NERVOUS: Jade McCosker will find out her OP result today.
NERVOUS: Jade McCosker will find out her OP result today. Emma Boughen

Record numbers for QCE in Warwick

WARWICK State High graduate and student of the year Josie McCosker said the nerves were setting in for the release of OP scores today.

"I'm stressed in that the last 12 years of my life come to this one number," she said.

"I want this number to reflect how hard I've worked... but I know there are other pathways to get where I want to go."

The 2014 release comes just two days after the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority mailed final results to more than 50,000 Year 12 graduates - the highest ever percentage of Year 12 school leavers being awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education.

Miss McCosker, who hopes to use her OP to gain entry into a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, said the high numbers of QCE recipients this year was because students were increasingly keen to keep their options open.

"You're 17. You don't always know what you want to do for the rest of your life," she said.

"For me I've always been around sport and physiotherapists through my own injuries so I always kind of knew where I wanted to go but for a lot of people it's just too young to decide, so by getting their QCE there are still options available to them."

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said results and certificates would start arriving in the post from Monday.

"We want every student to have every chance of landing their dream job and that's why I'm delighted to see a record 90% of students awarded a QCE this year," he said.

After years of netball, touch football, swimming and athletics, Miss McCosker - who also received subject awards for Health and Physical Education, and Economics - said she needed an OP 2 to get into Physiotherapy.

However at least an OP 4 should grant her entry into Psychology which she can then use as a pathway into her chosen field.

QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider said for the first time Certificates of Academic Commendation had been sent to 904 students who received Very High Achievements (VHAs) in at least 24 semesters of Authority subjects (the equivalent of six VHAs).

"The commendation certificate is the first category to be awarded in the inaugural Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards," Mr Rider said.

"Winners in a further six categories, including Outstanding Academic Achiever in Queensland, will be announced at an awards ceremony in February."

Whatever the final result though Warwick born and raised Miss McCosker said her senior year was a good one.

"When you get to Year 12 teachers just treat you like you're more on their level now, so you can have fun and talk with them... the whole year was fun but being treated like you're that little bit more mature was the best," she said.

"Leading up to graduation it felt like it wasn't happening, like in four weeks I'll go back to school.

"Grade 12 wasn't as bad as everyone said... whenever I got stressed I just went for a run to clear my head."

For Miss McCosker the stressful part of leaving school is yet to come, as she looks towards moving out of home and starting her university years.

"It's a bit daunting to think I'm almost an adult now, and that in two months I'll be moving to Toowong with Sam Allen (2014 WSHS school captain)," she said.

"But I think Mum and Dad are just excited to get their social lives back."

Students can access their Year 12 results online from 9am today using their Learner Unique Identifier and password to log into their learning account on the QCAA's Student Connect website www.student connect.qcaa.qld.edu.au

Fast Facts

 50,069 students will receive a Senior Education Profile - 1196 more than last year

 45,113 students will receive a Queensland Certificate of Education - 2467 more than last year

 26,726 students will receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement - 118 more than last year

 738 students will receive an OP1 - seven more than last year

 21,163 students will receive an OP between 1 and 15 - 89 more than last year

 904 students will receive a Certificate of Academic Commendation for Very High Achievement in the equivalent of at least six Authority subjects (i.e. at least 24 semesters at VHA standard).

 30,509 achieved a VET Certificate I, II, III or IV qualification - 1302 fewer than last year

 1449 students studied a university subject while still at school - 92 more than last year

 702 students with learning impairments were awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement - 46 more than last year



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