VCE Curriculum

More information about these items is given in the VCE Handbook.    

2018 VCE Curriculum Handbook is now available.

The PowerPoint presentation from the VCE Information Night on Tuesday 25 July can be downloaded HERE.

Satisfactory completion of the VCE

To meet requirements for the award of VCE, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 Units, including at least:

  • 3 Units from the English group, with at least one unit at Unit 3 – 4 level.
  • 3 sequences of Units 3 and 4 in studies other than English.

The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) Score

A student’s university entry score is called her ATAR score. It is calculated from:

  • The scaled score of English (or ESL or English Literature), plus
  • The three next best scaled study scores, plus
  • 10% of any fifth and/or sixth study.

This aggregate is used to determine an overall percentile ranking, which is the ATAR score. The highest possible ATAR score is 99.95.

When an ATAR score is calculated, the following items are taken into account:

  • Satisfactory completion of both Units 3 and 4 of an English study is required.
  • Up to eight of the 16 units, apart from the compulsory English units, may be VCE/VET units, which have been endorsed by the VCAA. At Mentone Girls’ Secondary College we anticipate students will be able to count 4 units.

Assessment in the VCE

VCE Assessment has two parts:

Satisfactory completion of a Unit

  • Each VCE Unit has Learning Outcomes
  • Students must demonstrate satisfactory completion of all Learning Outcomes in a Unit
  • Teachers then report Satisfactory (S) for each Unit

Grades

  • Subject teachers design tasks to assess a student’s level of achievement (or grade) of different parts of a course.
  • These assessment tasks are called School Assessed Coursework (SACs) in Units 3 and 4.
  • Teachers mark the SACs, using strict marking criteria, and results are submitted to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
  • In Units 3 and 4, exams contribute to the student’s study score.
  • The exams are written and assessed externally, and not by the student’s teachers.

Authentication of work

The College and VCAA expect all work submitted by a student to be the student’s own work. The College has a number of procedures to ensure that work submitted will indeed be authentic.

Special Provision

Students who experience circumstances that may affect their ability to perform in the VCE can have Special Provision to enable them to manage their VCE studies, assessment tasks and exams. The type of provision will depend on the nature of the difficulty.

The following links provide more information about the Senior School Curriculum:

VCE Studies

VCE Information for Parents

Planning a VCE Program

VET and VCE