The Victorian Certificate of Education (often abbreviated VCE) is one credential available to secondary school students who successfully complete year 11 and 12 in the Australian state of Victoria.
To be awarded the VCE, a student must successfully complete at least:
- All 4 units of an English subject
- Three additional Unit 3/4 sequences
- Pass with a satisfactory of at least 16 units out of the normal 20-24 units
This therefore means that a student must study at least four subjects to be awarded the VCE. Selection of studies depends on other factors as well, such as prerequisites for university courses.
All VCE studies are organised into units. VCE subjects typically consist of four units with each unit covering one semester of study. Each unit comprises a set number of outcomes (usually two or three); an outcome describes the knowledge and skills that a student should demonstrate by the time the student has completed the unit.
A study score is a ranking that shows your performance in a subject at unit 3 and 4 level, compared to everyone else that also took that subject. VCAA will calculate study scores then it will be used by VTAC for ATAR calculation. The maximum study score a student can achieve is 50.
ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) – previously known as ENTER, the term ENTER was only used in Victoria (1998-2009) – is a ranking of Year 12 results that measures your overall academic achievement compared with all other final year students in Australia (excluding Queensland). The ATAR enables tertiary institutions to compare the overall achievements of all students who have completed Year 12.
In Victoria, ATAR is derived from mapping a student’s aggregate score to the national averages. This score is used by university and tertiary education programs as a clear and intuitive ranking to select prospective applicants for their programs.
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