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University and Overall Positions


​A large proportion of our students attend university after graduating high school. Some professions can only be accessed if qualified with a degree from university.

The wheel below shows the range of qualifications in Australia and how they compare. Students leaving school who attend university generally go into Bachelor Degree courses. Some professions require students to attain a higher degree before being employed.



Overall Position

The Overall Position (OP) is a rank based score that identifies students performance based on their 'in school outcomes.' The OP system categories students into 25 bands, from 1 to 25 with an OP 1 being the highest rank. An OP 1 student has a rank of 98 percentile or higher. Queensland universities use the OP rank as a way of determining selection for entry into courses.

Some subjects studied in senior (Years 11 or 12) are OP based courses. This means the courses have been rigorously reviewed and contain a range of Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs). How well students have learned these CCEs is tested on a standardised test called the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS). In school outcomes for students are compared using the QCS so that all students who obtain an OP have been ranked compared to each other.

Some subjects studied in senior school are not OP based courses. These courses are still regulated and students can obtain entry into university as they obtain a Rank Score. The Rank Score system differs little from the OP system. Obtaining a very high Rank Score can be achieved by finishing a Certificate qualification (Cert IV or Diploma, see wheel above). Around 10% of Queensland students who study university straight after school enter via the Rank Score system.