Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

The VCE is awarded to students who successfully complete their secondary education. It is recognised internationally, and provides pathways to employment as well as to further study at University and TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

VCE is usually completed in Years 11 and 12, but can be started in Year 10. Within VCE, students can undertake vocational education and training (VET) subjects.

Fairhills High School offers a wide range of VCE studies to students across a broad range of study areas.

A student must enrol in Units 3 and 4 of a study as a sequence, which needs to be completed in the same year if a study score is to be calculated (which goes to calculating an ATAR score). Students usually study between 20 and 24 units (five or six studies) over the two years of Year 11 and 12.

To achieve their VCE, students must successfully complete 16 units including:

  • three units from the English group, two of which must be a Unit 3 and 4 sequence.
  • at least three additional Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

Some of the VCE studies on offer to students are:

  • Art making and exhibiting
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Food studies
  • General Maths
  • Psychology
  • Legal Studies
  • History – Revolutions
  • Physics
  • Health & Human Development
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Visual Communication and Design
  • Modern History

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