Year 11-12 (VCE)
The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a certificate that recognises the successful completion of secondary education. It is a qualification that is recognised around the world. The VCE provides pathways to further study at university, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and to the world of work. The VCE is designed to be undertaken in Years 11 and 12 but can be started in Year 10 if students are academically ready. Year 10 and 11 students may be offered the opportunity to accelerate in selected VCE studies subject to academic performance in years 9 and 10.
A VCE study is made up of units. A unit is half a year or a semester in length. Units 1 and 2 can be taken as single units – that is, just the Unit 1 or just the Unit 2 – but Units 3 and 4 must be taken as a sequence of two units. If you enrol in Unit 3 in a study, you will also be expected to enrol in Unit 4 of that study, usually in the same year.
To receive a VCE certificate students must complete at least 16 units which:
- must include at least three units from the English group
- must include three pairs of units at the 3 and 4 level, other than English
- may include an unlimited number of units of Vocational Education and Training
Students who include a Language other than English (LOTE) and challenging Mathematics (Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods) study are eligible for a VCE (Baccalaureate) certificate in addition to their VCE certificate.
A VCE program at SCHS will generally consist of 20 to 24 units taken over two to three years. Our Year 11 students must take 6 VCE units each semester which may include an accelerated subject (if approved). Year 12 students will normally undertake 5 units 3/4 sequences in their final year of schooling.
The rules for satisfactory completion of a study at SCHS and how we implement VCAA regulations can be found in the student handbook. We also publish a yearly subject selection handbook to assist students in choosing the most appropriate VCE program.
VCE Results 2014
Our foundation cohort have completed their VCE program and we are incredibly proud of their achievements. 38% of our students achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, putting them in the top 10% of the state and over 90% of them achieved an ATAR putting them in the top 40% of the state. We were also very pleased to see a median study score of 34 which is considerably higher than the state average of 30. This was particularly impressive as our students undertook a large number of subjects that are scaled up meaning it is harder to get a high study score initially. 15% of our students study scores were at 40 or above.
Our year 11 students taking a unit 3/4 early out performed their predecessors with students in year 11 achieving a median study score of 36 and 27% of their study scores were at 40 or above. We have great hopes for the success of our 2015 cohort.
The best measure of success is whether students achieved the scores they need to access the tertiary pathways they desire. We were immensely pleased that 71% of our students received a first or second round offer from a tertiary institution and that all of our students have gone on to further study.
We particularly congratulate the Dux of the School Frank Du who achieved a perfect ATAR of 99.95. He has chosen to study Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne as part of the Chancellors Scholars Program.
VCE Handbook [PDF]
VTAC Application Guide [PDF]
For further guidance on VCE please refer to the VCAA website.