VCE Chemistry

VCAA resources for teachers and students

Up-to-date information about VCE Chemistry and other VCE subjects can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority web site.


VCAA Chemistry Page (including Assessment, Study Summary, Additional Resources and Support Materials)

VCAA Study Design (including Key Skills)

Summary of 2013 VCAA Changes to VCE Chemistry

There have been a small number of changes and some clarifications to the VCAA Chemistry Study Design in 2013. The major changes have been in Assessment. The VCAA has produced a summary comparison between the 2012 and 2013 Study Designs. Details of the VCAA Summary comparison. An updated version from the VCAA can be found at

There will no longer be a mid-year examination for Unit 3 Chemistry. The VCAA has produced a Sample Examination to give students and teachers an indication of the depth and style of the longer 2.5 hour examination to be held in November. The VCAA has provided answers to the 30 multiple choice questions and they are at the end of the Sample Examination document.Solutions to the extended questions have been provided by CEA with the approval of the VCAA.

Past VCE Chemistry examinations

Past Units 3 and 4 Chemistry Examinations
Download copies of the Chemistry examinations and Reports for Teachers (including answers) from 2000 onwards.

Olympiad Training Program for the Australian Science Olympiad Examination in Chemistry

The 14 week training program offered by CEA and The School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, covers all concepts in Year 12 Chemistry as well as a significant number of first year university topics. Students who have attended this program in the past have reviewed it enthusiastically and have achieved excellent results in the Australian Science Examination in Chemistry, with High Distinctions and Distinctions. This year, as in past years, some students were selected to attend the Summer Olympiad Program at Monash University, from which the team of 4 will be finally selected.

In 2015 the program started on Tuesday 17 March and finished on 28 July. It was held at the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne. Details for the Olympiad Training Program for 2016 will be found here in late December 2015.




This is an interactive tutorial system that is a collaboration between CEA, the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and Pearson. The modules allow students to revise key ideas and skills and extend their knowledge of applications by providing instant feedback on their progress.


The modules available are:

  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical bonding
  • Stoichiometry
  • Chemical equilibrium

Registration details; more information and login details

Extension (Enhancement) Chemistry

For high achieving Year 12 students providing the challenge of university study. The course covers Monash University's first year Chemistry course and it overlaps and extends studies in Units 3 and 4 Chemistry. Classes are held at several locations in Melbourne. Assessments are counted as a student's sixth subject in the calculation of university entrance ATAR scores.

If you are interested in enrolling in the VCE Enhancement Chemistry course, please contact the Extension Studies Office at Monash University by telephone (9905 4241) or by email.

Class workshops for VCE Chemistry

Workshops for VCE Chemistry topics are available from a number of different providers for class groups. Providers and details of workshops for Year 11 and 12 students.

RACI Hartung Youth Lecture 2010: Carbon Dioxide - Air, Earth, Fire and Water

Carbon dioxide is a minor but vital constituent of the Earth’s atmosphere.  It is critical in setting the conditions we need for our own body’s biochemistry to work. It is at the centre of society’s debate about the effects of human activity on our climate. The lecture used live video projection to show some experiments with carbon dioxide in all its physical states. 


You can download a file of the slides used in the lecture. Teachers are welcome to use the resources developed for the 2010 lecture, but remember to acknowledge the source when you do.

RACI Hartung Youth Lecture 2010 website

Other resources for teachers

School Assessed Coursework (SAC)
Sample assessed coursework provided by teachers for Years 11 and 12.

Teacher-shared resources
Other resources provided by teachers, including timetables for each VCE Unit.


Answers to exercises in the Pearson Heinemann Teacher's Resource and Assessment Book
Unit 3 and Unit 4

ChemTeach on-line discussion group

An on-line discussion group for teachers of Chemistry in Victoria.
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