A not-for-profit head start program for VCE students, held each year at the University of Melbourne since 1971.


What is the VCE Summer School?

VCE Summer School (VCESS) is a two-week tutoring program that takes place in January and aims to help VCE students from a range of backgrounds gain a head start on their final years of secondary education. The program has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance, and providing tutoring on the widest range of subjects. In fact, we have tutors for each and every VCE subject you’re taking, no matter how small the subject may be. Head here to view a PDF version of our 2020 Program Brochure.

How can I stay updated on when applications are opening?

If you are a high school student wanting information on applying for the 2021 Program when it becomes available, please join our student expression of interest list here.

When and where will the 2021 Program take place?

VCESS 2021 is currently planned to take place from January 11th – 22nd at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The program runs Monday to Friday in each week.

How much does it cost to attend the program?

In 2020, the entire two-week cost $219, which included all classes across all your VCE subjects, subject materials, activities, workshops, 1-on1 tutoring, a T-Shirt and even a couple of BBQ lunches! Pricing for the 2021 program will be announced later in the year.

What if I’m a rural or regional-based student?

For students who didn’t live in Melbourne, we offer our well-regarded Residential Program, held at a University of Melbourne-affiliated Residential College. Students receive accommodation, meals and evening activities Sunday-Friday each week of the program. Residential Program pricing will be announced when applications open.

For more information head to the Residential Program link below!

How do I enrol?

More information will be available in mid-late 2020 for enrolling in the 2021 program.

Where can I get more information?

If you’re a student interested in applying to the VCE Summer School 2021 you’ll be able to find everything you via the links below!

You can contact our office via email at summerschool@union.unimelb.edu.au. If you would like to chat to us over the phone, send us an email with your contact details and we will call you back at a convenient time.

Click here to place an expression of interest in enrolling

Click here for information about the academic side of our program

Click here for information on why VCESS is more than just study!

Click here for information for education professionals!

Click here for other ways of getting touch with us!

Click here if you are a rural or residential student!

Click here if you are interested in becoming a VCESS tutor

Click here for answers to some of our frequently asked questions!

Click here for information on Director Applications