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A QCE is awarded to a person who, in addition to achieving 20 credits in the required pattern of learning, has met the requirements for literacy and numeracy. These requirements are satisfied by any of the following options:

Literacy Numeracy

Students can meet QCE literacy requirements by satisfying any one of these options:

At least a Sound Achievement in one semester of one of these subjects1:

A student may:

  • exit the subject after four semesters with a Sound Level of Achievement or higher
  • exit the subject after one, two or three semesters with at least a Sound Level of Achievement
  • exit the subject with a Limited or Very Limited Level of Achievement, having achieved a notional Sound2 in a single semester.

Students can meet QCE numeracy requirements by satisfying any one of these options:

At least a Sound Achievement in one semester of one of these subjects1:

A student may:

  • exit the subject after four semesters with a Sound Level of Achievement or higher
  • exit the subject after one, two or three semesters with at least a Sound Level of Achievement
  • exit the subject with a Limited or Very Limited Level of Achievement, having achieved a notional Sound in a single semester.

At least a Sound Achievement in the short course in literacy developed by the QSA

At least a Sound Achievement in the short course in numeracy developed by the QSA

Competence in VET Vocational Literacy 3 (39153QLD) - expired 30 September 2011

Competence in VET Vocational Numeracy 3 (39163QLD) - expired 30 September 2011

39282QLD Certificate I in Core Skills for Employment and Training – Communication 39288QLD Certificate I in Core Skills for Employment and Training Numeracy

A Pass grade in a literacy course recognised by the QSA

A Pass Grade in a numeracy course recognised by the QSA

At least a C on the Queensland Core Skills Test

At least a C on the Queensland Core Skills Test

At least a 4 for an International Baccalaureate examination in Language A1 HL (English) or Language A1 SL (English) At least a 4 for an International Baccalaureate examination in Mathematics HL or Mathematics SL

1 The subjects Functional English and Functional Mathematics do not meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

2 See Appendix 3 "Meeting literacy and numeracy requirements using a notional Sound" of the QCE Handbook for procedures, quality assurance and reporting of literacy and numeracy requirements.

*The QCE Handbook (Appendix 3) describes processes by which a school assigns a notional Sound achievement for 1 semester of Authority or Authority-registered subjects.

Last updated: 7 March 2012

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