Senior School Subject Selection Guide 2021 - Cranbourne ...

 
Senior School Subject Selection Guide 2021 - Cranbourne ...
2021
     Senior School
Subject Selection Guide
                     50 Stately Drive
                Cranbourne East VIC 3977
                   Tel: (03) 5990 0200
                   Fax: (03) 5990 0299
           Web: http://www.cesc.vic.edu.au/
     Email: cranbourne.east.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au
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Senior School Subject Selection Guide                                                       2021

                                                    Contents
 Assistant Principal Introduction                                                            Page 3
 Senior School Staff                                                                         Page 3
 About our Subject Selection Guide                                                           Page 4
 Useful Websites                                                                             Page 4
 The Course Selection Process                                                                Page 5
 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)                                                    Page 5-7
 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)                                            Page 7-9
 VCAL Core Subjects                                                                          Page 9-12
 VCAL Electives                                                                              Page 12-13
 Vocational Education & Training (VET)                                                       Page 14-15
 VET Certificates offered at Cranbourne East Secondary College                               Page 16-17
 School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)                                        Page 17
 Head Start Program                                                                          Page 18-19
 2021 Subject Listings                                                                       Page 20
 2021 Senior Subject Costs                                                                   Page 20
 Accounting                                                                                  Page 21-22
 Applied Computing                                                                           Page 23
 Biology                                                                                     Page 24-25
 Business Management                                                                         Page 26-27
 Chemistry                                                                                   Page 28-29
 Drama                                                                                       Page 30
 Economics                                                                                   Page 31
 English, English as an Additional Language (EAL) & Literature                               Page 32-35
 Environmental Science: Unit 1 and 2                                                         Page 37
 Food Studies                                                                                Page 38-39
 Further Mathematics                                                                         Page 40
 General Mathematics                                                                         Page 41
 Geography                                                                                   Page 42
 Health and Human Development                                                                Page 43-44
 History Revolutions                                                                         Page 45
 Legal Studies                                                                               Page 46-47
 Mathematical Methods (CAS)                                                                  Page 48-49
 Media                                                                                       Page 50-51
 Modern History                                                                              Page 52
 Music Performance                                                                           Page 53
 Outdoor Education                                                                           Page 54
 Physical Education                                                                          Page 55-57
 Physics                                                                                     Page 58-59
 Product Design and Technology                                                               Page 60-61
 Psychology                                                                                  Page 62-63
 Specialist Mathematics                                                                      Page 64-65
 Studio Arts                                                                                 Page 66-67
 Systems Engineering                                                                         Page 68-69
 Visual Communication                                                                        Page 70
 Creating your Program                                                                       Page 71
 Yr. 11 VCE Blocking Grid                                                                    Page 72
 Yr. 12 VCE Blocking Grid                                                                    Page 73
 Sample Course Selection Forms                                                               Page74-79

For further information on VCE, VCAL and VET please go to the VCAA website at: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au

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                                      Assistant Principal Introduction
Year 11 and Year 12 are very important times for students – during these years students make choices that will
have an impact on their futures.

Cranbourne East Secondary College students have participated in many activities designed to make them think
about future career pathways and prospects.

We believe that we have designed a structure for VCE and VCAL students in 2021 that achieves many things:
   • Students will have access to many VCE subjects that lead to great careers. Some students have already
       undertaken Units 1 and 2 at VCE this year and they will be able to complete Units 3 and 4 for those
       subjects
   • Students will have access to a VCAL course – this course will allow a group of students to undertake a
       more “hands on” course where they undertake a VET course in a subject such as automotive, building
       and construction, hospitality and many others. They also undertake one day a week work placement
       where they learn about the world of work and participate in the workforce

These options will lead students to further study at Cranbourne East Secondary College in VCE and VCAL in Year
12.

Students and parents need to discuss future options and choose wisely, keeping an eye on future careers. In
making these decisions do not hesitate, if there is a need, to further discuss the matter with the relevant
coordinators, designated course counsellors, careers staff and/or myself.

We wish all our students the best as they undertake this important transition.

Carys Freeman
Senior School Assistant Principal

                                              Senior School Staff
The following College staff may be of assistance when planning your Senior Studies Course. We encourage you
to contact any of our staff members, please call the College on 5990 0200.
 Senior School Assistant Principal                                              Carys Freeman
 Yr. 11 Team Leader                                                             Elise Corney
 Yr. 11 Assistant Team Leader                                                   Justin Savio
 Yr. 12 Team Leader                                                             Kelly Jessop
 Yr. 12 Assistant Team Leader                                                   Veronica Guthrie
 VCAL Coordinator                                                               Irene Greenwood
 VCAL Assistant Leader- Year 11                                                 Steve Culbert
 VCAL Assistant Leader- Year 12                                                 Jess Latchford
 Careers Practitioner                                                           Nancy Huez-O’Rourke
 VET and SWL Coordinator                                                        Liz Hassell
 VASS Coordinator & Senior School Administrator                                 Vanessa Mohr

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                                      About our Subject Selection Guide
This guide contains general information and unit descriptions for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and
the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Students intending to undertake a Year 11 course at Cranbourne East Secondary College and their parents are
advised to use the information and advice contained in this guide to assist them in deciding on an appropriate
Senior Studies program.

You are strongly encouraged to check the following websites for further information.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
The VCAA is an independent statutory body responsible to the Victorian Minister for Education, serving both
government and non-government schools. Their website provides access to a wide range of information
relating to VCE, VCAL and VET units: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au

Rules and Regulations of VCE, VCAL and VET: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/schooladmin/handbook

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships
and special entry access schemes at university, TAFE and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria (and a few
outside Victoria). VTAC receives and forwards application information and supporting documentation to the
relevant authorities at institutions.

Before applying for courses or scholarships, or booking an admission test, you will need to register for a VTAC
user account. Some of the features of their website enable students to search for courses, information about
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and set up an account in Courselink to keep track of courses that
interest them. www.vtac.edu.au

                                                Useful Websites
VCAA
www.vcaa.vic.edu.au
VCAA is the body that administers and regulates the delivery of VCE, VCAL and VET programs. The information
available includes:
    • Study Designs (what is taught in a subject from Units 1 – 4)
    • Administration and Assessment Policies
    • Example Exams
    • Information about Scholarships, Competitions and celebrations of student achievement

VTAC
www.vtac.edu.au

The Job Guide
www.education.gov.au/job-guide
This website provides an in-depth look at careers and their training and education pathways. The Job Guide is
also available as a hard copy and can be purchased from Newsagents.

My Future-Career Information
www.myfuture.edu.au
My Future provides a variety of information on career planning, training options and profiles on different
occupations. A good starting point to talk about careers.

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                                         The Course Selection Process
This guide has been developed to support the Senior School subject selection process for students, parents and
guardians. It is a guide only, and not intended to be all encompassing. Students need to be responsible to
conduct research in their future career pathway.

Careers Expo – Senior students attend the ‘South East Careers Expo & Try a Trade’ at Cranbourne Racecourse to
obtain information on courses, apprenticeships/traineeships, and explore career options.

Senior Studies Information Sessions:
   • Yr. 10 into Yr. 11 Information Evening:
        - Thursday 18th June 2020 5:30pm – 8pm

    •   Year 10 into Yr. 11 Course Counselling: by appointment only
        - Tuesday 28th July 2020 1pm – 8pm
        - Thursday 30th July 2020 1pm – 8pm

    •   Yr. 11 into Yr. 12 Course Counselling: as required
        - Monday 10th August 2020 3:15pm – 8:00pm

These are vitally important dates. It is during this time that Year 10 students will select the course of study they
plan to undertake in 2021. Students and parents will make an appointment with a Course Counsellor. This
session is expected to take around 20 minutes and students should attend thoroughly prepared. Students will
select the course of study they wish to pursue in 2021 at this meeting. Session times will be between 1:00pm
and 8:00pm on each day. Normal classes will not run for Year 10 students on these days.

We anticipate that student and subject groupings for 2021 should be finalised by early Term 4. Parents will be
notified of course costs after this date, but should be aware that some courses are expensive due to activities
undertaken. Approximate costs will be outlined at the counselling sessions.

During Term 4 all Senior School students will participate in step-up. Students will attend the subjects they have
chosen or been allocated to. They will be given some work to complete over the holiday period, and will
undergo a series of Verification Tests in February 2021.

                                   Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
The VCE is normally a two-year course of study although there is no upper limit to the number of years a
student can take to complete the certificate.

Over the two years of VCE most full-time students at Cranbourne East Secondary College will have undertaken
between 20 and 22 semester length units. Some Year 10 students have already commenced VCE studies. These
units are credited to the student’s VCE or VCAL. In Year 11 students will choose 5 subjects which equates to 10
units and in Year 12 students will choose 5 subjects which equates to 10 units.

Satisfactory Completion of the VCE
Students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units to be awarded the VCE. Included in these 16 units must
be:
    • At least three English related units
    • At least 3 sequences of units 3 and 4 other than English

NOTE: Tertiary entrance students must satisfactorily complete Units 3 and 4 English
It may be possible, depending upon teacher recommendation, for a student in Yr. 11 to undertake a Unit 3 and 4
sequence. This should be discussed with the student’s Course Counsellor.

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Choosing a VCE Program
Choosing a career is often a challenging task because career development is a long-term process. As we grow,
we change, and so do our goals and preferred career outcomes. At the same time, we are aware that
employment and the labour market are constantly changing and that the career or occupation we focus on now
may simply not exist in five, ten or twenty years.

Typically, a student choosing a senior course for 2021 can expect it to be at least two years before joining the
full-time workforce. For those who intend to go onto further study, TAFE or University, this could be extended
by up to six more years that is until 2026.

Aside from all the usual advice of consulting TAFE and University handbooks, Job Guides and Careers
Counsellors, the following may be of assistance in helping you choose your senior program:

Keep your Options Open
Fortunately, except for a few areas, it is possible to keep a variety of options open. You will notice that in most
of the suggested programs included in this handbook, there is room for elective choices, which will enable you
to meet at least two and potentially more, career pathways. Not keeping options open is only a problem if you
choose to focus all your studies on a single pathway.

Note: Keeping options open does not mean you should take subjects in which you have no interest or little
ability! This will restrict rather than enhance your options.

Follow Your Interests
There are three golden rules to keep in mind when choosing a VCE program. These are:
    • Choose subjects you will most likely succeed in – these are usually subjects of INTEREST
    • Choose subjects that you are most likely to enjoy – you will be INTERESTED in these
    • Check the pre-requisites for University or TAFE courses of INTEREST to you

Where a career pathway involves a University or TAFE course you should check whether there are any VCE
prerequisites before finalising your VCE course.

If you discover a need to take subjects in which you have little or no interest or with which you are likely to
struggle, ask yourself if you are prepared and able to put in the work and effort necessary to achieve success in
those subjects. If not, think again!

What is a Prerequisite?
A prerequisite is a VCE unit or sequence of units that you must successfully complete in order to be eligible to
apply for a particular course. For example, an Engineering Technology course might stipulate that Mathematics
and Physics Units 3 and 4 are prerequisites. This means that if you haven’t successfully completed these units
you will not be considered for entry into the course.

In some cases, the prerequisite may stipulate not only the subject, but also the lowest acceptable Study Score.
For example, a Medical course might stipulate a minimum Study Score of 30 in Chemistry as a prerequisite. In
this circumstance, regardless of how well you go in all other subjects, the selection officers will not consider you
if you’re Study Score is less than 30 in Chemistry.

Why do Courses have Pre-requisites?
Prerequisites are set for many reasons, not simply to make it more difficult for students to gain entry to the
course. Prerequisites are usually set because:
    • The course will involve study in that area
    • The course is designed on the assumption that students have already achieved a certain standard in the
        prerequisite study

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Where to Find Information on VCE Prerequisites
Each year the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) publishes a list of prerequisite subjects for that year’s
group of Year 10 students. This year they will publish Tertiary Entrance Requirements for 2020. This
information is usually published as a supplement to The Age and Herald Sun in July. This is an invaluable
resource, not only for choosing a VCE course, but also for checking which course you can apply for at the end of
Year 12. The information is also available from the VTAC website www.vtac.edu.au

Mathematics in VCE
Many students and parents are concerned about completing Mathematics during the VCE, and about which
specific Mathematics subjects they should complete.
Firstly, the best advice that can be given to prospective Senior School students is complete the highest level of
Mathematics of which you are capable. There is simply no question that completing Mathematics at VCE opens
many future options for students, ranging from some pre-apprenticeship TAFE courses through to all Primary
teaching qualifications.

Specific courses do have prerequisite Mathematics subjects and students should ensure that they inform
themselves of what will be required for their intended courses through the relevant literature.
Secondly, students do not have to complete VCE Mathematics. It is certainly in their best interests to finish at
least Unit 1 and 2 in mathematics of the student’s choice, but it is not mandatory.

Finally, students intending to study Mathematic subjects at Year 12 will need to select the appropriate
prerequisite Mathematics Units in Year 11 to allow them to enter their selections the following year.

                               Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
What is VCAL?
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is an alternative senior program that allows you to complete
practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal
skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is a recognised
senior secondary qualification.

If you choose to do VCAL, you will gain practical experience and ‘employability’ skills as well as the skills you will
need to go onto further training in the workplace or at a TAFE institute.

At Cranbourne East Secondary College, the VCAL certificate can be studied as a one or two-year course and
provided students complete all the required units, they will be awarded a Certificate and Statement of Results
for each level completed. As part of your enrolment, you are required to complete Structured Workplace
Learning (SWL) and enrol in a VET course. The students who have been enrolled in VCAL have been able to
greatly benefit from being able to network with potential employers, receive industry experience to see
whether they are interested in moving forward to an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you have already started a VET certificate, this will be credited towards your VCAL Certificate. If you have
already completed VCE studies, these units will also be credited towards your VCAL Certificate.

Important Things to note about VCAL
VCAL has 3 levels, Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. The three qualification levels cater for a range of
students with different abilities and interests. They also provide a progression of skills, knowledge and
attitudinal development. You would complete your VCAL at the level that matches your needs and abilities.
Your teachers or careers counsellor will assist you to decide what level is suitable for you.

    •   After successfully completing your Intermediate/Senior VCAL you may decide to switch back to
        completing VCE. There will be pre-requisite 3 and 4 units that you will be required to complete. Please
        see your VCE or VCAL Coordinator for more details
    •   Provided you have an employer who is willing to take you on, you may be able to complete a part-time
        school based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of your VCAL

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Is VCAL for you?
If you are seriously considering VCAL as an option for you, it is vital you read through the tick sheet below and
check that you are making the right decision. You need to be able to confidently tick each point. If you have any
problems with any one of them, make sure you speak to Mrs Greenwood, Miss Latchford or Mr Culbert.

 VCAL is not a course for students needing an ATAR Score.
 It is a course suited for young people who wish to gain an apprenticeship or traineeship.
 If intending to go on to TAFE at the end of Year 12, students should carefully check that
 they are able to qualify for their TAFE course by completing VCAL. In most cases this
 won’t be a problem.
 Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours per year of a VET/TAFE course as part of
 their VCAL certificate.
 Although the VET/TAFE component of the VCAL program is heavily subsidised by
 Government funding, students will have to pay costs of $500 or more per year depending
 on their chosen VET/TAFE course. For example, a specialist make-up course can be close
 to $2000. Costs TBA.
 VET/TAFE attendance will require students to be able to make their own way to the
 course location. This will be at the student’s own expense.
 Students must be prepared to complete ongoing work placement one day per week.
 Structured Workplace Learning is a compulsory part of the course and Work Experience in
 year 10 is a prerequisite.
 Students must seek out their own work placements.
 Structured Workplace Learning will need to be linked to the VET/TAFE course you are
 enrolled in.
 Attendance at school, VET Course and Work Placement is vital if you are to complete your
 VCAL certificate.
 Although students will be completing more practical subjects, there is still a
 writing/theory component to all classes including VET/TAFE.
 Students need to be prepared to work independently of teacher assistance.

How does VCAL run at Cranbourne East Secondary College?
To successfully complete a VCAL certificate, students must complete 10 units. Units are drawn from the areas of
Literacy and Numeracy, Personal Development Skills (PDS), Work Related Skills (WRS), Industry Specific Skills
(VET and VET Taster units).

Note: Incursions and excursions are a core part of the VCAL curriculum. It is the expectation that all students
attend all incursions and excursions. Failure to do so may place them at risk of not achieving learning outcomes.

    •   Students will attend school 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
    •   Students will attend their chosen VET course one day per week (Wednesday or Friday)
    •   Students will attend Structured Workplace Learning on the other day (Wednesday or Friday).

Yr. 11 Students in VCAL select:
Automatic enrolment in VCAL Core:
            - Literacy
            - Numeracy
            - Personal Development Skills (PDS)
            - Work Related Skills (WRS)
            - 1 VCAL Elective
            - VET
            - Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

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Yr. 12 Students in VCAL select:
Automatic enrolment in VCAL Core:
            - Literacy
            - Numeracy
            - Personal Development Skills
            - Work Related Skills
            - 1 VCAL Elective
            - VET
            - Structured Workplace Learning

                                               VCAL Core Subjects
Literacy
The purpose of the literacy curriculum selected for this strand is to enable the development of knowledge, skills
and attributes relevant to reading, writing and oral communication and their practical application in the contexts
of everyday life, family, employment, further learning and community.
Literacy skills corresponding with these social contexts include literacy for self-expression, practical purposes,
knowledge and public debate.

Study in this strand is designed to:
    • develop knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to reading, writing and oral communication and their
        practical application in the contexts of everyday life, family, employment, further learning and
        community
    • provide pathways to further study and work.

Literacy Reading and Writing Units
In the Reading and Writing units, the four literacy domains (literacy for self-expression; literacy for practical
purposes, literacy for knowledge, and literacy for public debate) provide a framework by which students can
become aware of the social context or areas of social practices in which they operate, the genres relevant to
these social contexts and practices, and in which they can develop skills to use the genres effectively.

Learning Outcomes
Each reading and writing unit has eight learning outcomes; four relate to reading and four to writing. Learners
are expected to show competence in all eight learning outcomes in Reading and Writing.
    • Reading and writing for self-expression: focuses on aspects of personal and family life, and the cultures
        which shape these
    • Reading and writing for practical purposes: focuses on forms of communication mainly used in
        workplace and institutional settings and in communication with such organisations
    • Reading and writing for knowledge: focuses on sociological, scientific, technological, historical and
        mechanical theories and concepts which are relevant to education and training
    • Reading and writing for public debate: focuses on matters of public concern, and the forms of
        argument, reason and criticism used in the public arena

Literacy Oral Communication units
The Oral Communication units are designed to provide participants with knowledge, understanding and skills in
spoken communication for different social purposes. The Oral Communication units reflect the theory that
language use varies depending on the social context and purpose of the interaction and this is its main
organising principle. The units identify four primary purposes for oral communication which reflect the literacy
domains and encompass a range of contexts for spoken interaction.

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Learning Outcomes
There are four learning outcomes in each oral communication unit. Learners must show competence in the four
learning outcomes to satisfactorily complete this unit.
    • Oracy for self-expression: focuses on spoken interaction involving exploring story and life experiences
        and the culture in which these are staged
    • Oracy for knowledge: reports, informative interviews, speeches, lectures, presentations and news
        broadcasts are most likely to occur in this domain
    • Oracy for practical purposes: oral texts are likely to include giving or responding to instructions or
        directions, exchanging goods and services, making appointments and job interviews
    • Oracy for exploring issues and problem solving: oral texts likely to occur in this domain include public
        meetings, discussions, debates and documentaries.

Numeracy Units
The purpose of the numeracy curriculum selected for this strand is to enable the development of knowledge, skills
and attributes relevant to identifying, applying and communicating mathematical information in the contexts of
everyday life, family, employment, further learning and community.

Numeracy skills corresponding with these social contexts include mathematical knowledge and techniques,
financial literacy, planning and organising, measurement, data, representation, design, problem-solving, using
software tools and devices, and further study in mathematics or related fields.

Study is this area aims to;
    • develop knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to the practical application of numeracy in the contexts
         of everyday life, further learning, work and community
    • provide pathways to further study and work.

Learning Outcomes
Rather than the learning outcomes having as their focus the traditional mathematical areas (number, space and
shape, data, measurement, and algebra) the purposes or functions to which the mathematics may be put, are
given prominence. The learning outcomes still ensure that the skills and knowledge of the mathematics strands
are included but they are arranged under a different organisational structure. The specific mathematical skills
and knowledge required are embedded in the learning outcomes and specified within the elements.

All students in Foundation, Intermediate and Senior complete Unit 1 in Numeracy. At a Foundation level there
are five learning domains in this unit and at an Intermediate and senior level there are four learning domains, to
allow for increased complexity and specialisation. At a Foundation Level students must successfully complete all
five learning outcomes and at an Intermediate and senior level students must complete all four learning
outcomes.

The four domains of Numeracy identified across a Foundation, Intermediate and Senior level are;
    • Numerical Skills and Processes; focuses on using numbers to perform computations with and without
       software tools and devices.
    • Financial Literacy; focuses on making decisions and performing monetary calculations involving
       money and demonstrating an understanding of participation in a monetary society.
    • Planning and Organising; focuses on identifying and using numbers and units of measurement to make
       decisions about time, location, data, resources, and solve problems. As this subject becomes more
       complex at an Intermediate and Senior level it expands to include financial management both at a
       personal and business level.
    • Measurement, Representation and Design; focus on units to measure, recognise and represent shapes
        and three-dimensional objects. As this subject becomes more complex at an Intermediate and
        Senior level it expands to include a use of software tools and devices.

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At the Foundation level students must demonstrate a fifth domain;
Preparing for Work; focuses on using and communicating numerical skills in a practical context within the work
environment.

At the Intermediate level students also cover Unit 2 in Numeracy. The purpose of this unit is to enable students
to develop, refine, extend and apply numeracy knowledge and skills through an investigation in a familiar industry
area linked to the VET units in their VCAL program or employment. The numeracy involved focuses on Number,
Measurement, Financial Numeracy, and Probability and Statistics.

Personal Development Skills (PDS)
The purpose of the VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand is to develop student knowledge, skills and
attributes that lead to self-development and community engagement through:

    •   family, social, community and environmental responsibilities
    •   resilience, self-esteem and efficacy
    •   health and wellbeing
    •   valuing participation in a democratic society.

Personal development includes self-esteem and personal qualities developed through valuing personal
achievement and contributions for the benefit of the community or personal growth. This may involve
demonstration of leadership, teamwork skills, accepting responsibility for goal achievement and reflecting on
knowledge and skills for decision making and problem solving. The aims of the Personal Develop strands to
improve;
    • self-awareness and self-worth
    • health and wellbeing
    • social connectedness
    • community and environmental awareness
    • critical and creative thinking.

Personal Development Skills (PDS) Units
Two PDS units exist in each level (Foundation, Intermediate, and Senior). In Unit 1, for all levels, the learning
program links to one of the following curriculum contexts:
    • resilience, self-esteem and efficacy
    • health and wellbeing
    • family and social connectedness
    • environmental awareness
    • critical and creative thinking
    • planning and organisational skills
    • problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

These skills are expanded to incorporate collaborative skills, leadership and decision making skills for group
work and team work at a Senior and Intermediate level.

In Unit 2, for all levels, the learning program links to one of the following curriculum contexts:
    • community engagement
    • social and environmental awareness
    • participation in a democratic society
    • social connectedness
    • critical and creative thinking
    • planning and organisational skills
    • problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

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Learning Outcomes
There are five learning outcomes in each unit. Students must achieve all learning outcomes to be credited with
the unit.

Work Related Skills (WRS)
The purpose of the VCAL Work Related Skills Strand is to develop student skills, knowledge and attributes
valued within community and work environments as a preparation for employment. The development of
employability skills within this strand provides students with a capacity to explore, consider and choose from
a range of pathways. Knowledge and understanding of occupational health and safety (OHS) is integral to
student preparation for a variety of community and work environments.

Work Related Skills (WRS) Units
Two WRS units exist at each level (Foundation, Intermediate, and Senior). Work Related Skills Unit 1 at each
VCAL level is designed to achieve learning outcomes important for OHS and the development of career goals.
Work Related Skills Unit 2 at each VCAL level is designed to achieve learning outcomes important for work-
related skills, employability skills and career goals.

The Work Related Skills units are designed to:
    • develop OHS awareness and understanding
    • reflect the progression of skills, knowledge and attributes related to work
    • integrate learning about work skills with prior knowledge and experiences
    • enhance the development of employability skills through work-related contexts
    • develop critical thinking skills that apply to problem solving in work-related contexts
    • develop planning and work-related organisational skills
    • develop research and job-readiness skills
    • develop and apply transferable skills for work-related contexts.

Unit 1 must be completed prior to beginning Structured Workplace Learning. Students will begin this unit in the
‘Step Up’ program and complete tasks for holiday homework. Unit 2 will be assessed in the workplace as part of
the Structured Workplace Learning program.

                                                 VCAL Electives
Elective 1: Furniture Making
Students successfully completing this elective will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate
II in Furniture Making Pathways. Students will have the opportunity to develop basic knowledge in preparing,
assembling and finishing a basic furnishing project, along with applying safe practices at work.

Elective 2: Business Enterprise
Students will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate II in Business from IVET
Training. Students will learn the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe work practices into own workplace
activities. They will learn how to process attendee registrations for events, and administer them through to
finalisation including recording customer information, monitoring attendance, generating operational reports
and issuing customer documents for event attendance. Students will also learn the skills and knowledge
required to deliver all aspects of customer service at an introductory level.

Elective 3: Kitchen Operations
Students successfully completing this elective will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate
II in Kitchen Operations from IVET Training. Students learn the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe work
practices into workplace activities. These units reflect the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a
defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills. They are involved in mainly routine and
repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. Students will have the opportunity to work in a simulated
environment where they will be involved in a range of small and large scale catering experiences. These units
can provide a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering

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operations, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals,
prisons and schools.

Elective 4: Sport and Recreation
Students successfully completing this elective will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate
II in Sport and Recreation. Students will develop basic functional knowledge and skills for work in sport and
recreational centres under supervision. Students facilitate practical lessons with the primary school students
and assist to run whole school carnival events. Student complete First Aid training with practical and theoretical
components. Students maintain equipment for the activities they conduct with the primary school students
while being aware of the OH&S requirements.

Elective 5: Creative Industries
Students successfully completing this elective will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate
II in Creative Industries from IVET Training. Students develop skills and knowledge in creative processes and
drawing to allow for the development and production of ideas in response to a set brief, along with workplace
health and safety for a creative environment. This practical, hands-on elective also includes an excursion,
allowing students to engage with the ideas of other professional creative artists and designers.

Elective 6: Screen & Media
Students will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and
Technology. Students will learn how to capture and process digital media using specialist tools and software.
Students will also learn and follow industry conventions and preferences when working with digital media and
technology.

Elective 7: Applied Fashion
Students successfully completing this elective will attain selected units from the nationally accredited Certificate
II in Applied Fashion Design. Students develop skills and knowledge in using a sewing machine, designing and
modifying commercial patterns along with workplace health and safety for a textiles, clothing and footwear
environment. This practical, hands-on elective also includes opportunities through which students can engage in
the fashion design process, while spending time creating their own personal “Look”.

A possible VCAL Timetable might look like this…
       Monday              Tuesday              Wednesday                    Thursday                 Friday
    VCAL Subject         VCAL Subject           SWL OR VET                  VCAL Subject            SWL OR VET
    VCAL Subject         VCAL Subject                                       VCAL Subject
    VCAL Subject         VCAL Subject              ALL                      VCAL Subject                 ALL
    VCAL Subject         VCAL Subject                                       VCAL Subject
    VCAL Subject         VCAL Subject              DAY                      VCAL Subject                DAY

Costs
Students considering VCAL need to be aware that most VET courses and units of competency are a compulsory
part of the program at Intermediate and Senior level. It is expected that student/families will be liable to pay
material fees.

Information on costs for next year is not yet available but previous experience tells us that students should
expect to contribute near $200 - $500 per year depending on the course. Failure to pay the VET fee by the due
date will unfortunately result in withdrawal from the program and will affect successful completion of a
student’s overall VCAL qualifications. Furthermore, withdrawal after the cut-off date will incur a fee.

Factors to Think About When Considering the VCAL Option
Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Mrs Greenwood, Miss Latchford or Mr Culbert. Please make sure you share this information with your parents
and speak to teachers who already know you and what you’re capable of. It is important that you seek out as
much information as possible. You do not want to find yourself regretting your decision next year!

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                                   Vocational Education and Training (VET)
                 *Please see Ms Liz Hassell or Nancy Huez-O’Rourke for further information
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VET) programs are designed to expand opportunities and
pathways for senior secondary students, and improve post compulsory educational outcomes as well as address
the employment needs of industry in Victoria.

VET Programs offer:
• a nationally recognised vocational certificate with credits built in just like other subjects
• counts towards the VCE & VCAL Certificates
• may contribute to the ATAR or study score
• training in a specific industry area
• an opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice in a simulated or actual workplace environment
   known as Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
• a qualification which will provide access to further training
• improved chances of getting work when finishing school

VET is compulsory in Intermediate and Senior VCAL. First year VET will only be available to VCE Year 11
students, based on teacher recommendation and results.

Vocational Education and Training Programs assist students to make the transition to further education, training
and employment. Many programs are based on entry level TAFE courses. These programs are designed so that
students can develop general work related competencies and the skills and knowledge required in a particular
industry.

VET Programs:
   • Promote an awareness of work through work placement
   • Develop general work related competencies i.e. skills in communication, team work, using technology,
       problem solving, using mathematical ideas and concepts, planning and organising activities, gathering
       and analysing information and occupational health and safety
   • Develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a particular industry
   • Give students a competitive edge in looking for both casual and full time employment

Other Considerations when Selecting a VET Program…

Timing and Location
The majority of VET programs happen on Wednesdays and Fridays. They occur at a variety of schools in the
local area, TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisations (RTO).

Costs
Each program has costs attached to it. They vary from program to program. Any charges listed in this guide are
based on 2019. Students will be advised of actual costs as they become available for the 2020 school year. VET
students need to be reminded that a non-refundable $100 deposit is required before applications will be
processed.

The majority of VET programs happen on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the VET Programs offered on
site there are a wide variety of VET programs available. They occur at a variety of schools in the local area, TAFEs
and other Registered Training Organisations (RTO). Please see Ms. Liz Hassell or Nancy Huez-O’Rourke for
further information and course brochures.

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Work Placement
Some VET programs have compulsory work placement components and others do not such as:
   • Certificate II in Health Support Services – 40hrs
   • Certificate II in Equine Studies – 40hrs
   • Certificate III in Community Services – (Selected units in Early Children’s Services) 160hrs

Courses with work placement components require students to do Structured Workplace Learning in their
chosen industry.

The amount of Workplace Learning for each program varies. The time when the work placement is done varies.
Students who are completing a VET program within VCAL will be allocated one day a week to complete their
work placement. In general, Structured Workplace Learning is encouraged across all VET programs as it
contributes credit units towards a VCAL program which falls under the Industry Specific Skills Strand. At
Cranbourne East Secondary College, Structured Workplace Learning is compulsory for all students enrolled in
VCAL.

Students will be expected to assist with the organisation of their Structured Workplace Learning. They are
required to get legal forms (Structured Workplace Learning Arrangement Form) signed and in some cases,
attend an interview with prospective employers.
Students should initially try to find their own work placement. Students who find their own work placement
should select one that suits their own travel requirements.

Transport
Students are expected to organise their own transport to and from other schools, TAFEs and RTOs.

Student Commitment
There are many advantages of students who choose to do a VET program. Cranbourne East Secondary College is
committed to doing all that it can to ensure that students gain entry to and are successful in the VET programs
of their choice.

Students need to be committed to their VET program.

They will be expected to:
     • Meet application deadlines, prepare for                   •   Always be prepared for classes and have
          and attend interviews on time                              the necessary equipment required
     • Attend classes on time and on a regular                   •   Organise and complete work placement
          basis                                                      when required
     • Notify the school, RTO or TAFE of an                      •   Promptly notify Cranbourne East
          impending absence                                          Secondary College’s VCAL Coordinator
     • Always act in a responsible manner at                         whenever problems or queries arise
          school, RTO, TAFE or work place                        •   Work in a safe manner
     • Abide by the rules of the RTO or TAFE

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                                     Vocational Education and Training (VET)
                     *Please see Ms Liz Hassell or Nancy Huez-O’Rourke for further information
                        VET Certificates offered at Cranbourne East Secondary College

                              VCE/VET Sport & Recreation
                           Certificate III in Sport & Recreation

Course Outline:
Training Provider:      IVET Institute (RTO: 40548)
Course Code:            SIS30115
Location:               Cranbourne East Secondary College
Duration:               2 Year program
Cost:                   $454 (1st Year) $400 (2nd Year)
                        (Pricing subject to review)

Description:
Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to support the operation of facilities and assist in conducting
sport and recreation programs as well as develop a comprehensive understanding of the Sport & Recreation
industry.

Contribution to the VCE/VCAL
On completion of the program students are eligible for five credits towards their VCE, three at Unit 1 - 2 level and a
Unit 3 - 4 sequence.

Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a
study score. This study score can contribute directly to the primary four or as a fifth or sixth subject.

VCAL Credit
You will be eligible for a minimum of four credits towards your VCAL – at the Foundation, Intermediate or Senior
levels.

Units of Study:
Year 1
    • Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
    • Organise personal work priorities and development
    • Provide first aid
    • Participate in conditioning for sport
    • Conduct sport, fitness or recreation events
    • Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
    • Provide quality service
    • Respond to emergency situations
    • Participate in workplace health and safety
    • Book athlete travel and accommodation
Year 2:
    • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
    • Educate user groups
    • Facilitate groups
    • Plan and conduct programs
    • Conduct sport coaching sessions with foundation level participants
    • Provide equipment for activities

What to bring
Students will need to wear runners and PE uniform to each session, as well as bring a hat and sunscreen.

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Further Study:
    • Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)
    • Diploma of Sport & Recreation (SIS50712)
    • Bachelor of Sport & Outdoor Recreation

Please note: These details are subject to change and will require confirmation by the Registered Training Provider or
TAFE. VET enrolments are processed through secondary school VET Coordinators. If you are interested in completing
this program, please contact your school VET Coordinator.

Please note: These details are subject to change and will require confirmation by the Registered Training Provider or
TAFE. VET enrolments are processed through secondary school VET Coordinators. If you are interested in completing
this program, please contact your school VET Coordinator.

                            School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBAT’S)
The purpose of an SBAT is it offers students the opportunity to combine an apprenticeship or traineeship with their
school studies.

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship requires a minimum of 13 hours per week, consisting of both training
and employment. It contributes towards your VCE or VCAL, leads to a nationally recognised qualification and
includes paid work.
Many people are involved in arranging a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, including you, your parents, and
employer, a TAFE or other registered training organisation (RTO), your school and an Apprenticeship Network
provider.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships combine paid work with accredited training and are covered by a relevant
industrial award. This combination of work and training provides the opportunity to develop practical skills with
formal training. In most instances, apprenticeships and traineeships cover full time or part time, however it is
important to check the relevant industrial awards, as this does not always apply.

Students must have an employer willing to take the student on as a Trainee or part time Apprentice. SBATS are
available (but not limited to) various industries such as: Automotive, Fitness, Community Activities Program (Sport
and Recreation), Children’s Services, Community Services, Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia).

The following SBAT’s are available either at the College or through partnerships:
    • National Food Institute:
        - Certificate II in Horticulture
        - Certificate II in Food Processing
        - Certificate III in Food Processing
        - Certificate III in Catering Operations
        - Certificate II in Warehousing Operations
        - Certificate III in Warehousing Operations

    •   VFA Learning:
        - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
        - Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation
        - Certificate III in Education Support
        - Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
        - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

    •   Reece:
        - Certificate II in Warehousing

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                 HEADSTART gets you ahead of the rest
Head Start is an initiative from the Victorian State Government to increase the number of
students undertaking high quality apprenticeships and traineeships, while still completing their
senior secondary studies through flexible arrangements.
  HEADSTART Apprenticeships and Traineeships is focused on

      •   a high-quality pathway with more time spent on the job
      •   ensuring students complete VCE/VCAL alongside their apprenticeship/traineeship
      •   focusing on key qualifications in high-demand industries with strong employment
          pathways
      •   providing intensive support to students and employers through Head Start staff, all
          the way through the program

What are the benefits?
      •   students can spend a significant amount of time on-the-job, in training whilst still
          completing their senior secondary qualification.
      •   employers are enabled to train and mentor young apprentices and trainees who are ready for
          work, and who will also have higher levels of literacy, numeracy and employability skills.
      •   Be a qualified apprentice or trainee.
      •   students will undertake high quality apprenticeships and/or traineeships with genuine
          employers.
      •   With continuous and dedicated support for all parties to help students progress to
          completion.
      •   HEADSTART supports students undertaking a Certificate III Apprenticeships or
          Traineeships.

HEADSTART supports students undertaking a certificate III pathway program means that you
will spend less time at school, more time at work, complete a certificate III and also complete a
VCE or VCAL.

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    If you are considering working in the following industries, HEADSTART might be for you.

    Explore some of the following options:
         Industry Area           Occupation

         Building,           Certificate III in Bricklaying / Block laying
         Construction &      Certificate III in Carpentry
         Manufacturing       Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
         Technologies        Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
                             Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
                             Certification III in Plumbing
                             Certificate III in Electro-Technology Electrician
                             Certificate III in Civil Construction
                             Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
                             Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
                             Certificate III n Engineering – Mechanical Trade
                             Certification III in Landscape Construction
                             Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
                             Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
                             Certificate III in Cabinet Making
                             Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology
                             Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
         Community           Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
         Services &          Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
         Health              Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
                             Certificate III in Dental Assisting
                             Certificate III in Community Services
                             Certificate III in Community Pharmacy
         Business            Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology
         Services            Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
                             Certificate III in Business
         Service             Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
                             Certificate III in Hairdressing
                             Certificate III in Baking
         Primary             Certificate III in Agriculture
         Industry            Certificate III in Horticulture
                             Certificate III in Production Horticulture
                             Certificate III in Production Nursery
                             Certificate III in Arboriculture

    HEADSTART Industry Coordinator at your school can provide more information

                                        Selecting a Course for 2021

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  2021 Subject Listings
  You may like to select your subjects based on one of the programs mentioned earlier in this guide. If not, you can
  develop a course by selecting from the Senior Subjects & Programs listed below. This list is the anticipated set up of
  subjects in the Senior School at Cranbourne East Secondary College next year – please be aware that this list may
  vary from the final 2021 subjects being offered, but it is likely not to vary much from the current structure as shown.
  Student choice will be the determining factor on how much the 2021 list changes from the current structure. This
  selection model allows you to develop a program for yourself, but please ensure that you consider all the
  requirements of VCE and that you keep a range of options open for post-VCE careers.

  From the research each student has undertaken, there should by now be a list of preferred VCE/VET subjects. If this
  is not so, then please complete that research, and return to this page of the selection process.

  VCE Subjects
  The following pages of VCE subjects have detailed information, including study outlines for Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 &
  4 to help you decide which subjects will appeal most to you.

  VET Courses
  Information regarding VET courses and locations are available from Liz Hassell or Nancy Huez-O’Rourke on the course
  selection and subject information evening.

  Final costs for 2021 courses are not yet available. For more detailed information on VET courses please contact your
  VET Coordinator. Please note that places in many of these courses are restricted and entry can be competitive, VET
  students need to be reminded that a non-refundable $100 deposit is required before applications will be processed,
  so the earlier you get in the better. All VET courses must be paid in full by the end of 2020.* Please note first year
  VET courses will not be available to Year 12 VCE students.

  *Payment plans can be arranged, please speak to the Finance Department for further information

                                                 2021 Senior Subjects and Costs
Accounting: Units 1 - 4                                $20.00    History Revolutions: Units 3 - 4                   $20.00
Applied Computing: Units 1 - 2                         TBC       Legal Studies: Units 1 - 4                         $20.00
Biology: Units 1 - 4                                   $20.00    Mathematics Methods (CAS): Units 1 - 4             $20.00
Business Management: Units 1 - 4                       $20.00    Media: Units 3 - 4                                 $20.00
Chemistry: Units 1 - 4                                 $20.00    Modern History                                     $20.00
Drama: Units 1 - 4                                     $20.00    Music Performance: Units 1 – 4                     TBC
Economics: Units 1 – 4                                 TBC       Outdoor Education: Units 1 – 4                     TBC
English: Units 1 – 4                                   TBC       Physical Education: Units 1 – 4                    TBC
English as an Additional Language: Units 1 - 4         TBC       Physics: Units 1 - 4                               $20.00
Literature                                             TBC       Product Design and Technology: Units 1 - 4         TBC
Environmental Science: Units 1 - 4                     TBC       Psychology: Units 1 – 4                            TBC
Food Studies: Units 1 - 4                              $200.00   Specialist Maths: Units 1 - 4                      $20.00
Further Maths: Units 3 - 4                             $20.00    Studio Arts: Units 1 - 4                           $200.00
General Maths: Units 1 - 2                             $20.00    Systems Engineering: Units 1 - 4                   $200.00
Geography: Units 1 - 4                                 TBC       Visual Communication: Units 1 – 4                  TBC
Health and Human Development: Units 1 – 4              TBC

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                                                 Accounting - $20.00
VCE Accounting focuses on the financial recording, reporting and decision-making processes of a sole proprietor for a
small business. Students study both theoretical and practical aspects of accounting. Financial data will be collected
and recorded, and accounting information reported, using both manual and information and communications
technology (ICT) methods.

Unit 1
Establishing and Operating a Service Business
This unit focuses on the establishments of a small business and the accounting and financial management of the
business. Students will be introduced to the processes of gathering and recording financial data and the reporting
and analysing of accounting information by internal and external users. They will examine the role of accounting in
the decision-making process for a sole proprietor.

Area of Study 1 – going into business
Area of Study 2 – recording financial data and reporting accounting information

Unit 2
Accounting for a Trading Business
This unit focuses on accounting for a sole proprietor of a single activity trading business. Students will use a single-
entry recording system and the accrual method for determining profit.

They will analyse and evaluate the performance of the business using financial and non-financial information and
suggest strategies to the owner on how to improve performance. They will develop their understanding of the
importance of ICT by using a commercial accounting software package to establish a set of accounts, record financial
transactions and generate accounting reports.

Area of Study 1 – Recording financial data and reporting accounting information
Area of Study 2 – ICT in accounting
Area of Study 3 – Evaluation of business performance

The students’ performance will be assessed using one or more of the following:
   • Exercises using a commercial accounting software package
   • Folio of exercises
   • Tests
   • Assignments

*students must use ICT in at least two of the selected assessment tasks.

Unit 3
Recording and Reporting for a Trading Business
This unit focuses on financial accounting for a single activity trading business as operated by a sole trader and
emphasises the role of accounting as an information system. Students use the double entry system of recording
financial data and prepare reports using the accrual basis of accounting. The perpetual method of stick recording
with the First In, First Out (FIFO) method is also used. Where appropriate, the accounting procedures developed in
each area of study should incorporate the application of accounting principles and the qualitative characteristics of
accounting information.

Area of Study 1 – Recording Financial Data
Area of Study 2 – Balance Day Adjustments and Reporting and Interpreting Accounting Information

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