Glossary term: Senior Secondary Certificate of Education

Acronym: SSCE

A national title for senior secondary school qualifications recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework and issued by the state and territory governments. The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education may include vocational education and training units leading to a relevant Certificates I-IV qualification. Each state and territory has its own Senior Secondary Certificate of Education as follows:

  • Australian Capital Territory - ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales - Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory - Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • Queensland - Senior Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australia - South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania - Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victoria - Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE); Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Western Australia - Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).