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Glossary of Terms - Senior School

Advanced standing refe​rs ​to the credit granted to a student towards an accredited course or train​​ing program on the basis of previous study, experience or competencies held.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) shows all the qualifications issued in post-compulsory education in Australia and how these qualifications relate to each other
Credit transfer recognises previous formal study or training based on documented evidence of achievement. For instance, modules assessed as competent in an Authority subject or SAS may attract credit towards study in a TAFE qualification.
Field Positions (FPs) rank order positions in a field against all other students eligible for a result in that field.​​ These are dimensions of study that emphasise particular knowledge and skills. FPs are used for tertiary entrance only when there is a need to select students from within the same OP band. 
Overall Position (OP) indicates students’ rank order position in the state reported in bands from 1 (highest) to 25. Contact your guidance officer for details of eligibility rules for an OP.
Prerequisite is a subject or qualification required for eligibility for entry to a particular course of study or employment. 
Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test is conducted over two days in third term for Year 12 students. To be eligible for an OP and FPs students must sit the QCS Test. For students not eligible for an OP or FPs, the test is voluntary. For students not eligible for an OP may consider sitting the test as results on the test may improve their Selection Rank.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is a school based qualification awarded to young people usually at the completion of the senior phase of learning. 
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Ltd (QTAC) acts on behalf of universities and TAFE institutes to publish course information and requirements, to provide application materials and to receive and process applications. 
Recognition of Prior L​earning (RPL) is the process used to assess the competencies a person has gained from past experience and training. RPL is a form of assessment and each person is treated individually. ​​
Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) is the process used to assess the competencies for which a person has gained accreditation in previous study. 
Recommended (or desirable) subjects are not essential, but are likely to make future courses easier to​​​ understand and increase chances of success. 
Selection Ranks are calculated for tertiary applicants who are not school leavers or who are Year 12 students not eligible for an OP. For Year 12 students who are not eligible for an OP, the Selection Rank is determined by achievements recorded on the QCE, the Queensland Core Skills Test and other criteria.