Structure of the VCE
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
Baccalaureate Frequently Asked Questions Sheet which has been published by
the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. (Click the red hyperlink above
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
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):