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In 2017, after four years of research, approvals and negotiation, we became the first Australian government school to offer the VCE to students in China.

We have partnered with the International Education Division of DET and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to work with a Chinese school:

  • Baotou Foreign Languages School (also known as No. 1 Senior Middle School of No. 1 Machinery Group), Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China

This initiative offers Chinese senior students the opportunity to complete the VCE, gain an ATAR in their home country and apply to study at universities worldwide, including Australia.

The Chinese school is responsible for delivering the VCE, with active and ongoing support of Northcote High School VCE mentor teachers. Ongoing training, assistance with lesson planning and assessment, and liaison with the VCAA regarding program administration are also provided.

For our staff, this partnership provides an opportunity to mentor partner teachers to deliver the VCE and a unique and highly beneficial professional development experience.

Why Study the VCE?


1. VCE is an internationally recognised senior secondary certificate.


The VCE is an internationally recognised senior secondary certificate that is accepted for entry to top universities worldwide, including leading English language universities.

More than 3,500 Chinese students have completed the VCE since it began in China and more than 90 per cent of graduates have gone on to study at universities in Australia, United Sates, United Kingdom and Canada.

2. Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities for university students.


If you decide to study in Melbourne, you will be living in one of the world’s most liveable cities. The title is awarded to the city with the highest score for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. When you go to university, you’ll be living in a safe and vibrant city that offers world-class study options, services and opportunities.

3. Six of Victoria’s 10 universities are in the top-ranked universities in the world.


Victoria is a global knowledge hub and we attract some of the world’s best academics and researchers. For more information, see QS World University Rankings.

4. 175,000 international students studied in Victoria in 2016


Often called Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is home to attractions that make the Australian lifestyle so appealing. To find out more, visit Study Melbourne.

Department of Education and Training

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

AIDE Education

Study Melbourne

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

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