Congratulations all VCE and VCAL achievers

More than 50,000 Victorian students who have received their VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) results for 2017 can look forward to a variety of future pathways and opportunities.

A further 13,000 students received their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) results.

Following a passion

While the ATAR rank is a valuable tool in students continuing to study – it is only one pathway to achieving future dreams and career aspirations.

At the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, students undertake both VCE and pursue a specialist area of study be it dance, music, theatre or visual arts.

Nervous to receive her results, School Captain Hayley Edwards was ecstatic to hear early that she had been offered places at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Victorian College of the Arts.

'I think what got me through VCE was doing subjects that I was very passionate about and subjects I will want to use later in my career. And because I loved them, I did well in them,' Hayley says.

'You can go on to study whatever you want without the ATAR – it's about being passionate about something and pursuing it.'

VCAL students, who undertake practical, trade-based studies during school as an alternative to VCE, are celebrating the beginning of an apprenticeship or further studies at TAFE.

Principal David Lord of Staughton College, which provides a VCAL - VET program, is proud that the students who undertake the VCAL program are being matched up with careers they're interested in.

'By taking care with the VET subjects our students are studying and making sure their Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is relevant – we've been really successful in finding them great careers,' Mr Lord says.

Staughton College Student Jayden Giunta was able to take advantage of this supportive program to complete his VCAL learning Monday, Tuesday and Friday and participating in a VET subject of Building and Construction.

Jayden's excellent performance in his VET program led to be him being offered a full time apprenticeship within the Building and Construction industry.

Where to go after school

Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr David Howes says all VCE and VCAL graduates should be proud and celebrate their achievement.

'Completing VCE or VCAL requires a great deal of motivation, prolonged effort and commitment from many thousands of students – and their teachers – every year,' Dr Howes says.

Dr Howes says that no matter what their results are, there are many pathways for young people to achieve their further education and career goals.

'There's TAFE, traineeships, apprenticeships, university, employment, even some time off for a gap year.'

'Some VTAC institutions offer a change of preference day for students so they can reconsider their options, if need be,' Dr Howes says.

'Students should also seek advice from their school careers counsellor if they are unsure of their next step.'

Students have until 12 noon on 20 December to change their university and TAFE preferences.

Students can contact the Post Results enquiry service for further information on their VCE and ATAR. See: Post Results enquiry service.

For more information, see:

VCE - Victorian Certificate of Education
Career pathways after school
How to access your VCE and ATAR results