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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 and expires 31 December 2022.
The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended and expires 31 December 2022.

Study Design

VCE Literature Study Design (pdf - 777.09kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Literature Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022 and Literature Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

2022 Literature text list
The approved Literature text list for study in 2022.

2023 Literature text list (September 2022)
The approved Literature text list for study in 2023.

VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)

English requirement for satisfactory completion of the VCE​

Study Design amendment

Teachers should note that there has been an amendment to the VCE Literature Study Design Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022. To clarify the requirements for the texts to be used for assessment tasks in Units 3 and 4 Literature, pages 17 and 21 of the study design have been updated. The 'Assessment of levels of achievement'; on these pages is now: 'In assessing levels of achievement across Units 3 and 4, teachers must also ensure that the assessment tasks are based on a least five texts. Students must not complete more than two assessment tasks using the same text.'

School-based assessment

View VCE Literature School-based Assessment report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Literature examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

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

Glossary of command terms
This glossary provides a list of terms commonly used across the Victorian Curriculum F–10, VCE study designs and VCE examinations and to help students better understand the requirements of command terms in the context of their discipline.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE Literature Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

Frequently asked questions
A set of frequently asked questions for the revised VCE Literature Study Design (Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022).

Implementation briefing materials
Presentations and video recordings from the 2016 Implementation briefings.

Resources
A list of suitable resources for VCE Literature (Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022).

Study design for implementation in 2023

Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use from 2023. This is available to teachers in preparation for the implementation of the new study in 2023. Additional resources will be added progressively as they become available.

2023 Implementation

For accreditation period 2023-2027


In 2022, schools must ensure they use the VCE Literature Study Design Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

Curriculum Manager

Annelise Balsamo
Curriculum Manager - English
tel: + 61 3 9059 5141
email: Annelise.Balsamo@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.