About VCE Vocational Major

The VCE now includes the Vocational Major, a new two-year program that sits within the VCE.

There is a new way to get your Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

The VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) is a 2-year applied learning program that sits within the VCE.

You’ll get hands-on experience in one or more industries, and finish school with an employability edge.

It’s a great choice if you prefer to learn in a real-world environment and don’t need an ATAR.

Where it will take you

The VCE VM is a pathway into:

  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships
  • further education and training
  • university (through alternative entry programs)
  • employment.

How to get it

You must successfully finish at least 16 units, including:

  • VCE VM Literacy or VCE English
  • VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics
  • VCE VM Work Related Skills
  • VCE VM Personal Development Skills
  • VET at a Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours).

You can also:

  • spend time learning in the workplace, through Structured Workplace Learning recognition
  • add other VCE studies to your program.

Fewer exams

Your only exam is the General Achievement Test (GAT).

Your teachers will assess your progress through a range of activities.

VCE VM studies are not scored in the same way as other VCE studies, so these subjects won’t count towards an ATAR.

VCE VM studies

Available to VCE VM students only:

  • VCE VM Literacy
  • VCE VM Numeracy
  • VCE VM Work Related Skills
  • VCE VM Personal Development Skills

Study options


  • † Units 1 and 2 only
  • * Units 3 and 4 only

Ask your school career counsellor about the studies your school offers.

What you will get

  • Your Victorian Certificate of Education with the additional words ‘Vocational Major’
  • A Statement of Results from the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority), listing all the units you were enrolled in and completed
  • A Statement of Attainment from your TAFE or RTO for the VET units you completed, and your VET qualification if you completed it.

VCE VM students pathway

More information

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