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What a student must attempt over the two years of the VCE. 4

Variation to student program.. 4


1.      The Victorian Certificate of Education. 4

2.      VCE (Baccalaureate). 5

3.      VCE together with a VCE VET Certificate course. 6

4.      VCE with School-Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT). 8

5.      VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). 8


Designing a Program of Study for the Senior School 10


Guidelines for student inclusion in the Enhancement Program.. 11

Try designing your own VCE course. 11

Senior School Course Charges. 13



Behaviour: 14

Attendance: 15

Private study session expectations: 16

Student home study expectations. 16

Authentication. 17

Scheduling Assessment Tasks. 17

Rescheduling Assessment Tasks. 18

SAC Completion Conditions. 20





The General Achievement Test (GAT) 28

2022 VCE Examination periods. 29

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). 29

Restrictions on studies in the ATAR. 29

Year 11 Examinations. 30




This administration handbook has been designed to assist students to understand and observe VCE requirements and processes as well assist in the selection of VCE subjects. The handbook deals with matters pertinent to the successful completion of the VCE and VCAL certificates. It should be used in conjunction with the Parent Information Evening, and the subject and individual careers and pathways counselling that is provided to students.

More extensive subject information and details can be accessed via the Eltham High School web site Handbooks Section or the VCAA web site (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au).

Apart from these sources, students are advised to consult widely with staff and family for assistance in selecting their VCE studies. Senior School Coordinators, Middle School Coordinators, subject teachers, the Transition and Pathways Coordinator and the Student Services Team are more than willing to work with individual students who may require some additional assistance.


Senior School Coordinators-




10A, 11A, 12A

10B, 11B, 12B

10C, 11C, 12C

10D, 11D, 12D

10E, 11E, 12E

10F, 11F, 12F



Ms Nural Seker

Mr Amelia Veronese

Mr Michael Doherty

Mr Mark Jackman

Ms Ashlea Oates

Ms Diane Parry


Senior School Leader

Mrs Anna Panas

Senior School- Administrative Support

Study Centre Supervisor

Ms Susan Inglis

Ms Mary Stellas - (Monday- Thursday)

Student Services Leader

Ms Louise Heathcote

Transition and Pathways Coordinator

Mr Ross Pringle

VCE VET & VCAL Coordinator

Ms Terri Wood



What a student must attempt over the two years of the VCE

Over the two years a student will engage in 22 units from a range of different studies. Over the two years each student must study:

Four English units (Literature or English Language may also be counted as the English unit requirement)

Three Sequences of study of Unit 3/4 subjects other than English

Students will choose the remaining units according to their interests, ambitions, abilities, tertiary course requirements and possible areas of employment.

It should be noted that students must successfully complete 16 units to be awarded the VCE Certificate.  These units must include three Units from the English group with at least 1 unit at Unit 3/4 level plus 3 sequences of Units 3/4 other than English.  (This can include VCE VET Unit 3/4 sequences)

Students must undertake a full quota of subjects in their year 12 year irrespective of the number of enhancement subjects undertaken.

Note: The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) advises that for the calculation of a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), satisfactory completion of both Units 3 and 4 of an English sequence is required.

Variation to student program

There are circumstances under which students may consider undertaking their VCE over three years. This option is usually taken up by students who have experienced difficulties or hardships (e.g. physical health, mental health, personal life etc.) during the first or second year of the VCE. It is essential that this option is substantiated with documentation from an accredited practitioner as specified in the VCAA guidelines. This option (also referred to as a ‘split course’ at Eltham High School) generally takes the form of students undertaking a reduced number of Unit 1/2 studies in their first year, a combination of Units 1/2 and Units 3/4 studies in their second year, then the remaining Unit 3/4 studies in their third year. Please ensure that you consult with a Senior School coordinator if you feel that this option may suit your needs.


1.      The Victorian Certificate of Education

The VCE is a two-year program designed and administered by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA).  VCE studies are made up of semester length units.

What is the VCE?

The VCE is the certificate that most students in Victoria receive on satisfactory completion of their secondary training. The VCE can form a pathway for senior students into a range of different tertiary options, allowing entry to University study with the awarding of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. The VCE also provides many pathways to employment, TAFE or other further study.

How does the VCE work at Eltham High School?

At Eltham High School, students are required to complete twelve units in Year 11 and ten in Year 12.  All students undertaking Year 12 VCE studies (unit 3/4 sequence) are required to undertake 5 subjects at the Year 12 level, notwithstanding the number of previously completed Unit 3 /4 studies.

Most studies (e.g. Art, English, Physical Education, and Psychology) are made up of a sequence of four units, one for each of the four semesters studied over the two years of the VCE. Usually Units 1/2 are studied in Year 11 and Units 3/4 in Year 12. Some students may enter Senior School having completed a Unit 1 /2 study during their Year 10 year, and will therefore complete more than the minimum units required at Eltham High School. A number of students may attempt a Unit 3/4 sequence in Year 11 as part of the enhancement program. As priority is given to the Year 12 students’ course of study, under some circumstances it may not be possible for a student to undertake a Unit 3/4 sequence in consecutive years. There is more information regarding the enhancement program further in this handbook.

Within the guidelines provided by the VCAA, Eltham High School conducts and assesses Unit 1/2 studies. These units can be taken separately in most studies or as a sequence.

Units 3/4, however, must be taken as a sequence and have a large measure of external control and assessment placed upon them by the VCAA. Assessment of Unit 3 /4 studies comprises internally assessed outcomes that are moderated against the student’s exam performance, and external examinations held in the examination periods in late October / November.

Each VCE unit consists of 50 hours of class work and the equivalent amount of time spent in home study. The School Attendance Requirement states that students must not miss more than five lessons within a Semester.  Medical Certificates are required when a student is absent from school due to illness. A student’s ability to achieve an ‘S’ in a unit is dependent upon satisfactorily meeting the unit outcomes and the Attendance Requirement

Who is the VCE for?

The VCE is designed to suit the needs of most senior students, as there are many flexible options for the completion of the VCE. Students who wish to apply for an ATAR at the end of the VCE must undertake the VCE. The ATAR is awarded to all students of the VCE who meet all outcomes for each of their chosen Unit 3/4 studies and complete all of their exams. Students may still complete the requirements of the VCE without sitting for their exams; however they will not be awarded the ATAR and will not be eligible for entry into University in 2019.

2.    VCE (Baccalaureate)

The VCE (Baccalaureate), a new form of recognition for those students who choose to undertake the demands of studying both a higher level mathematics and a language in their VCE program of study, is available for students who meet the eligibility requirements.

To be eligible to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate) the student must satisfactorily complete the VCE and receive a study score for each prescribed study component.

The VCE program of study must include:

1.                   a Units 3 and 4 sequence in English or Literature or English Language with a study score of 30 or above; or a Units 3 and 4 sequence in EAL with a study score of 33 or above

2.                   a Units 3 and 4 sequence in either Mathematics Methods or Specialist Mathematics

3.                   a Units 3 and 4 sequence in a VCE Language

4.                   at least two other Units 3 and 4 sequences

What will the student receive if they are eligible for the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

The student’s Statement of Results will include an additional statement that recognises the award of the VCE (Baccalaureate).

What will be the impact of the VCE (Baccalaureate) on the calculation of the ATAR?

VTAC has advised that the calculation of the ATAR will continue to be determined under the current process, that is via study scores, and that the additional recognition in the form of the VCE (Baccalaureate) will not affect this process.

Will universities give any priority to students with the VCE (Baccalaureate) when selecting students into courses?

Tertiary institutions have indicated that they strongly support initiatives that encourage students to study a higher level mathematics and a language in the final years of schooling.

Tertiary selection practices vary across institutions. Further information should be sought from particular tertiary providers.

FAQs on VCAA website: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/index.aspx


3.    VCE together with a VCE VET Certificate course


What is VET in Schools (VETiS)?


VET in Schools refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses undertaken as part of school studies.


• It combines senior school studies and accredited vocational education and training

• Enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (e.g. Certificate II in Hospitality) and a senior school certificate (VCE/VCAL) at the same time

• Allows a student to go directly into employment or receive credit towards further vocational training

• Develops students’ employability and industry-specific skills

• It is a vocationally oriented school program designed to meet the needs of industry.


A VET in Schools program is usually made up of:

1.                   Units of Competency:

Delivered by a registered training organisation (e.g. TAFE), the student’s school or another school close by.

2.                   Structured Workplace Learning:

This involves an employer accepting a student on a one day a week basis or a one-week block.

Structured workplace learning enables the student to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in an industry setting.

During the work placement, a student will have specific tasks to undertake in order to demonstrate competence.

They will be regularly monitored and may be assessed on the job.



VCE VET- Some Certificate II courses only provide a Unit 1 & 2 sequence (may take 2 years to complete)

Provides credit only at Unit 1 & 2 level


VCE VET with Unit 3 and 4 sequences with scored assessment:

VCE VET courses (with scored assessment):
	Community Services
	Equine Industry
	Information & Communications Technology
	Integrated Technologies
	Interactive Digital Media
	Laboratory Skills
	Sport and Recreation

Study scores are scaled and may be included in the calculation of the ATAR aggregate


Where a scored assessment is available and when a student decides not to sit this, no increment is available

(Qualify for a certificate only with no ATAR contribution)





VCE VET with Unit 3 and 4 sequences with no scored assessment available:

May be counted as fifth or sixth study.  The increment will be 10% of the average of the primary four ATAR subject scores

Students will continue to undertake their full quota of studies in the VCE program


RESTRICTIONS on the use of VFE Block Credit in the ATAR

In cases where a student was previously eligible for an ATAR, new VFE results only contribute to the ATAR when fewer than SIX VCE and VCE VET results are available


TRAINEESHIPS (VFE VET) can be signed up during the year

Traineeships signed as school based training must be recorded as part of senior school studies- to receive credits towards VCE

Traineeships may impact on funding for future studies at the same certificate level or industry.


4.    VCE with School-Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT).

Most students undertaking an SBAT would be enrolled in the VCAL program.

1.              Some students will choose to enter into a Traineeship contract with their part-time employer. Traineeships will require students to complete a VET program arranged by the employer. (For example, certificates in retail for part-time employment).

2.              To receive credit towards a student’s VCE course, this SBAT training package must be registered by Eltham HS and placed on the DEECD VASS system.

Credit will be allocated by VTAC in correlation with the AQF levels completed.


5.    VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

What is VCAL?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is described as a ‘hands on’ option for Senior School students.

VCAL gives students practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

Who is VCAL for?

Students who choose VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to training at a TAFE, or getting a job, traineeship or an apprenticeship after completing school. Students most suitable for VCAL are those who are interested in work or who may not see themselves completing a full VCE, and who have parental support for undertaking this alternative Senior School Certificate.

VCAL is a flexible program which allows students to choose a specialised study program that suits their own interests and needs via the completion of a VET Certificate course in their chosen area. (NB: Additional costs are associated with undertaking VET Certificate courses.)

Students undertaking VCAL must complete studies in:

1.                   Literacy and Numeracy Skills

2.                   Work Related Skills

3.                   Industry Specific Skills

4.                   Personal Development Skills

Students enrolled in VCAL will also complete a work placement, which occurs during the normal school week, and a VET Certificate course undertaken in a TAFE setting one day a week.

1.                   All VCAL students will complete their VET training

2.                   This course provides pathways into traineeships/apprenticeships or employment in specific industries.

3.                   VCAL endeavours to match the skills and levels of the individual learner.

Aimed at students who: 

1.                   Want a hands-on industry based program

2.                   Wish to continue their senior school studies, following a pathway to apprenticeships or traineeships.

3.                   Can commit to a 3 phase program of school, TAFE and employment within the one week

Currently students must begin their VCAL certificate at the Intermediate level (Yr11) to be eligible to be offered a place in the senior level (Yr12)



Eltham High School intends to offer a variety of subjects.  Although this extensive range of subjects is offered at Eltham High School, there is no guarantee that all of these subjects will be timetabled. Subjects selected by a sufficient number of students will run for the year. Students undertaking Year 11 studies will be required to select eight subjects for Units 1 & 2 in preferential order and students undertaking Year 12 studies are required to select six subjects in preferential order.

Designing a Program of Study for the Senior School

Before selecting a program of study it is essential to consider the following:

Personal Interests

1.                   What do you enjoy studying?

2.                   What talents do you have?

3.                   What skills do you need improving?

4.                   What careers do you find interesting?

5.                   Do you need to balance your program?

6.                   Are you being realistic in your subject choices?

7.                   Should you challenge yourself?

8.                   Are you planning to move into tertiary study, or to seek an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment? 

External Requirements

1.                   What pre-requisites do certain tertiary/TAFE courses expect?

2.                   What units of study do employers prefer?

3.                   Can specific VCE units gain you credit transfers for some TAFE courses?

4.                   Have teachers/parents recommended that you attempt or advised you against attempting certain units?

5.                   Are friends unduly influencing your subject choices?


Students should give due consideration to the VCE (Baccalaureate) requirements when selecting their course.


Students undertaking VCE VET Unit 3/4 sequences with a scored assessment as per VCAA guidelines will be able to withdraw from one internal VCE study once course entry is confirmed.

Mrs Wood, VET Co-ordinator, will notify Senior School of this authorisation.


Students undertaking a VCE VET Unit 3/4 with no scored assessment will continue to undertake their full quota of studies in the VCE program.                               


If you have completed a VET certificate of training, this can only be credited to your Senior School studies if full documentation is provided to EHS. You will need to provide a certificate of attainment from your registered provider, this must include the full list of completed modules and codes.

 A student wishing to undertake a VCE VET study is required to complete the additional application form. The student’s program must be selected in consultation and approved by the VET/VCAL Coordinator to ensure the selected study program can be accommodated within the student’s timetable.


Some students entering Year 11 might consider attempting one unit 3/4 sequence (a Year 12 subject) as well as their other five Units 1 and 2 (Year 11 subjects) per semester. By doing this, students may allow themselves more flexibility when choosing their Year 12 subjects. The score obtained from the additional Unit 3/4 subject can be used in the calculation of the student’s ATAR. Students must still undertake a full quota of subjects in their Year 12 year.

For example, tertiary course prerequisites may constrain a student’s selections in Year 12 by stipulating a full Mathematics/Science course. By studying a unit 3/4 sequence in Year 11, a student gains the opportunity of undertaking an interest or extension subject. This additional Unit 3/4 sequence also provides additional credit towards the student’s ATAR.  It is expected that study of a 3/4 sequence in Year 11 will not replace studies in Year 12 but, rather, be in addition to studies expected in Year 12. 

Particularly able students may consider alternative arrangements, such as the completion of a Tertiary enhancement subject as part of the VCE. See below for more information regarding this form of enhancement.

Guidelines for student inclusion in the Enhancement Program

Students requesting entry to the Enhancement Program must have demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement in the prior year level e.g. very good and above in all Assessment Tasks and the Victorian Curriculum (F-10) rating placing them at the upper end of the year level appropriate to their current studies.   Students must demonstrate well developed abilities in organisation, planning, self-management, attendance, etc. as indicated in the Semester Report to parents.  Students must have demonstrated excellent results across all of their subjects for the two preceding semesters.

1.                   I understand that my placement in the Program will be dependent on my continuing to achieve excellent results in all subject areas.

2.                   I understand that if I am offered a placement in the Enhancement Program for 2019 that I am still required to undertake six (6) subjects during my Year 11 year and five (5) subjects during my Year 12 Year.

3.                   I understand that being offered a place in my chosen subject in the Enhancement Program for 2019 will be dependent on my Year 10 progress, the timetabling of the subjects, and the availability of student places in the subject.

Similarly, in Year 12, particularly able students may choose to attempt their VCE studies plus one University study. This University Enhancement or Higher Education study counts as both a first year University subject and a sixth subject for calculating the student’s ATAR score. Selection into a University Enhancement study is managed by the Universities. Further information can be obtained from the Senior School Coordinators.

Try designing your own VCE course

When designing a program of study, remember the program must include;

1.                   at least four units of English (which can include Literature and/or English Language), &

2.                   Three sequences of Unit 3/4 studies other than English.


Sample 1 – A student hoping to gain entry into a Bachelor of Science degree










Year 11

Semester 1


Unit 1


Unit 2

Chemistry Unit 1


Unit 1

Maths Methods Unit 1

Specialist Maths Unit 1

Semester 2


Unit 2


Unit 1

Chemistry Unit 2


Unit 2

Maths Methods Unit 2

Specialist Maths Unit 2


Year 12

Semester 3


Unit 3


Unit 3

Chemistry Unit 3


Unit 3

Maths Methods Unit 3


Semester 4


Unit 4


Unit 4

Chemistry Unit 4


Unit 4

Maths Methods Unit 4


Sample 2 – A student hoping to gain entry into a Visual Arts degree:










Year 11

Semester 1


Unit 1


Unit 1


 Unit 1

LOTE Indonesian Unit 1

General Maths B

Unit 1

VCD Unit 3

Semester 2


 Unit 2


Unit 2


 Unit 2

LOTE Indonesian  Unit 2

General Maths B

Unit 2

VCD Unit 4


Year 12

Semester 3


 Unit 3


Unit 3

SA Photography Unit 3

LOTE Indonesian  Unit 3

Further Maths

Unit 3


Semester 4


Unit 4


 Unit 4

SA Photography Unit 4

LOTE Indonesian  Unit 4

Further Maths

Unit 4




Have a go!










Year 11

Semester 1

English / Literature / English Language






Semester 2

English / Literature / English Language







Year 12

Semester 3

English / Literature / English Language






Semester 4

English / Literature / English Language







Senior School Course Charges

Eltham High School provides a broad range of Senior School options and VCE subjects.  Some studies have a charge associated with them.  The charge is the difference between the basic materials/services provided from government funding and the higher cost alternatives which may be preferred for the optimum learning experience.  Charges may also cover some camps and excursions that are integral to the curriculum and which all students are expected to attend.

School Council is mindful of the costs involved in undertaking studies that have an associated charge, and all attempts are made to keep costs to a minimum.  A schedule of Senior School course charges is available from the Business Manager.  Study charges may vary from year to year.

Payment of subject charges

Where subjects having a course charge are selected for study, parents should be prepared to meet these payments at the start of the relevant semester.

VET Study Charges

Materials fee:

If materials fees are not paid in full to Eltham High School by February, 2022, a student’s VET application will be withdrawn and they will revert to a fully allocated VCE course. If you are experiencing financial hardship, payment arrangements are available. Please contact the School Business Manager, Ms Kristina Elvey, on ph. 9430 5105 for a confidential discussion.



Enrolment in the Senior School depends upon:

·         Having satisfactorily completed the previous year

·         Acceptance of an agreed course

·         Acceptance of the school rules and procedures by signing

·         A general declaration (The VCE Agreement / Expectations form):

By signing the VCE Agreement form a student agrees that they will obey VCAA rules and instructions for the VCE and accept its disciplinary provisions. Students must complete this form each year in which they enrol in the VCE. A student is making a commitment that there will be no plagiarism or authentication issues. Students will be requested to complete this form in Term 1.

Students will also be required to review and confirm their enrolment and subject details as recorded by the VCAA. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that all enrolment particulars are correct. Students should see their VCE Coordinator if they wish to alter any detail of their VCE enrolment including change of address.


It is Eltham High School policy that all Year 12 students undertake 5 studies in their final year of schooling. This policy is quite independent of a student’s Year 11 program as stated in the VCE at Eltham High School section above.


It is Eltham High School policy that all Year 11 students undertake 6 studies as part of their VCE Year 11 program. Assessment in Unit 1 and 2 in general will replicate the form of Year 12 assessment. Students will be required to demonstrate achievement of set outcomes.

If a VCE student is absent for a school assessed task then they must complete the assessment within 1 week of returning to school (see SAC/SAT guidelines below)



Your enrolment in the VCE at Eltham High School carries with it some clear responsibilities on your part.  The School expects you to follow the general rules of the School and the requirements of the VCE as established by the School in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements.  Outlined below are a number of specific requirements of VCE students at Eltham High School.  These requirements are designed to support your successful completion of your VCE.  Your enrolment in the VCE is dependent upon the signing of the VCAA General Agreement Form and this Eltham High School VCE Agreement Form.


Students must behave in a manner that does not jeopardise or interfere with the learning environment of any other student.  This includes refraining from any adverse sexual, religious, racial or physical references;

Private study periods are to be undertaken in the Library Resource Centre or for Year 12 students the VCE Study Room.  Failure to use these spaces for their specific use will result in the student’s exclusion from these facilities altogether;

Alcohol, cigarettes and illegal substances are prohibited from the school premises.  Breaches of this requirement will be dealt with in accordance with school policy and may result in the withdrawal of a student’s VCE enrolment at Eltham High School;

Student behaviour must be in accordance with the general rules at Eltham High School.  VCE students are expected to behave as senior students and in accordance with the School’s policies.

Year 12 students may have a number of private study periods during the day. These periods should be utilised in the Senior School Study Rooms, Resource Centre, or in consultation with staff. Students are not to be in the courtyards or general school yard at these times. Please direct students to the appropriate areas of study.



1.                   All students must attempt six units per semester in Year 11, and five units per semester in Year 12;

2.                   Students must attend all lessons punctually and be aware that if a student is late to class on three occasions, this equates to one absence;

3.                   Students must not leave the school grounds during the school day without prior written permission from parents and with the approval of the Level Coordinators who will issue an early leaver’s pass where appropriate;

4.                   Students must attend all scheduled classes. Failure to do so may result in the awarding of an “N” result due to insufficient class attendance;

5.                   Students must attend all Tutorial sessions and Timed Restoration Assessment blocks and all assemblies held during these Timed Restoration blocks.

6.                   Unauthorised absences of greater than five periods from a unit in any semester will lead to a review of the student’s progress and to the possible awarding of an “N” result for the unit due to absences.

7.                   Families must refrain from organising holidays / events during the scheduled Term dates as this will impact student’s attendance and outcomes results.


Medical Certificates:

1.                   On the day of a SAC or SAT if a student is absent due to a medical concern, he / she is required to obtain a medical certificate dated on the day of the absence in order to be eligible for a scored assessment.

2.                   Failure to obtain an appropriately dated medical certificate for an absence from a SAC or SAT will result only in an S or N result with no scored assessment.

3.                   If a student has been absent when a SAC/SAT was held in class, the SAC/SAT will be scheduled for redemption within one week. The redemption must occur within the week of the student’s return to school. A medical certificate dated on the day of the absence must be presented in order for the assessment to be awarded a numeric score.

4.                   On non-SAC / SAT days if you are absent due to a medical concern and you have other absences from a subject it advisable to obtain a medical certificate in order that the absence is covered as an authorised absence.

5.                   The Department of Education identifies the following as acceptable Medical Certificates or certificates in lieu: a Certificate issued by a registered doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, optometrist or psychologist who is a member (or eligible for membership) of the board of the Clinical Branch of the Australian Psychological Society; a patient declaration statement from a medical clinic will not be accepted as a medical certificate.

6.                   Students who become ill and will need an absence of two or more consecutive days must contact the VCE Coordinators by telephone to discuss their situation;

7.                   Where there is a known school absence parents/guardians are requested to advise the school by entering the details into Compass through the parental portal, emailing the relevant Co-ordinator or by telephoning the school attendance line on ph.9430 5299 by 10:30am on the morning of the absence.


Private study session expectations:

Students are encouraged to arrive at school at the normal time for private study session during period 1 and use this time effectively in the VCE Study Centre (Year 12 students) or the Resource Centre (Year 11 students). Year 11 students are permitted to use the Senior School Study Centre during recess and lunchtime for private study purposes.

Unless students are required for an assessment session, a seminar or a school planned activity or event, students are permitted to arrive at school in time for their scheduled class.

If students have a private study session during period 4, once again whilst encouraged to stay at school in the relevant spaces and use this time effectively for study, students are permitted to leave school at lunchtime for the end of the day. However, if students have a private study session during periods 2 or 3, they are NOT permitted to leave the school grounds. Year 12 students are required to be in the VCE Study Centre or the Year 12 Common Room during these times and Year 11 students are required to be in the Resource Centre.

Once at school all students need to remain on site and should students choose to disregard this expectation serious consequences will be applied.
If students arrive at school during period 1, they must make their way to one of the relevant areas for their Year level (VCE Study Centre or Common Room for Year 12 students and the Resource Centre for Year 11 students). Students need to be mindful that all other students are in class and that they are NOT permitted to sit in the courtyard unsupervised.

Year 11 students are permitted to use the Senior School Study Centre during recess and lunchtimes for private study purposes.


Student home study expectations

Senior School students are expected to be completing home study as part of keeping up with, and completing the requirements of each of their studies. The Student planner advises the following suggested home study times:

1.                   Year 11 students – 2 hours per night

2.                    Year 12 students – 3 hours per night

At the Senior School level, the student would be expected to be regularly undertaking revision and exam preparation of their own direction, as well as the reading and specific tasks set by their classroom teachers.



1.                   A student must ensure that all unacknowledged work submitted for assessment is genuinely his/her own.

2.                   A student must acknowledge all resources used, including:

1.                   text, websites and source material

2.                   The name/s and status of any person/s that provided assistance and the type of assistance provided.

3.                   A student must not receive undue assistance from any other person in the preparation and submission of work.

Acceptable levels of assistance include:

·    The incorporation of ideas or material derived from other sources (for example, by reading, viewing or note taking), but which has been transformed by the student and used in a new context.

·    Prompting and general advice from another person or source which leads to refinements and/or self-correction.

Unacceptable forms of assistance include:

·         Use of, or copying of, another person’s work or other resources without acknowledgment.

·         Corrections or improvements made or dictated by another person.

4.                   A student must not submit the same piece of work for assessment in more than one study.

5.                   A student who knowingly assists other students in a breach of rules may be penalised.

6.                   A student must sign an authentication record for work done outside class at the time of submitting the completed task. This declaration states that all unacknowledged work is the student’s own.

7.                   Where a SAC/SAT is not completed entirely within class time, students must ensure that these authentication requirements are satisfied. Failure to meet these will result in the non-assessment of the task;

Scheduling Assessment Tasks

Students will be advised of the date for the completion of an assessment task(s) in advance; at least one week prior to the scheduled assessment.

Students will undertake assessment tasks during

1.                   class time

2.                   timed assessment blocks as scheduled

All School Assessed Coursework (SAC) assessments and School Assessed Tasks (SAT) must be completed in line with the directions issued by the class teacher.  These directions will identify clearly the due dates of such assessments, the nature and length of the task to be undertaken, and any other special requirements;

For each assessment task students should be provided with the:

1.                   type of assessment task and date for completion

2.                   time allowed for the task

3.                   allocation of marks

4.                   nature of any materials they can utilize when completing the task

5.                   opportunity to demonstrate the highest level of performance 

An extension for a SAC/SAT task can only be granted before the due date and where there is sufficient documented evidence of a significant medical issue having impacted on the completion of the task.  An ‘Application for an Extension’ must be completed and submitted to the Sub-School Leader before the due date of the task;

The late submission of SAC/SAT work, beyond the time and date set by the classroom teacher, will result in the work being assessed for an “S” or “N” only, where an extension has not been granted.  The work will receive a “NA” (Non-assessed) and NO numeric score or grade;

Technical or computer failure will not be accepted as a reason for the granting of an extension.  In line with the VCAA requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that sufficient backups and hardcopies of their work are maintained to avoid any “loss” of work.  Similarly, printing difficulties are not grounds for the granting of an extension;

Rescheduling Assessment Tasks

If a student has been absent, SAC/SAT redemption must occur within one week of the student’s return to school. The scheduled day/time of the redemption must be logged into the Compass Portal. Students are required to see the VCE study room supervisor to arrange this after consultation with the respective teacher(s).

The SAC/SAT redemption day is each Tuesday in term time between 3.30 and 4.45 pm in the Study Centre for all Year 11 students.

Year 12 students are able to complete their re-scheduled SACS/SATS during the published supervised session times in the Study Centre by negotiation with the Study Centre Supervisor.

Students must attend scheduled SACS / SATS during published timed assessment blocks.

If a student has three or more scheduled SACs on one day they may consult the Study Centre Supervisor to re-schedule one SAC to the next SAC/SAT redemption session.

Students are given three attempts to complete a SAC/SAT task. Failure to be present for SAC redemption will forfeit an attempt.

Students are required to obtain a Medical Certificate for an absence from an assessment task due to illness. These must be obtained on the day of the absence from the SAC or SAT.  The Department of Education identifies the following as acceptable Medical Certificates or certificates in lieu: Certificate issued by a registered doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, optometrist or psychologist who is a member (or eligible for membership) of the board of the Clinical Branch of the Australian Psychological Society.

Where a student is absent for an assessment task, the teacher will complete the SAC/SAT redemption form available from the Senior School Office and submit this with the assessment task for completion by the student.

If a student is absent from the rescheduled date, the Senior School Coordinators will make contact with parents/guardians.


SAC Completion Conditions

1.                   Students must bring their own writing equipment, erasers, ruler, etc. These must be carried and stored in a clear plastic pocket.

2.                   Pencil cases and bags are not to be brought.

3.                   Any material supplied by the teacher will be date stamped or signed prior to distribution unless the documentation is in the form of an answer sheet or booklet.

4.                   Students may not bring to the SAC/SAT mobile phones, IPods or other types of music or communication devices.

5.                   A student must not communicate, verbally or non-verbally with another student while the SAC/SAT is being conducted.

6.                   A student must not begin to write or mark his/her paper or response material in any way, or use a calculator, until advised by the supervising teacher that writing may commence.

7.                   A student is to raise his or her hand if he or she wishes to communicate with a supervising teacher.

8.                   The VCAA approves students bringing bottled water into a room with the following conditions

·         The water is in a clear plastic bottle (no label)

·         The bottle has a secure lid

·         The capacity of the bottle is no more than 1500 ml

·         The water bottle must not be placed on the desk at any time

·         Water bottles must be not re-filled during the examination

·         Water bottles must not be shared between students


SACS & SATS completed outside of class time


Students are required to ensure that all unacknowledged work submitted for assessment is genuinely his/her own.

For School-Assessed Coursework and School-Assessed Tasks (SAC/SAT) completed out of class, teachers will monitor and record the progress of each student through to completion. In order to ensure authentication, students work and its development is regularly sighted, with records kept of each of the sightings.

Students are required to complete the following document(s) as part of the Authentication process for School-assessed course work or school-assessed tasks completed outside of class time and submit to their teacher(s) with the assessment task.

1.                   Authentication record for School-assessed Coursework

2.                   Authentication Record for School-assessed Tasks



When a student does not meet their obligations

The school has a responsibility to ensure that all students abide by the rules set by the VCAA for the conduct of VCE/VCAL courses and their assessments. The school rules must also be followed by all students.

When there is a breach, or suspected breach, of rules regarding School-assessed Coursework or School-assessed Tasks this should be discussed immediately with the Senior School Leader. An investigation of the situation will be undertaken in accordance with the VCAA requirements and appropriate penalties will be applied where necessary. The principal will be involved in all dealings with the student where a significant breach of the rules has occurred.







 NOTE: This protocol is directly informed by the VCAA.


School-assessed Tasks are set by the VCAA to assess specific sets of practical skills and knowledge.

Teachers assess the student’s level of achievement on the basis of a rating against criteria specified by the VCAA.

Schools provide a score for each criterion. The VCAA aggregates these scores into a single total score for each student, which is then statistically moderated against the examination scores in the study.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) may also be used in statistical moderation.

This section applies to the School-assessed Tasks for the following studies:


Art (AR03)

Computing- Informatics (IT02)- Software Development (IT03)

Media (ME03)

Product Design and Technology (PDF & PDW)

Studio Arts (SA03)

Systems Engineering (SE03)

Visual Communication Design (VC03)



Teachers ensure that there is a sufficient range of topics within their class to distinguish a student’s work and, therefore, to assist in the authentication process.

Teachers monitor and record each student’s development of work, from planning and drafting through to completion, in the study specific School-assessed Task Authentication form.

2.                       SIGHTING OF STUDENT WORK

1.    The number of observations required per student is determined by the number indicated on the VCAA SAT Authentication Record Sheet for each study.

2.    Observations of individual work done in class must be recorded on the subject specific authentication sheet* (see below)

3.    The teacher and student must sign each recorded observation.



Microsoft OneDrive (cloud based Edustar technology) will be used to manage the process. This is a compulsory aspect of the process. Subject teachers will set the minimum expectations of documentation requirements with students in their classes.



1.    The VCAA provides assessment sheets to all schools specifying the criteria which is used in awarding scores.

2.    Assessment sheets are published annually and made available on the relevant Study Design page of the VCAA website.

3.    Schools must use the current year’s assessment sheets.

4.    Each criterion has a numeric scale of 0-10 which schools use to award marks.

5.                   DUE DATES

1.    All SAT tasks are due by or ON the due date at a time specified on Compass Learning Tasks

2.    Any extension request must be made prior to the due date. This follows the school and VCAA rules.

3.    If the SAT is not submitted on the due date a medical certificate must be supplied and the SAT must be submitted on the next working day.

4.    SAT due dates will not be adjusted for students involved in co curricula activities. Students involved in such activities around SAT due dates are required to submit their SAT before the due date.

5.    Teachers may set internal due dates for the sections of the SAT. [These dates will be placed on Compass Learning Tasks one week forward notice as per SAC protocols]. At risk notification letters and redemption tasks will be forwarded to families if students do not adhere to these due dates


Students must observe and apply the rules for the authentication of School-based Assessment. Students must sign an authentication record for work completed outside class when they submit the completed task.

The VCAA authentication rules state that:

I.  A student must ensure that all unacknowledged work submitted for assessment is their own

II. A student must acknowledge all resources used including: -texts, websites and other source material-the name and status of any person who provided assistance and the type of assistance provided

III. A student must not receive undue assistance from another person in the preparation and submission of work

IV. Acceptable levels of assistance include: - the incorporation of ideas or material derived from other sources (for example, by reading, viewing or note taking), but which have been transformed by the student and used in a new context-prompting and general advice from another person or source, which leads to refinements and/or self-correction

V. Unacceptable forms of assistance include: -use of, or copying, another person’s work or other resources without acknowledgment-corrections or improvements made or dictated by another person

VI. A student must not submit the same piece of work for assessment in more than one study, or more than once within a study

VII. A student must not circulate or publish written work that is being submitted for assessment in a study in the academic year of enrolment

VIII. A student must not knowingly assist another student in a breach of rules

IX. In considering if a student’s work is their own, teachers should consider if the work: -is a typical of other work produced by the student-is inconsistent with the teacher’s knowledge of the student’s ability-contains unacknowledged material- has not been sighted and monitored


The General Achievement Test (GAT)

The VCAA requires VCE students to sit the GAT each year they undertake a unit 3 & 4 study. All students enrolled in one or more sequences of units 3 & 4 must sit the General Achievement Test. This includes year 11 students undertaking a unit 3 & 4 study. The only exceptions are students who are visually or hearing impaired.

The GAT is a general aptitude test. It seeks to measure the level of general achievement students have accomplished across three broad areas:

1.            written communication

2.            mathematics, science technology

3.            humanities, arts, social sciences

It is externally set and assessed. It consists of two written tasks, each of half an hour duration and 70-multiple choice questions for which two hours are allowed. Numerical scores are reported to students for each of these three components – along with State means.

The VCAA uses GAT scores in the process of:

1.                   Reviewing school assessments in School-Assessed tasks

2.                   Requesting authentication checks by schools for particular students’ School-Assessed Tasks

3.                   Checking the accuracy of student scores in examinations

4.                   Enhancing the statistical moderation in School-Assessed Coursework

5.                   Calculating Derived Examination Scores where Special Provision has been approved

6.                   GAT date: Thursday 29 July 2021, 10 am-1.15pm


2022 VCE Examination periods

VCAA will advise the VCE Examination Schedule for 2022

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

Studies used for the ATAR

1.                   All VCE Unit 3 & 4 sequences

2.                   Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs with Unit 3 and 4 sequences

3.                   Approved Higher Education studies

To qualify-

1.                   Qualify for the VCE (16 Units)

2.                   Achieve study scores in at least 4 Unit 3 and 4 VCE studies, including 1 from the English group

Calculation of the ATAR

Developed from an aggregate produced by adding the results for up to 6 studies as follows:

1.                   The ATAR subject score in 1 of English, Literature or English Language

2.                   The next best 3 scaled study scores (together with English study make up the primary four

3.                   10% of any fifth and sixth permissible scores that are available.


Restrictions on studies in the ATAR

In each of the study areas of:

1.                   English [English; English Language; Literature]

2.                   Mathematics [Further Maths; MM ; Specialist Maths]

3.                   History

4.                   Contemporary Australian Studies

5.                   Information Technology

6.                   LOTE

7.                   Music

1.                   At most TWO results can contribute to the primary four

2.                   At most THREE results can contribute to the ATAR, be they VCE results, Higher Education study results or VET results.


Year 11 Examinations

Examinations will be scheduled in late May/early June and November for students undertaking Units 1 & 2 courses of study.


It is important that the Unit 1 and 2 examinations are conducted in accordance to the rules as specified by the VCAA.  All students need to ensure that they are familiar with all requirements expected during examinations.


Please check the Year 11 Examination timetable for your allocated Exam times. Arrive at school early and ensure that you know the correct location of your examination room.

The doors of the examination room will be opened 10 minutes before the starting time for the examination. You will not be allowed to leave the examination room until the end of the scheduled finishing time for each exam.

Students must bring to the examinations their own writing equipment, erasers, ruler, etc. These must be carried and stored in a clear plastic pocket.  Pencil cases and bags are not to be brought to the examination room.

Students may not bring to the Examinations mobile phones, iPods or other types of music or communication devices.

The VCAA approves students bringing bottled water into an examination room with the following conditions

1.                   The water is in a clear plastic bottle (no label)

2.                   The bottle has a secure lid

3.                   The capacity of the bottle is no more than 1500 ml

4.                   The water bottle must not be placed on the desk at any time

5.                   Water bottles must be not re-filled during the examination

6.                   Water bottles must not be shared between students


Please take particular note of the following rules.

During any examination you must not:

·         Have in your possession any book or notes or blank paper (apart from the materials distributed for that examination) or any other resources that would improperly help you in your work.  An exception applies to physics mathematics or subjects which allow the use of bound resources during examinations.

·         Have in your possession any electronic device (including mobile phones and electronic dictionaries) apart from calculators (for those subjects in which they are permitted);

·         Directly or indirectly help any other student;

·         Permit any other student to copy from or otherwise use your papers;

·         Directly or indirectly accept help from any other student;

·         Use any papers of any other student;

·         Behave in a manner that disrupts other students.


If you require the use of a dictionary in the examinations, you must provide your own.

The use of dictionaries in examinations is subject to the following conditions:

·         A dictionary may not contain any additional material that may help you in the examination of the subject concerned.

·         The supervisor at the examination room has the authority to inspect your dictionary.


Students must use the approved CAS or Graphics calculator in their mathematics examinations. Please ensure that you bring your own calculator and that you have a spare set of batteries for your calculator. No batteries will be supplied during the exam.

Please note:

·         Students are not permitted CAS calculators in the Chemistry examination.

·         General Maths A1 & 2, Maths Methods 1 & 2 and Specialist Maths both have one calculator-free exam.