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Senior secondary

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the senior secondary qualification undertaken by most students in Years 11 and 12 in Victoria, Australia.

The VCE provides pathways to tertiary education, advanced certificate courses and employment.

Students who complete the VCE offshore are eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which can be used to apply for tertiary entrance.

Delivering the VCE offshore

The VCE is delivered internationally through a partnership model between Victorian education providers and selected schools offshore.

The partnership model promotes the establishment of strong relationships between teachers in Victoria and teachers offshore.

Teachers at the Victorian partner school mentor their counterparts and provide ongoing advice and support, including assistance with curriculum planning and school-based assessment.

Currently there are 31 programs being delivered across China, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Malaysia and Vietnam.

For a snapshot of the VCE offshore program to date, see VCE Offshore (pdf - 533.08kb) and a comprehensive overview see this VCE Offshore Illustration (pdf - 704.73kb).

In 2020, approximately 1,400 students enrolled to study the VCE offshore at Years 11 and 12. Ninety-four per cent of students who completed the VCE offshore in 2018 went on to study at Australian tertiary institutions in 2019.

How it works

Offshore VCE providers appoint teaching staff of their choice who may be expatriate or local.

All VCE teachers offshore are required to participate in professional learning, as facilitated by their Victorian partner school, to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to teach VCE. VCE providers in non-English speaking countries are required to provide a preparatory English language program for students.

VCE providers offshore may choose to deliver the VCE alongside the local curriculum. This enables students to continue to study for their local senior secondary qualification and the VCE at the same time.

For the successful planning, implementation and delivery of a VCE offshore program, the following frameworks need to be addressed:

  • policy and vision
  • curriculum and assessment
  • student achievement and outcomes
  • staffing and professional learning
  • governance and accountability.

See VCE Offshore Organising Framework (pdf - 106.82kb).

Program benefits

This program provides opportunities for developing student and teacher global citizenship through language learning, building intercultural capability, facilitation of teacher and student exchange programs and provision of collaborative learning opportunities through sister school partnerships.

It also builds school leader and teacher capacity through deepened knowledge of international education systems, ongoing mentoring relationships, opportunities to connect with peers through innovative use of technologies and collaboration on student learning and assessment materials.