DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
RMIT’s Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) program gives you the opportunity to complete your VCE in the heart of Melbourne, without any compulsory extra-curricular activities, allowing you to focus on your studies.
Our program delivers Year 11 (Units 1-2) and Year 12 (Units 3-4) in a mature and supportive environment, in line with Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements.
What you will gain through this program
Whoever you are, RMIT's VCE provides you with the opportunity to complete your education in an environment that allows you to discover your interests and develop your skills.
Why study your VCE at RMIT?
You’ll be taught by experienced VCE teachers who will prepare you comprehensively for your next step in life, whether that’s tertiary or vocational study, or employment.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester are designed to check your comprehension of learning areas. These assessments are the same as all VCE students experience and may include essays, examinations and presentations.
As you move through this program and consider what's next after completing your VCE, you'll have the opportunity to consult a pathways coordinator, who may provide help with:
- career guidance and pathway planning
- information on courses, traineeships, apprenticeships and training options
- ongoing assistance applying for courses
- support with skills for finding employment, including résumés and letters of application
- referral to health, housing, counselling or financial support services.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the student learning management system – Canvas.
A full-time Units 1-2 program is offered on the City campus.
Full-time students study 4-5 courses per semester and part-time students will study 1 to 3 courses per semester. Each course involves 4 hours of class time and an average of 4 hours study time per week.
You must select courses according to VCAA requirements and complete 16 units in total, across Units 1-4 to satisfy VCE requirements.
If you are over 18 and have not studied in a secondary school full-time for 12 months, you are classified as an adult returning to study and can omit Units 1-2. You may need to undertake preparatory work prior to attempting Units 3-4.
Units 1-2 classes begin in January and July (midyear intake).
Students in the RMIT VCE program who have a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, who believe their situations will affect their studies or assessments should meet and discuss special provisions with their Program Coordinator as soon as possible. Program Coordinators will liaise with the VCAA or the Equitable Learning Service (ELS) as necessary. VCAA oversees special examination arrangements for VCE students throughout Victoria.
Students who are primary carers of someone with a disability should also meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss potential adjustments which may be possible within the VCAA guidelines.
VCE subjects offered at RMIT
Units 1 and 2 (Year 11) – Melbourne City campus:
- Business Management
- English or
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Health and Human Development
- Legal Studies
- General Mathematics
- Mathematical Methods
- Studio Art
- Visual Communication and Design
VCE is a senior secondary certificate recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and internationally. Completing the VCE will expand your options for the future. You can apply through VTAC for higher education and vocational education programs, search for employment or qualify for promotion at work.
Tertiary institutions and employers frequently require specific courses to be included in a Year 12 program, as prerequisites to entry or employment. You are advised to consult tertiary program information and the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) before choosing your VCE courses. You can also seek advice from the RMIT VCE Office and RMIT Student Services group.
You must include with your application:
- A personal statement. The statement should include why you want to do VCE, and why you want to do it at RMIT.
- Your academic history. If you are currently attending secondary school you should upload a copy of your most recent report and a letter of support from your school.
You may be contacted to expand on the information contained within your application.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
RMIT delivers the VCE, the Victorian state government secondary school certificate recognised throughout Australia as a university entry qualification. VCE is made up of four units studied over two years, representing Years 11 and 12 in the Australian school system.
It offers a range of subject choices, and encourages you to develop your creativity and critical thinking skills.
The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre will assign you an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) based on your scores for VCE when you apply for further study.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2021 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$700.00* per annum
- 2021 government subsidised place: AU$3,500* per annum
- 2021 full-fee place: AU$10,750* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.