VCE Chemistry

VCAA resources for teachers and students for 2015

These links are all for the present Chemistry Study Design. The new VCAA links will be added in 2016. This is the present information about VCE Chemistry and other VCE subjects which 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 2013-2015 (including Key Skills)

NEW Study Design for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 VCE Chemistry

The VCAA had released a new Study Design for VCE Chemistry which will be in operation for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 and for Units 3 and 4 in 2017. The changes are significant and teachers are advised to read it carefully in order to prepare their courses in 2016. The VCAA have provided the Advice to Teachers for Units 1 and 2 and more assistance will be released in 2016. In this document are useful and detailed ideas and examples particularly about how to develop and complete the investigations. 

VCAA Advice to Teachers Units 1 and 2

The following resources have been provided by the CEA and teachers to share. These are not official VCAA documents, but they are suggestions which can be adapted and modified for your own use.

Possible practical activities updated

Possible timetables updated

  • Units 1 and 2 updated 2 December 2015 (this now includes questions from text for Chapters 1-6_ Penny Commons)
  • Units 3 and 4 updated 4 March 2016 from Chemistry Conference 2016 (Some small updates since 1 March; this is a later version to the timetable on the PowerPoint below. Penny Commons)
  • PowerPoint providing ideas for the possible Units 3 and 4 timetable from the Chemistry Conference 2016 (Penny Commons)

VCAA Draft rubric and templates for Investigations

Possible assessment tasks and other resources. The materials from the Chemistry Conference at LaTrobe in February 2016 and CEA November Lectures workshops will include detailed notes on new content as well as ideas for new assessment.


Summary of 2013-2015 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.

Shared resources for teachers for 2015

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


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, one of the students from the 2014 Training Program, who was selected into the Summer School, was chosen as one of the 4 people to represent Australia in the Chemistry Olympiad in 2015. These students won a bronze medal. Congratulations to the 2015 Australian Chemistry Olympiad Team.

In 2016 the program will start on Wednesday 9 March and finish on 20 July.The exam will be held on 3 August 2016. To apply, complete a registration form



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 Chemistry

For high achieving Year 12 students, this provides the challenge of university study. Endorsed by VCAA, the course covers two first year Monash University Chemistry units and it overlaps and extends studies in VCE Units 3 and 4 Chemistry. Classes are held at four locations in Melbourne. Assessments are counted as a student's fifth or sixth subject in the calculation of university entrance ATAR scores. 

If you are interested in enrolling in the Monash Extension Chemistry course, please contact the Extension Program Office at Monash University by telephone (9903 4756) 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

ChemTeach on-line discussion group

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