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Completing your high school education

If you are an adult wishing to complete your high school education and achieve an Overall Position (OP), you may wish to consider the following options:

TAFE Queensland

By studying at TAFE Queensland, you can achieve a Year 10 or Years 11 and 12 equivalent in an encouraging and relaxed adult education setting. Visit the TAFE Queensland website for more information about adult education in Queensland.

Through TAFE Open Learning you can enrol at any time of the year, study at your own pace and study anywhere and any time that is convenient for you. Visit the TAFE Open Learning External Link website for more information about TAFE Open Learning pathways.

Distance education

If you live in a remote location or would simply prefer to study from home, you can complete your high school education through one of Education Queensland's seven schools of distance education.

Contact your preferred school of distance education to find out more about home based learning.

Enrolling in a state high school as an adult student

Your eligibility to enrol at a state high school as a Mature Age Student is subject to:

There are four centres for continuing secondary education specifically set up to provide day and evening classes for adult students:

In addition, some mainstream state schools also provide flexible programs with part-time or full-time options suitable for adult students. Use the Schools Directory to locate schools in your area. Read the Information for Adults considering enrolment at a state school External Link fact sheet before beginning the application process.

Changes to enrolment of adults in Queensland state schools in 2015

From 27 January 2015, an adult (a person over the age of 18) can only be enrolled at a prescribed mature age state school. This list of prescribed mature age state schools will be available in early 2015.

This restriction does not apply to a person who:

Adults already enrolled in a Queensland state school will not be affected by this change.

Adults who have a current Positive Notice will be able to enrol at the school for which they have a Positive Notice.

Enrolment applications from adults who have applied to a Queensland state school prior to 27 January 2015 will be processed under the current mature age student arrangements.

To apply for enrolment as a Mature Age Student, you must first discuss the rules and conditions of your enrolment with the Principal of your preferred school. If you have previously been excluded from that school, you may not be eligible to apply.

The outcome of your application will be determined by the results of your criminal history check. This process is very thorough, and may take 8 weeks or longer to complete. For further information, visit the Mature age student policy and procedures External Link website, or email the Mature age student processing officer.

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