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For most Year 11s and 12s, their parents and tutors, the QCE is something to await with apprehension and dread. Not to mention the fact that the QLD system has recently undergone a bit of a “facelift” in 2020, so there are some important changes you need to know.
Let’s break down the Queensland Certificate of Education and what it entails, so you (whether you are a student, parent, or tutor) are ready for the rollercoaster ride that is Year 12.
In the QCE system, subjects are split up into 2 categories, general and applied
As mentioned above, you need a minimum of 20 credits, meaning 5 general subjects, or 4 general subjects and 1 applied subject. Alternatively, some students opt to undertake a diploma or certificate during Year 11 and 12, such as the Diploma of Business, which can also contribute towards their QCE/ATAR certification.
All students must successfully complete an English subject to receive their QCE and ATAR.
For the remaining 5 or 6 subjects you select for your senior studies, there is a broad range of options available, including Maths, Science, Commerce, Arts, Humanities, Languages and more.
If you are aiming to get into a particular university course, such as Medicine, it’s crucial that you look into any subject prerequisites each university requires, as this can affect what courses you will be eligible for.
Each subject has a unique assessment style and structure, but all subjects will have two components: internal and external assessment.
Internal assessments refer to any exams/assignments that are formulated and assessed by individual schools, which are then sent off to the QCAA (QLD’s education authority) for external confirmation. For most subjects, internal assessments comprise 75% of the total subject weighting (excluding Maths and Science subjects which are 50%).
External assessments are the big bad final exams that everyone stresses about at the end of the year. These exams are written and marked by the QCAA themselves, and usually amount to 25% of a subject’s total grade (excluding Maths and Science again, which are 50%). These invigilated exams are held in a 4-week exam period during the end of the school year. Each subject exam across the state is held at the same time so you are all in it together (couldn’t resist the high school musical reference).
The QCE ATAR system can be quite complex, and understanding what's going on can be very daunting for new students and parents. If you ever need some assistance with your ATAR, KIS Academics tutors have a thorough knowledge of the subjects and can assist in understanding curriculum requirements. Our tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for internal and external assessments. Learn about our QCE tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.
As a year 11 student doing ATAR, I was looking for a tutor that could help me with French. KIS Academics was incredibly helpful and fast at finding me a wace french tutor who could assist me with my studies. My tutor Eliza Carey over the past few months has helped me so much not only in French but in biology and maths as well. I’m incredibly grateful for the effort and commitment she has put into helping me be more comfortable and less stressed about the subjects I was having difficulty with. It’s been nothing but an honour to be tutored by Eliza and I strongly recommend her as a tutor
Hello!! I’m Amelia. I graduated high school with an ATAR 99.3 and an English score of 50. I also achieved 99th percentile in UCAT, and currently in my third year of uni doing a Bachelor of Science (Biomed) / Doctor of Medicine at UQ.
My hobbies include exercise, live music and spending time with friends, and these weren’t activities I was willing to give up completely in order to achieve academic success. Instead, through organisation, time management and efficient study; I was able to balance all three!
Since graduating in 2020, I have tutored for over 1000 hours for more than fifty students from Year 5-12, helping them to ace their exams and achieve their personal academic goals. My aim is to help my students succeed in their studies by taking a holistic approach to their learning. I wish to share my tips and tricks for success with my students and provide them with guidance and mentoring as they journey through their senior studies. I particularly love helping students with Biology, English, and Medicine Entry. Please contact me if interested and I look forward to assisting you on your academic journey!
G'Day! My name’s Quinn and I’ve been through the Queensland ATAR system, coming out with top results. My job’s to help you do the same, making it as easy as possible.
I graduated from my high school with an ATAR of 99.65, as both Dux and College Captain. I scored the college’s highest results in Physics, Specialist Mathematics and Mathematical Methods - all subjects that I am very passionate about.
Throughout my secondary schooling I learnt how to best attack my studies, managing to maintain a part-time job and social life, right up until those daunting external exams. My goal as a tutor is to help you discover how to best do this for yourself, as well as covering those tricky topics that may cause you strife.
Outside of my education I love exploring many pursuits, ranging from filmmaking to computer programming – as well as so much in between.
Hi! My name is Cara Siren and I graduated in 2021 from Clayfield College in Brisbane! As Dux and Academic Captain of my school, learning and teaching has always been a significant part of my life.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne- I intend to major in pharmacology in my undergraduate degree.
Throughout the entirety of secondary school, I thoroughly enjoyed studying STEM subjects but I also loved reading and writing in my spare time. I was also part of debating, peer tutoring, titration and two choirs.
I have two and a half years of tutoring experience in science, mathematics and English. As your tutor, I would aim to assist you in every way that I can and truly try to inspire you to achieve your highest potential! I look forward to helping you with assignments, preparing for exams or even just being role model to direct you when you need.
For students to excel academically, they only need 3 things, drive, work ethic and good guidance. The first two of these are by far the most important, students need to be willing to learn. But often, knowing how to channel this drive can be difficult. The QCE ATAR system is quite new in Queensland and many educators and institutions have not fully updated their teaching to reflect these huge new changes. Tutors who have gone through the system recently have inside knowledge to help channel your potential to help you to work smarter.
A good QCE ATAR tutor has 3 qualifications: 1) They have excelled academically – this is a key indicator that they know the secrets to academic success. 2) They have recently graduated or have years of tutoring experience. 3) They have a genuine passion to help you reach your potential and are not afraid to be honest with you. KIS only selects tutors with these qualifications to provide you with the highest standard of tutoring. To find a mentor to challenge your potential, contact the KIS team.
Each student has their own strengths, and areas that they can work towards. It is recommended that you get a tutor for all the subjects you might have challenges with. You only get one shot at Grade 12 and it is important that you are equipped with the tools to succeed, as getting a good tutor can turn a subject you absolutely hate into the subject you love the most.
That's why we set out to hire only the best tutors in Australia.
We have hundreds of amazing qualified tutors offering top quality services, starting at just $60 per hour. Whether the student is in high school or primary school, we cater for all. So, why are they so amazing compared to other companies? It's simple, we pay them better. We take a low commission so you can get top scoring private tutors at the best rates. By the way, our NSW English tutors are in high demand, check them out.
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