The Senior Preparation Certificate of Education is a school based senior preparation schooling qualification awarded to eligible students at the end of year 10 on successful completion of the senior preparation phase of learning.
At Pacific Pines State High, the SPCE has been strategically designed to:
- Track student progress and engagement in their learning.
- Provide targeted support and intervention for students to achieve, at a minimum, satisfactory academic achievement.
- Enable students to engage in their own academic learning to prepare them for their senior phase of learning.
- Prepare students for their future educational pathways (ATAR, Applied or Work Ready) including:
- the academic rigour, assessment conditions and educational requirements for the successful completion of senior school
- the requirements for QCE /QCIA attainment by the end of year 12.
How the SPCE works:
For a student to be awarded a SPCE, they will need to achieve a significant amount of learning, at a set standard – including being literate and numerate. This requires achieving a 'C' standard (bronze level), 'B' standard (silver level) or an 'A' standard (gold level), in multiple core/mandated and elective subjects across four semesters in year 9 and 10.
Students will achieve 1 credit for each semester/unit they achieve a 'C' standard or higher across years 9 and 10. To be awarded a Senior Preparation Certificate of Education (SPCE) at Pacific Pines State High, students must:
- Achieve a minimum 20 credits, out of the available 24 credits, by the end of year 10.
- Achieve a 'C' standard or better in English and Math for a minimum of 1 semester/unit each across years 9 and 10.
Students who are on an Individual Curriculum Plan for a subject are eligible to gain a credit point if they achieve a minimum 'C' standard in that subject at the stated ICP level.