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VCE0000001 Victorian Certificate of Education


Next intake July 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 2 years

Course description

Are you a young person looking to complete senior secondary school in an alternative setting, or are you mature-age and would like to return to study? If you are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for your learning, our VCE courses could be the answer for you. Our small class sizes offer great one-on-one opportunities with teachers in a supportive, adult learning environment without class bells or uniforms. A VETDSS in Schools study may form a part of this study package.

The VCE offers a direct pathway to university and can provide you with an ATAR.

More questions?

Check out the VCE FAQs.

Duration options

VCE is a two-year course. Adults returning to study can complete their VCE in one year (if you are at least 18 years of age and have been out of secondary education for at least one year). VCE Year 11 is only offered as a full-time course.

Note on fees

Fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate for each unit of study (subject).

  • Maximum total Year 11 hours: 1100
  • Maximum total Year 12 hours: 900

Resources and levies are extra, and depend on your subject choices. See the information under Fees below for a more detailed breakdown.

Possible career outcomes

Satisfactory completion of these units contributes to an accredited VCE certificate and leads you to further education in your chosen career.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Full-time: 2 years  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • Applicants for Year 11 must have completed Year 10 or equivalent.      
  • Applicants for Year 12 must have completed 8 Units from Year 11 VCE or VM.
  • Youth aged 15-16 who under the Education and Training Reform Act must still be engaged in full time education or combined education and employment of at least 24 hours per week and do not want to (or cannot) continue their education in mainstream secondary schools will need to get approval from the Department of Education by completing the relevant Exemption from school form.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Year 11 Code Hours
English 1 EN011 125
English 2 EN012 125
Mathematics: General Mathematics 1 MA071 125
Mathematics: General Mathematics 2 MA072 125
Work Related Skills Unit 1 WR031 100
Core Units Year 12 Code Hours
English 3 EN013 100
English 4 EN014 100
Skills For Further Study Senior SFS031 100
Elective Units Year 11 Code Hours
Biology 1 BI011 100
Biology 2 BI022 100
Health And Human Development 1 HH011 100
Health And Human Development 2 HH022 100
Legal Studies 1 LS011 100
Legal Studies 2 LS022 100
Outdoor And Environmental Studies 1 OS011 100
Outdoor And Environmental Studies 2 OS022 100
Psychology 1 PY011 100
Psychology 2 PY022 100
Elective Units Year 12 Code Hours
Biology 3 BI033 100
Biology 4 BI034 100
English (ESL) 3 EN093 100
English (ESL) 4 EN094 100
Health And Human Development 3 HH033 100
Health And Human Development 4 HH034 100
Legal Studies 3 LS033 100
Legal Studies 4 LS034 100
Mathematics: Further Mathematics 3 MA073 100
Mathematics: Further Mathematics 4 MA074 100
Outdoor And Environmental Studies 3 OS033 100
Outdoor And Environmental Studies 4 OS034 100
Psychology 3 PY033 100
Psychology 4 PY034 100


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
  • Oral presentations and problem-solving

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.46 per hour 2000 AUD $920.00 AUD $16,000.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.28 per hour 2000 AUD $4,560.00 AUD $16,000.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.12 per hour 2000 AUD $22,240.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Year 12 Materials AUD $140.00 Once
Resources AUD $300.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $300.00
Year 11 Excursion AUD $150.00 Unit OS011 - Outdoor & Environmental Studies 1
Year 11 Excusrion AUD $150.00 Unit OS022 - Outdoor & Environmental Studies 2
Year 12 Excursion AUD $150.00 Unit OS033 - Outdoor & Environmental Studies 3
Year 12 Excursion AUD $150.00 Unit OS034 - Outdoor & Environmental Studies 4
Year 11 Materials AUD $160.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 17/06/2024 12:01:06 PM