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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 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.

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. VCE study designs currently under review in 2020/21 will now be delivered by schools in 2023 (rather than 2022).


The VCAA is seeking feedback on the consultation draft of the proposed VCE Physics Study Design, from teachers, students and other key stakeholders.

Draft of the proposed study design

Summary of proposed changes to the study design

To provide feedback, please complete the consultation questionnaire by Tuesday 3 August 2021.

The online consultation questionnaire is conducted on behalf of the VCAA by a third party, Qualtrics. Before completing the questionnaire, please read the important privacy information contained in the VCAA Collection Notice which is located at the start of the questionnaire. By submitting your responses, you acknowledge that you have read and understood, and consent to, the terms of the VCAA Collection Notice.

Curriculum Manager

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

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.