An Overview of the Certificate of Steiner Education

The Board and Leadership are committed to the school’s vision of delivering a K-12 Steiner education with the current focus being on consolidating the High School to Class 10 with the increase of classes to 11 and 12 being determined by student numbers and school readiness to meet the higher level of requirements not only in teaching capacities but also administration and compliance.

The New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education (CSE) is an internationally recognised** secondary school qualification that has been approved for use in Queensland by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA). It is a three year pathway, from Class 10 through to 12, that seeks to develop the skills, knowledge, capabilities and attitudes required for post-secondary school life, including work and/or further university or other tertiary study.

The CSE was developed and is quality managed by the Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT). SEDT trains and accredits schools to deliver the CSE and provides a rigorous external moderations system to ‘quality control’ the assessments for the student to achieve each level of the CSE.

The Certificates have been specifically designed to support an authentic Steiner curriculum based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner and is the means for CHSS to achieve its Vision of offering ‘a thriving, strongly differentiated Steiner K-12 School, firmly embedded in the core principles of Steiner education’.

Students achieve each level of the CSE by completing the compulsory core subjects which are usually Main Lesson aligned, and other subjects to achieve the required number of points to attain each Certificate (Levels 1-3).

The aims of the CSE Level 3 curriculum and cumulative learning across the three levels is for graduates of this qualification to be able to:  

- Be independent life-long learners who can self-reflect and take the initiative when required
- Apply well-developed moral, ethical and personal standards to a range of life situations
- Apply comprehensive knowledge, skills and understandings from the defined range of compulsory core disciplines and their self-chosen elective subjects
- Apply public presentation and display skills in a wide range of contexts
- Research and analyse new and/or abstract data and situations with minimal guidance, using a range of techniques

**Under the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the Certificate’s status is carried over to schools and universities in many countries including many in Western Europe. This means that students from schools in Queensland, for example, can use the Certificate as a university entrance qualification in the UK and Germany.

How it Works

Students who achieve the requirements for NZCSE Level 3 (Class 12), with at least 3 University Entrance elective subjects at 9 points or more, will obtain a selection rank via the

Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). Currently, QTAC has determined that the highest selection rank given to a NZCSE student is 80 (out of 100) and this ranking is calculated via elective subject levels of attainment. This rank is sufficient to get into most BA and BSc courses. 

Another pathway to university for CSE graduates who may wish to do a course like medicine or architecture, which require more than a rank of 80, is via an alternative pathway. This is a 2-part process utilising the QTAC pathway above and by 'topping up' their ranking by sitting the US Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). 

Steiner schools across six countries worldwide currently offer the CSE, enabling graduates the opportunity to attend university in Queensland and New Zealand, as well as in a number of universities in Germany and the UK. Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT) who developed and manage the CSE, are working on the CSE being accepted in other states within Australia, and to have a student's CSE results directly translatable to an ATAR score. 
At CHSS the CSE is started in Class 10, where students need to achieve a predetermined number of points from within 6 core subjects and a range of electives. In Class 10 these subject align with the accredited Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework K-10 Steiner Curriculum that is delivered from Class 1 to 9 at CHSS.

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