VCE Programs

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is responsible for the design and administration of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). At St. Peter’s College, a student’s two year program in the Victorian Certificate of Education must include:

  • At least two units of VCE Religious Studies
  • At least four units which meet the English Requirement

Requirements for the Award of the VCE

A student will be awarded the VCE if they satisfactorily complete at least 16 units, including:

  • At least three units of English, including Units 3 or 4. The three units of English may be selected from VCE English/ESL Units 1-4, English Language Units 3 and 4 and Literature Units 1 – 4. Foundation
  • English can contribute two units to the three unit English requirements
    At least three Unit 3 and 4 sequences of studies other than English

Students moving from Year 10 to VCE should consider their options very carefully.  Because many students are not absolutely sure about their career and study directions beyond Year 12, they would be well advised ‘to keep their options open’ by choosing a balanced program.

Requirements for the Award of the VCE

Year 11 students study Unit 1 of Religion and Society or Youth Ministry across the whole year. Year 12 students do have the option of studying Unit 3 & 4 Religion and Society.  The Year 12 course involves a study of Religion and Society Unit 2, Ethics.

VCE students at St. Peters College also participate in a broader Religious Education program which covers a range of material. This will include consideration of Faith Issues, Retreats, Christian Morality, the Sacraments, Spirituality and Prayer.

Serious consideration should be given to selecting a program of studies where the units relate well to one another.

  • As a general rule, our students should plan to complete all four VCE units in each study which is crucial to their teriary aspirations
  • Any student who is considering University Studies beyond Year 12 should consider completing Units 3 & 4 sequences (a Year 12 Subject) in Year 11. The main advantage of doing this is that our students could boost their ATAR by completing this sixth VCE Unit 3 & 4 sequence.

The table below represents how this could be achieved:


RE + English Unit 1 + Unit 1 + Unit 1 + Unit 1 + Unit 1 RE + English Unit 3 + Unit 3 + Unit 3 + Unit 3 + Unit 3
+English Unit 2 + Unit 2 + Unit 2 + Unit 2 + Unit 2 +English Unit 4 + Unit 4 + Unit 4 + Unit 4 + Unit 4
This makes a total of 22 units across two years

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