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Adjusted Study Design for 2020

Teachers should note that they should only access the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. Deletions are in red coloured text and strike through while changes are in blue coloured text and highlighted. It is imperative that the revised 2020 Adjusted Study Design is used for the remainder of 2020.

Examinations will be based on the key knowledge and skills contained in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. The 2020 Adjusted Study Design includes adjustments to the key knowledge and skills and the scope of the assessment. Teachers can be assured that students will only be externally assessed on the content in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design.

Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
VCE Literature Study Design (pdf - 191.74kb)

Details on the adjustments to the areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Literature Units 1-4 for 2020 only.

Please note: corrections have been made to the VCE Adjusted Study Design for 2020 to fix inconsistencies and errors in the original adjusted version (published on 1 May 2020). The corrections made were:

  • page 17 – Reference to the number of texts required for study has been amended from five to four as per the amendments elsewhere in the adjusted Study Design

Teachers need to ensure they access and download the updated version provided above.

Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE Literature.

2020 and 2021 Literature text list (Updated September 2019)
The approved Literature Text List for study in 2020 and 2021.

VCAA revised guidelines for text selection (February 2018)

Changes to the English requirement for satisfactory completion of VCE from 2018​
As published in the VCAA Bulletin, February 2017​​.

Study Design amendment

Teachers should note that there has been an amendment to the VCE Literature Study Design 2017–2020. To clarify the requirements for the texts to be used for assessment tasks in Units 3 and 4 Literature, pages 17 and 21 of the study design have been updated. The 'Assessment of levels of achievement' on these pages is now: 'In assessing levels of achievement across Units 3 and 4, teachers must also ensure that the assessment tasks are based on a least five texts. Students must not complete more than two assessment tasks using the same text.'

School-based assessment

View VCE Literature School-based Assessment report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Literature 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 Literature Study Design for Units 1–2 2016-2022, Units 3–4 2017–2022.

Frequently asked questions
A set of frequently asked questions for the revised VCE Literature Study Design (Units 1–2 2016–2022, Units 3–4 2017–2022).

Implementation briefing materials
Presentations and video recordings from the 2016 Implementation briefings.

A list of suitable resources for VCE Literature (Units 1–2 2016-2022, Units 3-4 2017–2022).

Sample response
Sample student oral presentation.

Study review

Study Review Plan

The Study Review Plan provides key information on the review of VCE Literature which will be conducted in 2020.

Consultation register

Consultation on the proposed VCE Literature Study Design will be conducted in 2020. The draft study design and consultation questionnaire will be available for consideration on this page during 2020. To register your interest for the public consultation, please complete the registration form.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 1 and 2 2016-2022

Unit 1 and 2 accreditation expires 31 December 2022. 
Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.

Study Design - Accreditation period Units 3 and 4 2017-2022

Unit 3 and 4 accreditation expires 31 December 2022.
Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.

VCE Literature Study Design (pdf - 777.09kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Literature Units 1-2: 2016-2022 and Literature Units 3-4: 2017-2022.

Curriculum Manager

Annelise Balsamo
Curriculum Manager - English
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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.