425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road, Emerald, VIC 3782

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Emerald Secondary College
Access to Excellence


Victorian Certificate of Education

The senior school offers a number of pathways to students to help them achieve their preferred goal when they complete their studies at Emerald.

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Vocational Education and Training Program (VET)
  • Australian School Based Apprenticeship Program

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

The Victorian Certificate of Education is a certificate of achievement issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) on behalf of the Department of Education. This certificate is normally undertaken over a two-year period and usually consists of 22 semester length units. However, for some students, taking the VCE over a three year period may be advisable, particularly if they choose a subject which involves some work placement or vocational training.

To be awarded the VCE students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units (a unit is a subject that runs for one semester). Of the 16 units completed satisfactorily, the following must be included:

  • At least three units of English (may be taken from Units 1-4 of English, Units 1-4 of Literature or Units 1 and 2 of Foundation English)
  • An English/Literature study Unit 3/4 sequence is required for a student to receive an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
  • At least three Unit 3/4 sequences other than English

The member of staff responsible for curriculum development is Jason Nicholas (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.)

2019 Senior School Course selection Guide

VCE VCAL Student Handbook 2018

Application to Accelerate 1 VCE Study 2019

Application to Accelerate 2 VCE Studies 2019

Application to Accelerate VET Study 2019

2019 VCAL Program Application

Application to Continue to Accelerate 1 VCE Study 2019

Application to Continue to Accelerate 2 VCE Studies 2019