The VCE on a Northern Hemisphere Timetable (NHT) operates from July to June. Only authorised providers may offer VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) on the Northern Hemisphere Timetable.
Study Design – Accreditation period Unit 1 and 2: 2016–2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017–2023
The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 has been extended and expires for the NHT on 30 June 2023.
The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended and expires for the NHT on 30 June 2024.
This study design is to be used for the 2022–2023 NHT.
For English Units 3 and 4 and EAL Units 3 and 4, the text list is modified to reflect the specific selection of texts being studied by students enrolled in the NHT, as advised by authorised providers.
VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)
English requirement for satisfactory completion of the VCE
View VCE English School-based Assessment report.
View VCE English as an Additional Language School-based Assessment report.
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
NHT examination specifications, past examinations and reports
Advice for teachers
Glossary of command terms
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.
This glossary provides a list of terms commonly used across the Victorian Curriculum F–10, VCE study designs and VCE examinations and to help students better understand the requirements of command terms in the context of their discipline.
A summary of the VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016–2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017–2023.
Frequently asked questions
A set of frequently asked questions for the revised VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Study Design (accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2016–2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017–2023).
Conversations about the revised study design (May 2016)
Set of filmed conversations between experienced VCE English and EAL teachers about aspects of the revised study design.
Implementation briefing materials (May 2016)
Presentations, participant workbooks and video recordings from 2016 Implementation briefings.
Unit 3 Sample course plan
This sample course plan for Unit 3 has been designed to support teachers of combined English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes.
Study design for implementation in NHT 2023-2024
Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use on the NHT from July 2023 for Units 1 and 2. This is available to teachers in preparation for the implementation of the new study in 2023. Additional resources will be added progressively as they become available.
For accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027 (NHT July 2023 to June 2028); Units 3 and 4: 2024-2027 (NHT July 2024 to June 2028)
In NHT 2022-2023, schools must ensure they use the
VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023.
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.