About VCE Plus

What is VCE Plus?

This program allows Year 12 VCE students to complete two first-year university subjects and have them recognised as part of their VCE.

We offer VCE Plus in these subject areas:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Accounting
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Event Management
  • Globalisation,Society & Place
  • History
  • Human Biosciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Sociology

Download the 2018 VCE Plus brochure [PDF 3.79MB] to see full details of the subjects on offer.

How will VCE Plus help me?

Your VCE Plus subjects will count as Unit 3 and 4 sequences as part of your VCE and also contribute to your ATAR through a 10% increment (see table below). By completing VCE Plus, you will also have completed two first year university subjects, and these will count towards a relevant undergraduate degree.

VCE Plus also gives you the chance to:

  • Get a taste of university life – When accepted into this program you'll be enrolled as a La Trobe student. You'll be able to access relevant University resources and services.
  • Save money – While there are fees, these are much lower than normal and will save you substantial money on your university HECS fees.
  • Receive an early offer entry into selected La Trobe courses* – If you achieve high results in your VCE Plus subjects, you're eligible for an early offer entry into selected La Trobe degrees before you receive your ATAR.
  • Be challenged – VCE Plus provides an academic challenge, as you're engaged in university-style teaching and learning. Completing an extension studies program can improve your study skills, which can help you to achieve your very best in VCE.
  • Add value to your resume – VCE Plus is a challenging program and completing this program during your VCE is an impressive addition to your resume.
  • Gain University credit towards an undergraduate degree – A pass mark in both VCE Plus subjects, together with satisfying any other pre-requisites, will place you in a strong position for an offer into the relevant La Trobe University degree.  You may also be eligible for Advance Standing into the relevant degree, which means a lighter study load in your first year at University, giving you more free time to complete additional subjects or for part time work/family commitments.

* Eligibility criteria apply.

Who should apply for VCE Plus?

We're looking for students who are self-motivated and academically capable. You will also need:

  • to have enrolled in at least four VCE Unit 3/4 subjects (one being English, EAL or English Language)
  • to be eligible to be awarded VCE in 2018
  • to have at least one VCE Unit 3/4 enrolment during the year you undertake VCE Plus.
  • achieved excellent results in Year 10 or 11.

How does VCE Plus boost my ATAR?

Average mark for VCE Plus subjects you take VCE Plus ATAR aggregate contribution (VCE students) Equivalent VCE study score
90 or more 5.0 points 50
80-90 4.5 points 45
70-80 4.0 points 40
60-70 3.5 points 35
50-60 3.0 points 30

You must have successfully completed the pair of VCE Plus subjects to be entitled to the ATAR bonus.

Ready to sign up?

Download the VCE Plus student application form [PDF 1.02MB] or email us at vceplus@latrobe.edu.au for more information.