International Projects for schools and educators
Offshore schools in partnership with Victorian schools and the VCAA have the opportunity to deliver a world class education that offers students an internationally recognised qualification.
VCAA International coordinates educational and assessment services and resources to enable the delivery of VCAA curricula overseas.
- Training programs
- Expert consultancies
- High quality curricula
- Internationally recognised assessment products
The VCAA values the importance of learning for the future and provides high quality curricula to help students achieve their educational goals.
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For all your enquires please contact VCAA
Telephone: +61 03 9032 1656
Contact by post:
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Level 1, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is an internationally recognised pre-tertiary qualification.
The VCE and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score is accepted in applications for undergraduate admissions by top ranking universities in Australia and around the world, subject to entry policies set by each institution.
Students worldwide have used their VCE results to successfully gain entrance to:
Read more about the VCE
Information about Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Deliver the VCE to international students
Information for schools interested in delivering the VCE outside Victoria
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Read more about VELS
Information about Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
Read more about VCAL
Information about Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
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VCAA International coordinates delivery of VCE Programs and Victorian Curricula and offers professional development for teachers and educators in Australia as well as in other countries.
Each year thousands of students worldwide benefit from access to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment framework and the experience and expertise offered by Victorian schools in conjunction with their own educational establishments.
For many students the VCAA overseas programs provide a unique opportunity to gain a globally-recognised qualification, opening up pathways to higher education and career opportunities that might otherwise have been beyond their reach.
All of the VCAA’s overseas projects serve as a great testimony to the respect with which Victorian education standards are viewed worldwide.
VCE Offshore Program
The VCAA model requires an offshore school to form a partnership with a Victorian school to create educational links. The two schools then work in conjunction with each other to deliver the VCE to local students.
The VCE Offshore Program offers a range of benefits:
- Students are able to study the VCE without leaving their home country.
- Students have the opportunity to be exposed to Victorian teaching and assessment practice.
- The VCE is an internationally recognised senior secondary qualification.
- The VCE program has several layers of quality assurance to ensure the integrity of the qualification for all students who study for the certificate.
Current VCE Offshore Programs Include:
The VCE is currently taught in China under licence from the VCAA. Partnerships have been established with several education institutions in Victoria, including Haileybury School, Thomas Carr College, Peninsula School and Box Hill Institute, affording students in China the opportunity to study for the VCE at the following 8 schools:
- Li Hui Li High School, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province (since January 2005)
- Qingdao Number 19 High School, Qingdao, Shandong Province (since January 2006)
- Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province (since January 2006)
- Shude High School, Chengdu, Shichuan Province (since January 2006)
- Wuhan Foreign Language School, Wuhan, HubeiProvince (since January 2007)
- Wenzhou Number 21 Middle School, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province (since January 2010)
Partnerships between schools have also included teacher training and professional development programs, such as the four-week VCE induction program held at Thomas Carr College in 2009 for teachers from Wenzhou Number 21 Middle School in Zhejiang Province.
Thomas Carr College VCE Teachers’ Induction Program
The Neil Thomas Christian University (NTCU), Port Vila, Vanuatu follows the Victorian Curriculum from prep to year 12. Students study the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) curriculum and are given the opportunity to study for the VCE at NTCU Vanuatu with support from Donvale Christian College in Victoria.
United Arab Emirates
The Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, was established in 2007 by the Government of Sharjah and bases its academic programs entirely on the Victorian education model. The Victorian curriculum is taught at VISS from prep to year 12, including both the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and the VCE.
Other VCAA International Projects
In another example of the VCAA’s role in educating students overseas, a close working relationship has been developed in South Africa with the highly respected Crawford Colleges and the recently established and prestigious Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. The VCAA works closely with educators and assessors at these institutions to ensure that students receive an education that is of an equivalent standard to the VCE.
The VCAA has a longstanding relationship with the Saudi Arabian International School (SAISR) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, delivering the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) Prep to Year 10 Curriculum. Students at the SAISR also undertake the Australian National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) examinations at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
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VCAA International specialises in delivering training and consulting services for organisations, educators and government institutions from around the world.
The VCAA tailors full or half-day professional programs to meet specific requirements including:
- Curriculum development
- Opening pathways for students
- Victorian curriculum practices
- Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
- Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
- Vocational Education Training (VET) in schools
- Best practice in student assessment
- Best practice in item development
- Information about the Victorian Certification of Education (VCE)
- Measurement and equating of student results
- Online assessment
- Risk management in high stakes examinations
- The General Achievement Test (GAT)
Further services include:
- Seminars on a range of topics related to research and development in curriculum and assessment
- In-country and offshore training programs
Recent delegations at the VCAA
- Papua New Guinea Teachers Delegation visits the VCAA, September 2010
- Botswana Examinations Council Officer visits the VCAA, May 2010
- China Education Association for International Exchange, Ministry of Education, PRC, April 2010
- Nanjing Foreign Language School, Xianlin Campus delegation, January 2010
- Tianjin Admissions and Examinations Authority (TAEA) delegation, November 2009
- Malaysian Examinations Syndicate delegation, July 2008
- VCAA Delegation to the People’s Republic of China, March 2008
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Strong partnerships between Victorian schools and their offshore school plays a vital role in achieving thriving communities in the 21st century.
Building strong partnerships between schools may lead to:
- cross cultural benefits
- new skills and study designs
- student exchange opportunities in a global community
- school linkages with the global community
- professional development opportunities for teachers
- recognition for education in a global community
- economic benefits
- investment in global economy
- expanded global mobility.
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