Senior Schooling department at Cavendish Road State High School encompasses the
opportunities and pathways available to students throughout their senior years.
The senior years involve students in Years 10-12 and oversee such things as:
Senior subject selection
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Queensland core skills test (QCST)
School based apprenticeships/traineeships
Student Education and Training Plans (SETP)
The QCE is Queensland’s senior school qualification,
which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. Every
young Queenslander must be registered with the QCAA during the year before the
young person's compulsory participation phase begins. Generally, schools will
register young people in Year 10.
Learning options and requirement
The QCE offers flexibility in what is learnt, as well
as where and when learning occurs. Students have a wide range of learning
options; these can include senior school subjects, vocational education and
training, workplace and community learning, as well as university subject’s
undertaken while at school. To be awarded a QCE, students must have at least 20
credits in the required pattern, and fulfil literacy and numeracy requirements.
Common Curriculum Elements (PDF, 325KB)
QCE Information (PDF, 460KB)
QCE Handbook (PDF, 944KB)
QCE Planning (PDF, 377KB)
QCE Senior Education Profile (PDF, 602KB)
QCE Planning Pathways (PDF, 496KB)
Planning for a QCE - set plan
A senior education and training plan (SETP) plan helps
students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and
ambitions. As part of the planning process, students think about their future,
consider their abilities and investigate their options for careers and further
education. The plan is finalised by the end of Year 10. The set
plan is reviewed periodically to monitor the student's progress. It can be
updated at any time.
Year 10 Preparing for the Senior Phase of Learning (PDF, 411KB)
Monitoring progress - learning accounts
When a student is registered, the QCAA opens a
learning account for them. The learning account records details of learning and
results of any completed studies. Students are able to access their learning
account through the student connect website.
QCE Student Learning Account (PDF, 828KB)
Awarding a 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 - their learning account remains
open, regardless of their age (however, credits expire after 9 years).
will award a QCE in the following July or December, once a person becomes
eligible. All students who finish Year 12 receive a transcript
of their learning account in the form of a senior statement, which is issued in
After finishing Year 12 students who become eligible
for the award of a QCE will receive a statement of results. A statement of
results is a cumulative transcript of their learning account. These will be
issued every July and December.
QCE Certificate and Statements (PDF, 416KB)
QCIA Information (PDF, 315KB)
Tertiary entrance and the QCE
The requirements for a QCE are different to those for
OP Basics (PDF, 797KB)
OP Fast Facts (PDF, 353KB)
QCS Test Guide for Parents and Carers (PDF, 534KB)