Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Jan 2018 Contents QCAA recently released an information sheet
The New Queensland Certificate of
Education System – Popular Q&A for
Students and Families. The QCAA has
released two videos useful in understanding
these significant changes. Why Senior
Schooling in Queensland is Changing
and From Syllabus to Subject result.
QTAC will launch My Path in March 2018.
This programme will allow students to enter
their proposed senior subjects to check ATAR
eligibility and ensure prerequisites are met.
Sources: Queensland Independent Schools Parent
Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority;
w w w.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior
OP uses a scale from
1 to 25; ATAR is more
detailed, with rankings
that go from 0.00 to
99.95 in Queensland
with increments of 0.05.
and students will
still be required
to achieve a
minimum of 20
points though the
bundling of points
has been changed.
All senior students will
be required to study
an English subject. For
those students wanting
to go on to tertiary
study, achieving a
satisfactor y grade or sound achievement
in English would be a prerequisite for
receiving an ATAR. However, English
would not be mandated as one of the
five subjects that count towards the
calculation of the ATAR. Only a student’s
best five subjects would be used.
subject s count
Centre (QTAC) will calculate
ATARs from a student’s best five
subjects and a method of scaling that
allows student results in different
subjects to be compared.
The calculation of the ATAR will
be ba sed on a student’s results in:
• five senior Authority subjects; or
• four senior Authority subjects plus
either a completed VET qualification
(a Certificate III or Certificate iV) or
a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Typically, Year 12 student s face in the order of seven
assessment pieces per subject. Under the new system
student s will complete four assessment s which will
count towards their final results. Three will be set and
conducted by RGS and confirmed by the QCAA. The
fourth will be external. It will be set and marked by
the QCAA. Every student who studies a specific subject
will sit the same external assessment. For students who study Maths and Science
subject s, t he external assessment will contribute 50 percent of the student’s
final subject result. In other subject s the external assessment will be worth 25
percent. Fewer assessment s mean more time for teaching and learning.
New and updated Senior Subjects
Queensland’s entire suite of senior subjects are being
reviewed and revamped to better reflect the knowledge
and skill sets required for further study and employment
in the 21st century. Parents may notice some name
changes and subject amalgamations, for example, a
major part of Study of Society will be incorporated
into a new subject called Psychology. Design w ill be a
new subject incorporating learnings from Graphics,
Home Economics and Information Technology Studies. There w ill also be some
new subject names that better reflect what the subjects are about. For example,
Mathematics C will be renamed Specialist Mathematics and Prevocational
Mathematics will be renamed Essential Mathematics. In addition, Introduction
Courses will prepare students for senior subjects in terms of the key learnings and
understandings as well a s the assessment type unique to each subject discipline.
There will be new introductions from Dance & Drama as well as Health and
Physical Education (Health is a standalone senior subject to Physical Education).
The OP (Overall Position) is being replaced by ATAR (the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)
used in other Australian states and territories. That means Year 12s in 2020 will be the first to
graduate under the new senior schooling and tertiary entrance system. As RGS students ‘test ’
the assessments and provide critical feedback to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment
Authority, we bring you some highlights about the changes you need to know about.
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