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Subjects and Courses

What categories of subjects/courses are available for study in the secondary school credentialling program in Queensland?

Queensland schools offer young people more choice and greater flexibility in the senior phase of learning. Students can choose from academic subjects, vocationally-based subjects and courses, including traineeships and apprenticeships, workplace and community learning projects, as well as university subjects undertaken while at school.

Authority subjects

Duration

4 semesters, with 55 hours of learning required for each semester

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

4

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

Yes

Assessment methods

Externally moderated school-based assessment

Developed by

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Delivered by

Schools

Authority extension subjects

Duration

2 semesters, with 55 hours of learning required for each semester

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

2

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

Yes

Assessment methods

Moderated school-based assessment

Developed by

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Delivered by

Schools

Authority-registered subjects

Duration

4 semesters, with 55 hours of learning required for each semester

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

4

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

School-based assessment (with internal and external reviews)

Developed by

Schools

Delivered by

Schools

Short courses

Duration

One-semester, with 55 hours of learning required for each semester

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

1

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

School-based assessment (with internal and external reviews)

Developed by

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Delivered by

Schools

Recognised studies

Duration

1–4 semesters

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

1–8 credits

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

Varied

Developed by

External providers or schools

Delivered by

Schools

Subjects assessed by a Senior External Examination

Duration

1 year

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

4

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

Yes

Assessment methods

External examination

Developed by

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Delivered by

Schools

Vocational Education and Training courses

Duration

Varied

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

Up to 8 credits

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

Competency based

Developed by

Australian Qualifications Framework

Delivered by

Schools, public or private training providers

University subjects studied while at school

Duration

2 or 4 semesters

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

2 for a one-semester subject
4 for a two-semester subject

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

Varied

Developed by

Tertiary institutions

Delivered by

Tertiary institutions

Workplace and community learning projects

Duration

60–80 hours

Number of credits that contribute toward the QCE

1

Contribute to Overall Position (OP) for tertiary entrance purposes

No

Assessment methods

Varied

Developed by

Students

Delivered by

Students/Mentor

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