VCE Studies


The VCE is a two year or four semester course during which students are required to complete a minimum of 16 semester-length units of study. Each unit involves 100 hours of study, of which about half are provided in formal classroom situations.

To be awarded their VCE, students must satisfactorily complete at least:

3 Units of any English subject, including Units 3 and 4
3 Two-Unit 3/4 sequences other than English.

Note: 2 of the Unit 3/4 sequences can be a VET or SbAT

A VCE course chosen by students will consist of compulsory and interest based studies. English is a compulsory study, and students must choose a minimum of five other interest based subjects. Students may choose all Humanities/Arts or all Science/Maths or a mixture of both.
Students may develop an appropriate course of study from:

Arts and Humanities
Health and Human Development
Legal Studies
LOTE (Japanese)
Music (Solo and Group Performance)
Outdoor and Environmental Studies
Studio Arts
Visual Communication Design

Mathematics, Sciences and Technology
Agriculture – Horticulture
Product Design Technology
Food Technology
Information Systems Technology
Foundation Maths
General Mathematics/Further Mathematics
Mathematical Methods (CAS)
Specialist Mathematics
Physical Education


Year 11 Units 1 and 2 will be assessed and reported on the VCE Certificate as S or N (satisfactory or not satisfactory) based on the satisfactory completion of all work requirements as set out in the study design for each unit. Covenant will also issue their own Year 11 reports, which give grades (A+ to E) and/or descriptive statements about the students School Assessed Coursework (SAC) and examinations.
Year 12 Units will also be assessed S or N on the basis of the satisfactory completion of all work requirements. There will be a number of School Assessed Coursework (SACs) in each unit, which will be graded A+ to E. Covenant will report these grades in both a mid-year and end of year report. The reports are written with the understanding that all grades may be moderated and standardised by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority), so the grades are indicative only.

All students undertaking a Year 12 subject (Unit 3/4) are required to sit a mandatory General Achievement Test (GAT) held in June each year. The GAT is an essential part of VCE assessment procedures, and is used to check the accuracy of School Assessed Tasks, SACs and examinations.

Distance Education Subjects
A number of subjects may be offered by the College via Distance Education. This will enable students to expand their choices in subjects which are not offered on Campus. However, students must consult the VCE Co-ordinator when considering these. Parents must be supportive and students must be committed to Distance Education for these studies to work, as they require extra personal discipline. There is an extra cost incurred with this subject option.