Senior School


The new QCE and ATAR

The QCE is Queensland's internationally recognised senior schooling qualification.  Achieving one is a sign of academic and personal success.  Each subject contributes towards a student's QCE.  Your child will be awarded a QCE when they meet the requirements: the set amount of learning, at the set standard, in the set pattern, and meet literacy and numeracy requirements.  This usually occurs at the end of Year 12.

The ATAR will be the tool used to select school leavers for tertiary entrance from 2020.  The ATAR is a fair and equitable method for ranking students who have studied different combinations of subjects.  Individual universities set the ATAR requirements for each course.  To be eligible for an ATAR students must choose either 5 General subjects or 4 General subjects along with either one Applied subject or one completed Certificate III or higher VET qualification.

Students working towards a QCE can choose from a wide range of learning options to suit their interests and career goals.

To be eligible for a QCE, students must:

  • have an open learning account
  • not have been previously issued with a QCE or equivalent
  • accrue at least one credit from the Core category of learning while enrolled at a Queensland school.

To receive a QCE, students must achieve the set amount of learning, in the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.

Set amount

  • 20 credits from learning options, including:
    • QCAA subjects or courses
    • vocational education and training qualifications
    • non-Queensland studies
    • recognised studies.

Set standard

  • Satisfactory completion, grade of C or better, competency or qualification completion, pass or equivalent.

Set pattern

  • 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).

Literacy and numeracy requirements

Students must meet literacy and numeracy requirements through one of the available learning options.  This is achieved through receiving a satisfactory grade in any Mathematics or English subjects in either Unit 1 or Unit 2 or the Unit 3 & 4 pair.  It can also be met through completing the Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.

We aim for each year 12 student to complete their schooling with a QCE or QCIA.  The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) recognises the achievements of students who are on individualised learning programs and the Head of Special Education Services manages this process at Biloela State High School.

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If your child has any questions about their progress in any subject, please encourage them to speak to their class teacher.  The curriculum area Head of Department is available to assist as well.  Students are also able to meet with me to discuss their QCE pathway.

Please see the presentation below with more information for Parents/Carers about QCE and ATAR and the Year 10 into 11 Transition Program at Biloela State High School.

Parent Information

 Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

The Senior Secondary curriculum offered at Biloela State High School provides students in Year 11 and 12 a broad range of pathways to their future careers.

These pathways include:

  • A diverse offering of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) subjects for students wishing to gain entry into a tertiary institution.
  • The opportunity to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification during school time.
  • The option of completing a school based traineeship or apprenticeship with one of our many local businesses.

A range of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority subjects are offered, which include a broad selection of General and Applied courses.

Please consult our Senior Subject Guide and the following videos for our course offerings.


Senior Subject Selection Book​

General Subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education


  • Agricultrual Practices
  • Building and Construction Skills
  • Business Studies
  • Drama in Practice
  • Engineering Skills
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Essential English
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Media Arts in Practice
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts in Practice


Certificate III in Fintness


Complaints and Appeals Form


Last reviewed 25 August 2021
Last updated 25 August 2021