New video gives a taste of life and learning at St Mary’s01/09/2020
Senior Years – a seamless 3-year pathway
In the senior years, students select from a wide range of electives across multiple learning areas to give them the best opportunity to succeed as graduates, with pathways to further study, apprenticeships and employment. In Years 11 – 12 students work towards obtaining the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). As our St Mary’s campus includes Years 10 to 12, most Year 10 students take advantage of accelerating, with more than fifty VCE or VET subjects on offer. We hope you enjoy this new video which gives a taste of life and learning at St Mary’s.
With the support of teachers and parents, students are able to design and map out a pathway from Years 10 - 12 that gives them the best opportunity to succeed as graduates, whether their successful pathway is to tertiary study, apprenticeships or employment.
Students have the option to study a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject starting in Year 10, as part of their 3-year senior pathway. There are in excess of 50 of these options for students to select. In completing this study, students not only gain additional credits to their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) but also develop skills in how to approach their learning and study to perform at their best during their final years of education.
Up to six subjects can count towards the ATAR, but traditionally only five are studied during Year 12. Therefore, it is an advantage for students to accelerate in a subject at Year 10.
Our dedicated Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program also allows Year 10 students to work towards their VCAL certificate, giving them a headstart on their pathway to Year 12. VCAL levels are flexible, allowing students to progress at their own pace.
Our 3-year senior learning pathways, combined with the resources and wellbeing support available to all students, are designed to create success for our graduates and equip them to thrive in a rapidly-changing world.