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Senior secondary

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When a young person stops being of compulsory school age (16 years) or completes Year 10 they enter their senior phase of learning—Years 11 and 12.

During the compulsory participation phase, a young person must participate in an eligible option.

An eligible option is participation on a full-time basis in one of the following:

  • approved education or training (including registration for home education)
  • paid employment
  • a combination of approved education, training and paid employment.

Eligible options for education or training are provided by learning institutions such as schools, universitites, TAFE institutes or registered training organisations.

If your child is registered for home education and turns 17 during the year they will be able to remain registered until 31 December of that year, providing the standard conditions of registration, such as reporting, are met.

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 Frequently asked questions

What is the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)?

The QCE is a qualification awarded to young people at the completion of the compulsory participation phase, usually at the end of Year 12 (or later if not complete by then). It confirms a student has:

  • achieved a significant amount of learning
  • achieved a set standard of achievement
  • met literacy and numeracy requirements.

Please note: The home education program created by the parent does not attract points towards the QCE. Points for the QCE can only be earned if the part-time study has been through an accredited learning institution such as a school or TAFE, or is part of an accredited Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) course.

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Last updated 15 December 2020