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Extended Investigation

Accreditation period 2019-2023

The accreditation period for Extended Investigation has been extended until 31 December 2023.

VCE Extended Investigation contains Units 3 and 4 only.​

Study Design

VCE Extended Investigation Study Design (pdf - 209.75kb, updated February 2020) (Updated January 2020)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Extended Investigation Units 3-4: 2019-2023.

Extended Investigation study design amendments (February 2020)

School-based Assessment

View VCE Extended Investigation School-based Assessment report.

Unit​ 3: School-based Assessment criteria and performance descriptors​​​​​​

Unit 3 Outcome 1: Written Rationale

Unit 3 Outcome 2: Written Research Plan

Unit 3 Outcome 2: ​Oral report
​​Provides performance-level descriptors for teachers to assess the performance of students against the prescribed assessment criteria​

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Extended Investigation examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors – Oral presentation

Assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors – Written report

Support material

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

Statement of school readiness 2020
To be completed by schools intending to offer VCE Extended Investigation for the first time in 2020​​

Thinking critically
Resource material


Authentication (February 2020)
Provides information about the management of authentication in the study​

Externally-assessed Task Authentication Form
This form may be used alongside the Extended Investigation Journal to provide a summary record of the monitoring of student work for authentication purposes.

Student and teacher declaration
This declaration must be completed by the student and supervising teacher and submitted to the VCAA as a separate file to the Written Report.

Curriculum Manager

Monica Bini

Curriculum Manager - Capabilities, VCE Philosophy, VCE Extended Investigation

tel: +61 3 9032 1693


Curriculum Managers lead, manage and support the production, review and development of senior secondary curriculum and assessment materials. They also provide policy advice and implementation support for Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and assessment.