Course Information


The Victorian commitment to quality education starts young. From primary to secondary, our school system is one of the most advanced in the world. Students attend school for six hours a day, five days a week.

During years 11 and 12 students work towards the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This is the official government secondary qualification, which allows entry to universities throughout Australia, as well as many of the best in the world. A growing number of Victorian schools also offer the International Baccalaureate, an internationally recognised secondary qualification. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is another option for students who prefer more practical and work related study options.

Students can also study for a range of vocational education and training certificates, which gain them credits toward further education and training in disciplines such as business, design and hospitality.

Many students come from other countries, particularly in years 11 and 12, to take advantage of the high levels of teaching and the outstanding results achieved in Victoria�s government, Catholic and Independent schools. It�s a great way to acquire the education and the English language skills needed to succeed in further study here in Victoria.

All Victorian schools, whether they�re independent or government, are superbly resourced. Teachers are highly qualified. They�re used to working with students whose first language isn�t English. There are separate girls� and boys� schools; others are coeducational. All promote a healthy balance between academic, cultural, social and sporting activities. And all have well-developed support systems for international students.

Find out more about the incredible range of Victorian schools by visiting the Government Schools, Independent Schools and Catholic Schools websites.

VCE subjects on offer include:

  • English, including English as a Second Language
  • Health - Human Development, Physical Education and Outdoor and Environmental Studies
  • Languages other than English
  • Mathematics - Foundation, General, Methods and Specialist
  • Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Psychology, Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Studies of Society and Environment - History, Geography, Politics, Accounting, Economics, Legal Studies and Business Management
  • Technology - Design and Technology, Food and Technology and Information Technology
  • The Arts - Media, Visual Communication and Design, Art and Studio Arts

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