Accrediting and awarding senior secondary qualifications

Applying to accredit senior secondary qualifications and courses

A qualification that marks the completion of secondary schooling is designated in the Australian Qualifications Framework as an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education senior secondary qualification.

We accredit senior secondary qualifications and courses in Victoria. We have accredited three senior secondary qualifications:

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

Senior secondary qualifications are designed to prepare students for initial entry into the workforce, for vocational education and training and higher education studies.

An overview of the accreditation process is available in our guidelines. To access the guidelines, see:

Senior secondary courses and qualifications are accredited for a period of up to five years.

To apply for the accreditation or renewal of accreditation of a senior secondary qualification or course, applicants must complete a:

  • Senior Secondary Qualification Accreditation Application
  • Senior Secondary Course Accreditation Application.

Both forms are available on request. For more information, see:

Senior secondary awarding body

We register organisations to award senior secondary qualifications. In Victoria, there are two awarding bodies:

  • the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority which issues the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) 
  • the International Baccalaureate which issues the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

An organisation wishing to become an awarding body must apply to us.

An application must include evidence that the organisation meets the minimum standards for registration to award, confer or issue a registered senior secondary qualification.

These minimum standards relate to:

  • quality assurance
  • student records
  • governance and probity
  • policies and procedures
  • investigations

The application form to register or re-register as an awarding body is available on request. For more information, see:

Awarding body registration is granted for a period of up to five years.

For more information, see:

Guidelines

Our guidelines provide an overview of the accreditation process for senior secondary qualifications and the requirements for awarding bodies. For a copy of the guidelines, see: