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Senior secondary

The aims of Senior Schooling

The aim of Senior Schooling at Burpengary State Secondary College is to ensure students are on a pathway for success beyond schooling. Burpengary State Secondary College aims for every student to obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) through the successful completion of school based subjects or Vocational education courses.

Senior curriculum offerings

Burpengary State Secondary College offers a broad range of subjects, allowing students to best design their pathway beyond school. Curriculum offerings include:

ATARs and Tertiary entrance

Students wishing to move into Tertiary study will need to obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). An ATAR will be calculated on either:

  • a student's best 5 General subject results, or
  • a student's best results in a combination of 4 General subjects, plus either one Applied subject result OR completed VET qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III level or above.

Tracking your QCE

Students graduating from 2020 onwards can track their progress towards their QCE through the My QCE website.

Students graduating in 2019 can check their QCE through the Student Connect website.

SET planning in Year 10

In Year 10, Burpengary State Secondary College works with students and parents/carers to develop a Senior Education and Training (SET) plan. The SET plan helps students structure their senior learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. Throughout year 10, students are provided with opportunities to explore their options through a Career Education program.

A year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening will be held late Term 2 of each year. This evening is crucial for students and parents to gain further insight into potential subject choices for their senior schooling which align with their pathway choices.

SET Plan interviews will be held at the school in Term 3 of each year. SET Plan interviews involve a representative of the school, Year 10 Parents/Carer and the student. During these interviews students will further develop their SET Plan and solidify their senior subject choices.  

SET Plans are reviewed at various stages throughout Years 11 and 12 to make sure subjects and learning are right for individual students, and to ensure pathways are maintained to the courses and careers students want after Year 12.

Subject Handbook 2020

The Senior Subject Handbook (PDF, 4818 KB) and the VET Subject Handbook (PDF, 2833 KB) are designed to assist students and carers to make an informed decision about the senior subject offering here at Burpengary State Secondary College.

If you information about current subject offerings or content, please contact the relevant Head of Department for further information. Contact details can be found in the handbook or on our Staff page.

OneSchool Guide

OneSchool step by step guide for students (PDF, 196 KB)

New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance systems

A new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems will begin in Queensland for students entering Year 11 in 2019.

The new systems include:

  • a model that uses school-based assessment and external assessment
  • processes that strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • introducing the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Further information can be found on the QCAA website.