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VCE on a Northern Hemisphere Timetable - Biology

The VCE on a Northern Hemisphere Timetable (NHT) operates from July to June. Only authorised providers may offer VCE Biology on the Northern Hemisphere Timetable.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2021

Units 1 and 2 accreditation period has been extended and expires for the NHT on 30 June 2022.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017-2021

Units 3 and 4 accreditation period has been extended and expires expires for the NHT on 30 June 2022.

VCE Biology Study Design (pdf - 221.96kb) 

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Biology Units 1-2: 2016-2021 and Units 3-4: 2017-2021.

School-based assessment

View VCE Biology School-based assessment report (docx - 706.11kb)

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Biology examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

View NHT past VCE examinations and reports

Support material

Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE Biology Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016-2021; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2021.

Video recording of implementation briefing conducted in Term 2 2015

Managing VCE Biology student investigations and scientific posters
Faculty discussion resource.

Planning for School-assessed Coursework for Biology
Supporting presentation from webinar delivered in Term 3, 2019.

Frequently asked questions

Unit 3 Biology School-based assessment
Supporting presentation from webinar delivered in Term 1, 2020

Study design for implementation in 2022

The newly accredited Biology Study Design that was to be delivered by schools in 2021 will be delayed by 12 months and will be delivered by schools in 2022. The accreditation period will now be 2022 to 2026. This study design will be published on this webpage in February 2021. A copy of the Biology Study Design 2022–2026 is available on request, please email

In 2021, schools must ensure they use the Biology Units 1–2: 2016–2021 and Units 3–4: 2017–2021 Study Design.

Curriculum Manager

Erin Wilson
Curriculum Manager - Science
tel: + 61 3 9059 5157

Curriculum Managers lead, manage and support the production, review and development of senior secondary curriculum and assessment materials. They also provide policy advice and implementation support for Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and assessment.