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Advice for teachers -


The VCE Biology Advice for teachers handbook provides curriculum and assessment advice for Units 1 to 4. It contains advice for developing a course with examples of teaching and learning activities and resources for each unit.

Assessment information is provided for school-based assessment in Units 3 and 4 and Advice for teachers on how to construct assessment tasks with suggested performance descriptors and rubrics.

The course developed and delivered to students must be in accordance with the VCE Biology Study Design Units 1 and 2: 2016-2021 and ​Units 3 and 4: 2017–2021.


Advice on matters related to the administration of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) assessment is published annually in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook. Updates to matters related to the administration of VCE assessment are published in the VCAA Bulletin.

Teachers must refer to these publications for current advice.

VCE Biology Study Design examination specifications, past examination papers and corresponding examination reports can be accessed from the VCE Biology examination webpage .

Graded Distributions for Graded Assessment can be accessed from the VCAA Senior Secondary Certificate Statistical Information web​page.