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Tertiary Entrance - Qld Schools

Graduates of Binnacle’s Certificate III programs may be able to use their qualification to improve their chances of gaining tertiary entrance. How?


New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems begin in Queensland with students entering Year 11 in 2019. Students eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) may be able to use their completed Certificate III to contribute towards their ATAR. For further information please visit https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te/tertiary-entrance


For Binnacle Certificate III graduates completing Year 12 in 2018 or 2019:

OP Eligible Students

A student who completes Year 12 and gains an OP (Overall Position) and completes the Certificate III will have an Overall Position and a Selection Rank.

The higher of the two is generally used; however check with QTAC to confirm.

OP Ineligible Students

OP ineligible students who complete their Certificate III will be allocated both an OP ineligible rank and a QTAC selection rank.

Again, the higher of the two is generally used; however check with QTAC to confirm.

Currently, most Queensland tertiary institutions allocate a rank of 68 (approximately equivalent to an OP 15 depending on the year) to a completed Certificate III.



  QTAC Selection Rank OP comparison
OP ineligible rank
Certificate III 68^ 15 **
Certificate IV 74^ 12 **

*Approximate depending on the year. Comparison guide only.

^Based on complete certificate with all modules ‘competent’.

**Your OP ineligible rank takes the best 20 semester units of authority and authority-registered subjects and VET modules (from your Certificate III or IV) as listed on your Senior Statement.

For more information contact QTAC.