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Jack Stacey, recipient of the 2017 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Composition

Jack Stacey, recipient of the 2017 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Composition.

Higher Education Studies in the VCE

If you’ve done well in your studies and want an extra challenge, you might be able to do a Higher Education study in Year 12.

A Higher Education study provides you with a defined pathway into a tertiary program. It can count towards your VCE and the first year of a university course in that study.

Only one Higher Education study can contribute towards your VCE, and your school has to approve you for the program.

Higher Education studies are offered by the VCAA in conjunction with most major universities in Victoria. The VCAA website has a list of universities that offer Higher Education studies.

VCE (Baccalaureate)

Joanna Lean on her Jeannie Chair, at Top Designs 2017

Joanna Lean on her Jeannie Chair, an exhibit in Top Designs 2017 at the Melbourne Museum.

You might be eligible for VCE (Baccalaureate) in recognition of the depth, breadth and achievement level of your studies. To receive the VCE (Baccalaureate) you must complete VCE with:

  • a score of 30 or above for English, Literature or English Language, or a study score of 33 for English as an Additional Language
  • a VCE Languages study
  • VCE Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics
  • study scores for at least two other Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

Your school can give you more information about the VCE (Baccalaureate).

Industry Pathways

Industry Pathways in the VCE and VCAL provide a form of recognition for students who choose to complete a senior secondary program of study in a specific vocational area. They are two-year programs and you can be awarded your VCE or VCAL with an Industry Pathway appellation.

Industry pathways are currently available in the following industries:

  • Building and Construction
  • Community Services and Health
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Sport and Recreation.

Excellence and awards

Top Screen 2017 filmmakers (L to R) Neha Shenvi, Rupa Anurendra, Shanon McKenzie, Sarah Said and Tessa Himpoo at the VCE Season of Excellence and Top Screen launch.

Top Screen 2017 filmmakers (L to R) Neha Shenvi, Rupa Anurendra, Shanon McKenzie, Sarah Said and Tessa Himpoo.

There are awards and recognition available for high-achieving students who are studying the arts, design or technology, or involved in community service or public speaking:


These awards can provide opportunities and a portfolio that can help your career and personal development. Find out more in the Excellence and Awards section of the VCAA website.

Luke Macaronas, winner of the 2016 VCAA PESA, with runner-up Madeline Wang

Luke Macaronas, winner of the 2016 VCAA PESA, with runner-up Madeline Wang. Luke won the National PESA in Sydney and the International Public Speaking Competition in London, UK.

Profile of these awards in 2016

  • over 14,000 people attended Top Designs at Melbourne Museum
  • more than 3,700 people attended Top Screen at ACMI
  • over 9,700 people attended Top Class and Top Acts concerts
  • over 33,000 people attended Top Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • More than 200 students from across Victoria participated in the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award (PESA)

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