Let's break down the key things you need to know.
The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is the state's secondary schooling qualification. It's issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), and is your teenager's ticket to their future. Most employers ask for a Year 12 certificate, and it's usually required for tertiary study.
Essentially this means:
Vocational education and training (VET) and the QCE
Vocational education and training (VET) is a great option if your teen needs extra QCE credits or they want to get a head start on their career.
VET qualifications, like our TAFE at School courses, contribute towards your teen's QCE. Each qualification level is worth a different amount of credits, from four to eight credits. If your teen wants to get into a trade, they can even earn QCE credit points from a school-based apprenticeship.
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From 2020 the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) system in Queensland. ATAR is the national standard for tertiary admissions. It indicates your teenager's position relative to other students. Entry to tertiary study, like university, will use ATARs from 2021.
To be eligible for an ATAR your teenager needs to:
VET courses, like a TAFE Queensland qualification, can contribute to your teen's ATAR. But only at a certificate III level or above.
VET and the ATAR
Each eligible VET qualification level will have a single scaled score. This score can contribute to your teen's ATAR.
The single scaled score remains the same if the qualification level is the same. The course duration and study area don't influence the score. A completed diploma score will be higher than a completed certificate IV, which will again be higher than a completed certificate III.
The Senior Education and Training (SET) plan ties everything together. Your child's school or education provider will work with you and your teen to develop their individual SET plan during Year 10.
A SET plan will help your teenager:
SET plans help put your child on a pathways to achieve their study and career goals. Make sure you first make the time to sit down and ask your teen the right questions about their future.
Whatever your teen's plans are for senior schooling and beyond, TAFE Queensland has a pathway to help them begin their career or embark on further study.