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Certificates and other records of achievement

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What award does the certifying body issue to students on successful completion of study in Years 11 and 12?

In Victoria, there are two senior secondary qualifications – the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) - both of which are accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Students may undertake VET (Vocational Education and Training) certificates – either whole or partial – as part of their VCE or VCAL.  On successful completion of the VCE or VCAL, the VCAA will issue students with the following:


Statement of Results

VCE

Students completing Units 1 and 2 of studies will receive a Statement of Results that indicates whether they have demonstrated the outcomes for each unit in each study (indicated by an S) or not satisfactorily demonstrated the outcomes (indicated by an N).

Students completing Units 3 and 4 of studies will receive a Statement of Results that states if the student is eligible for the award of the VCE and lists:


VCAL

Students completing VCAL studies will receive a Statement of Results that indicates whether they have demonstrated the outcomes:


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What must students do to be awarded the senior secondary school leaving credential?

VCE

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 16 units, which must include:

Most students complete 22 – 24 units in their VCE.

VCE VET programs contribute to the satisfactory completion of the VCE and most have a sequence at Unit 3 and 4 level. There is no restriction on the number of VET units that may contribute to satisfactory completion of the VCE.

Students may be eligible for credit towards the VCE if they have completed, or are completing, training in a nationally recognised VET or Further Education (VET/FE) qualification/s that is not included in the suite of approved VCE VET and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships programs. For certificates at AQF Level II, credit is granted at Units 1 and 2, subject to completion of sufficient hours of training. For certificates at AQF Level III and above, credit is granted at Units 1 to 4, subject to completion of sufficient hours of training.

Students are eligible for credit towards the VCE if they have completed VCAL units. Intermediate VCAL units may contribute to the VCE at Units 1 and/or 2. Senior VCAL units may contribute to the VCE at Units 3 or 4.


English Requirements: The English Group

The minimum three units of English may be selected from Foundation English Units 1 and 2, English/English ESL Units 1 to 4, English Language Units 1 to 4, and Literature Units 1 to 4. No more than two units of English Units 1 and 2 and/or Foundation English Units 1 and 2 may count toward the English requirement. Students who satisfactorily complete more than four units from the English group will have the additional units credited towards meeting satisfactory completion requirements.


VCAL

To be awarded a VCAL, students must successfully complete a learning program, which is designed to meet their needs in terms of the development of a vocational pathway and comply with the following credit requirements. It must:


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Which document(s) lists the subject/courses studied in Year 11 and/or Year 12?

VCE

In the VCE the subjects are referred to as studies and they are described in booklets called Study Designs.

Each Study Design outlines the Areas of Study, Outcomes and Assessment Tasks for each unit (1, 2, 3 and 4).

The studies are listed on the VCAA website
(http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/index.html)

For VCE VET, a program booklet is published for each of the VCE VET programs.


VCAL

Curriculum components for the VCAL must be drawn from accredited provision such as VCAL units, VCE units, VCE VET units, Vocational Educational and Training (VET) and Further Education (FE) units of competence/modules.

Delivery strategies for units or modules should be consistent with the VCAL delivery principles and the requirements outlined in accredited course documents, VCE study designs or VCAL Curriculum Planning Guides.

Locally developed curriculum, work placements, community and youth programs provide the context for the achievement of accredited VCAL units.

Information on the delivery of VCAL units is contained in the Curriculum Planning Guides available from the VQA website http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/


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What advice is given relating to tertiary selection?

Advice is contained in a publication called the VTAC Guide which is issued by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) and updated each year.

VTAC can be contacted at 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Website address: http://www.vtac.edu.au/


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Who issues this?

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).


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