VCE Year 11/12

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  • Is a two to three year course of study for students in their final years of schooling.
  • Is set by the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA)
  • Aims to give students a well-rounded, comprehensive education that allows for any pathway that the student might choose, from further education, training and/or employment.


To be awarded the VCE, a student must satisfactorily complete a MINIMUM of SIXTEEN UNITS, which must include:

  • Three of the four compulsory units of English including units 3 and 4. A unit is one “semester’s work”.
  • Four pairs of Units 3 and 4 sequences including English units 3 and 4.
  • Unit 3∕4 sequences are those normally undertaken in Year 12, or through Early Access.

Satisfactory completion of a unit means demonstrating achievement of ALL learning outcomes for that Unit. Units which are VET Certificate studies may also contribute to the VCE Unit total and Unit 3∕4 sequences.

Students typically undertake a total of 20 semester-length units. Normally, ten units will be studied in Year 11, and ten units will be studied in Year 12.

VCE STREAMS (effective from 2023)

As effective of 2023 VCAA will no longer be offering a VCAL certificate and all senior education will fall under the VCE umbrella. Within the VCE there are two programs a student can choose to complete given their future pathway. These are; VCE and VCE – Vocational Major. Below information is based on the mainstream VCE pathway, for further information and requirements regarding VCE – Vocational Major please refer to that page directly.


The decision regarding satisfactory completion in all Units will be based on results from the set of tasks designed to allow students to demonstrate the Learning Outcomes for each unit, completed during the semester. All Learning Outcomes must be demonstrated for satisfactory completion of each Unit.

Assessment in VCE:

  • Units 1 and 2 – Assessment is school-based. Students are assessed on a range of tasks, including a formal end of unit exam. The VCAA issues an end of year statement showing what units the student has satisfactorily completed. There is no “Year 11” certificate in the VCE.
  • Units 3 and 4 – Assessment is controlled by the VCAA. Students are awarded a score and an S (Satisfactory) or an N (not satisfactory), on School-Assessed Coursework (SAC), School-Assessed Tasks (SAT) or exams. Assessment will be at least 50% by external examination in November and by School-Assessed Coursework or School-Assessed Tasks. School- assessed Coursework is based on work done in class as part of the regular teaching and learning program. School-Assessed Tasks involve longer-term assessment in studies where models or products are an integral part of the unit, such as a folio in Studio Art.

VCE Programs

Within this Senior School website are detailed descriptions of subjects offered at Lyndhurst Secondary College. Students should select a program according to their career path/s. Students may select the subjects specified in a particular example program, or select subject by subject.

What is a Program?

A Program is a group of studies, taken over two to three years, which focuses on a particular career area. Students can select a program from the electives in this handbook. When choosing a program students must keep in mind that it should:

  • Fulfil the specific requirements of the VCE in the number and range of units recommended
  • Provide a broad and comprehensive education as required by the VCE
  • Have a particular focus on a career pathway or further study
  • Have flexibility to cater for varying student interests, aspirations and strengths

Sample VCE Programs have been included elsewhere in this Handbook. Student preferences demonstrated via program and subject selections will ultimately determine which classes will run in the following year at LSC.

How to Choose a Program

What are the possible career or job directions you might wish to follow? What VCE/ VET program or subjects would best suit you for the career you have in mind? What about the further education paths that you might take?

If considering higher education or a particular career pathway, it is imperative to find out what studies are recommended and the pre-requisites for tertiary courses. Our Careers Counsellor can give you assistance in this matter. The programs in this handbook are based on current Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) guidelines.

Check the pre-requisites and preferred studies for any course/career you might wish to enter. Without the prerequisite studies, you will be cut off from that option.

For example, as mentioned earlier the Victorian Government stipulates that all students selected for Primary Teaching Courses must have passes in a Year 11 Maths. Another consistent prerequisite is Chemistry, for anything in the Medical field, while Accounting is a common prerequisite in Commerce courses. Students should choose their program carefully on the basis of career aspirations, their strengths and their interests. Choices made may limit options at tertiary and TAFE level, so it is vital that students check the entrance requirements for any tertiary course they may want to undertake. As previously outlined, it is also recommended that a student should take the highest level of Maths that they are capable of, as this frequently increases options.

VTAC Year 10 Guide for Senior School – Choosing VCE Studies for the right reasons.

It is the student’s responsibility to check that the chosen VCE/VET course meets the prerequisite requirements for any prospective future tertiary course they may wish to undertake.

The following publication from VTAC will assist students and parents to select subjects that meet university pre-requisites. Please ensure you are referring to the appropriate document for your child. Also make sure you look at the requirements of a range of institutions as pre-requisite studies may vary depending on the institution.

Virtual School Victoria

Virtual School Victoria (Formerly Distance Education) is available for some subjects such as LOTE.

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