Victorian Certificate of Education

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Creation
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 1 year (for students 18 years or older), or 2 years (for students under 18 years)
Part Time: 2 or more years
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
On Campus; Full time; Part Time (Day)
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2014

Year 12
Full Time: February 2014
Part Time: February 2014

Year 11
Full Time: Feb and June 2014
Part Time: Feb and June 2014

Enrolments for Year 12 in 2014 are now closed, expressions of interest are currently being taken for those looking at commencing Year 12 in 2015.

Part Time:
  • February 2013
For Year 11 subjects, each class is 3 hours once per week during school terms.
Year 12 classes run for 4 hours, once a week during school terms.
Seph Persephone Minglis
Phone: (03) 5127 0213

Sarah Giessler
Phone: (03) 5127 0214
Fax: 1300 094 661
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

Did you know that anyone 16 years or older can complete the Victorian Certificate of Education at TAFE?

There are many reasons that attract VCE students to TAFE:
  • Adults who left school early often return to complete VCE at TAFE so they can improve their employment prospects and broaden opportunities for further education.
  • Younger students may choose to come to TAFE for individual reasons, such as illness, because TAFE encourages independent responsibility for learning and offers a non-threatening environment for study.
  • The timetable will allow students the option to attend classes only two or three days per week, which makes it easier for students to meet work or family commitments.

Our students are supported in a number of ways. We provide course information and career guidance, disability support, and Indigenous student support. Study Skills sessions are also provided and are especially useful for students returning to study.

Students over the age of 18 years who have not attended secondary school for twelve months or more are eligible to complete their VCE (year 12 only) in as little as one year.

Students between the ages of 16 and 18 will take two years to complete their VCE as they are required to complete year 11 and year 12.

Subjects on offer are negotiated each year according to student interest. Please see below for subjects currently on offer.

Students can supplement their GippsTAFE subjects with distance study from the Distance Education Centre Victoria.

What you will learn

Health and Human Development needs to be added to the year 11 subject list

IT Applications needs to be removed and Psychology and Legal Studies need to be added to the year 12 subject list.

Year 11
Day time classes

  • English
  • General Maths
  • Psychology
  • Legal Studies
Year 12
Daytime classes
  • English
  • Further Maths
  • Health and Human Development
  • IT Applications
  • Australian History

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is not available for VCE courses. Credit may be obtained for some Certificate II and above courses through application to the VCAA, contact the VCE Co-ordinator if this applies to you.

Employment Prospects

This qualification will assist you to continue with further study at TAFE or university as well as enhance your employment prospects in many industries.

Entry Requirements

  • Mature age entry (over 18) can enrol directly in Year 12. Other students have to complete Year 11 first.
  • You will attend an interview during which you will be given information about the skills you need to have at the beginning of your studies. We may recommend that you complete Certificate III in General Educations for Adults if your skills are not at the level required for VCE.


Assessment is as prescribed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority guidelines.

Opportunities For Further Study

  • This qualification will assist you to continue with further study at TAFE or university.
  • Many students enter training in the welfare, health and community services sectors. Others go on to business, education or arts degree courses or enter employment in a range of fields.

Specialist Course Information

Units successfully completed during prior VCE of VCAL enrolments may be credited towards the certificate. Students may also be able to enrol in units that will enable them to finish their VCAL certificate.