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Frequently Asked Questions |  VCE VM

Information for VCE VM students and their parents

Vital information for parents and students can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).  Please refer to their website for further details.

Why would I choose to do VCE VM instead of the VCE?

The VCE is a good option for students who would like to go on to further education at university. However, you might feel that this is not the right option for you. The VCE VM is an accredited senior secondary school qualification undertaken in Years 11 and 12. The VCE VM is based on hands-on learning, also known as applied learning. If you choose to do the VM as part of the VCE, you will gain practical experience and employability skills, as well as the skills you will need to go onto further training in the workplace or at a TAFE.

When and where can I do VCE VM?

You can begin your VCE VM program in Years 11 or 12 of secondary school. The VCE VM is also available at most TAFE institutes and a number of Adult Community Education (ACE) centres.

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. You begin the VCE VM at a level suitable to your learning needs. Your teacher or Careers Officer will be able to help you decide which level is suitable for you.

How long would VCE VM take me to complete?

Regardless of the VCE VM level you choose, your learning program would normally take one year to complete.

What do you get after successfully completing VCE VM?

If you successfully complete your learning program, you will receive a VCE Certificate (Vocational Major). You will also get a Statement of Results, listing all VCE and VM units, and a Statement of Attainment for VET or Further Education courses. These will list all units and modules you have successfully completed as part of your VCE VM program.

I have already started a VET certificate.  Will this count towards my VCE VM?

Yes. You should speak with your teacher or Careers Officer to work out how much of your prior study counts towards your VCE VM and to plan the remainder of your VCE VM learning program.

Can I work part-time and/or continue an apprenticeship while enrolled in VCE VM?

You can gain recognition and credit for part-time work while enrolled in the VCE VM This work can include: - part-time apprenticeship or traineeship. - work placements. - Students are not permitted to undertake their personal paid part-time work during their school day.

Can I swap to VCE if I change my mind?

You must discuss this with VCE VM and VCE Coordinators if you wish to pursue this option.

How is VCE VM assessed?

All units in your VCE VM program are assessed by your teacher and/or registered training organisation (RTO). You must successfully achieve each learning outcome in each unit or module of your VCE VM program. VCE, other VET and accredited courses/ certificates are assessed in accordance with existing requirements. Your teacher will explain the requirements to meet the learning outcomes for VCE VM units.

Do I need to sit for the General Achievement Test (GAT)?

The GAT is a test of knowledge and skills in writing, mathematics, science and technology, humanities and social sciences and the arts. It is undertaken by all students doing one or more VCE Unit 3 and 4 sequences. Students doing a scored VCE VET Unit 3–4 sequence will also be required to sit the GAT. Students can choose to sit the GAT if it is appropriate to their pathway into further education, training or employment.

Do all VCE Studies contribute to VCE VM?

All VCE studies will contribute to a VCE VM learning program. Studies that meet the purpose statement of one of the VCE VM curriculum strands will meet the eligibility requirements of that strand. For example, a VCE Maths unit will meet the eligibility requirement for the VCE VM Numeracy. Other VCE studies that do not meet the purpose statement of a VCE VM strand will contribute as General Credits – that is they will form part of the minimum units required to qualify for a VCE VM.

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