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titleStructure of the Victorian Certificate of Education

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is an Australian senior school certificate operated by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA). It is one of two senior school options offered at Princes Hill Secondary College.

There are approximately 45 subjects in the VCE, some which contain several options. Most subjects have four units, each lasting one semester or half-year.

  • Units 1 and 2 are generally taken in Year 11.
  • Units 3 and 4, which are more advanced, are usually taken in Year 12.
  • Students can, however, take a unit 3 and 4 subject in Year 11 subject to approval.
  • While units 1 and 2 can be taken as single units, units 3 and 4 must be taken as a sequence.

 

It is anticipated that students at Princes Hill SC will undertake:

  • In Year 11: six unit 1’s and six unit 2’s, including English or EAL units 1 and 2.
  • In Year 12: five unit 3 and 4 sequences including at least one of: English or EAL or Literature units 3 and 4.

The majority of students undertake VCE over two years, although it is possible to complete units over 3 (or more) years without penalty.

For more details see the VCAA  VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook - Qualifications.

VCE (Baccalaureate)

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titleRequirements for graduating with the VCE

Students must satisfactorily complete 16 units to gain a VCE including:

  • at least 3 units from English, Literature or EAL, and
  • three other unit 3/4 sequences.

All students must study English/English as an Additional language and/or English Literature at Year 11 and Year 12 levels.

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To gain an ATAR, both units 3 and 4 from the English group must be satisfactorily completed.

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