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 Structure 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. 

 Requirements 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 12 levels.

Important note: to gain an ATAR, both units 3 and 4 from the English group must be satisfactorily completed. 


Students must complete units 1 and 2 of any VET course prior to enrolling in units 3 and 4. While there are no prerequisites for undertaking any VCE 3/4 units, faculty coordinators strongly recommend that units 1 and 2 of Languages, Physics, Chemistry and Accounting are completed prior to undertaking these subjects as units 3 and 4.

Students undertaking VCE Mathematics need to consult the information under the header ‘Deciding which Mathematics units to take’ on page 50 to determine the most beneficial sequence of units.


 Authentication of work

A teacher will not accept your work if they believe that it has been copied from somewhere else. To show the teacher that your work is your own, you must:

a.   Regularly complete work in class.

b.   Hand in work regularly throughout the semester. Show the teacher drafts of work when

c.   Keep ALL drafts, notes etc. until the end of assessment.

If a teacher believes a student has cheated in a SAC, VCAA rules will apply. These rules are set out in the VCAA VCE Handbook, accessible on the VCAA website


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