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Preparing for VCE

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) provides the opportunity for all students in Year 11 and Year 12 to gain a common credential. There are over 30 studies available within the VCE. Within each study there are at least 4 Units of work. Each Unit is a semester, or half year in length.

Most students will undertake 22 units over the two-year VCE period. All students will undertake a balanced course of study with Units chosen from each of the English, Arts/Humanities, and Maths/Science/Technology groupings of studies. This will ensure that all students at this important stage of their lives are able to keep their options open as long as possible.

Over the two-year period, there will also be ample opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest. Students will be considered to have satisfactorily completed a unit if they have satisfied all the specified work requirements of the unit. These vary depending on the study.

To obtain the VCE, students must satisfactorily complete 16 Units, including:

Three Units of English with at least one Unit at Unit 3 and 4 level.
Note: In order to gain an ATAR score, students must complete an English Unit 3 & 4 sequence.

Three sequences at Units 3 and 4 level of studies other than English including VCE and VET 3/4 sequences

Note: Units 3 and 4 are designed to be taken as a Two-Unit sequence and are what we currently regard as Year 12 level subjects.

Units 1 and 2 are what we currently regard as Year 11 level subjects.

When studying Units 3 and 4, students will undertake a variety of school-assessed coursework and examinations.

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