Introduction to VCE/VCAL

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is responsible for the development and regulation of the VCE/VCAL. All students enrolling in the VCE/VCAL are required to complete and sign an official Entry form and a Personal Details form, indicating that they will abide by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority regulations and the rules relating to attendance assessment and discipline detailed by the school. The VCAA website provides further information.


The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) generally is a two year course of study. At Diamond Valley College students will be expected to enrol in 12 units during their first year (i.e. Year 11) and 10 units in their second year (i.e. Year 12). It is expected that students will normally select a sequence of units in each study at each year level. For example: a pair of 1 and 2 units in Year 11. At Year 12, units 3 and 4 must be taken as a sequence.

Flexibility within the VCE

The College provides students with an opportunity to access a range of studies across levels 1 to 4 within certain guidelines. This benefits students with extremely high skills in particular studies. It also provides students with the ability to build diversity into courses at Years 10, 11 and 12. Students are then given the opportunity to obtain the best possible results. Students in Year 10 may be recommended by Key Learning Area Co-ordinators for advanced placement VCE Units 1 & 2

Satisfactory Completion of the VCE

In order for the VCE to be awarded students must satisfactorily complete 16 units of study, including:

  • 3 units of English
  • 3 sequences of units at level 3 and 4, in addition to English

This can include VET subjects if the study is accredited.

Satisfactory completion of a unit is based upon the achievement of all Outcomes in each study. Decisions as to whether the Outcomes have been satisfactorily completed are made by the school in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) regulations.

Material Intensive Elective Charges

The cost of running many of the subjects we offer are incorporated into the VCE General Levy, but there are some electives that are more expensive to run, and therefore have a fee attached to them. All VCE Units that are subject to a Material Intensive Elective Charge have been indicated in this Handbook with a . Please note the amount of the Material Intensive Elective Charge for the relevant subjects will be on the subject selection forms issued at our VCE Information Evening.