Equivalent qualifications to the VCE
Domestic students undertaking secondary school in Australia
The following qualifications are considered equivalent to VCE for entry:
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Satisfactory completion of the IB Diploma is required for entry to courses at the University of Melbourne. If you are a non-English speaking student, achieving the required grade in English will be accepted as satisfying the English prerequisite.
If you are completing the IB, you can satisfy the VCE Mathematical Methods prerequisite by completion of either Standard Level or Higher Level Mathematics, for all courses.
As an IB applicant applying through VTAC, you will receive a notional ATAR. The University uses an annually updated combined conversion table, based on a methodology agreed to by the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centre (ACTAC). This table will be used to convert passing IB results in 2011 for 2012 university admissions and will be available on the VTAC website.
Australian Capital Territory Certificate of Education
Only ‘T’ courses are suitable for tertiary entry. In order to satisfy prerequisites, subjects must be taken as a major, a major/minor or a double major. Subjects taken as minors do not satisfy prerequisites. The titles used are the ‘Course Areas’ used by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
The University regards Specialist Mathematics (double major) as equivalent to both Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.
New South Wales Higher School Certificate
Board-developed courses are required. All prerequisite subjects require the completion of two units of the subject as a minimum unless otherwise specified. Mathematics Extension 2 will satisfy prerequisites that require two mathematics subjects.
Queensland Senior School Certificate
Authority subjects are required. Where English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics are offered as an external subject, this is acceptable as a prerequisite.
South Australia and Northern Territory Certificate of Education
Prerequisite subjects must have SACE Stage 2 HESS-General status. Prerequisites must be Publicly Examined Subjects (PES) with the exception of English, which can be either PES or Publicly Assessed (PAS). Two units of English Communications, English Studies or English as a Second Language Studies must be completed to satisfy the compulsory English prerequisite subject requirement for all courses at the University of Melbourne.
Tasmania Certificate of Education
Prerequisite subjects must be TQA accredited level 3 courses. An appropriate level 3 English is required for entry to all courses at the University of Melbourne in addition to other specified prerequisites.
Western Australia Certificate of Education
Accredited courses – Tertiary Entrance Examination subjects are required. Prerequisite subjects must be Stage 3 course units.
New Zealand students
New Zealand National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Successful completion of NCEA 3 is required, including the completion of at least 80 credits at Level 3. At least 14 credits of English at Level 3 must be completed to satisfy the English prerequisite required for all courses at the University of Melbourne.