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Secondary education       started by donaa2 on 19 Aug 2010   (23046)
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From donaa2

19 Aug 2010 4:28 AM
Can anyone inform me what year children in Australia sit their GCSE exams. In the UK they can be fast tracked and sit some in year 10, the majority are sat in year 11. Is this the same in Australia and what is the equivalent to the GCSE ? Thanks Andrea
From babs_andy

To donaa2

19 Aug 2010 9:09 AM
Andrea, Each state is different in Australia. Are you still planning to move to Melbourne? If so, the VCE (university entrance exams and course work) are sat across Year 11 and year 12, when the student is 17/18 years old. There's no direct equivalent to the GCSEs. You can find out more about the VCE on this website You don't have to sit university entrance subjects only. You can do vocational units if you are interested in a trade career or anything that only requires a TAFE education. Some of the private schools also do the IB (International Baccalaureate) as a highschool certificate to enable entrance to worldwide universities. Hope this helps a little bit. Barb
From donaa2

To babs_andy

19 Aug 2010 4:38 PM
Thanks Barb, thats a great help. Yes we are still moving to Melbourne but as things have been delayed because of house sale I was starting to worry that our move is now going to impact on our eldest's education. He starts year 9 in sept but i am still hopeful we will be in a position to move over the next 12 months so hopefully that will still be in time for him to settle before having to start thinking about course work and exams. Regards Andrea