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Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System

Queensland is introducing a new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019. From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s.

Key features include of the system include:

  • new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses
  • external assessment in most senior subjects
  • new quality assurance processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • changes to QCE eligibility requirements
  • the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Resources available

The Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) has a webpage dedicated to brochures and fact sheets containing all of the relevant information.  This can be accessed at:

The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) also has a webpage dedicated to the ATAR.  It includes a white paper about inter-subject scaling amongst other resources. This can be accessed at:

As well as the usual methods of communication, Brisbane State High has a dedicated email address that parents can use if they have any questions regarding this system.  It is:

Year 10 Curriculum

The Year 10 curriculum provides a link between the Junior and Senior school, helping students to succeed in Year 11 and 12.

The 2018 Senior Course Guide (PDF, 926 KB) provides an overview of subjects offered for students in Year 10, 2019. 

The 2019 Senior Course Guide (PDF, 726 KB) provides an overview of subjects offered for students in Year 10, 2020.

The Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Selection slideshow (PDF, 1.93 MB) provides information about subject selection for Year 10 students.

Year 9 2019 into Year 10 2020 Curriculum Showcase

The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 9 2019 into Year 10 2020 Curriculum Showcase information session held on Tuesday 6 August 2019 is available here - Year 9 2019 into Year 10 2020 Curriculum Showcase (PDF, 2.6 MB).

​Senior School Studies Policy

The Senior School Studies Policy, Year 11 2016 to 2018 (PDF, 115 KB) has been developed to ensure students are successful in their senior years at BSHS. It has been designed so that students and parents understand the academic requirements of students, including the prerequisites that need to be met for progression into Year 11.

For students who will be commencing Year 11 in 2019, please refer to this version of the Senior School Studies Policy, Year 11 2019 (PDF, 125 KB).

Senior Success Conversations & SET Plan

During Year 9, students undertake Senior Success Conversations to support their transition into Senior School. In Year 10, students undertake a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan review to update and finalise their learning plans. These experiences help students to make important decisions about their future education, training and employment. In 2019, Year 9 students and their parents/guardians will attend a Senior Success Conversation on one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 11 December
  • Thursday 12 December

Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

After completing Year 10, students choose from a broader range of learning options that may lead to a:

  • Senior Statement
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement (OP eligible students)
  • VET Certificate qualification.

The Senior Course Guide​ provides detailed information about these study options:


Year 11 Report Card Information


All Year 11 and 12 students study 1 English and 1 mathematics subject. They also choose 4 Authority subjects.

To be eligible for an Overall Position (OP), students must undertake at least 6 subjects, 5 of which are authority subjects, over 2 years. Students can include 1 authority-registered subject in their total of 6, and still be OP-eligible.

Authority subjects

Subjects currently offered at State High are:

  • accounting
  • ancient history
  • biological science
  • business management
  • chemistry
  • Chinese
  • dance
  • drama
  • economics
  • engineering technology
  • English
  • English extension (year 12 only)
  • film, television and new media
  • French
  • geography
  • German
  • graphics
  • health education
  • information processing and technology
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • legal studies
  • mathematics A
  • mathematics B
  • mathematics C
  • modern history
  • music
  • music extension (Year 12 only)
  • philosophy and reason
  • physical education
  • physics
  • Spanish
  • visual art

Authority-registered subjects

Authority-registered subjects have a more practical orientation than authority subjects, and may also allow students to attain concurrent TAFE qualifications. These subjects do not count towards an OP.

Subjects currently offered:

  • Certificate II Engineering Pathways – Manufacturing 
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways ​
  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Crime and Justice studies
  • Diploma of Business
  • Creative arts—music studies
  • English communication
  • prevocational mathematics
  • social and community studies

Completing senior study over 3 years

If a student wishes to apply to complete their senior study over three years, a letter of application must be written to the Executive Principal explaining all extenuating circumstances behind the application.

Contact the Head of Year 10, 11 or 12 for more information.

Vocational education

These include:

  • school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT)
  • attending registered training organisations (RTO)
  • work experience. 

These are available to all Year 11 and 12 students. In some cases, Year 10 students can access these pathways.

Read more about vocational education. ​​​