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Australian History

Study Design - Accreditation period 2016-2021

The accreditation period has been extended and now expires 31 December 2021.

VCE Australian History contains Units 3 and 4 only.

Study Design

VCE History Study Design (pdf - 881.66kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Australian History Units 3 and 4: 2016-2021.

The VCE History Study Design comprises:

View Units 1 and 2: Global empires

View Units 1 and 2: Twentieth century history

View Untis 1-4: Ancient History

Units 3 and 4: Australian History

View Units 3 and 4: Revolutions

School-based assessment

View VCE Australian History School-assessed Coursework report.
School-assessed Coursework r​eports are prepared in the first year of i​mplementation for the study.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Australian History examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

Advice for teachers
Contains advice about assessment and designing teaching and learning activities.

Frequently asked questions

A list of suitable resources for VCE Australian History.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE History Study Design for 2016-2021.

​Video recording of implementation briefing conducted in 2015

Study design for implementation in 2022

Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use from 2022. This is available to teachers in preparation for the implementation of the new study in 2022. Additional resources will be added progressively as they become available.

For accreditation period 2022-2026
  • VCE History Study Design for implementation in 2022.

  • Advice for teachers for implementation in 2022.
    Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers.

    Implementation sessions

    The VCAA has appointed the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV) to organise a series of implementation sessions for VCE History teachers during Term 2, 2021. Please visit the VCE professional learning page for further information and registration details.

In 2021, schools must ensure they use the History Units 1–4: 2016–2021 Study Design.

Curriculum Manager

Gerry Martin
Curriculum Manager - History/Civics
tel: + 61 3 9059 5153

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.