At MDCS, we recognize that studying for the VCE is not exclusively about academic outcomes and the meeting of goals. These two years in themselves provide valuable opportunities for students to learn together, support each other, serve the wider school community and grow in aspects of character and faith that will shape their lives beyond school.
Therefore, in addition to helping students meet their academic goals and to enter the tertiary course or field of their choice, our Senior school staff are committed to supporting students with the VCE related challenges and stress they may experience, nurturing responsibility and leadership potential, encouraging students to have a servant heart, providing spiritual input into students’ lives and sharing in their personal faith journey.
General Information about the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) was established as the certificate offered to all students in their final years of secondary schooling.
The VCE is formed around a range of “studies”. Each study consists of at least four units, with one unit representing one semester of work. Generally, Units 1 and 2 are undertaken at Year 11 and Units 3 and 4 at Year 12. While a typical VCE program usually consists of 20 to 24 semester-long units, the minimum requirement to obtain your VCE is to satisfactorily complete 16 units.
These must include the following:
- Three units of English Units 1, 2, 3, and 4,
- Three sequences of Units 3 and 4 studies in addition to the sequences chosen for compulsory English.
These sequences can be from VCE studies and/or VCE VET programs. VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) places restrictions on certain combinations of VCE and VET studies. Students intending on applying for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) at the end of their VCE, will need to be aware of these restrictions.
See the VCAA website www.vcaa.vic.edu.au for more information.