How to choose VCE subjects

Are you about to choose your VCE subjects? Don’t worry, it’s not as life defining as it sounds. This is the time where you get to leave behind mandatory subjects that you snoozed through and play to your strengths.

The first step to choosing your subjects is to consider where you want to be in the future. Do you see yourself as a lawyer in the courtroom, a CEO running a company or perhaps a doctor treating patients? Look into the qualifications that will get you there! On the other hand, if you’re unsure about your career path, follow your interests and pick subjects that don’t feel like too much of a chore.

Universities offer all types of degrees. Be aware that these degrees have pre-requisites, or VCE subjects that you need to have completed in high school with a certain score. If you are striving for Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash, for example, you might need an ATAR of 90 and need to have taken Chemistry with at least a score of 25. These expectations vary between universities so check what ATAR you will need for your courses, and which subjects are pre-requisites. Research a range of degrees and keep your options open.

There are tools such as the ATAR calculator at your disposal, which will help you estimate your ATAR based on estimated subject scores. Make sure to be realistic about your scores though because the average subject score is 30. Finally, don’t stress! There are plenty of pathways that will get you where you want to be. It’s as they say: if you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life.

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