement is conditional on these students completing a significant amount of course work for an IB Diploma subject — at least one semester.

Requirements: completing a significant amount of course work for an IB Diploma subject — at least one semester. If a student completes at least one semester of an IB Diploma subject then:

  • the principal of the IBO World School that provided the studies can provide, at the time of exit, a result for each subject based on all assessment that is available to date
  • the result can be recorded as A to E, using the following table of conversion as a guide:
Result code for incomplete studies Comparable IB standards of achievement
A 7
B 6 or 5
C 4
D 3
E 2 or 1

Note:

  • In the partially completed studies, a C result is nominally a pass.
  • For each partially completed IB Diploma subject, a maximum of three semesters of study is possible.

According to the result code, the QCAA will determine the number of credits for incomplete IB Diploma studies, i.e. a C or better, and considering the number of complete semesters of study. For example, the QCAA may record the following:

  • a result of B for IB Diploma Geography for two semesters — two credits
  • a result of D for IB Diploma Math Mathematics for two semesters — zero credits.

Determining credit for results from partly completed non-Queensland core studies

Recognised international learning programs are included as core studies. Results from partially completed components of recognised international learning programs may contribute credit towards the QCE . The standard required is a pass or its equivalent for each component reported by the school at exit from the program. Credits are assigned at the component level. A maximum of one credit per semester per component for up to three semesters is possible.

Studies that can contribute to overseas QCE-equivalent qualifications are included as core studies. Results from incomplete studies may contribute credit, as incomplete core studies, towards the QCE . The standard required is a pass or equivalent in at least one semester of a full-time program of study reported by the school at exit from the program. Credits are assigned at the program level (i.e. the study load of a full time student). A maximum of 6 credits per semester, for up to three semesters is possible.

Studies that can contribute to Australian QCE-equivalent qualifications are included as core studies. Results from incomplete studies may contribute credit, as incomplete core studies, towards the QCE . The standard required is a pass or equivalent in at least one semester for each component reported by the school at exit from the program. Credits are assigned at the component level. A maximum of 1 credit per semester per component for up to three semesters is possible.

In all cases, including recognised international learning programs, the QCAA will determine the conditions, the amount of learning and required standard a person must satisfy to partially complete a study. These conditions are detailed in Section 5: Credit transfer procedures of the QCE handbook.

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