About the VCE Vocational Major

Learn more about the VCE VM and where it can take you.

There’s a new way to get your VCE

The VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) is a two-year applied learning program that’s part of the VCE.

You will get skills for work and life and hands-on experience in one or more industries, finishing school with an employability edge.

Your teachers will assess your progress through a range of activities. Your only exam is the General Achievement Test (GAT) (Part A only).

The four VCE VM study areas use a different form of assessment to other VCE studies. The assessment is completed by your teacher in class, who’ll support you to achieve the requirements.

VCE VM subjects don’t receive a study score, so they won’t count towards an ATAR.

The VCE VM is a great choice if you prefer to learn in a real-world environment and don’t need an ATAR.

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Where the VCE VM can take you

The VCE VM will help you prepare for:

  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • further education and training
  • university, through alternative entry programs
  • going straight into the workforce.

Your VCE VM subject options

To complete the VCE VM, you need to successfully complete at least 16 units. This needs to include:

  • 3 VCE VM Literacy or VCE English units (including a Unit 3 and 4 sequence)
  • 2 VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics units
  • 2 VCE VM Work Related Skills units
  • 2 VCE VM Personal Development Skills units
  • 3 other Unit 3 and 4 sequences of your choice
  • VET at a Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours).

You could also spend time learning in a workplace as part of your VET. This is known as Structured Workplace Learning Recognition.

You can add other VCE studies to your VCE VM program.

What you’ll get

When you finish your studies, you’ll get:

  • a Statement of Results from the VCAA
  • a Statement of Attainment from your VET training provider (if you completed any VET units)
  • your VET qualification (if you completed one)
  • your Victorian Certificate of Education with the additional words ‘Vocational Major’.

Students who don’t complete the certificate will receive a Student Achievement Profile summary that lists all their achievements.

More information

Talk to your school’s careers counsellor to find out if the VCE VM is right for you.

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