VCE Chemistry curriculum gets longer, tougher, more interesting in 2016!


VCAA has just released its proposed draft VCE Chemistry study design for 2016-2019.

Major changes are in store for future VCE Chemistry students.

First, the Key Knowledge points have been restructured into subheadings. These subheadings represent 37 enquiry-based “topics” across Years 11 & 12 that each take 1 or 2 weeks to teach. This makes planning the curriculum a little easier, and makes the course structure a little more visible for students.

Second, the school-assessed coursework tasks are more specific and more exciting. units 1-4 include extended investigations (like the EPIs done in Physics). Students produce posters, reports or do presentations at the end of each unit. Some examples are shown below (there are more choices available in the full Study Design):

“the properties of a chemical or material that make it useful with specific reference to its structure and bonding, analyse its life cycle and evaluate the impact of its production and use on resources and the environment.” (Unit 1);

“a quantitative laboratory investigation related to the quality of water.” (Unit 2);

“analysis and evaluation of two or more media articles related to energy options.” (Unit 3);

“response to an issue related to food and diet.” (Unit 4)

Third, history of the atom and history of the periodic table have been taken out of the curriculum and replaced with something far more exciting: the Big Bang and how the universe started. The first three chapters of the text book will have to be re-written! Many other (minor) course changes have also been made.

Finally, the entire Chemistry course is much more detailed. Organic molecules now include alkynes and are studied up to C10, for example. The only problem is that it’ll be more difficult to squeeze all the topics into the same amount of time. Students and teachers will probably be working a little harder as of 2016…

What do you think of the new 2016-2019 study design? Read it and give your feedback on VCAA’s Chemistry page (click here).


Draft Study Design (pdf – 655.45kb)

Summary of proposed changes to the Study Design (doc – 423kb)


New Visual Further Maths booklet out now!


All-new Visual Further Maths booklet is now available from

Further Maths is one of the three Mathematics options at Year 12 level in Victoria, Australia.

Features include:

  • Same visual layout;
  • One page per Key Knowledge Point in the VCAA Study Design;
  • Landscape orientation.

This booklet is a notes template, not a comprehensive course summary. Print this booklet double-sided and plaster every inch of it with your own, colourful notes. This booklet should be one of the many revision tasks you undertake in preparation for your end-of-year exam.

Doing practice questions is extremely important in mathematics. This booklet will help you stay on top of the small amount of theory you need to know, but the best way to improve your mathematical skill is to complete as many practice questions as you can.

Check it out here. For more information, contact

VCEasy is now in 61 countries!


VCEasy has now been downloaded over 3,000 times in 61 countries. 55% of all these downloads were within Australia.

The VCEasy booklets are designed to give students a concise, visual summary of all the essential knowledge for their VCE course—with nothing superfluous added, and nothing taken away. Just 100% VCE.

The design is highly visual, and each page corresponds to one Key Knowledge Point taken directly from the VCAA Study Design. This ensures that when the student is revising, no essential knowledge is left out.

The following VCEasy booklets are currently available (June 2014):

  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Student Booklet Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Teachers’ Booklet Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Student Booklet Units 3&4
  • VCEasy Visual Physics Student Booklet Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Visual Physics Teachers Booklet Units 1&2

The following VCEasy booklets are coming soon:

  • VCEasy Visual Further Maths Student Booklet Units 3&4
  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Teachers Booklet Units 3&4
  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Student Booklet Units 3&4
  • VCEasy Visual Biology Student Booklet Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Visual Psychology Student Booklet Units 1&2

All our VCEasy booklets are free to download.

Contact James at with questions or feedback.

Updated: Visual Chemistry v1.3 & Visual Physics v1.3


I’ve just made minor updates to two of the VCEasy Student Booklets.

Visual Chemistry v1.3 now contains:

  • Vivid, in-house graphics with CPK colours for all atoms
  • More practice questions
  • New formulae including the “mixtures formula”
  • Slightly reduced file size

Visual Physics v1.3 now contains:

  • Over 20 refinements throughout the Electricity section
  • More formulae for analysing Electric circuits
  • Simplified kW h conversion page (1.2.8)

Currently in the works:

  • VCEasy Further Maths Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Biology Units 1&2
  • Update for VCEasy Visual Chemistry Units 3&4 (v1.1)
  • iBooks integration

Contact me at if you have any questions or feedback.


Visual Chemistry Student Booklet v1 is Out Now!


I’ve just finished making Visual Chemistry Units 3&4.

There are no questions in version 1; just high-quality visual notes. I’m debating whether to add questions at all: companies like NEAP and STAV create excellent questions for Units 3&4, so there’s less of a need for them here than in Units 1&2. Questions might feature in later versions of this booklet. Would you like practice questions for Units 3&4?

Get the 39-page Student Booklet by clicking the link in the sidebar.

New: Visual Physics Student & Teacher booklets get updated to v1.2


VCEasy Visual Physics v1.2 ad

Two new booklets are available: Visual Physics Student & Teacher v1.2

New in version 1.2:

  • Simplified questions (some of them were ridiculously difficult)
  • New style for questions
  • Questions pages are now after the theory pages

Click Student Booklets in the toolbar on the left to get hold of this new version, v1.2. 🙂

New style… what do you think?


Here’s a new style I’ve been toying with.


The big header attracts more attention, and the green footer forms a nice frame around the whole graphic. Is it an improvement? Or is it too distracting? Let me know what you think.




New VCEasy Visual Chemistry student booklet is out now!


Download the new VCEasy Visual Chemistry Student booklet v1.2 now

Features of the new version (v1.2) include:

  • Design tweaks throughout.
  • Now includes over 30 pages of practice questions.
  • New “concepts” feature that aligns perfectly with the Teachers’ booklet for convenient lesson planning. (I’ve split up the 33 Key Knowledge points from the VCAA Study Design into around 100 “concepts” for Units 1&2.  Each “concept” should be learned one at a time, followed by some practice questions.

VCEasy Visual Chemistry v1.1 ready!


VCEasy Visual Chemistry Free Download PDF Student Book v1.1

VCEasy Visual Chemistry v1.1 is now online!

The booklet contains almost everything you need to know for the VCE Chemistry Course. You’ll notice, however, that it still lacks comprehension questions. These will be included in the next update (v1.2).

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In the pipeline:

  • Add comprehension questions to Visual Chemistry Units 1&2
  • VCEasy Visual Chemistry Units 3&4
  • Visual Year 10 Science (Pre-VCEasy)
  • iBooks integration

There’s a lot of work to be done.

If you have any comments or suggestions, just send me a message @VCEasy or Enjoy 🙂

VCEasy Visual Physics v1.1 (updated)


I try to keep updates to an absolute minimum, but this one is a necessity.

New in version 1.1:

  • New Detailed Study section: Energy from the Nucleus
  • Minor bug fixes (thanks to those who were very quick to point them out!)

Download the new version 1.1 here.

I will remove the detailed study from this VCEasy booklet after the mid-year exams because Energy from the Nucleus will not be assessed at the end of the year. The next update will go online in June 2014. 🙂