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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.

2020 and 2021 Literature text list (Updated September 2019)
The approved Literature 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​​.

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.

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.

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

Study review

Study Review Plan

The Study Review Plan (docx - 90.31kb) provides key information on the review of VCE Literature 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 register

Consultation on the proposed VCE Literature 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 registration form.

Curriculum Manager

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

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.