The VCE is awarded to students who successfully complete their secondary education. It is recognised internationally, and provides pathways to employment as well as to further study at university and TAFE (Technical and Further Education).
VCE is usually completed in Years 11 and 12, but can be started in Year 10. About half of Year 10 students undertake some VCE units. VCE can also be studied by adults and completed in one year.
Within VCE, students can undertake vocational education and training (VET) through School-Based Apprenticeships or at a training organisation.
The Year 10 Program is a preparation year for VCE study courses. Year 10 students are provided with a comprehensive curriculum. All Year 10 students study the same subjects.These subjects are designed and taught so as to assist students to make the change from the way they were taught in their home country to the Australian way of teaching and learning. There are 9 subjects and each subject delivered as two semester units, one in each semester.
Year 11 (VCE study Units 1 & 2)
Year 11 is the first year of the VCE program. Subjects are organized into semester long units. A normal student workload in Year 11 is 12 units in a full year (6 units each semester). English as an Additional Language (EAL) must be included in the 6 units studied each semester. Students select 6 subjects from the list of subjects offered (see list). Students who start in Terms 2 and 3 do 6 units.