VCE Chemistry

VCAA resources for teachers and students for 2015

These links are all for the present Chemistry Study Design until the end of 2016 for Year 12.  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 2013-2016 (including Key Skills)

NEW Study Design for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 and for Units 3 and 4 in 2017 VCE Chemistry

The VCAA had released a new Study Design for VCE Chemistry which is in operation for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 and will be 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

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.


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 Year 12 until the end of 2016.

Teacher-shared resources
Other resources provided by teachers.



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.

November Lectures

The November Lectures 2016 will be 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.

The program is available here

Online registration is here

ChemTeach on-line discussion group

An on-line discussion group for teachers of Chemistry in Victoria.
ChemTeach is an e-mail based discussion group sponsored by the CEA and the RACI(Vic)
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