Academic and career pathways
Queensland Government schools provide positive learning environments, rigorous academic programs and guidance support services, preparing you for your chosen study path or career.
Schooling starts with Prep (age 5 years) to Year 6 at primary school, followed by Years 7 to 12 at high school.
Graduation from high school
Most students will receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) when they graduate at the end of Year 12. You may also be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and can then apply for higher-level study at a university, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute or vocational education provider.
Study and career guidance
Our high schools have guidance officers that provide counselling and advice on academic pathways, subject choices, and career and higher education options.
High school to university pathway
If you wish to continue your education at a Queensland university you need to complete Year 11 and 12 at high school to obtain an ATAR, which is used to assess and rank your application to university. You must also meet any other course entry requirements.
If you are a Year 12 student and did not study the subjects needed for an ATAR, your results from other subjects (including approved vocational education and training) can help to determine your selection rank.
University pathways at school
At some EQI schools, Year 11 and 12 students can enrol in university pathway and experience programs and earn tertiary course credit towards a degree or higher education program.
Through these programs you can also access university facilities including sports, libraries and study spaces. Queensland is a centre of excellence for education and research and we have many world-class universities.
High school to Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathway
VET providers offer a range of short courses, certificates, diplomas, and associate and bachelor degree programs that combine theoretical and practical job-focused training. Australian VET study provides graduates with job-ready skills and internationally recognised qualifications. The Technical and Further Education Queensland (TAFE) is one VET provider with a network made up of seven regions across Queensland.
VET at high school
At some EQI schools, you can study a VET subject during Year 11 or 12.
These programs provide you with access to VET campus facilities and other benefits that may include credit towards the QCE, direct entry into a VET program, or credit towards a degree or higher education program.
VET study after high school
VET courses can prepare you for a career or further study.
You can choose to:
- study to improve your ATAR or OP score and then qualify for entry to university courses
- study towards a degree
- study a VET diploma and university degree together through a Dual Award program.
High school to vocational education and training pathway
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses can equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in specific industries. VET qualifications can also be used as partial credit towards a QCE, which you can then use to access higher education pathways such as university or TAFE.
The benefits of studying VET courses include:
- practical work experience
- job-ready skills
- a chance to try different careers.
Many EQI schools offer VET and some have their own Trade Training Centres.