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New direction for VCE students

The Victorian Government has outlined changes to both VCE and VCAL that will come into place next year.

DARREN LINTON December 16, 2013 4:37am

This year’s VCE graduates will get their results today, but the shape of the final years of secondary education will change significantly for future students.

The Victorian Government has announced changes to VCE and VCAL, which will operate from next year.

Education Minister Martin Dixon said the changes included the introduction of a VCE Baccalaureate as a new form of recognition of achievement within the VCE qualification.

Industry pathways will be introduced as a new form of recognition of achievement, which will engage industry partners to develop the curriculum and offer work placement.

New measures to encourage the study of Chinese and a review of English, mathematics, science and history were also announced.

‘‘This week, more than 170000 students participating in the VCE and VCAL will receive their results,’’ Mr Dixon said.

‘‘We are always looking to improve and develop our senior secondary certificates. An exciting initiative that is already drawing great interest internationally is the exploration of a northern hemisphere academic VCE,’’ Mr Dixon said.

‘‘These initiatives reflect the government’s determination to ensure Victoria continues as a global leader in senior secondary education.’’

The new VCE Baccalaureate will support the objective to encourage more students to include languages and higher-level mathematics in their senior secondary program of study.

To gain the VCE Baccalaureate, students will need to complete their VCE and include units in English, literature or English language, mathematics methods or specialist mathematics, and a VCE language.

Through partnerships between schools and industry, students will be able to experience work placement opportunities, initially in the areas of building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, community services and health, and sport and recreation.

Mr Dixon said the review of VCE subjects in the learning areas of English, history, mathematics and science meant Victoria had the opportunity to examine the recently developed Australian curriculum, as well as the world’s highest performing jurisdictions.

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