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Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2020

Units 1 and 2 accreditation expires 31 December 2020.

Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017-2021

Units 3 and 4 accreditation expires 31 December 2021.

Study Design

VCE Biology Study Design (pdf - 221.96kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Biology Units 1-2: 2016-2020 and Units 3-4: 2017-2021.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Biology examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE Biology Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016-2020; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2021.

Managing VCE Biology student investigations and scientific posters
Faculty discussion resource.

Frequently asked questions

Video recording of implementation briefing conducted in Term 2 2015

Wolfram Resource Packages

These resource packages use Wolfram Mathematica®. The Department of Education and Training (DET) has obtained Wolfram Mathematica® software licenses for all staff and students at Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria.

Modelling Contagious Diseases – this resource package investigates the spread of disease, the effectiveness of vaccines and herd immunity. Specifically designed for VCE Biology Unit 3, Outcome 2 it can also be adapted for Level 9-10 Science.

Modelling Contagious Diseases teacher overview and download instructions (docx - 345.2kb)
Modelling Contagious Diseases using Wolfram resource package (nb - 1.88mb)


Consultation is now closed.

The VCE Biology review panel will consider all responses to the consultation draft before a final draft of the study design is prepared.

The final draft of the study design will be considered by the Board of the VCAA in December 2019. Updates on the progress of the review are published in the VCAA Bulletin regularly.