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Algorithmics (HESS)

Accreditation period 2017-2022

The accreditation period for VCE Algorithmics (HESS) has been extended and expires 31 December 2022.

VCE Algorithmics (HESS) contains Units 3 and 4 only.

Study Design

VCE Algorithmics (HESS) Study Design (pdf - 879.73kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Algorithmics (HESS) Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

VCE Algorithmics (HESS) Study Design amendment (August 2017)

2022 Alternative methods of computation (docx - 79.1kb)
Details of the two alternative methods of computation for Unit 4, Area of Study 3.

2022 Programming language requirements (docx - 79.1kb)
Details of suitable programming language requirements for Unit 3.

School-based assessment

VCE Algorithmics (HESS): Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2022 (docx - 734.03kb)

VCE Algorithmics (HESS) School-based Assessment report

View Professional Learning videos for School-based Assessment in 2022
A series of on-demand videos to provide teachers with a clear understanding of the delivery of the School-assessed Task, including authentication, administration and how to apply the assessment criteria and descriptors for the School-assessed Task.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Algorithmics (HESS) examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

Glossary of command terms
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.

Study design for implementation in 2023

Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use from 2023. 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.

2023 Implementation

For accreditation period 2023-2026



In 2022, schools must ensure they use the VCE Algorithmics (HESS) Study Design Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

Curriculum Manager

Philip Feain
Curriculum Manager - Digital Technologies
tel: + 61 3 9059 5146
email: Philip.Feain@education.vic.gov.au

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.