Senior school


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Senior Phase of Learning at Mount Gravatt High

Students in the Senior Phase of Learning at Mount Gravatt High are working towards the completion of either the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or the Queensland Certificate of Individual Attainment (QCIA – for students with special needs).  This is the minimum outcome expected for all Mount Gravatt Senior students. 

Students require twenty (20) credit points to attain a QCE which can come from school subjects, stand-alone vocational education courses and school based traineeships. Details are available in the QCE Guide.  

2021 will see the full implementation of the New QCE/QCIA structure

The move to the new QCE/QCIA has been driven by the need to prepare students for a changing world being heavily influenced by 21st Century skills in automation and globalisation. Students, parents and carers of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are urged to continue to be informed. Year 10 is used to prepare students for the challenges of Years 11 and 12.  

Senior Curriculum designed to pursue a range of pathways

The Senior Curriculum has been designed to enable our students to pursue a range of options suitable for their chosen pathway. These options include:

  • Tertiary Entrance

o     At least four (4) General subjects are required to contribute to a student's Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) although it is strongly suggested that students pursuing an ATAR do at least five (5) General subjects.

o     There are also opportunities for direct entry to some universities through a range of options such as TAFE qualifications.  

  • Applied subjects, which are not as academically rigorous as General subjects, but do contribute to a QCE. While students can technically use one (1) Applied subject and four (4) General subjects to get an ATAR, is strongly suggested this is not done due to the low contribution value of an Applied subject.
  • Stand-alone vocational education courses.
  • Study through our partnership programs with universities, TAFE and other registered training organisations
  • School based traineeships or apprenticeships (SATs)
  • Structured work placement
  • Work experience

All of these options provide our students with pathways to further education and training and/or employment. We cater for the individual students by allowing them to develop a program of study that best suits their needs and future pathway. 

TAFE, School Based Traineeships, Apprenticeships (SATs) and Diploma Level Qualifications

Mount Gravatt High has a strong, positive record in providing Senior students with access to a variety of opportunities while also enrolled at school. Students can access TAFE studies, School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SATs) and Diploma Level qualifications. These options contribute to a QCE and often provide pathways above and beyond what a QCE can provide on its own.

Variation to Assessment

Variation to Assessment – The single biggest change in the New QCE system is the significantly raised level of expectations around completing assessment tasks by and/or on the set date. The final result for each General and Applied subject will be based on four (4) formal assessment tasks only, mostly completed in Year 12, which means completion dates will be strictly followed to ensure fairness for all.

As always, Mount Gravatt State High School will assist and support students. If students require short, medium or long term assistance, the first step in any situation to seek support through the Guidance Officers and Year Level Deputy Principal. 

This application, if successful, will result in an Access Arrangement or Reasonable Adjustment (AARA) to assist the student to complete the assessment task. As an example, this could mean an extension on an assignment due date. Complete details can be found in the Mount Gravatt Assessment Policy. 

Family holidays and routine appointments are unable to be accepted as a reason to vary assessment completion requirements.  

For information click on 'The New QCE Assessment' link.

Last reviewed 24 March 2022
Last updated 24 March 2022