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Vocational education

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are nationally recognized qualifications that develop skills and work readiness through practical learning. VET can also lead to further education and training.

VET will continue to be a key part of the new QCE system. VET certificates and qualifications can contribute to the achievement of a QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) and provide a range of pathways to work and further education.

In the new QCE system, achievement of a VET Certificate III or above, in combination with results in General subjects, can contribute to the calculation of a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

The approach recognises the role that VET plays in senior studies, while also ensuring that students have a sufficient breadth of academic subjects to cope with the demands of tertiary study.

QCAA - VET and the new QCE system

VET at Burpengary State Secondary College

The college has formed productive partnerships with external registered training organisations to offer a range of qualifications in the senior phase of learning. Details of these qualifications can be found in the Senior Subject Handbook for 2019.

The College is also registered for the delivery of vocational courses through the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) as delegate for Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). National Provider No. 45446.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

Many of our students are interested in completing a school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT). This arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee, off-the-job vocational training and senior secondary school studies. SAT vacancies are emailed out to students in year 10 and 11 as they come up. For more information see the How to set up a SAT document or see the school’s VET Coordinator.

Other courses

While studying for a QCE, students are also able to enrol in TAFE at schools courses. TAFE offers a large range of certificates and qualifications that contribute to the QCE as well as give students a head start in their chosen career. Please see the school’s VET Coordinator for more information on this.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students studying VET are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI will allow students to access their learning records for any course they study from any provider for life. USI’s are quick and easy to set up. See the links for more information.

Complaints and Appeals

For information on complaints and appeals that refer to qualifications on the schools scope of registration, please see the complaint and appeals section in the Student Handbook. Information on student rights and responsibilities regarding vocational education and training are also contained within the Student Handbook.