In order to obtain a QCE, a student must complete a set amount of learning worth a minimum of 20 credits. The students need to complete the set amount of learning, at the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements. These credit can be obtained from a combination of subjects, TAFE courses, or other recognised studies.
The credits must meet the following pattern requirements:
- 12 credits from completed Core courses of study
- 8 credits from any combination of:
- Core courses of study
- Preparatory courses of study (maximum 4)
- Complementary courses of study (maximum 8)
Because students are required to obtain 12 QCE credits from a core course of study, it is essential that students have at least three subjects that remain unchanged through the course of Year 11 & 12.
It is important to note that the QCE is different from having an ATAR score. Having a QCE can help high school graduates improve their job prospects, but a student also needs an ATAR in order to gain tertiary entrance.
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