Accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022
The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 has been extended to 31 December 2022.
The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended to 31 December 2022.
2020 and 2021 English/EAL Text List
(updated August 2020)
The approved English/EAL Text List for study in 2020 and 2021.
VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)
Changes to the English requirement for satisfactory completion of VCE from 2018
As published in the
VCAA Bulletin, February 2017.
VCE English School-based Assessment report.
VCE English as an Additional Language School-based Assessment report.
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE English examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
VCE English as an Additional Language examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.
A summary of the VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design for 2016-2022.
Frequently asked questions
A set of frequently asked questions for the revised VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Study Design (accreditation period 2016-2022).
Conversations about the revised study design (May 2016)
Set of filmed conversations between experienced VCE English and EAL teachers about aspects of the revised study design.
Implementation briefing materials (May 2016)
Presentations, participant workbooks and video recordings from 2016 Implementation briefings.
Unit 3 Sample course plan
This sample course plan for Unit 3 has been designed to support teachers of combined English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes.
2019 English/EAL Text List
2018 English/EAL Text List
2017 English/EAL Text List
2016 English/EAL Text List
2015 English/EAL Text List
Study Review Plan
Study Review Plan (docx - 89.11kb) provides key information on the review of VCE English and English as an Additional Language which will be conducted in 2020/2021. VCE study designs currently under review in 2020/21 will now be delivered by schools in 2023 (rather than 2022).
Consultation on the proposed VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design will be conducted in 2020/21. The draft study design and consultation questionnaire will be available for consideration on this page during 2020/21. To register your interest for the public consultation, please complete the
Eligibility criteria for students seeking English as Additional Language (EAL) Status
Students who are unfamiliar with the English language because they are from non-English-speaking backgrounds or who are hearing impaired may have access to English as an Additional Language (EAL) status.
To apply for EAL status, each student is required to submit an Application for Enrolment in English as an Additional Language Units 3 and 4 form to the school, please see the link below.
A student may be eligible for EAL status if they meet both of the following conditions:
- They have been a resident in Australia or New Zealand or other predominantly English-speaking country for not more than seven years over the period of their education NOTE: The period of seven years is to be calculated cumulatively over the student's whole life.
- English has been the student's major language of instruction for a total period of not more than seven years over the period of their education.
- they are a student of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent whose first language is not English.
- they have a hearing impairment (must produce evidence of hearing loss of 60 decibels or greater in their better ear.)
EAL applications for students whose country of origin is Singapore or India must be submitted to the VCAA for assessment with supporting documentation.
Schools cannot approve these students.
Other special circumstances for EAL status that may be considered by the VCAA in determining a student's eligibility for EAL status include:
- minimal or no primary school education
- material interruptions to schooling during primary years, particularly if there were changes to the language of instruction
- material interruptions to schooling after arrival in Australia.
Please refer to the
VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook section – Administrative information: Student enrolment, Students seeking EAL status.
Please see the
enrolment application form.
Curriculum Manager - English as an Additional Language
tel: + 61 3 9059 5132
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.