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Extended Investigation

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.

Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
VCE Extended Investigation Study Design (pdf - 158.38kb)

Details on the adjustments to the areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Extended Investigation Units 3-4 for 2020 only.

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

School-based Assessment

View VCE Extended Investigation School-based Assessment report.

Unit​ 3: School-based Assessment criteria and performance descriptors​​​​​​

Unit 3 Outcome 1: Written Rationale

Unit 3 Outcome 2: Written Research Plan

Unit 3 Outcome 2: ​Oral report
​​Provides performance-level descriptors for teachers to assess the performance of students against the prescribed assessment criteria​

External Assessment

View the VCE Extended Investigation external assessment webpage for

  • Critical Thinking Test specifications, past tests and reports
  • Externally assessed task (EAT) - oral presentation and written report specifications, assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors, and reports

Support material

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

Thinking critically
Resource material


Authentication (February 2020)
Provides information about the management of authentication in the study​.

Externally-assessed Task Authentication Form
This form may be used alongside the Extended Investigation Journal to provide a summary record of the monitoring of student work for authentication purposes.

Student and teacher declaration
This declaration must be completed by the student and supervising teacher and submitted to the VCAA as a separate file to the Written Report.

Information for prospective providers

2021 Statement of school readiness
All schools delivering VCE Extended Investigation for the first time in 2021 are required to complete the statement of school readiness.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
These frequently asked questions address a range of matters of interest to new and prospective providers.

Top Talks
Top Talks is part of the VCAA Season of Excellence and showcases exceptional oral presentations from VCE Extended Investigation students. This page lists topics of past presenters, describes the selection process and includes a seven minute documentary with interviews with Top Talk students, the Chief Assessor-Oral Presentation and the Extended Investigation program manager at the time of filming.

Study Design - Accreditation period 2019-2024

The accreditation period for Extended Investigation has been extended until 31 December 2024.

VCE Extended Investigation contains Units 3 and 4 only.​

Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.

VCE Extended Investigation Study Design (pdf - 209.75kb, updated February 2020) (Updated January 2020)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Extended Investigation Units 3-4: 2019-2024.

Extended Investigation study design amendments (February 2020)

Curriculum Manager

Monica Bini
Curriculum Manager - VCE Philosophy, VCE Extended Investigation
tel: + 61 3 9059 5142

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.