VCE Units 3 and 4 (RMIT)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
RMIT’s VCE program allows you to complete your VCE in the heart of Melbourne without any compulsory extra-curricular activities, so you can focus on your studies.
Our alternative pathway delivers Year 11 (units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (units 3 and 4) in a mature and supportive environment,
You're able to select courses according to Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements and complete 16 units, including four Year 12 sequences.
What you will gain through this program
Whether you’re a young person or someone a little older wanting to complete your high school education, RMIT’s VCE provides you the opportunity to complete your education in an environment that allows you to discover your interests and learn where your skills lie.
Why study your VCE at RMIT?
You’ll be taught by experienced VCE teachers who will comprehensively prepare you for the next step, whether that’s tertiary or vocational study, or employment.
VCE Extend at RMIT
Ready to experience University studies?
VCE Extend gives you a head start at university, allowing you to complete two undergraduate courses during the final year of your VCE.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester is designed to check your comprehension of course content and contributes to your ATAR. 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 the VCE, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with a youth 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 myRMIT student portal.
You'll need to complete a minimum of four units 3 and 4 courses comprising one sequence from the English group and three other sequences of units 3 and 4 studies. These sequences of units 3 and 4 must be studied in the same year.
Assessment is by external examination and school assessed tasks. Year 12 classes begin in January.
Full-time students study 5 courses each semester. Each course involves 4 hours of class time and an average of 4 hours study time per week. Units 3 and 4 are only offered on the Melbourne City campus.
RMIT offers a VCE program at Year 11 (units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (units 3 and 4) for those seeking to complete secondary schooling. You must select courses according to Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements and complete 16 units in total.
If you are over 18 and have not studied full-time for 12 months, you are classified as an adult student and can omit units 1 and 2. You may need to undertake preparatory work prior to attempting Year 12.
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 Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (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 Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) guidelines.
VCE subjects offered at RMIT
Units 3 and 4 (Year 12) – Melbourne City campus:
- Business Management
- English or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Global Politics
- Health and Human Development
- History (Revolutions)
- Legal Studies
- Mathematics (Further)
- Mathematics (Methods)
- Mathematics (Specialist)
- Studio Arts
- Visual Communication and Design.
National curriculum code: VCE0000001
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 university and vocational education programs, search for employment or qualify for promotion at work.
RMIT VCE students are part of the Schools Network Access Program (SNAP). Selected Year 12 students applying for RMIT degree and vocational education courses may be eligible for ’SNAP’ entry to these courses, regardless of their ATAR score.
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.
- Have successfully completed unit 3 and have had interrupted studies
- be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of the program (including mid-year entry)
- not have undertaken full-time secondary schooling for the full year preceding the first year of enrolment as an adult OR, if you are under 18, you must be capable of studying VCE in a university environment.
Entry is open to applicants who meet the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) definition of an adult and to applicants under 18 who wish to study in an adult environment.
You must be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of the program (including mid year entry).
You should have successfully completed 8 units of VCE (or equivalent overseas qualification).
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
You must include with your application:
- a personal statement that includes 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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 71 (with minimum of 17 in all sections)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
VCE units 1 and 2 are preparation for VCE units 3 and 4 which is the gateway to further study in vocational education and university. 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.
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’.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
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 2018 is $298.
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.