Wesley College Melbourne Australia

Victorian Certificate of Education

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the certificate that the majority of students in Victoria receive on satisfactory completion of their secondary education.

The curriculum structure at Wesley College allows students to complete a VCE program over Years 10, 11 and 12. Students at Wesley College complete a program that consists of at least 22 units.

Students are required to complete, satisfactorily, a minimum of 16 units, including:

  • At least three units from the study of English
  • A sequence of Units 3 & 4 in three other studies apart from the compulsory English

Year 11 students study:

  • Units 1 & 2 of English, Literature or English as a Second Language 
  • Ten other units: these units will usually be at Units 1 & 2 level, but it is possible to study at Units 3 & 4 level, provided the appropriate selection criteria are met

At Glen Waverley campus, students also have the option of Units 1 and 2 English Language as well as English, Literature or ESL (and it is possible to study a combination of them).

Year 11 students may study a VCE subject at a Units 3 & 4 level if they are well organised and academically suited. Before a student is accepted for a Units 3 & 4 study in Year 11, the student must achieve a B grade average in all subjects studied in Year 10.

There are benefits to be gained from studying a Units 3 & 4 subject while in Year 11. Study of a Units 3 & 4 subject enables students to:

  • Experience study at this level before entering a “full” Year 12 study program
  • Study a sixth subject, which may be of advantage for tertiary entrance purposes 
  • Lay a foundation for study of a university extension subject

Prospective Year 11 students may undertake studies in one Units 3 & 4 level study, but must first consult with their current teacher, the appropriate Head of Learning and Careers Counsellor.

Year 12 students study:

  • Units 3 & 4 of English, Literature or English as a Second Language
  • Four other subjects of Units 3 & 4

Year 12 students also have the option of studying a first year university subject through Monash University or The University of Melbourne, provided they satisfy the particular university's selection criteria.

The VCE is accepted for entry to leading Australian and international universities, subject to entry policies set by each university. The VCE is an internationally recognised pre-tertiary qualification.
Top ranking universities around the world accept the VCE and the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) score in applications for undergraduate admissions.

All decisions regarding a students’ selection of an academic program are made in consultation with Senior School staff. The students’ level of English will be taken into consideration when making final decisions.