VCE Chemistry

VCAA resources for teachers and students for 2017

There is a new VCAA Study Design for Chemistry Units 1-4.  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)

NEW Study Design for Units 1 to 4 in 2017 VCE Chemistry

The new VCAA  Study Design for VCE Chemistry is in operation for Units 1, 2, 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 by the VCAA early in 2017. This will include Advice to Teachers for Units 3 and 4, a sample exam for assessment of Units 3 and 4, an updated Data Book and the answers to frequently asked questions. 

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


VCAA Draft rubric and templates for Investigations


Possible assessment tasks and other resources.
The materials below are from the Chemistry Conference at LaTrobe in February 2016 and CEA November Lectures workshops (2015 and 2016). These include detailed notes on new content as well as ideas for the new assessment.


Past VCE Chemistry examinations

The VCAA will release a Sample exam in late 2016 - early 2017.

The following information regarding suitable exam questions for the new VCAA Study design will be updated early in 2017.

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

Teacher-shared resources
All shared resources can be found above on the New Study Design for Units 1 to 4 in 2017 VCE Chemistry.



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 2017 the program will begin in early March and finish in mid to late July. More information and registration forms will be available at this site in January 2017.



This is no longer available via Pearson places. More details about this resource will be released early in 2017. Please contact the CEA Committee for further information. 

This is an interactive tutorial system that was 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 included:

  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical bonding
  • Stoichiometry
  • Chemical equilibrium

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.

November Lectures

The November Lectures 2016 was held on Friday 18 November at the University of Melbourne. This day offers teachers the opportunity to hear chemists discuss their latest research as well as provide practical activities and enhancement of content that is useful in the classroom.

ChemTeach on-line discussion group

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