Secondary school is compulsory in Victoria up to age 17. If you choose to stay at school for Year 11 and 12 you have a range of options available to you. But what's the difference between VCE and VCAL? What does VET mean, anyway? And what about the IB or an apprenticeship?
In this section:
6 tips for surviving Year 12
Some advice from someone who's been through the whole VCE year 12 thing.
The International Baccalaureate is a two-year international program offered as an alternative Year 11 and 12.
Leaving school early
Leaving school early is a big decision, so it's a good idea to get some advice before you make up your mind.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships give you both off-the-job training and on-the-job experience.
VCAL - The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is a hands-on option for year 11 and 12.
VCE - The Victorian Certificate of Education
Get some help choosing what to study for VCE, information about what the ATAR is, and advice about VCE assessments.
VET - Vocational Education and Training
VET subjects give you the chance to combine formal education with year-long vocational education and training.