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The QCAA is making some minor changes to the eligibility requirements for achievement of a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

The changes will apply to students whose learning accounts are opened in 2018 and who will graduate from Year 12 in 2020 or continue to work towards their QCE after leaving school.

Current QCE eligibility requirements apply to students whose learning accounts were opened before 2018.

Why are the changes being made?

The QCAA reviewed the current QCE requirements as part of its preparations for the new senior assessment system that starts with Year 11 students in 2019.

We looked at historical data, scanned national and international practice and consulted education stakeholders.

We found that some changes were needed to support the new system and ensure the QCE keeps pace with the changing nature of senior secondary schooling.

What is changing?

The main changes that schools need to be aware of are outlined in the following factsheets:

Examples of minor changes include:

  • To simplify processes for students and schools, the Enrichment and Advanced categories of learning will be merged into a single category known as Complementary courses. All existing study options in these categories will be unaffected.
  • QCAA extension subjects have been redeveloped as General syllabuses and will be categorised as Core courses of study.
  • Credit accrued in the Preparatory category of learning will contribute a maximum four credits from 2020. Currently Preparatory courses can contribute up to six credits.
  • Independent Learning Projects will be discontinued as learning that can contribute credit toward the award of a QCE. These projects are a form of community, self-directed or workplace learning.

More information

Section 10 of the draft QCE and QCIA policy and procedures handbook contains a detailed explanation of the new QCE requirements to be introduced. School principals and deputy principals are able to view the handbook in the QCAA Portal.

For more information contact: qau@qcaa.qld.edu.au (07) 3864 0375

Last updated: 16 May 2018

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