About the VCE Vocation Major (VCE VM)

At Senior School, students will undertake the VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education.  The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is Victoria’s senior secondary qualification. It opens pathways to university, higher-level TAFE or VET certificate courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and the workforce.

The VCE is expanding to include the Vocational Major, a 2-year vocational and applied learning program. It will replace Senior and Intermediate VCAL from 2023 (students who are currently enrolled in VCAL for Year 12 will complete this certificate in 2023).

The VCE Vocational Major will develop your personal and practical life skills. It will help to prepare you for the next important stage of your life.

Students in Senior School will work in partnership with their Learning Level Leader & Careers Team to select the appropriate pathway to undertake – VCE or VCE VM.

Victorian Certificate of Education

  • Two-year senior secondary certificate​
  • 20 to 24 units – one unit is one semester
  • More than 90 subjects (called studies) to choose from​, plus Vocational Education and Training subjects (VET)​
  • A study has Units 1 and 2 (Year 11) and Units 3 and 4 (Year 12)​
  • An English study is compulsory
  • School assessments and final exams lead to study scores
  • Study scores lead to an ATAR

VCE Vocational Major – a program within the VCE

  • Two-year senior secondary certificate​
  • 16 to 20 units
  • Four compulsory subjects VCE VM: Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills​
  • Compulsory VET subject
  • Gain credit from time in workplace
  • Assessment based on learning activities
  • No study scores and no ATAR

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • Nationally recognised training
  • Develop industry specific knowledge and practical skills
  • More than 40 certificate qualifications across 27 VCE VET programs
  • Often undertaken at local TAFE or in-school options