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Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2020

Units 1 and 2 accreditation expires 31 December 2020.

Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017-2021

Units 3 and 4 accreditation 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: 2016-2020 and Units 3-4: 2017-2021.

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.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE Biology Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016-2020; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2021.

Managing VCE Biology student investigations and scientific posters
Faculty discussion resource.

Frequently asked questions

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)


The VCAA is seeking feedback on the consultation draft of the proposed VCE Biology Study Design from students, teachers and other key stakeholders. The consultation questionnaire can be completed until 6 September 2019.

This is an online questionnaire, conducted on behalf of the VCAA by a third party. Before commencing, read the important information within the consultation questionnaire regarding the Collection Notice and Privacy Statement. By submitting your responses, you acknowledge that you have read and understood, and consent to, the terms of the Collection Notice and Privacy Statement.