Choosing the correct VCE certification pathway is individualised and dependent on the aspirations of the individual student. At Box Hill Senior Secondary we offer a variety of options for students dependent on their chosen program, pathway, and career interests.  The diagram below highlights ways in which students are able to gain their Victorian Certificate of Education.

VCE is usually completed over two years.  At Box Hill Senior Secondary College students must ensure that they meet the following conditions in order to be eligible for the Victorian Certificate of Education

  • In Year 11 you will undertake six (6) Units in Semester 1 and six (6) Units in Semester 2 making a total of twelve (12) units across the year.
  • In Year 11, you must undertake at least two (2) Units from the English group (EnglishEALLiterature)
  • In Year 12 you will undertake five (5) Unit 3 and 4 sequences making a total of ten (10) units.
  • In Year 12 one of the sequences of units MUST be from the English group (EnglishEALLiterature).

The Victorian Certificate of Education requires a student to have satisfactorily met at least 16 units which must include:

  • Three (3) units of an English subject from the English Group (English, English Language, Literature and EAL) including the satisfactory completion of the Unit 3 and 4 sequences.
  • At least three (3) sequences of Units 3 & 4 studies in addition to the Unit 3 & 4 sequence from the English group, which may include any number of English sequences once the English requirement has been met.

VCE Vocational Major (VM) & Vocational Pathways Certificate (VPC)

All students must complete an expression of interest and attend an interview to ensure vocational units of study are aligned to their desired pathway. The decision to undertake the VCE VM or VPC should consider the student’s:

  • Strengths and interests
  • Vocational goals and envisaged pathways
  • Preferred learning style
  • Readiness for participation in structured workplace learning
  • Ability to secure and satisfactorily complete formal vocational education and
  • Leadership capabilities


Students will attend formal classes at school three days per week, complete their VETiS course either on site or externally one day per week and undertake a day of structured workplace learning one day per week. Students that elect to enrol in an additional subject, VCE subject or an elite sport program will undertake structured workplace learning in a two-week block.

Integrated Curriculum With an Applied Learning Focus

Students will apply the appropriate literacy, numeracy, personal development and work-related skills to a variety of community-based projects. Students will have some agency to negotiate the topics they will focus on relevant to their vocational goals and envisaged pathways. Topics may include; health and wellbeing, sustainability, travel and tourism, the world of work and future finances for example.

Satisfactory Achievement

To achieve a VCE VM students must satisfactorily complete 16 units including:

  • Three Literacy units or VCE English units, two of which must be a Unit 3 and 4 sequence
  • At least three additional Unit 3 and 4 sequences
  • Two Numeracy units or VCE Mathematics units
  • Two Work Related Skills units
  • Two Personal Development Skills units and
  • 180 hours of VET at Certificate II level or above

Students may include other VCE units timetable permitting. Students should refer to the VCE and VCE VM subject descriptions for further detail about each unit.

Year 11 and 12 students that may not be able to participate in the VCE VM may undertake the VPC. To achieve a VPC students must complete at least 12 units including:

  • 2 Literacy units
  • 2 Numeracy units
  • 2 Work Related Skills units and
  • 2 Personal Development Skills units

The VPC will not be suitable for all students and should be undertaken by students on an as-needs basis. Students who complete a VPC will be awarded a Victorian Pathways Certificate and not a VCE.

Application forms for VM and VPC are available from the college.

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