Victorian Certificate of Education

At this level, students take greater responsibility for their own learning and for their choice of subjects. They make a mature commitment to study within and beyond the classroom.

How is VCE structured?

Students study six units per semester at Year 11 and five units per semester at Year 12. Most people undertake Units 1 and 2 at Year 11, and complete Units 3 and 4 at Year 12.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 11 Unit 1 Unit 2
Year 12 Unit 3 Unit 4

To be awarded the VCE, students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units.  These units must include:

  • three units from the English group (with at least one from unit 1 and 2, one at Unit 3 and one at Unit 4 level)
  • three sequences of Units 3 and 4 studies (other than English), which can include VCE and VET

A VCE year

For most students, VCE starts in Year 11, though some students may be eligible for early advancement whilst still in Year 10.

VCE begins with two Commencement Weeks (Monday 25 November – Friday 6 December 2019), with students completing tasks over the summer holidays. VCE ends in October for those in Year 12.

Important to know
  • involves at least two years of continual assessment
  • every student has to meet the same assessment requirements
  • uses both external and internal school assessed tasks to gauge learning


Leader Stephanie Davis  |  02 6043 5500