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Where to Now? contains information about the Senior Secondary qualifications available in Victoria and where these can lead after you've finished school.

Before you decide what you want to study, make sure you talk to your VCE or VCAL coordinator or careers counsellor; they will help you make the best choices.

If you want to do the VCE or VCAL and you have special needs associated with an illness, a disability or personal circumstances, there are many support options. This is called Special Provision. Your school is best placed to tell you what's available to help you complete your VCE or VCAL studies.


The Hon. James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education

The Hon. James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier,
Minister for Education,
Minister for Emergency Services

Congratulations on reaching your final years of secondary school, an important milestone in your education. You have many exciting opportunities available to you that will allow you to pursue your passions and help shape your future education and career opportunities.

Your senior secondary years are a wonderful opportunity for you to realise your potential, discover new interests and develop skills that start you on your journey of lifelong learning. In the Education State, Victoria is committed to ensuring that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every student is given an equal opportunity to thrive, grow and succeed.

Whether you plan to enrol in university, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce, this booklet will help you choose a pathway that is right for you.

You can choose from two senior secondary qualifications – the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). You can also undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate or school-based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of your VCE or VCAL.

Victoria's senior secondary certificates are highly regarded and recognise the learning and skills you have gained. I encourage you to discuss your options with your teachers, family and friends so you make informed choices that will help you achieve your future goals.

I also encourage you to read the stories in this booklet from students who have recently completed VCE, VCAL or VET studies or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Their pathways demonstrate the flexible and varied learning opportunities available to you. Furthermore, their experiences and advice can help you decide what you want to study and provide you with practical tips for success.

I wish you all the best for the future in your senior school years and beyond.


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