The VCE is Victoria's senior secondary academic and university entrance certificate. The VCE is owned and administered by the VCAA, a Victorian government body.
The origins of Victoria's senior secondary certificate go back to 1856, with the introduction of the first entrance examination for the University of Melbourne. The VCE as we know it now was introduced in 1987.
The VCE is recognised around the world as a leading senior secondary certificate. It offers a large range of study choices, and encourages students to develop their creativity, critical thinking and learning skills.
Yes, the VCE is accepted for entry to leading universities worldwide, subject to the same criteria that may be applied to any student.
More than ninety per cent of international graduates of the VCE have gone on to university and other tertiary providers. Most international VCE students choose to continue their studies in Australia. Others have chosen to study in the USA, Canada and the UK.
International VCE providers will support students in finding a place at a tertiary provider, in Australia or elsewhere.
Providers will also offer assistance to students with visa applications and immigration requirements where necessary.
The length of a VCE program depends on the school.
Most schools deliver the VCE over two school years, with VCE units 1 and 2 in the first year and units 3 and 4 in the second year.
In most overseas locations, students will be required to take a preparatory course in the year before they begin their VCE. This is to ensure that students have a good enough level of English to fully understand their VCE studies, and also to provide an introduction to the way the VCE is taught.
There are two principal VCAA education programs available internationally. These are the VCE, which is Victoria’s a senior secondary academic certificate, and the Victorian Curriculum F- 10.
The VCE is delivered internationally through partnerships between Victorian and overseas schools.
The overseas school is responsible for classroom delivery of the VCE. The Victorian partner school supports the delivery of the VCE at the overseas school by providing professional development for overseas VCE teachers, appointing senior Victorian teachers to mentor overseas teachers, and assisting in the planning of lessons and the delivery of in-year assessment.
The Victorian Curriculum F- 10 is available to overseas schools through the VCAA website. Overseas schools may deliver the Victorian Curriculum F- 10 with or without the assistance of a Victorian partner school.
Information on the benefits to schools, students and teachers of participation in the VCAA international program can be found on the following pages:
Benefits to overseas students, schools and teachers
Benefits to Victorian students, schools and teachers
Information on this can be found on the following pages:
Become a VCAA International Partner – for Victorian schools interested in partnering in the delivery of VCAA programs overseas
Become a VCAA International Provider – for overseas schools interested in delivering VCAA curriculum and assessment
Teachers of the VCAA programs at overseas schools can be recruited from within the school or externally. Teachers may be local or expatriate.
All teachers of the Victorian curriculum at overseas schools must be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching or an equivalent body and must have a minimum proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7. Additionally they must fulfil all criteria stipulated by the overseas school's local authorities.
It is the responsibility of the Victorian partner to ensure that teaching staff at the overseas school are fully qualified and comply with all requirements. The Victorian partner is also responsible for providing professional development for overseas teachers and ongoing support through a mentoring program.
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