Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
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.
Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE Biology.
VCE Biology School-based assessment report (docx - 706.11kb)
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE Biology examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Unit 3 Biology School-based assessment
Supporting presentation from webinar delivered in Term 1, 2020
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
The newly accredited Biology 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 Biology Study Design 2022–2026 is available on request, please email
In 2021, schools must ensure they use the
Biology Units 1–2: 2016–2021 and Units 3–4: 2017–2021 Study Design.
Study Design - Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2021
Units 1 and 2 accreditation period has been changed 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.
Study Design - Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017-2021
Units 3 and 4 accreditation period has been changed 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.
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
Curriculum Manager - Science
tel: + 61 3 9032 1723
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.