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Accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2016-2021; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2021

The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 has been extended and expires 31 December 2021.
The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended and expires 31 December 2021.

Study Design

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.

Support material

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

Frequently asked questions

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.

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

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

Wolfram Resource Packages

These resource packages use Wolfram Mathematica®. The Department of Education and Training (DET) has obtained Wolfram Mathematica® software licenses for all staff and students at Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria.

Modelling Contagious Diseases – this resource package investigates the spread of disease, the effectiveness of vaccines and herd immunity. Specifically designed for VCE Biology Unit 3, Outcome 2 it can also be adapted for Level 9-10 Science.

Modelling Contagious Diseases teacher overview and download instructions (docx - 345.2kb)
Modelling Contagious Diseases using Wolfram resource package (nb - 1.88mb)

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

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

Curriculum Manager

Erin Wilson
Curriculum Manager - STEM
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.