How Many VCE Subjects Can you Do?

25 August 2021
Posted in Students, VCE
25 August 2021 The Alchemy Team

It’s never too late to consider the subjects you’re going to take for VCE. There’s a good chance you know what career you want to do in future. This might help you in figuring out what subjects to take for VCE.

It’s important to know how the VCE system works is critical to help you make the right decision. There’s a total of four units that you need to complete in a span of two years. Unit one and two are taken in Year 11 and units three and four are completed in Year 12. Some schools might allow you to take some Units 1 and 2 VCE studies in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 11.

VCE includes a total of more than 90 subjects you can choose from. But you only need 16 subjects. Most of the subjects are made up of four units which the student studies over two years. the subjects are broken down as follows:

  • Foundation English (Units 1 and 2)
  • English (Units 1 to 4)
  • English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4)
  • English Language (Units 1 to 4)
  • Literature Units (Units 1 to 4)

At least one of the English units must be a Unit 3 or 4.

Why not also read: How to do well in VCE

How to Get Started

When selecting the subjects you’ll do for VCE, you should know that these subjects will influence what you do beyond high school. That’s why you need to carefully consider the subjects. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Consider the subjects you’re passionate about. If you’re like what you’re studying, you’re going to enjoy it and you have better chances of performing well. If you can see yourself working in these areas in future, ask yourself if these subjects fire your curiosity and make you feel inspired.
  2. It helps to look for assistance. Choosing VCE subjects is crucial and it requires proper consideration and sombre advice. Start by investigating into the VCE subjects and the requirements that will enable you to study in your area of interest at university. Some programs requires that you pass VCE subjects to be eligible.
  3. VCE is about following your interests. Some students think that selecting subjects that will reward them with a high ATAR score is the safest option. But, it’s pointless to pick a subject based on scaling, yet it doesn’t advance your interests in what you want to do for a career.

Who to Turn to for Advice?

Selecting VCE subjects isn’t something you should do on your own. You need professionals and experienced people who will help you make the best decision. Luckily there are a few options you can turn to:

  • Schools have career advisors and VCE coordinators who can provide you with guidance on career direction. They will also provide you with a variety of TAFE programs in your interest and what you need to do to be eligible for them.
  • Career expos and university open days also provide a wealth information. Although you might be a couple of years from completing Year 12, having such information is critical.
  • You can also get plenty of information online. You can start with the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website.

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