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Environmental Science

For further advice relating to the impact of the recent bushfires, refer to School-based Assessments involving fieldwork or outdoor activities – February 2020 page.

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.

Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
 VCE Environmental Science Study Design (pdf - 206.79kb)

Details on the adjustments to the areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Environmental Science Units 1-4 for 2020 only.

Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE Environmental Science.

School-based assessment

VCE Environmental Science School-based assessment report

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Environmental Science examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

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

Video recording of implementation briefing conducted in Term 2, 2015

Managing VCE Environmental Science student investigations and scientific posters
Faculty discussion resource.

2020 VCE Environmental Science Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework presentation

Study design for implementation in 2022

The newly accredited VCE Environmental Science 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 VCE Environmental Science Study Design 2022–2026 is available on request, please email vcaa.vce.curriculum@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016–2021

Units 1 and 2 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.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017–2021

Units 3 and 4 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 Environmental Science Study Design (pdf - 457.23kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Environmental Science Units 1-2: 2016–2021 and Units 3–4: 2017–2021.

Curriculum Manager

Maria James
Curriculum Manager - Science
tel: + 61 3 9032 1722
email: Maria.James2@education.vic.gov.au

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.