Distance Education Centre Victoria

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

Distance Education Centre of Victoria's (DECV) courses are designed to match courses in regular school settings. DECV offers a full range of subjects, with the exception of languages which are offered by the Victorian School of Languages (VSL). All Years F-10 courses are modularised. There are approximately 280 modules at Years F-10 and approximately 130 VCE units.

A blended learning model is employed by the DECV in the vast majority of subjects, with work completed in online classroom spaces, both synchronous and asynchronous, and physical (hard copy) unit guides.

Students enrolling at the DECV need access to the internet as most subjects require students to access the school online environment to satisfy the study requirements. Email is also frequently used by students, teachers and parents to communicate about the student’s needs and progress. Some subjects are exclusively online.  Many courses can also be received on CD-ROM. CD-ROMs are generally produced at different sub-school levels and contain all the materials for studying a semester of a course. This medium also allows for the inclusion of other enhancement material and where internet connectivity may not always be available (e.g. for travelling students).

Teachers have a designated one-and-a-half hours for contact with students. This time is meeting free. Teaching teams in each subject area usually conduct online classes for an hour a week, but this may vary depending on the subject and year level being taught. In most cases, students work through a week’s material, and submit required tasks at the end of the week by mail, email or online. At Years F-6, where the students tend to be travellers, the focus is on discussing the learning process and connecting students to their peers.

The school caters for students from Years F-12 who may or may not be in a school and who may or may not be located in Victoria. For students in regular schools to gain access to DECV courses, their school makes decisions about its inability to provide or make arrangements for the subject/s required. The ‘home’ school is still required to support the student intending to enroll in a DECV delivered course. Students not in a school could be eligible to enrol at the DECV on a full-time basis due to health reasons, travel or sporting commitments, disciplinary or expulsion procedures.

The DECV enrolls approximately 4,500 students from Years F-12. Of these, approximately 1300 are VCE students. Students in Years F-10 are mainly learning from home and approximately 50 per cent of students in VCE are in schools. 

For more information, see: Distance Education Centre Victoria (DECV)