Subject Selection & Specific Tertiary Course Information

Subject Selection

To start, we recommend that you click here and watch the "Making Smart Subject and Course Choices" clip on YouTube, featuring Mark Furze (Home and Away) and Angela Bishop (Entertainment Reporter, Network Ten). Despite being produced in 2011, it still gives you great suggestions on how to choose your VCE subjects and University/TAFE courses.

In addition, the VTAC (The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) website can be used to aid subject selection using the Course Search tool.  Students can search all courses in Victoria by University/TAFE or by interest area.  Pre requisites, length of courses, ATAR clearly in, subjects studies and subject bonus information is available for each course.

Click on the link to find out more about the following study areas; 

Accounting

 
Art Biology Chemistry
Design 
Technologies
Economics / Business
 
English / English Literature    Geography
Psychology 

 
History Information Technology  LOTE
Legal & Politics

 
Mathematics Physical Sciences Performing Arts
Physics

 
Texts & Traditions    

The following steps can help you start planning your VCE program

  • STEP 1 - List your present career aspirations
  • STEP 2 - Use the Job Guide to identify courses needed to enter the career(s).
  • STEP 3 - Classify the courses into their field of study.
  • STEP 4 - Refer to the General guideline section below showing the range of prerequisites needed for courses in specific fields of study. Check the Tertiary Entrance Requirements document (called VICTER) We will give you a copy in July.
  • STEP 5 - Make a list of studies to consider. Include studies you are interested in, those that you have strengths in, and those that you will need for prerequisites in your areas of interest.

Prerequisites Guidelines

*Please note that this is a list of GENERAL guidelines to the range of pre-requisites required for courses in the following fields of study.  It is your responsibility to refer to the VICTER2019 (Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements for students in year 10 in 2017.  Click here if you are in year 11, 2017) and read the advice in the VTAC publication YEAR 10 GUIDE. This information is to give you a quick summary;

 

  • Agriculture, Animal Studies and Natural Resources Prerequisites range from courses requiring Maths Methods, Chemistry and one of Physics, additional Maths, Biology to those with no prerequisites.
  • Architecture, Building and Planning Prerequisites range from courses requiring Maths Methods to those with no prerequisites.
  • Art, Craft, Music, Dance and Drama  A few courses select on ATAR but often folios and/or interviews are required. Choose studies to develop your skills and folio
  • Business, Economics, Administration and Sales A few courses require Maths Methods. Many courses require Further Maths or no Maths
  • Computing and Information Systems  A few courses require Maths Methods plus a Science. Many courses require Maths Methods, others have no prerequisites. There are a wide variety of courses. See also Engineering, Science and Business fields.
  • Education Prerequisites depend on the specialisation. However, the minimum of two units 1&2 Maths are needed for most teaching courses, and also for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. 
  • Engineering and Related Technologies and Surveying Maximum required is Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry and Physics. There are a wide variety of prerequisites including Maths Methods; some courses require Further Maths only 
  • Health, Community and Welfare Services Maximum required is Maths Methods, Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Specialist Maths. Prerequisites vary between universities. Some courses have no prerequisites
  • Hospitality, Tourism, Transport and Personal Services Some courses require a maths, others have no prerequisites
  • Humanities and Social Sciences English
  • Law and Securities English
  • Manufacturing and Processing Most courses require Maths Methods; a few courses require Specialist Maths
  • Science Many courses require Maths Methods, and one of (or two of) Chemistry, Physics, Biology and an additional Maths.

 

Specific Tertiary Course Information

Where possible resources made available in addition to the VTAC Website, generally form the Tertiary Institutions themselves, will be provided in this section for student research.

Course information can be found by going to the following link: Tertiary Courses

 

 

VCE Extension Studies in 2018

  • Deakin University – Deakin Accelerate

Deakin Accelerate is a distinctive VCE higher education program that allows students to study two first-year university subjects during Year 12.  Studying one subject per trimester, this selective program gives students a head-start into university studies and also provides a potential boost to their all-important ATAR score.
Besides the challenge of taking on a university subject, this subject will also count as part of the VCE and contribute towards the ATAR as the fifth or sixth subject.  There are no tuition fees for Deakin Accelerate.
 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2018 VCE ACCELERATE PROGRAM - Deakin

Applications open

Now open

Applications close

15 December 2017

Offers

19 January 2018 (at the very latest)

Find out more, including the subjects on offer, at Deakin Accelerate

  • La Trobe University - VCE Plus Program

VCE Plus is an opportunity for high achieving Year 11 VCE students to complete a pair of first-year university subjects in their Year 12, and have them recognised as part of their VCE.  Students enrolled in VCE Plus choose one subject per semester.  VCE Plus is offered at all La Trobe campuses and subjects are delivered online, face-to-face, or a combination of both.  There may be fees associated with the VCE Plus Program. 
 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2018 VCE PLUS PROGRAM – La Trobe

Applications open     

Now open

Applications close

24 November 2017

Sem. 2 Year 11 results due to the university

15 December 2017

Final Day for Acceptance of Offers

31 December 2017

Find out more, including the subjects on offer at VCE Plus Program

  • Monash University - Extension Studies

Monash Extension Studies allows high achieving Year 12 students to get a taste of university before finishing school - and be rewarded for it.  Students complete a pair of first year university subjects as part of their final year school studies, allowing them to extend and enhance their learning in an area of interest.  Students also received credit towards their ATAR.  There will be fees associated with the Extension Studies Program.

 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2018 EXTENSION STUDIES - Monash

Applications open     

1 October 2017

All applications close

11 December 2017

Year 11 results due to the university

11 December 2017**

Offers released

January 2018

                                                                    ** if you want to know the outcome of your application by the end of 2017

Find out more, including the subjects on offer, at Extension Studies
 

  • RMIT University – VCE Extension

RMIT’s VCE Extension allows Year 12 students to undertake university subjects while completing their VCE.  These courses are VCAA-accredited towards VCE results and students may be eligible for credit in a related RMIT program.

Students will get a taste of university life, they attend lectures and study on campus with full access to all the services and facilities enjoyed by RMIT students.  VCE Extension subjects are taught at the City campus and are counted towards students VCE and provide a boost to their ATAR.  RMIT charges no fees for RMIT Extension courses.


 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2018 HIGHER EDUCATION STUDIES - RMIT

Applications open     

Now open

All applications close

December 2017

Year 11 results due to the university

December 2017

Offers released

Early January 2018

 

Find out more, including the subjects on offer, at VCE Extension

 

  • University of Melbourne – Extension Program

The Extension Program is an opportunity for high achieving Year 12 students to study a university subject whilst at school which counts towards their ATAR, as well as experience university life.  The University of Melbourne does not charge any fees for participation in the Extension Program. 

 

 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2018 EXTENSION PROGRAM – University of Melbourne

Applications open     

Now open

Applications close

15 December 2017

Year 11 results due to the university

2 December 2017

Offers released

17 – 19 January 2018


Find out more, including the subjects on offer, at Extension Program

 

 

 

 

 

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