Years 11 and 12 (VCE)
De La Salle College offers the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) for Year 11 and 12 where students select either a traditional VCE program or the new VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) program. This allows our students to achieve excellence in their preferred field while maintaining a strong sense of belonging and community.
VCE OR VCE VM – HOW WE CATER FOR ALL STUDENTS
De La Salle College offers the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) for Year 11 and 12 where students select either a traditional VCE program or the new VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) program. This gives them the best of both worlds – an education that suits their learning style, while having access to the pastoral care, community and co-curricular activities that our school is celebrated for.
OUR VCE VM PATHWAY
The VCE VM is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.
Visit Year 11 and 12 (VCE Vocational Major) to learn about the VCE Vocational Major pathway.
OUR VCE PATHWAY
Most Year 11 and 12 students choose the traditional academic pathway, VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). This provides a well-rounded and recognised academic foundation and prepares students for entrance into higher education and university.
Students studying for the VCE can choose from a range of subjects. They also have the option to undertake a VET subject as part of their VCE. This can be done on site or through an external VET provider.
Specialised careers and pathways staff work with students and parents to support every student in choosing the best pathway for them.
YEAR 11 VCE
Year 11 is all about preparing for change and celebrating all that being a De La Salle College student has to offer. As the first full year of VCE, it’s a time of great anticipation, excitement and challenge for students.
Students and parents face a mind-boggling array of acronyms – VCE, VCE VM, VET, VCAA, SAC, SAT, ATAR and SBAT to name a few – and many students experience a significant increase in the workload that’s expected of them. It can be overwhelming at times and, as such, one of our most significant roles is to support our students and provide strategies for them to cope with the demands of their course.
As relationships with peers, teachers and parents continue to evolve, we spend time helping our students negotiate this change effectively. In fact, many of the special personal development activities that take place throughout the year focus on this. This includes guest speakers on cyber-bullying, safe partying and road safety.
We strive to ensure that each and every student feels:
- safe to take learning risks
- secure in the knowledge that they belong to a community that has care and respect for them
- challenged to perform to their potential.
In Year 11 we prepare students for the academic rigour of Year 12 VCE programs.
In Year 12, students realise the end of secondary school is near and the wider world is at their doorstep. While it can be a stressful time, our Year 12 students thrive under the added responsibility of being College leaders and make the most of the co-curricular opportunities.
We offer a caring, tolerant, understanding and responsible environment. This gives our students every chance to reach their personal and vocational goals. Importantly, students are given the space and support to discover for themselves what’s best for them.
Teamwork and camaraderie are both important elements in the life of a Year 12 student. Students work with parents, family, teachers and friends in order to achieve their goals. Mentor Teachers provide support, guidance, encouragement and leadership.
VCE SUBJECT CHOICES
|Year 11||Year 12|
|Design & Technology||
|Health & Physical Education||
INCLUDING A VET IN YOUR VCE PROGRAM
VET (Vocational Education and Training) can be incorporated into the VCE Program. Students will select a VCE/VET Program which can lead to a nationally recognised qualification and provide an opportunity for students to receive credit towards their VCE, VCE VM, or a stand-alone VET Certificate. VCE/VET subjects can be completed as scored or unscored.
HOW ARE VET SUBJECTS DELIVERED?
VET subjects can be undertaken:
- at De La Salle College
- at a TAFE, or
- at other nearby schools.
Internal Options – Delivered at De La Salle
- Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry)
- Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
External Options – Delivered at TAFE or local schools
De La Salle College is a member of the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC). IMVC is a membership of secondary schools that provides students access to 17 highly-regarded RTOs (TAFE or local school) that facilitate VET programs for secondary school students. De La Salle students can complete their VET subjects through one of these providers on a Wednesday afternoon.
For more information about VET and to see the full list of VET subjects available through IMVC visit the IMVC website.
BENEFITS OF TAKING VET SUBJECTS
VET contributes to the eligibility requirements for both VCE and VCE VM. Importantly for VCE, it contributes to the ATAR score calculation and increases students’ learning potential by broadening VCE subject options. In addition, VET subjects form part of a recognised pathway to further education and training and, upon successful completion, students receive a nationally accredited qualification and are well prepared for the workforce.
Learn more with the Curriculum Handbook
To learn more about the teaching and learning arrangements for VCE, we encourage you to view or download the Curriculum Handbook