VCE History

Adjusted VCE History Study Design for 2020 now available

The adjusted VCE History Study Design for 2020 has been published, with some key knowledge removed from each of Australian History, Revolutions and Ancient History Units 3 and 4. The amendments are clearly marked in the adjusted VCE History Study Design for 2020. The VCAA advises that “the adjustment to key knowledge means that teachers do not have to teach this key knowledge content, do not have to assess it in SAC Assessment tasks and do not have to revise it for the examinations.”

Key knowledge that has been removed from the study design will not be assessed in the 2020 examinations.

Implementation of new Study Design postponed

The implementation of the newly accredited VCE History Study Design will be delayed by 12 months and will now be delivered by schools in 2022. The 2016-2020 VCE History Study Design will be taught again unchanged in 2021.

The adjusted VCE History Study Design for 2020 is not applicable in 2021.

Please check the HTAV Professional Learning page for information about the VCAA’s VCE History Study Design Implementation Program (five sessions in 2021). Updates will be provided via the HTAV Member Bulletin.


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

Find out more about the Victorian Curriculum: History F-10 here.

If you have any queries, please contact Gerry Martin at the VCAA on martin.gerard.f@edumail.vic.edu.au or alternatively contact Deb Hull, Executive Officer at d.hull@htav.asn.au.



VCE History Exams

The VCAA has published past exams and Examination Reports. In combination, these provide information for teachers and students about the elements of a high-scoring response.

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

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