The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a certificate
recognises the successful completion of
secondary education in Victoria.
A VCE program includes a
number of different VCE studies
the majority of
which have four units available
over the two years (a unit
represents one semester, or
year of work).
Units 1 and 2 are typically taken in Year 11,
Units 3 and 4 in Year 12.
Most students will also have
completed Unit 1&2 of a VCE
subject in year 10.
To graduate with the VCE, students must satisfactorily complete a
minimum total of 16 units over
Years 11 and 12, although 20 to 24 units is generally the norm.
Students who are planning on
entering University after year 12,
and who require an ATAR score,
will be enrolled into VCE for
Year 11 & 12.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a practical
option for students in
Years 11 and 12.
for students who want to stay at
school and finish their year 12,
and most likely to go on to training at TAFE institutes, do an apprenticeship
or get a job after completing school, rather than applying for university.
For the VCAL,
fully accredited modules and units are selected for the following four
and numeracy skills
the VCAL, like students who
complete the VCE, receive a
certificate and a statement of
results that detail the areas of study
they have completed.
VCAL students do not have to sit the
GAT unless they are enrolled in a
scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4
sequence or a Unit 3 and 4
Vocational Education and Training
in Schools (VET or VETiS)
programs are nationally recognised
VET qualifications undertaken
by senior student as part of their
VCE (optional) or the
recognised VET training counts towards a VET qualification,
as well as the VCE or VCAL.
It allows students to mix their general
and vocational educations
and provides a start on training for
a career before leaving school.
Most VET students attend TAFE or
other venue throughout the academic year. Most VET qualifications take
two years to complete.
The training teaches skills and
knowledge needed in particular occupations and workplaces, and normally
includes some workplace experience that puts these into
practice. As well as readying
students for the workforce,
VET programs can lead to further
study, either in the VET sector
(where students can gain credit for
their VET certificate) or university,
since results from some VET
programs can be included in the calculation of an ATAR score
(used for entrance to university).