VCE Overview

Victorian Certificate of Education

The Victorian Certificate of Education or VCE is the credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete high school level studies (Year 11 and 12 or equivalent) in the Australian state of Victoria.

All VCE studies are organised into units. VCE subjects typically consist of four units with each unit covering one semester of study. Each unit comprises a set number of outcomes (usually two or three); an outcome describes the knowledge and skills that a student should demonstrate by the time the student has completed the unit. Subject choice depends on each individual school and we will be introducing the subjects in line with Peninsula Grammar School. Units 3/4 of a subject must be studied in sequential order, whereas units 1/2 can be mixed and matched. Students are not required to complete all the units of a subject as part of the VCE course, meaning they are able to change subject choice between Years 11 and 12.

On completing a unit, a student receives either a ‘satisfactory’ (S) or ‘non-satisfactory’ (N) result. If a student does not intend to proceed to tertiary education, a ‘satisfactory’ result is all that is required to graduate with the VCE. If a student does wish to study at a tertiary level, then they will require an ATAR. In order to gain an ATAR, a student must satisfactorily complete three units of any subject in the English field (at least one English field subject is compulsory) and twelve units in any other subjects.

VCE studies are assessed both internally (in school) and externally, through the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). During units 1/2, all assessments are internal, while in units 3/4, assessments are conducted both internally and externally.

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