Refresher: VET in the ATAR

During yesterday’s Year 10 Subject Selection webinar, we took a question on notice regarding the use of unscored VCE VET in the ATAR. Here is the answer (and for those who didn’t attend the webinar, a useful refresher as well):

Rules

Scored Unit 3 & 4 VCE VET Can be used anywhere in the ATAR, including in the Primary 4
Unscored Unit 3 & 4 VCE VET

 

Can contribute as an increment (10% of the Primary 4 average) ahead of scored subjects, as long as any scored study in the same industry area has already been used.

Can be used ahead of another scored study, as long as it is not from the same industry area.

VFE block credit at 3 & 4 level Can only contribute as an increment (10% of the Primary 4 average) where there are fewer than six VCE or VCE VET subjects available. That is, all VCE, VCE VET, and higher education studies take precedence over VFE block credit.

 

Examples

Example 1: Unscored VET used before scored VCE subject

Amir obtains the following results, with scaled scores shown:

English 34.50
Biology 36.03
Further Mathematics 27.48
Visual Communication Design 38.51
VCE VET Business 27.54
VCE VET Information Technology C (Unscored) S
VCE VET Information Technology D (Unscored) S

 

  • Amir’s Primary 4 will be his highest English and next three highest eligible subjects: Visual Communication Design, Biology, and VCE VET Business.
    • Because VCE VET Business is a scored study at Unit 3 & 4 level, it is used ahead of Further Mathematics as it is a higher result.
  • Amir’s two increments will be 10% of the Primary 4 for each of Information Technology C and Information Technology D, as this is a higher result than 10% of the Further Mathematics scaled score.
    • Because the Information Technology studies are VCE VET and not from the same industry area as any scored studies that have yet to be used in the ATAR, they can be used ahead of his remaining scored studies.

Example 2: Scored must be used before unscored in the same industry area

Jamala has studied similar subjects to Amir, however she has completed one scored and one unscored VET in the same industry area. She obtains the following results, with scaled scores shown:

English 34.50
Biology 36.03
Further Mathematics 27.48
Visual Communication Design 38.51
VCE VET Business 27.54
VCE VET Information Technology E (Scored) 25.87
VCE VET Information Technology F (Unscored) S

 

  • Jamala’s Primary 4 will be the same as Amir’s.
    • Jamala’s scored VCE VET Information Technology subject is eligible to appear in her Primary 4, but does not because there are studies with higher scaled scores available.
  • Jamala’s increments will be the scored result from Information Technology E and a 10% of the Primary 4 average increment from Information Technology F (Option B in the diagram below).
    • Even though Jamala’s result for Further Mathematics is higher than her result for Information Technology E, the rules state that Information Technology F can only be used if her scored result from the same industry area (i.e. Info Tech E) is used first.
    • This means that if we had used Further Mathematics as a fifth increment (Option A below), the only eligible subject remaining would be her scored Information Technology E. Information Technology F could not be used, leading to a lower aggregate, which is why this combination was not used.

Option A

Further Maths 2.74
Info Tech E 2.58
Total increments 5.32

Option B

Info Tech E 2.58
Info Tech F (10% of average of Primary 4) 3.41
Total increments 5.99
Option B leads to a higher aggregate, so this will be used for the ATAR calculation.

 

Scored vs. Unscored classification

Please note: Examples used in this blog post are hypothetical subjects. VTAC does not determine the classification of subjects. Please refer to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for definitive advice on whether a subject is part of the VCE VET suite, and whether it is designed as an unscored study.

Categories: ATAR and Scaling

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2 replies

    • Hi Michelle,

      Not sure I fully understand your query, but:

      1) A student must have four scored studies (including an English group subject) to qualify for an ATAR.

      2) If scored results are available for VCE or VCE VET subjects, these individual results will still be part of the student’s course application even if they don’t qualify for an ATAR. This can be useful e.g. for meeting prerequisites.

      Hope that helps – let us know if not.

      Best wishes,
      VTAC

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