Victorian Certificate of Education

A VCE program, is a set of semester units undertaken over a minimum of two years. Some students decide to take the VCE over three years. Your VCE program is designed by you to meet your needs and the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

The VCE is made up of many studies.

Most studies have four units, each lasting for one semester.

Units 1 and 2 are usually taken in Year 11 and may be taken as single units.

Units 3 and 4, which are more advanced and must be taken as a sequence, are usually taken in Year 12.

At Lara Secondary College you will be expected to study 6 units each semester in Year 11 and 5 units each semester in Year 12, giving a minimum of 22 units over the two years. Make sure that you include level 1 and 2 units which give adequate preparation for the Level 3/4 sequences you wish to study in year 12.

Selected Year 10 students may have the opportunity to study a Unit 1 and 2 subject as part of the Accelerated Learning Program. They may then progress to study the successive Units 3 and 4 sequence as a Year 11 student the following year.

Year 11 students may have the option of studying a selected 3/4 sequence in their first year of VCE.

For satisfactory completion (S) of a Unit, you must have satisfactory achievement of each of the outcomes for that Unit. Outcomes contain key knowledge and skills of the Unit. They are assessed using School Assessed Coursework (SACS) tasks completed throughout the unit, usually during class time. The class teacher then makes the decision of satisfactory (S) completion based on your performance.

If any Outcome for a Unit is not achieved, the student receives N (Not Satisfactory) for the Unit. A teacher may permit a student to submit further work to meet satisfactory completion requirements of a unit. This allows a student to be awarded an S for the Unit but does not change the original score for the task.

To be awarded a VCE Certificate you must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units including:

  • Any 3 units of English selected from the English group, with at least one at Unit 3 or 4 level.
  • Both units 3 & 4 are required for an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score for University entry.
  • 3 other Unit 3/4 sequences (3 pairs of units at Year 12).