Senior school



In Year 10 students complete their Australian Curriculum and may elect transitionary subjects aligned to the senior curriculum. This transitionary year is recognised in students progressing to wearing the senior school uniform. Year 12 students add their school tie in recognition of their final year of schooling. For curriculum descriptors in the senior years of schooling refer to the links under curriculum.


Our school has a near 100% retention rate of students completing their secondary schooling to the end of Year 12. Post-school destinations of our students to tertiary education, further training or employment, and academic outcomes such as OP scores in previous years and success in the new senior and ATAR system are amongst the highest in the State. 

Year 10 Pathways Information

Year 10 Pathways Recording

Year 11 Pathways Information


The Senior Schooling department at Moranbah State High School manages the opportunities and pathways available to students throughout their senior years.  

Some students may be invited to participate in accelerated programs and a number of senior subjects studied in Year 11 and 12 have guaranteed entry arrangements with tertiary institutions. The senior schooling department quality assures and oversees such things as:

  • Senior Curriculum

  • Senior subject selection

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • Senior Certificate

  • 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 to be able to bank subject credits. Generally, schools will register young people in Year 10.

Learning options and requirement

Our school offers a broad range of QCAA subjects with a focus on academic courses of study for which study credit is banked into students' learning accounts. 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 subject’s undertaken while at school. 

Vocational studies are selective and while Certificate 2 courses may be appropriate for some students, courses that provide rigour and value with a focus upon Certificate 3 and Diploma course offerings to assist students achieve post-school pathways  are preferred. 

To be awarded a QCE, students must have at least 20 credits in the required pattern banked in their learning accounts, and fulfil literacy and numeracy requirements.

For further information please see the QCAA website.

Student Education & Training​ Plans

These plans are mandatory requirement for every young person "learning or earning" since 2006. The plan is a road map and not a pre-requisite and is a means of expectation of students having post-school aspirations. Students are however required to consider their future possible pathways and their means of achieving it. Careers and tertiary planning resources support the creation of these plans. A senior education and training plan (SETP) 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 plan is finalised by the end of Year 10. The set plan is self-reviewed periodically to monitor the student's progress. It can be updated at any time.

Monitoring progress - learning accounts

Students are assisted in making application to open a learning account with the QCAA. The learning account records details of learning and results of any completed studies and partial credits if applicable. Students are able to access their learning account through the student connect website.

Creating learning accounts

Learning providers create students' learning accounts through the QCAA's Student Management application. They create the learning accounts when young people are in Year 10 or turning 16, whichever comes first. Generally, schools register young people in Year 10.

Young people who have transferred from other states or overseas can be registered for a learning account after completing Year 10 or turning 16 years of age.

The Director-General, Department of Education (DoE), can open accounts for students registered with the Home Education Unit, and in certain other situations.

Accessing learning accounts

Year 10, 11 and 12 students can access their learning account to view their progress and check their results through the myQCE website.

Students who do not meet the QCE requirements at the end of Year 12 can continue to work towards their QCE. Learning accounts remain open for nine years after opening.​

Awarding a QCE

It is our school goal to ensure all students bank sufficient credits to be awarded a QCE at the end of Year 12. Our school consistently achieves a 100% success rate. 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, depending on the student's age in year 12, credits expire after 9 years or the student turns 26 years of age).

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.

New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System

Queensland introduced a new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019 with the first cohort graduating in 2020. The changes  give students the skills they need for success in work and life in the future and broader access to tertiary studies with the inclusion of many vocational courses contributing to ATAR scores.
Key features include:
  • new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses, and external assessment in most senior subjects. The weighting of external exams to final results varies with Maths and Science subjects attracting a 50% weighting to exams and 25% weighting to all other QCAA syllabus subjects
  • new quality assurance processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • changes to QCE eligibility requirements
  • the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Information, relevant updates and key dates about the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system for parents.
Information for parents and students on the application process for Tertiary entrance and an explanation of the new ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) system.
New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system
New ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) system.
Learning account login for Year 11 & 12 students​

Last reviewed 23 May 2023
Last updated 23 May 2023