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VCE Chinese Language, Culture and Society


This study is designed to enable students to:

• use Chinese to communicate with others

• understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which Chinese is used

• understand aspects of the cultural practices and traditions of communities which use the Chinese language

• recognise the role of language and culture in effective communication and the important cultural and linguistic heritage of Chinese-speaking peoples

• understand their own culture/s through the study of other cultures

• understand language as a system

• gain awareness of different attitudes and values within the wider Australian community and beyond

• apply their understanding of Chinese language, culture and society to work, further study, training and leisure.

This is the course designed for non-Chinese background students. In this course, students use 50% Chinese and 50% English to complete the course from Unit 1—Unit 4. Students start Unit 1+2 in Year 10 and complete Unit 3+4 in Year 11.


The Chinese language is spoken by about a quarter of the world’s population. It is the major language of communication in China, Taiwan and Singapore, and is widely used by Chinese communities throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. This study enables students to strengthen their communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese and to learn about aspects of the culture, history and social structures of Chinese-speaking communities through the medium of English. It also prepares students for further study and employment in areas such as tourism, technology, finance, services and business.


There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 and Unit 4 as a sequence. VCE Chinese Language, Culture and Society is designed for students who have already studied Chinese as part of their secondary education. Students will have typically studied the language for at least 100 hours prior to the commencement of Unit 1. It is possible, however, that some students with less formal experience will also be able to meet the requirements successfully.


Units 1 and 2:  Demonstration of achievement of outcomes and satisfactory completion of a unit is determined by evidence gained through the assessment of a range of learning activities and tasks. 

Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework (25%)

Unit 4 School-assessed Coursework (25%)

End-of-year examinations: Oral examination (15%) | Written examination (35%)

Details of the assessment program are described in the sections on Units 3 and 4 in the study design.


Procedures for the assessment of levels of achievement in Units 1 and 2 are a matter for school decision. Assessment of levels of achievement for these units will not be reported to the VCAA. Schools may choose to report levels of achievement using grades, descriptive statements or other indicators. 


The VCAA specifies the assessment procedures for students undertaking scored assessment in Units 3 and 4. Designated assessment tasks are provided in the details for each unit in the VCE study designs. The student’s level of achievement in Units 3 and 4 will be determined by School-assessed Coursework (SACs) and/or School-assessed Tasks (SATs) as specified in the VCE study designs, and external assessment. 

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