Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is awarded to students who successfully complete their secondary education. It is recognised internationally, and provides pathways to employment as well as to further study at university, TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

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. VCE can also be studied by adults and completed in one year.

Within the VCE, students can undertake vocational education and training (VCE VET); this can be via School Based Apprenticeships or at a training organisation.

Students undertake six VCE units of study in Year 11 and five in Year 12. 


Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Classical Societies and Cultures, Design and Technology (Metal, Wood or Textiles), Drama, English, Literature, Environmental Science, Food and Technology, Health and Human Development, History: 20th Century, History: Australian, History: Revolutions, Information Technology, IT Applications, International Studies, Legal Studies, Mathematics: Foundation, Mathematics: General A, Mathematics: Specialist, Mathematics: General B, Mathematics: Further, Mathematics: Methods, Media, Music Performance, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Studio Arts (Digital Art & Digital Photo, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Black and White Photography), Systems Engineering, Theatre Studies, Visual Communication and Design

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 gives you 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. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate.


Numeracy, Literacy, Work-Related Skills and Personal Development

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

VETiS is a key component of the Victorian Government’s strategy to increase student retention, improve year 12 or equivalent completion rates, and address skill shortages by providing options for all students.

VETiS comprises nationally recognised certificates undertaken by Victorian students which can contribute towards the completion of a senior secondary certificate through either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VETiS subjects are organised by the college with Highlands LLEN.



  • Music Industry Skills
  • Community Services (Child or Youth)
  • Building and Construction
  • Equine
  • Automotive
  • Agriculture
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Nursing


There are many more options available to you, so why not contact the college to discuss them?

28th of July 2017. Ballarat Secondary College.