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VCE Acceleration at Year 10

pdf icon Application to Accelerate a Unit 1-2 Subject.pdf


VCE students can include a maximum of six subjects in the calculation of their ATAR score.  Particularly able students who meet specific selection criteria can achieve this by studying a Unit 1 and 2 subject in Year 10 and the Unit 3 and 4 of that subject in Year 11. In some subjects it is also possible to study a Unit 3 and 4 in Year 11 without having studied the subject at Unit 1 and 2 level.

VCE students may also qualify for University Extension Study in some subjects if in Year 11 they achieve a study score of around 41 in a relevant VCE Unit 3 and 4 sequence and excellent results in all their other subjects.

There are potential advantages to be gained by completing a VCE subject in Year 11.

  • Exposure to the VCE program in Year 10.
  • A path of extension and challenge.

Students wishing to apply to study a Unit 1 and 2 when they are in Year 10 are required to submit an application that shows they meet the following criteria:

  • Performance at a consistently high level in all subjects, NAPLAN and other testing which may be available. As a guide, students need to achieve results which place them in the top 20% of students in each measure.
  • Demonstrated good organisation and motivation to succeed.
  • Demonstrated strengths in the subject area of the proposed Unit 1 and 2 subject.

Students who accelerate a subject must complete five subjects in Year 12. An Application to Accelerate Year 11 VCE Subject in 2018 form (above) must be submitted, along with a completed Subject Selection Planning Sheet, to the Middle School Curriculum Office by 8.30am on Monday 30 July 2018.

Although it is possible to accelerate study in the VCE there are a number of reasons why it is not in the best interests of all students to undertake accelerated study. In particular, a student could be disadvantaged if they experience difficulty studying an accelerated unit or concentrate on that subject, thereby undermining their overall program and preparation for study of Unit 3 and 4 subjects in Year 12. In this situation students are advised to consolidate their preparation in all subjects in order to gain an extra mark or two in each of their Unit 3 and 4 studies in Year 12, rather than chasing three or four marks in the form of a 10% score from one Unit 3 and 4 subject.

A study score of 40 contributes the same increment to an ATAR as one extra point in each of your ‘primary four’ Year 12 subjects. Across Victoria 9% of results in each subject will be 40 or above.

Students who apply to accelerate a Year 11 VCE subject need to understand there will be an impact on their Year 10 program. Year 11 classes continue during the eight day Year 10 Outdoor Education block and the eight day Year 10 Enrichment Program. Students are responsible for making up for lost time and Year 11 classes missed. Depending on the Year 11 subject being studied, students may not be able to take part in all aspects of the traditional Year 10 core subject program when completing a Year 11 subject ahead of time. Students may also miss elements of the end of Year 9 program in order to attend a transition program for their Year 11 subject.

Year 9 students may apply to study the VCE Unit 1 and 2 subjects below.

  • Accounting
  • Australian and Global Politics
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese as a Second Language*
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • French*
  • Geography
  • German*
  • Health and Human Development
  • History: Ancient and Modern
  • Indonesian*
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Methods*
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • ​Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Studies

* Subject to testing to assess students prior learning

Students approved to accelerate a Year 11 VCE Science must also study one of Year 10 Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics (but not the Science which they are studying at Year 11 level).

Calculation of the ATAR Score

Study Scores are calculated out of 50. The ATAR score is calculated by ranking students according to the sum of their scaled Study Score for English (English as a Second Language, English Language or English Literature), their next best three permissible scaled Study Scores and 10% of the scaled Study Score of up to two more subjects.

University Enhancement Study is an attractive option for some students because it is usually delivered after school one afternoon a week, may give students credit toward a university degree, and can contribute toward a student's aggregate when calculating the ATAR score.

Please note: Some tertiary courses specify certain subjects which must be studied included in the primary four scores used to calculate a student's ATAR. Students who undertake accelerated subjects in Year 10 are well prepared for their subject should they later choose to study an IB course.