Qualifications and Training Options for Students

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

​I​n 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​.​


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 Ce​​rtificate 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

VET programs for seconday school students

Students can undertake VET programs while they are still at school. The programs provide a vocationally oriented program leading to a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) certificate.

For more information, see VET programs for seconday school students ​

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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

For more information, see: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships