The VCE History Study Design 2016-2020, as well as Advice for Teachers and Frequently Asked Questions, are available here.

A new Study Design for VCE History will apply from 2021. Please check the HTAV Professional Learning page for information about the VCAA’s VCE History Study Design Implementation Program (five sessions in Term 2 of 2020). Updates will be provided throughout 2019-2020 via the HTAV Member Bulletin.

The Victorian Curriculum: History F-10 is available from the VCAA website. This includes an introduction and overview, a description of the historical thinking skills that underpin all of the history curriculum, and a summary of the key knowledge and skills by year level.

Amendments to Area of Study 1 (Living in an ancient society), Unit 3 and 4 Ancient History
As advised in the VCAA Notice to Schools on 23 November 2016, some amendments have been made to Area of Study 1 (Living in an ancient society) for VCE Ancient History, Unit 3 and 4. The new Area of Study will apply from 2017.

There were NO changes to Area of Study 2 (People in Power, Societies in Crisis).

If you have any queries, please contact Gerry Martin at the VCAA on or alternatively contact Deb Hull, Executive Officer at

HTAV's 'FAQs' on VCE Assessment
Click here for HTAV's answers to frequently-asked questions about VCE Exams and SACs.

Additional advice on VCE exams
On 4 August, the VCAA released the following information on VCE exams:

In VCE History, evidence may be drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, and include factual detail related to the key knowledge stated in the study design, historical perspectives and historical interpretations.
Further information about using sources as evidence is provided in the ‘Historical thinking’ section of the Advice for Teachers.
The sample examinations (previously published) provide an indication of the types of questions teachers and students can expect until the current accreditation period is over. They demonstrate a range of source configurations that could appear on the examination. Students should use command/task words, other instructional information within questions and corresponding mark allocations to guide their responses.
The VCAA does not publish answers to sample examinations.

Note: HTAV publishes responses to sample examinations in the Study and Exam Guides for Revolutions and Australian History.

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