Senior school


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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​.  

Year 11 and 12 Curriculum

After completing their Year 10 preparation subjects, students enter a range of learning options that contribute to them achieving a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority makes syllabus materials and resources available for students to access on the QCAA website​ .

At the end of Year 12, eligible students will be issued with a Senior Education Profile (SEP) by the QCAA, which includes the following: 

Senior Statement

The Senior Statement is a transcript of a student’s learning account. The Senior Statement shows all QCE-contributing studies and the results achieved that may contribute to the award of a QCE.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system

From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) replaces the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12 students.

Key features of the system include:

• new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses

• external assessment in most senior subjects

• 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).

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 via the QCAA website .

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 via the QTAC website .


Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)

The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) recognises the achievements of students who are on individualised learning programs. To be eligible, students must have impairments or difficulties in learning that are not primarily due to socioeconomic, cultural or linguistic factors.

The QCAA provides the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) with information about student achievement so that the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) can be calculated.

Senior Curriculum designed to pursue a range of pathways

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

  • ​ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) – the standard pathway to tertiary study for Year 12 students
    • ​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 five (5) or six (6) General subjects. 
    • There​ are also opportunities for direct entry to some universities through a range of options such as Certificate IV Qualifications and Diplomas.    
  • 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, it is strongly suggested that 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 and work experience.

All of these options provide our students with pathways to further education and training and/or employment. We cater for individual students by allowing them to develop a program of study that best suits their needs and future pathway. Further subject information is available in the Senior Subject Guide 2024 (PDF,1.68MB)

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

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 is 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 (PDF)​​. 

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

You can find details and information on the 'The New QCE Assessment' PowerPoint

Last reviewed 10 May 2023
Last updated 10 May 2023