VCE PREPARATION

VCE

I have tutored many VCE students over the years in all English units, and have become extremely familiar with the materials and requirements for each unit. When seeking a tutor for VCE, it’s important that you choose someone who is extremely knowledgeable with each unit. I treat VCE with the same level of responsibility as a student (or a parent), and that means I read and analyse each set of curriculum texts and topics in each unit.

I believe in encouraging students to break each requirement into separate stages each week, as we progress through each area. I also supply text models, step-by-step guidelines, sample responses and numerous activities to develop students’ confidence with all types of writing and oral presentations.

If you are a secondary student preparing to sit your VCE units, you may need to achieve particular study scores in your studies and have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to get into university or TAFE. For Units 1 and 2 you will receive either S (Satisfactory), or N (Non-Satisfactory). Your school may give you a grade for each unit, but only the S counts towards your VCE. For Units 3 and 4 you will have grades calculated from A+ to E, UG (Ungraded), or NA (Not Assessed) for your assessment tasks, as well as an S or N. There are three graded assessments for each VCE study at Unit 3 and 4 level. All VCE VET programs with scored assessment have two graded assessments. Depending on the study, these may be School-based Assessments and/or external assessments.

During our lessons you can expect the following:

  • Strategies, support and guidelines for writing analytical, creative and comparative text responses
  • Key elements and conventions of all text types set for Area of Study 1: novels, short stories, films, plays, poetry and non-fiction
  • A wide range of texts with rich visual material for Area of Study 2, drawn from print, broadcast and online media
  • Definitions, examples and analyses that demonstrate how argument and language work together to persuade
  • Guidelines for delivering an effective oral presentation and writing a statement of intention
  • Assessment sheets for all SACs, with sample criteria based on the VCAA performance descriptors.

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VCE English 2018

• English/English as an Additional Language
• English Language
• Foundation English†
• Literature
• Bridging English as an Additional Language†

The VCE is a senior secondary certificate that provides pathways to tertiary education, advanced certificate courses and the workforce. It is a world class credential that enables students to study a broad range of subjects and is recognised nationally and internationally. Most students in Victoria receive their VCE when they complete secondary schooling. Many students outside
Australia also study the VCE, with students in China,
Vanuatu, Timor Leste and Philippines choosing to complete the certificate.

How is the VCE structured?

The VCE course is made up of studies and units, some of which must be studied as a sequence. A study is a subject, for example, English is made up of four units (Units 1, 2, 3 and 4), each of which is a semester in length. For most students, VCE is completed over two years. Students typically study Units 1 and 2 in their first year, and Units 3 and 4 in their second year. You can study Unit 1 or Unit 2 of a subject as stand-alone units. However, you must enrol in Units 3 and 4 of a study as a sequence. This sequence needs to be completed in the same year if a study score is to be calculated. Students usually study from 20 to 24 units (five or six studies) in Years 11 and 12. You can take longer than two years to finish VCE if you need to. Some students start VCE in Year 10, and some study Units 3 and 4 in Year 11.

You should talk to your teachers or careers counsellor about how to structure your VCE program to best meet your needs.

What do I have to do to achieve my VCE?

To achieve your VCE you must successfully complete 16 units including:
• three units from the English group, two of which must be a Unit 3 and 4 sequence.
• at least three additional Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

Your teacher can explain the differences between the English group studies, or you can find out more about them on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
website.

You can complete the remaining units, including the three sequences at Unit 3 and 4 level, in any study that interests you. This could even be an additional English group study on top of the units you take to meet the minimum English requirement. Your teacher determines if you have satisfactorily completed a unit based on the work you produce and submit and your adherence to VCAA and school rules.

How do I achieve marks in the VCE?

Units 1 and 2 are marked by your school; your teachers will set a range of assessments to see how you are progressing. The assessments have deadlines and you will need to plan and submit your work on time. Deadlines can only be extended in special circumstances. For Units 1 and 2 you will receive either S (Satisfactory), or N (Non-Satisfactory). Your school may give you a grade for each unit, but only the S counts towards your VCE. For Units 3 and 4 you will have grades calculated from A+ to E, UG (Ungraded), or NA (Not Assessed) for your assessment tasks, as well as an S or N. There are three graded assessments for each VCE study at Unit 3 and 4 level. All VCE VET programs with scored assessment have two graded assessments. Depending on the study, these may be School-based Assessments and/or external assessments. School-based Assessments are set by your teacher and include School-assessed Coursework (SAC) that is completed at school, and School-assessed Tasks (SAT) that are completed at school and home. These are marked at your school. The VCAA checks the marks to make sure that all schools in Victoria are marking to the same standard. You can read about the rules for marking/assessment on the VCAA website, or you can ask your teachers.

External assessments are set and marked by the VCAA. They are the same for all students taking the same VCE study. Usually this will be an exam – whether written, oral, performance or in an electronic format. Your external assessments are marked by assessors who are experts in their area of study. All VCE studies are marked to the same standard and there are multiple checks to make sure that marking is fair. Exams are held each year in October and November. You will receive plenty of notice about the exact dates of your exams from your school.

Can I repeat a unit if I receive an N (Non-Satisfactory)?

Yes, you can repeat a VCE unit. There is no penalty for repeating, however, you cannot count a unit more than once towards satisfactory completion of the VCE. If you repeat a unit you must do the full unit, including all assessments for the outcomes.