Subjects available in Year 12 are the same as those listed on the Year 11 page. All students must select either English or English Communication, and Study of Religion or Religion and Ethics, plus four additional subjects. Students undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship may study five subjects.
The QCE is Queensland's senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year 12. The following documents are from the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority website and give a good explanation of QCE.
An OP is a student’s position in a statewide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects. It indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 OP bands from OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest). To get an OP you must study a certain number of Authority subjects and satisfy other requirements including completion of Year 12 and the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. The basic eligibility requirement is 20-semester units of credit in Authority subjects with at least three subjects taken for four semesters. Authority subjects are based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by the QCAA.
The QCS Test is:
The QCS Test assesses a set of generic skills identified in the Queensland senior curriculum. These skills are referred to as the Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs). It does not test particular knowledge of specific Year 12 subjects.
The QCS Test assumes that candidates have basic levels of general knowledge and vocabulary, and a Year 10 knowledge of mathematical operations.
Test candidates are asked to respond to a variety of stimulus material, such as prose passages, poetry, graphs, tables, maps, mathematical and scientific data, cartoons and artistic works.
Further information including dates, is available on the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority website