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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 Physics Study Design (pdf - 362.64kb)

Details on the adjustments to the areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Physics 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 Physics.

School-based assessment

VCE Physics School-based Assessment report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Physics 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 Physics Study Design for (Units 1 and 2 2016-2022, Units 3 and 4 2017-2022).

Managing VCE Physics student investigations and scientific posters
Faculty discussion resource.

Video recording of implementation briefing conducted in Term 2, 2015

2020 Physics Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework presentation

Study review

Study Review Plan

The Study Review Plan provides key information on the review of VCE Physics, being conducted in 2020/21. The Study Review Plan is currently being updated to reflect the new timelines due to the 12-month extension to the accreditation periods for all currently accredited VCE study designs. The updated Study Review Plan will be published soon. 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 Physics 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.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2022

The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 has been extended and expires 31 December 2022.
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 2017-2022

The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended and expires 31 December 2022.
Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.

VCE Physics Study Design (pdf - 1.3mb) 

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

Curriculum Manager

Maria James
Curriculum Manager - Science
tel: + 61 3 9059 5148
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.