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Information about the VCE Baccalaureate

The VCE (Baccalaureate) will be awarded to eligible students from 2014 onwards. This is to support the Victorian Government’s objectives to encourage more students to include LOTEs and higher level mathematics in their senior secondary program of study.

Rationale for the introduction of this award:

The introduction of this new form of recognition is not a new or alternative instrument for tertiary selection. Rather, it is designed to provide recognition of and a further incentive for students to make the choice to undertake the demands of studying both a higher level of Mathematics and a language in addition to English as part of their senior secondary program.

As an initiative to strengthen enrolment in Languages and intermediate and advanced level calculus-based Mathematics, it has been widely welcomed by Victorian higher education institutions. Victoria’s future economic growth will depend on our capacity for innovation. The study of intermediate and advanced level calculus-based Mathematics equips students with both higher-order thinking skills and the technical knowledge of Mathematics needed to enable innovation in science and technology. The study of languages provides students  with deep intercultural understanding and the capacity to communicate with  ease and efficiency across language divides. At present, while Victoria has  the highest participation rate in languages education of any state or territory  in Australia, less than 20 per cent of senior secondary students currently  include the study of a language in addition to English in their program of  study. The award of the VCE (Baccalaureate) will recognise that students have  chosen to undertake a course of study that includes both these elements.

Further information is provided in the VCE Baccalaureate Frequently Asked Questions Sheet which has been published by the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment  Authority. (Click the red hyperlink above to download.)

Eligibility for the award of the VCE Baccalaureate:

To be eligible for the award of the VCE (Baccalaureate), students will be required to meet the normal requirements for the satisfactory completion of the VCE and:

  • satisfactorily complete a Units 3 & 4 sequence from English or Literature with a minimum study score of 30 or English as an Additional Language (EAL) with a minimum study score of 33 and;
  • satisfactorily complete a Units 3 & 4 sequence in either Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics and;
  • satisfactorily complete a Units 3 & 4 sequence in a VCE LOTE study.

Completing the VCE Baccalaureate at St Monica's College:

Students must select a minimum of one subject from the following two groups (in addition to the VCE English requirements above):

Mathematics Requirement:


LOTE Requirement:

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