Adjusted Study Design for 2020
Teachers should note that they should only access the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. Deletions are in red coloured text and strike through while changes are in blue coloured text and highlighted. It is imperative that the revised 2020 Adjusted Study Design is used for the remainder of 2020.
Examinations will be based on the key knowledge and skills contained in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. The 2020 Adjusted Study Design includes adjustments to the key knowledge and skills and the scope of the assessment. Teachers can be assured that students will only be externally assessed on the content in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design.
The VCE History Study Design comprises:
Units 1 and 2: Global empires
Units 1 and 2: Twentieth century history
Untis 1-4: Ancient History
Units 3 and 4: Australian History
Units 3 and 4: Revolutions
Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE History.
VCE Australian History School-assessed Coursework report.
School-assessed Coursework reports are prepared in the first year of implementation for the study.
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE Australian History examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
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.
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
The newly accredited History 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 History Study Design 2022–2026 is available on request, please email
In 2021, schools must ensure they use the
History Units 1–4: 2016–2021 Study Design.
Study Design - Accreditation period 2016-2021
The accreditation period has been extended and now expires 31 December 2021. Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.
VCE Australian History contains Units 3 and 4 only.
Curriculum Manager - History/Civics
tel: + 61 3 9032 1694
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.