Higher Education Study in the VCE
If you’ve done well in your studies and want an extra challenge, you might be able to do a Higher Education Study in Year 12.
This gives you a defined pathway into tertiary education. It can count towards both your VCE and the first year of a university course in that study.
Higher Education Studies are offered at most major universities in Victoria. See the VCE Studies webpage on the VCAA website for a list of universities that offer Higher Education Studies.
(Your school must approve you for the Higher Education Studies program. Only one Higher Education Study can contribute towards your VCE.)
VCE – Baccalaureate
The VCE – Baccalaureate is one of many awards and forms of recognition for high-achieving students and students undertaking specific study or activities.
These awards can provide opportunities and a portfolio to help your career and personal development.
The VCE – Baccalaureate recognises depth, breadth and achievement in studies. To receive the VCE – Baccalaureate you must complete the VCE with:
- a score of 30 or above for English, Literature or English Language, or a study score of 33 for English as an Additional Language
- a VCE Languages study
- VCE Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics
- study scores for at least two other Unit 3 and 4 sequences.
Excellence and awards
Awards and recognition are available for high-achieving students and students who are studying the arts, design, technology or VCE Extended Investigation, or are involved in community service or public speaking. These include:
You can also find out more about these from your school.