Senior Secondary Accreditation and Awarding Bodies

Accreditation of senior secondary courses and qualifications

Senior secondary education is undertaken in Years 11 and 12. The VRQA accredits both qualifications and individual courses at senior secondary level.

Senior secondary qualifications available in Victoria are:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma).

Examples of individual senior secondary courses include:

  • VCE Languages 
  • VCE Dance
  • VCAL Personal Development.

Awarding bodies

When students complete a senior secondary qualification or course, certification is awarded and issued by the relevant senior secondary awarding body.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) awards and issues the VCE and VCAL, while the International Baccalaureate (IB) awards and issues the IB Diploma in Victoria.

For a copy of the guidelines for senior secondary course accreditation and awarding bodies, see:

For more information email the Schools and Senior Secondary Unit, or phone (03) 9032 1546.