ABOUT THE VCE
The VCE is a two-year program designed and administered by the Victorian Curriculum &
Assessment Authority (VCAA).
VCE studies are made up of semester length units. Each unit consists of 50 hours of class work.
Most studies are made up of a sequence of four units, one for each of the four semesters over two
At Preston Girls’ Secondary College, students are expected to complete twelve units in Year 11 and
ten units in Year 12. Usually Units 1/2 are studied in Year 11 and Units 3/4 in Year 12.
Within the outlines provided by the VCAA, Preston Girls’ Secondary College conducts and assesses
Units 1/2. These Units can be taken separately or as a sequence.
Units 3/4 cannot be studied as single units but must be studied as a sequence. They have a large
measure of external control and assessment placed upon them by the VCAA.
All students undertaking studies at Unit 3/4 level are required to sit the GAT (General Achievement
Test). The GAT is conducted in June each year.
VCE SUBJECT SELECTION
This subject selection handbook has been designed to assist students in their selection of VCE
subjects. It should be used in conjunction with material from the Parent Information Evening, “Where
to Now” book, the class and individual careers counselling that is provided to students.
More extensive subject information and details can be accessed on the VCAA web site
Apart from these sources, students are advised to consult widely with college staff and family to assist
them in selecting their VCE studies.
When choosing your program, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the VCAA requirements for successful completion of the VCE?
- What are my likes/dislike and strengths/weaknesses?
- What units are prerequisites for tertiary courses I am interested in?
- Are my choices keeping as many options open as possible?
- Have I sought advice from my Careers Counsellor, other teachers and my parents