2 Program Executive Principal: Wade Haynes Introduction to Senior Phase of LearningQCEPathwaysRanksSenior Education & Training PlanSenior RequirementsPrerequisitesSubject Selection
3 Key contacts Troy McMahon Deputy Principal Senior School Anna DollmanHead of Department Senior SchoolingAlison Read-MarczakVocational Education CoordinatorMichael GravesGuidance OfficerNicole CollinsLauren TullYear 10 Coordinator 2014Janice HeadDeputy PrincipalYear 8
4 Senior Phase of Learning Years 10, 11 and 12 Our goal is for each student to have a meaningful pathway and to establish the foundations for a successful future. We expect each student to achieve a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).Successful future – meaningful pathway.
5 Queensland Certificate of Education A minimum of 12 credits from core at Sound Achievement (SA) or better8 credits from core, preparatory, enrichment or advanced at SA or better3 subjects of learning over 4 semestersAt least one semester of literacy and numeracy at SAQCE does not influence tertiary entranceTalk about subject changes here – if you have too many you can find yourself in strife.
7 Literacy and Numeracy requirement Students not meeting the literacy or numeracy requirement by the end of Year 12 will not get a QCE regardless of overall points.
8 Pathways at Brisbane State High ALL STUDENTS GET A QCEPathways:OPSit QCS + 5 Authority subjectsCan include a VETSelection RankQTAC Selection Rank Recommended – VETAdditional learning options:VET – school-based or externalCertificate III, IV or DiplomaSchool-based Apprenticeships & TraineeshipsOP:Most direct access to University and tertiary studies; generally more meaningful (opportunities) if….VET Qual:offers access to TAFE, University, Further Study, EmploymentOP + VET:You need a minimum of 5 authority subjects to be OP eligible, so you can combine this with either a school-based certificate or a TAFE course, which gives you an additional qualification
10 What is an OP? OP = Overall Position OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest) Achievement and Position are not the same thing.OP = Overall PositionOP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest)Students seeking an OP:Have a minimum of 20 semester units (5 Authority subjects x 4 semesters)Study a minimum of 3 subjects continuously through Years 11 & 12Sit the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS)You are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’An OP Indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland (rank order) and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 bandsTo 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 QSA.Commonly students undertake 6 OP (Authority) subjects with the top 5 contributing to the OP.
11 How are OPs calculated? 5 Achievement bands: Achievement and Position are not the same thing.5 Achievement bands:Very High Achievement (VHA)High Achievement (HA)Sound Achievement (SA)Limited Achievement (LA)Very Limited Achievement (VLA)Achievement bands separated into 10 rungsThis represents a rank order for this subjectYou are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’Each student is rated within a band in each subjectVery High Achievement (VHA)High Achievement (HA)Sound Achievement (SA)Limited Achievement (LA)Very Limited Achievement (VLA)Levels of Achievement are assigned by the school and moderated by a statewide panel.
12 Each student assigned a SAI (subject achievement indicator). Achievement and Position are not the same thing.Each student assigned a SAI (subject achievement indicator).Score between 400 and 200.SAIs show individual achievement compared with the achievement of other students in each subject.400You are selecting subjects for 2 years.Changing a subject does not mean it ‘doesn’t count’The level of achievement is not the most important thing, you want to be as high as you possibly can be in comparison with others.200
13 Scaling Achievement – Stage 1 Subject 1Subject 2Subject 3Subject 4Subject 5Subject 6Two stages of scaling then occurIn school – QCAA uses QCS test group data to scale each subject and establish an overall ‘school ladder’Statewide – QCAA uses QCS test data for the whole school to compare State High with all other schools and establish an overall ‘State ladder’.Your rank is given in a band from 1 – 25.QCS Subject Results Applied
14 Scaling Achievement – Stage 1 Whole of BSHS ladder
15 Scaling Achievement – Stage 2 School 1School 2School 3School 4School 5School 6QCS School Results Applied
16 Scaling Achievement – Stage 2 Cut-off appliedOP AwardedSome students may be ranked very highly within their VHA band in every subject, while others may be at the fringe.QCS test performance can vary year to year.Subject group performance on QCS test can vary from year to year.Whole of Queensland ladder
17 OP MythsMyth 1: To get an OP1, it's better to study some subjects than othersMyth 2: Students with 5 or more VHAs and an "A" on the QCS Test automatically get an OP1Myth 3: Students with 5 SAIs of 400 will get an OP1Myth 4: High achievers in a low-achieving group can't get a good OP1 - All subjects are treated equally in the calculation of OPs. Any apparent inequality is the result of scaling, which takes into account the different overall capabilities of students in different subject groups and schools. To get a good OP, students must be ahead of strong competition. If the competition is not strong in some subjects, then a student needs to be a long way ahead of the other students to achieve a good OP.It is possible to obtain an OP1 from any combination of subjects. However, students need to perform much better than other students in subjects where the competition is weak. An OP1 student must perform at the level of the top 2% of students in the state.2 - Levels of Achievement cover fairly broad ranges of achievement. Not all students awarded Very High Achievements (VHAs) are at the same standard. Some students may be at the top of the VHA range, while others may be doing just well enough to get a VHA. In addition, Levels of Achievement in different subjects do not represent equivalent standards.To be awarded an OP1, students must be in the top 2% of all students in Queensland. There are many more students with 5 VHAs than there are OP1s.3 - Not necessarily. In fact, usually not. An SAI of 400 only indicates that the student was the school's highest achieving student in that particular subject. This student may not be the best student overall in the school, nor among the top 2% of students in Queensland overall.4 - A student who wants a good OP must demonstrate outstanding achievement. In a low-achieving group, this outstanding achievement would be reflected in a large gap between the SAI of that student and the SAIs of other students.5 - The procedures followed for the calculation of OPs are exactly the same for students in every school. What a student needs to consider when comparing OPs is where they are placed, by their teachers, against what kind of competition. This applies whatever school a student attends.Students, not schools, are awarded OPs. However, schools are not random collections of students. The quality, application and performance of students is unevenly distributed, so different performances at different schools is to be expected.6 - The QSA has special procedures in place for small groups and small schools to ensure that this doesn't occur. SAIs are assigned differently, and the scaling processes are adjusted to make sure that OPs reflect students' performances fairly.7 - It is important to realise that the QCS Test results are used in the scaling procedures only to determine where the group fits on the baseline scale. What matters for the individual student are their SAIs. A student's individual QCS Test result contributes to the group results for each of their subject-groups and their school-group. QCS Test data are used to provide scaling parameters for different subject-groups and for the whole cohort of OP-eligible students at a student's school. The individual student's QCS Test result contributes to that group data.In determining the scaling parameters, the QSA checks to see whether any student has QCS Test results which seem quite different from their within-school performance - as might be the case if a high-achieving student were sick on one or both days of the QCS Test and did not perform as well as expected. The contribution of the QCS Test data of these students is down-weighted so that these unusual results will not distort the group's mean and spread on the test.
20 Registered Training Organisations Vocational PathwaysRegistered Training OrganisationsTAFE or private providersCertificate III or Certificate IV qualifications1 day per week (5 school subjects)QCE points (6-8)Rank of 68 ( OP16)Cost componentDirect entry options (eg. SBIT)Students attend the training organisation one day a week. Only 5 subjects are selected for the school timetable, instead of the usual 6. Students can remain OP eligible and most certificate IIIs contribute 8 points towards the QCE. Students attend the registered training organisation one day per week. This qual is particularly useful for students who are considering a trade or access to further study.Only 5 subjects are selected for the school timetable, instead of the usual 6.Students can remain OP eligible and most Certificate IIIs contribute points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). They can also achieve a rank of 68 or equivalent to an OP16.Tuition Fees: significantSome courses have direct entry (no QTAC application needed) and contribute credit points towards Diploma/Bachelor pathways at Southbank and MSIT.
23 Vocational Pathways School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Certificate III level qualificationsWorkplace 1 day / week (8 hours)5 school subjectsRegular updates from apprenticeships centre – check regularlyReal life experience and employability skills and get paid to workWork experience can offer opportunitiesAli – updates - costsAnother avenue of obtaining a Certificate III level qualification can be a school based traineeship or apprenticeship.Students attend the workplace one day a week for 8 hours.Select 5 subjects instead of the usual 6. Come into the I Block Vocational Education Centre in their study lessons.Students can remain OP eligible.Most Certificate III’s contribute points towards the QCE or provide a rank of 68 or equivalent to an OP16.
24 Example student programs Student 1: External VETCertificate III in Childcare completed while working one day a week at the local Community Childcare Centre.5 Authority Subjects - OPEnglish, Drama, Modern History, MAA and FrenchStudent 2: School-based CertificateCertificate IV in Justice Studies studied at school.English, MAA, Legal Studies, Accounting and Health EducationAnna to update – table format
25 Do I need an OP? What is your pathway? How have you achieved so far? The single greatest measure of your future success is your current performance.An OP is not the only route to further study.If you have no intention on going to university directly after school then you do not need an OP.
26 QTAC Selection RankFor OP students, your OP is converted to a selection rankORA rank score is calculated using weightings developed by QTAC – Queensland Tertiary Admission CentreQualificationSelection RankOP ‘equivalent’Certificate III6815/16Certificate IV7212/13Diploma828/9AMEB Grade 7/884If your R6 data says you are not well positioned in your group this may be a good option.Check QTAC knows about any additional qualificationsNot all institutions participating In QTAC accept these schedules in the same way.
27 What are Bonus Ranks?Languages, Maths C attract 2 bonus ranksSenior Engineering Technology attracts 2 bonus ranks at QUTUniversity Study attracts 1 bonus rankOP eligible or on a Selection Rank pathway2013 OPQTAC Rank199297396494Example:-A student with an OP 4 studying Italian and Maths C and completing a semester of study at University successfully will attract 5 Bonus Ranks. However Bonus Rank Schemes vary from university to university and interstate.ESP UQ; Start QUT; Griffith GUESTs
28 SET Plans Senior Education & Training Plans Legislative requirement Plan a successful pathway – mapping current achievement and future success and potential post school optionsInterviews conducted Tuesday 2 September & Wednesday 3 September.(mandatory)
29 SET Plan Bookings http://brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au/year-10-curriculum You can access all of the information you need for SET plans through the year 10 Curriculum page. This includes the current Senior Course Guide, Senior prerequisites and a link through to PTO to make your SET plan appointment.
30 Senior requirements Post compulsory Meaningful pathways Attendance Work completionParticipationCertificate II in Active Volunteering (Year 11 ARC)QCS preparation (Year 12 ARC)Tutorial groups (Year 12 ARC)QCS prep is for all OP studentsTutorial groups are for students on a selection rank pathway
31 Year 11 & 12 students:Must study either English or English CommunicationMust study either Maths A, Maths B or Prevocational MathsMust study 6 subjects in both year 11 & 12Choose any combination of 6 subjects (including English and Maths choices)Studying Maths C must also study Maths BWishing to study Physics are strongly encouraged to study Maths BQCS prep is for all OP studentsTutorial groups are for students on a selection rank pathway
32 PrerequisitesBSHS Website | Our School | Policies & Reports | Senior Schooling PolicyEnabling successful pathwaysEnsure you check all prerequisitesPrerequisites are a success marker, which indicates your ability to successfully undertake a given subjectAs outlined through assemblies and on previous information nights, students need to have meet prerequisites in Semester 1 in order to gain entry into some subjects at SET Plan. A full list of prerequisites is in the Senior Course Guide and on the school’s website.
33 Subject Selection Guidelines: Summary Selections are completed online (OneSchool)English Communication or EnglishPrevocational Maths, Maths A or Maths BBe aware of the school prerequisites for senior subjectsConsider prerequisites for possible university coursesChoose subjects in which you have been successful and have an interest in pursuing in the next two yearsStudents are selecting six subjects for two yearsAuthority Subjects - Overall Position (OP subjects)Authority Registered Subjects (non OP subjects)Selections can only be done once a SET Plan interview has occurred.
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