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Chinese Second Language

Chinese Second Language

Accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2019-2023

Units 1 and 2 accreditation expires 31 December 2023.

Accreditation period Units 3 and 4: 2008-2019

Units 3 and 4 accreditation expires 31 December 2019.

Staged implementation

Implementation of the revised study is being staged: Units 1 and 2: 2019, Units 3 and 4: 2020.

In 2019, students enrolled in Units 1 and 2 will undertake the revised study (2019-2023). Students enrolled in Units 3 and 4 will continue with the current study (2008-2019).

Study Design

VCE Chinese Second Language Study Design (pdf - 555.77kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Chinese Second Language Units 1-2: 2019-2023 and Units 1-4: 2020 implementation.

VCE Chinese Second Language Study Design (pdf - 3.74mb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Chinese Second Language Units 3-4: 2008-2019.

​Revised Character List for VCE Chinese Second Language and VCE Chinese Second Language Advanced
The VCAA has updated the character list for the VCE Chinese Second Language and VCE Chinese Second Language Advanced Study Design. The revised character list for these two studies will be implemented for Units 1 to 4 in 2011. For more information please refer to VCAA Notice 13, 9 February 2011.

School-based assessment

View VCE Chinese Second Language Assessment Handbook.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Chinese Second Language examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

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

Implementation briefing presentation
Presentation on the newly revised VCE Second Language study design.

Eligibility criteria

A student is NOT eligible for Chinese Second Language if they have had either:

12 months or more education in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction, or
3 years (36 months) or more residence in any of the VCAA nominated countries or regions.

The nominated countries and regions are China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.

See the Enrolment application form.