Somerville Secondary College


The VCE is a senior secondary certificate that provides pathways to tertiary education, advanced certificate courses and the workforce. It is a world-class credential that enables students to study a broad range of subjects. It is recognised nationally and internationally. At Somerville Secondary College we encourage all our students considering a VCE Pathway to begin their VCE in Year 10 by choosing one VCE subject.

How is the VCE structured?

  • The VCE course is made up of studies and units, some of which must be studied as a sequence.
  • A study is a subject, for example, English or Biology. It is made up of four units (Units 1, 2, 3 and 4), each of which is a semester in length.
  • For most students, the VCE is completed over two years. Students typically study Units 1 and 2 in their first year, and Units 3 and 4 in their second year of the VCE. 

The rules for obtaining your VCE

  • To achieve your VCE you must successfully complete 16 units, including:

    • three units from the English group, two of which must be a Unit 3 and 4 sequence.
    • at least three sequences of Unit 3 and 4 studies, which can include further sequences from the English group.

    While it may be possible to vary the number of units you can enrol in, a typical VCE program at Somerville Secondary College is made up of 22 units which are completed over two or 3 years.  Generally twelve units at the unit 1/2 level and ten units at 3/4 level would constitute the normal full time program for most students.

Sample VCE and VET Programs

Example Student A
After finishing school, this student wishes to
complete an Arts Degree. They know they will
need to get an ATAR to gain entry into a course.
They choose the subjects they are best at to help
them to achieve these results. As a result of having
undertaken a Unit 1 & 2 subject in Year 10, they may
complete the Unit 3 & 4 sequence in Year 11.
Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Core Subjects English 1 & 2 English 3 & 4
20th Century History 1 & 2 Revolutions 3 & 4
Legal Studies 1 & 2 Legal Studies 3 & 4
Indonesian 1 & 2 Indonesian 3 & 4
Studio Arts 1 & 2 Studio Arts 3 & 4 Total of 22 Units
Example Student A
After finishing school, this student wishes to
complete a TAFE course in Health Services.
They may not need an ATAR score, but choose
subjects that they have enjoyed the most and will
provide them with the prerequisites for entering
either of the professions they are interested in.
Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Core Subjects English 1 & 2 English 3 & 4
Psychology 1 & 2 Psychology 3 & 4
Biology 1 & 2 Biology 3 & 4
Health & HD 1 & 2 Health & HD 3 & 4
VET Health Services VET Health Services
Total Units 20


  • All
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • LOTE
  • The Arts
  • The Technologies
  • Health and PE

Art Making and Exhibiting

Art Making and Exhibiting (formerly known as Studio Arts) encourages students to develop their potential in creating and presenting artworks. Students use a visual diary …

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The study of Biology focuses on living things from complex multi-cellular to single celled micro-organisms. Students study the relationships between living things, their interactions with …

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Business Management

In studying VCE Business Management, students develop knowledge and skills that enhance their confidenceand ability to participate effectively as socially responsible and ethical members, managers …

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Chemistry is a key science in understanding the workings of our universe. It is used to explain natural phenomena at the molecular level as well …

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The study of Drama focuses on the creation and performance of characters and stories in naturalistic and non-naturalistic ways. Students draw on a range of …

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The study of English enables students to extend their English language skills through thinking, listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing. Students develop their ability to …

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Food Studies

VCE Food Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of food, with an emphasis on extending food knowledge and skills and building individual pathways …

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Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics has a strong emphasis on using Mathematics in data analysis, business modelling and everyday practical contexts. Students are expected to be able to …

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General Mathematics

The areas of study for Unit 1 and 2 of General Mathematics are ‘Data Analysis’, ‘Graphs of Linear and Non-Linear Relations’, ‘Arithmetic and Number’, ‘Decision …

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