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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 Geography Study Design

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

Please note: corrections have been made to the VCE Adjusted Study Design for 2020 to fix inconsistencies and errors in the original adjusted version (published on 1 May 2020). The corrections made were:

  • page 27 – removal of both recommended time frames for Assessment tasks in Unit 4

Teachers need to ensure they access and download the updated version provided above.

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

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

School-based assessment

View VCE Geography School-assessed Coursework report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Geography 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 Geography Study Design for 2016-2021.

Frequently asked questions
Based on questions raised during the Geography implementation briefings.

Implementation briefing presentation


Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV)

Study design for implementation in 2022

The newly accredited Geography 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 Geography Study Design 2022–2026 is available on request, please email

In 2021, schools must ensure they use the Geography Units 1–4: 2016–2021 Study Design.

Study Design - Accreditation period 2016–2021

The accreditation period has been extended and expires 31 December 2021. Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage. 

VCE Geography Study Design (pdf - 239.47kb) 

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Geography Units 1-4: 2016-2021.

Curriculum Manager

Leonie Brown
Curriculum Manager - Humanities
tel: + 61 3 9603 7923

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.