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QCAA 2019 - 2020 changes

New 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.

Please select the link below to access a recording of the QTAC/ATAR information evening held at BrisbaneSDE September 10, 2018. A link to a document containing an outline of the information in the recording can also be found below.


QTAC/ATAR information evening​ (Video) 
QTAC/ATAR information evening​ (PDF) 


Key features include of the system include the following:

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 School of Distance Education 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 2019 Subject Guide provides an overview of subjects offered.
NB: The 2019 Subject Guide will be available soon

Year 10 into 11 SET Planning ... Please note: Year 10 into 11 SET Planning will be available soon


 From syllabus to subject result