The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a secondary school qualification normally completed over two years in Years 11 & 12.
The VCE curriculum is determined by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The VCAA provides the guidelines for school-based assessments and administers the external examinations.
The VCE curriculum consists of VCAA approved VCE studies and VCAA approved VCE VET (Vocational Education & Training) studies. A range of non-VCAA approved VET programs can also be studied and count towards the VCE. VET studies provide a practical hands-on course of study.VCE and VET Units of Study
VCE and VET studies are made up of units. A unit is half a year or one semester. Most studies consist of 4 units eg:
|Unit 1 Biology
||Unit 1 VET Automotive
|Unit 2 Biology
||Unit 2 VET Automotive
|Unit 3 Biology
||Unit 3 VET Automotive
|Unit 4 Biology
||Unit 4 VET Automotive
Unit 1&2 studies are generally completed in Year 11 and Unit 3&4 studies in Year 12.
VCE Units 1 & 2 are normally taken as a sequence, but they can be taken as single units i.e. Unit 1 alone or just Unit 2. Units 3 & 4 however must always be taken as a sequence of two units and must be completed in the same year unless Interrupted Studies status has been granted by the VCAA.
Units 1-4 of VET studies must normally be taken as a sequence over two years as assessment in VETstudies is competency-based.
Special features of Glen Waverley Secondary College’s VCE program
The College offers a flexible VCE program to cater for a range of student needs and aspirations.
- All Year 10 students are able to undertake a Unit 1 & 2 VCE or VET study in preparation for a full VCE program in Year 11.
- Year 11 students may undertake one Unit 3&4 study, subject to approval. Two Unit 3 & 4 studies may be allowed in cases of outstanding academic ability.
- Students are provided with the option of a three-year VCE program where a medical condition, learning difficulties, participation in elite sport or limited English language necessitate more time for students to satisfactorily complete their VCE.
- Modified VCE programs are negotiated for students who receive funding through the Program for Students with Disabilities.
- Although The College does not deliver VET studies, students are able to access VET programs outside the College at TAFE and other schools. Glen Waverley Secondary College is a member of the Eastern Network VET Cluster.
- Year 12 students, who demonstrate exceptional time management and academic ability, are supported to undertake a Higher Education Study (University Extension Study) in their VCE program.
Satisfactorily completion of the VCE
A student must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units which must include:
- 3 English units from the English Group: English/ESL/English Language/Literature, with at least ONE unit at Units 3&4 level.
- 3 sequences of Units3&4 studies other than the sequence chosen for the compulsory English. These sequences can be from VCE studies and/or VCE VET programs.
Example of a typical two-year VCE course.
In this example, the student has completed 24 units of study with:
- one study undertaken in Year 10 (2 units)
- six studies in Year 11 (12 units)
- five studies in Year 12 (10 units)
||Biology 1 & 2
||English 1 & 2
||Biology 3 & 4
||Maths Methods 1 & 2
||General Maths Advanced 1 & 2
||History 1 & 2
||Economics 1 & 2
||English 3 & 4
||Maths Methods 3 & 4
||Economics 3 & 4
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