Qualifications and Programs

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

In Victoria, there are a range of education and training options available to students in the senior secondary years of schooling.

Schools can further broaden the options available to their students through partnerships with other schools, VET providers and the Learn Local adult community education sector (Learn Local providers).​

Senior Secondary Certificates

There are three senior secondary certificates accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for delivery in Victorian schools:​​

For more information, see: VRQA


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

All government secondary schools in Victoria deliver the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). The VCE provides a great deal of flexibility to include units that will meet the needs of students at a particular school. There are more than 90 studies available, including vocational education and training (VET) units. It is recognised internationally, and provides pathways to further study at university and VET providers, and the world of work.

The VCE is usually completed in Years 11 and 12, but can be started in Year 10. About half of Year 10 students undertake some VCE units.

For more information, see:

The VCE can also be studied by adults, see: Choosing What to Learn, Where and How


Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL provides practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. A VCAL program includes units from four compulsory strands – literacy and numeracy, industry specific skills, work related skills and personal development. 

For more information, see:


International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an accredited senior secondary qualification approved for delivery in Victorian schools. 

For more information, see: International Baccalaureate Diploma

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Programs

Students can undertake VET programs while they are still at school. They are designed to:

  • expand opportunities and pathways for secondary students by offering a vocational qualification as well as a senior secondary certificate
  • provide courses that are motivating and engaging for many young people
  • help meet the needs of business and industry
  • prepare young people for further education and employment.

VETiS provides a vocationally oriented program leading to a secondary school certificate: the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). It also offers credit towards a nationally recognised VET certificate. VETiS includes VCE VET programs, block credit arrangements, pre-apprenticeships, and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. For more information, see VET in Schools 

VCE VET Programs

VCE VET programs are vocational training programs that have been approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). They offer students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally recognised VET qualification. The VET qualifications contribute credit towards students’ VCE qualifications.

For more information, see: VCE VET Programs


Block Credit Recognition

Students with a VET qualification that is not included in the suite of approved VCE VET or School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships programs may be eligible for credit towards their VCE through block credit recognition.

To be eligible for credit, the student must be enrolled in the VCE. Students who have been enrolled in the VCE within the previous two years may also be eligible for credit. Credit will be available for full or partial completion of a nationally recognised qualification.

For more information, see Block Credit Recognition


School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are distinct pathways within Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools that combine part time employment, school and training.

For more information, see: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships