Senior secondary

The Senior Schooling department at Albany Creek State High School encompasses the opportunities and pathways available to students throughout their senior years. The senior years involve students in Years 10-12 and oversee such things as:
  • the Senior Curriculum
  • Senior subject selection
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • alternate programs
  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • work experience
  • school based apprenticeships/traineeships
  • student education and training plans (SETP)


The QCE is Queensland’s senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. Every young Queenslander must be registered with the QCAA during the year before the young person's compulsory participation phase begins. Generally, schools will register young people in Year 10. Follow the link for further information QCE.

Learning options and requirements

The QCE offers flexibility in what is learnt, as well as where and when learning occurs. Students have a wide range of learning options; these can include senior school subjects, vocational education and training, workplace and community learning, as well as university subjects undertaken while at school.
To be awarded a QCE, students must have at least 20 credits in the required pattern, and fulfil literacy and numeracy requirements.

Planning for a QCE - set plan

A senior education and training plan (SET) plan helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. As part of the planning process, students think about their future, consider their abilities and investigate their options for careers and further education.
The student, their parents or carers, and the school meet to develop the set plan, which details what, where and how a student will study during their senior phase of learning (usually Years 11 and 12). The plan is finalised by the end of Year 10. The set plan is reviewed periodically to monitor the student's progress. It can be updated at any time.

Awarding a QCE

Most students are awarded a QCE at the end of Year 12. Students who do not meet the QCE requirements at the end of Year 12 can continue to work towards their certificate - their learning account remains open, regardless of their age (however, credits expire after 9 years). The QCAA will award a QCE in the following July or December, once a person becomes eligible.
All students who finish Year 12 receive a transcript of their learning account in the form of a senior statement, which is issued in December.
After finishing Year 12 students who become eligible for the award of a QCE will receive a statement of results. A statement of results is a cumulative transcript of their learning account. These will be issued every July and December.

Monitoring progress - learning accounts

When a student is registered, the QCAA opens a learning account for them. The learning account records details of learning and results of any completed studies. Students are able to access their learning account through the student connect website.

Alternate programs

Students may choose other subjects to those offered at Albany Creek State High School. These alternate programs may include courses offered by TAFE organizations, courses from private providers, pre vocational course at BIGA or other options that students can investigate with the support of the HOD Senior Schooling and the guidance counsellor.

Tertiary entrance and the QCE

The requirements for a QCE are different to those for tertiary entrance.

Last reviewed 07 August 2023
Last updated 07 August 2023