SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School

 
SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School
SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020
SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School
DANDENONG HIGH SCHOOL

            2020
       Senior Studies
   Information Handbook
SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School
Contents

Message from the Principal              Page 2

Year 10 Outline for 2020                Page 3

Year 10 Subject Offerings               Page 7

Year 10 Connect Program                 Page 22

Pathways and Careers Advice             Page 24

VCE Structure and Assessment            Page 30

VCE Subject Index (Alphabetical List)   Page 36

VCE Subject Outlines                    Page 37

VCAL Outline                            Page 75

VET Outline                             Page 78

VET at DHS Subject Outlines             Page 84

VCAA Terminology                        Page 88

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SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School
Message from the Principal
The Dandenong High School learning community prides itself on providing an environment where all students
can achieve success and are prepared to meet the challenges of life beyond school. The school has a strong
learning culture and is recognised within the community for its excellent student outcomes.

Dandenong High School offers its students a wide range of senior studies including the Victorian Certificate
of Education [VCE], the Victorian Certified of Applied Learning [VCAL] and Vocational Education and Training
[VET]. Students also have the opportunity to combine these and may complete one or more VCE subjects while
completing a VCAL certificate. The Trade Training Centre on the Chisholm TAFE site offers students with even
greater opportunities to pursue a range of pathways including; Industry tasters, Trade Circles and Vet in state
of the art Industry standard facilities.

Year 10 learning aligns with Senior Studies, providing a three-year Senior Studies program for all students.
This provides our Year 10 students with an opportunity to undertake a wide variety of subjects that offer
greater depth in learning and targeted preparation for their selected final year of study. Furthermore,
students are able to access Unit 1 and 2 VCE subjects, in addition to VET Training Programs.

Our Students are provided with targeted support to enable them to choose a future career pathway and select
the appropriate senior studies course. This ensures they complete the prerequisites or meet the requirements
of employment or further study. Students and parents can discuss subject options during individual course
selection interviews with both House Leadership and professional Careers staff.

It is critical that students entering their senior years of study seek advice and understand the commitment
required to succeed. Attendance at all scheduled classes, commitment to complete all required work and
participation in the wider school program are essential.

This handbook is a key resource to inform students in Years 9 - 11 and their parents, about their Senior Studies
options at Dandenong High School in 2020. It will provide a useful reference guide but must be used in
conjunction with the other resources outlined in the handbook and with consultation with House Leadership,
Careers advisors and other relevant staff and parents. Parents of Year 9 students will be invited to an
Information Session at the school to introduce them to the Year 10 Program early in Term 3.

Please note the subjects offered in this handbook are provisional only. Courses will only be implemented where
sufficient numbers of students choose subjects and where staff are available to teach the subject.

It is not uncommon for students to suffer stress and difficulty during the course selection process and during
their study. The school has a number of key people who can assist students and help develop their pathway
for success. The school has a dedicated Well Being Team and House Leadership Teams who can offer support
to students and their families.

The school wishes all students entering the Senior School the best of luck and encourages them to work hard,
be well informed and select an appropriate course so that they can successfully achieve their desired pathway
beyond the school gates.

                           Susan Ogden
                           Principal

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SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAM 2020 - Dandenong High School
Year 10 Program
      2020

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Dandenong High School

                                         Year 10 Program 2020
Preamble

The vision for Dandenong High School is one in which all students are empowered and achieve success, through
ensuring the diverse needs, achievements and strengths of every individual are recognised, nurtured and celebrated.
In order to provide a genuinely personalised learning program that allows all students to explore and identify the most
relevant learning and careers pathway the Year 10 learning program aligns with Senior Studies. Students at
Dandenong High School will therefore undertake a three-year Senior Studies program, which will provide our Year 10
students with an opportunity to undertake a wide variety of Year 10 subjects that provide greater depth in learning
and targeted preparation for VCE and VCAL. Furthermore, students will be able to access Unit 1 and 2 VCE subjects
and VET Training Programs at the DREAM Centre at Chisholm TAFE. The Year 10 Program will ensure our students are
able to make informed pathway choices, supported through a personalised Careers Counselling process, which will
empower all students to achieve ultimate success.

Structure of the Program

    •   Every Year 10 student will study seven subjects
    •   All subjects are whole year – there are no semester based subjects in Year 10
    •   Every student must select from five core areas - English/EAL, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and
        Health/Physical Education. These are called Domain Requirements
    •   Every student will then be able to select from a wide range of options for their remaining subjects, including
        Arts/DCT subjects. These are called Pathways Options
    •   Mainstream Year 10 students can choose to select a Unit 1 & 2 subject, with a possible maximum of two Unit
        1 & 2 subjects. However, students will be required to satisfy the selection criteria in order to undertake a Unit
        1 and 2 VCE subject
    •   Year 10 Accelerated and Enhanced Learning Program (AELP) students can select up to three Unit 1 and 2
        subjects, however, two Unit 1 and 2 subjects are recommended -
              Can choose to study Units 1 and 2 English, a Units 1 and 2 Humanities subject and Units 1 and 2
                 Mathematics, either Maths Methods or General Further Maths (on advisement from their Year 10
                 Maths teacher), without following the Unit 1 and 2 Approval Selection Process
              However, a Year 10 AELP student may select to repeat a Year 10 subject if they require further
                 consolidation before progressing to the Unit 1 & 2 in Year 11
              Year 10 AELP students will be required to go through the Approval Selection Process if they choose
                 to select a Unit 1 and 2 subject in Science, Health/PE and Arts/DCT, as they have not been
                 accelerated in these subjects.
    •   English and EAL units. Student who are identified as needing access to the EAL program, usually those who
        will be meet the Unit 3&4 EAL requirements, are suggested to take the EAL course and their English Option.
        Students can also choose to select English Support as one of their Pathway Options for further EAL support.

    •   Maths and Science Subjects –

               Integrated Maths/Science:
                The Year 10 Program includes an Integrated Maths/ Science subject. The design of the subject is
                authentic project-based learning, and is intended for students whose interests and abilities are
                focused in other subject areas and who do not wish to continue with Maths and Science in their
                Senior Years, nor in further tertiary study.

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 Essential Maths:
        This subject has been designed for students who do not intend to undertake Unit 3 and 4 studies in
        VCE Mathematics in the following year but wish to undertake Units 1 & 2 Foundation Maths,
        Intermediate VCAL or VET studies.
            VCE Preparation Maths:
        Non-AELP students who are approved to select Unit 1 & 2 General Maths, or Unit 1&2 Maths
        Methods must also select VCE Preparation Maths. This course will cover a range of subjects not
        covered in General Maths and will provide these students with the option of selecting Maths
        Methods Units 1 & 2 only or both Specialist Maths and Maths Methods Units 1 & 2 in Year 11
      VCE Preparation Science -
        Any Year 10 student who is approved to select a Unit 1 & 2 Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or
        Physics) must also select VCE Preparation Science. This course will cover a range of Science topics
        not covered in their selected Unit 1 & 2 Science and will provide these students with the option of
        selecting another Unit 1 & 2 Science in Year 11.
        If approved, students may select Units 1 & 2 in Environmental Science or Psychology without doing
        VCE Preparation Science. However, these Unit 1 and 2 subjects do not meet the minimum Year 10
        Domain Requirements for Science and can be studied in addition to Year 10 Science
•   Students will also have the opportunity to select a VET Course as part of their Year 10 Program. This can
    be as an Advanced Studies Unit, or Certificate 2/3 level, or as part of the Trade Training Centre. The
    Dandenong Regional Education Alliance Model (DREAM Centre) will be offering the following VET
    Training Programs at Chisholm TAFE’s Dandenong Campus in 2015 –
                  o Hairdressing Trades
                  o Beauty Trades
                  o Building Trades
                  o Plumbing
                  o Electro-Technology
                  o Engineering, Integrated Technology
    These programs will be available to Year 10 students and be integrated into the Year 10 program.

•   The Year 10 Connect Program (Y10CO) is a program for students who have recently begun learning
    English in Australia. This program provides a more individualised approach to their language and wider
    learning in order to prepare them for mainstream 10, 11 and 12. Building on their strengths, Year 10
    Connect Program provides more time and support to learn the English language, as well as allowing
    students to learn important language, content and skills in Mathematics, Humanities, Science and Health.
    The Year 10 Connect Program also helps students to develop an Individual Pathways Plan and teaches
    more about the world of Australian study and work, so that recently-arrived students can have the right
    information to make good decisions about their own learning and career opportunities in future years.
    Students may move into Year 10 during the year if and when it is deemed the best learning environment
    for them, according to their skills and aspirations and in consultation with their teachers.

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Year 10 Structure for each Domain

                                  Domain Requirements
 DOMAIN
                     (Must choose at least ONE from each Domain)
             •   Year 10 Mainstream English/EAL
             •   Unit 1&2 English
ENGLISH &
  LOTE

             •   Year 10 Humanities (History/Geography/Commerce)
             •   Year 10 History
             •   Year 10 Geography
HUMANITIES   •   Year 10 Commerce
             •   Unit 1 & 2 History
             •   Unit 1 & 2 Geography

             •   Year 10 Science
             •   Year 10 Integrated Maths/Science (No further Science Study)
             •   Unit 1 & 2 Biology + Year 10 VCE Preparation Science
 SCIENCE     •   Unit 1 & 2 Chemistry + Year 10 VCE Preparation Science
             •   Unit 1 & 2 Physics + Year 10 VCE Preparation Science

             •   Leading to any maths pathway Year 11 and 12
                      o  Year 10 General Maths
                      o  Unit 1 & 2 General Maths + Year 10 General Maths
                      o  Unit 1 & 2 General Maths + Year 10 VCE Preparation
                         Maths
                      o Unit 1 & 2 Maths Methods + Year 10 VCE Preparation
                         Maths
  MATHS
                      o Unit 1 & 2 Maths Methods (AELP only)
             •   General Further ONLY pathway in Year 11 and 12
                      o Unit 1 & 2 General Maths
             •   No VCE maths pathway or Foundation Maths only
                      o Year 10 Essential Maths
                      o Year 10 Integrated Maths/Science

             •   Year 10 Physical Education/Health
             •   Unit 1 & 2 Physical Education
             •   Unit 1 & 2 Health and Human Development
PE/HEALTH

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Year 10 Subject
  Offerings
     2020

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Advanced Health                                    teaching/instruction strategies. Students will
                                                   also comprehend the impact that issues in
                                                   sports and the impact that these may have
Who is this subject for?                           on a person’s performance.
Advanced Health will give you with the skills      How are you assessed?
and knowledge to understand yourself and           Participation in all practical activities.
others better, the choices people make             Practical instruction and demonstration.
around eating and exercise, where to locate        This class attracts a materials fee of $80.00
reliable sources of information, how to
manage the changes as you transition from
youth to Adulthood, and the Australian             Art
Health Care System.
                                                   Who is this subject for?
What do you learn in this subject?                 Art is a creative, fun subject, which offers
Students in this subject will learn about a        students a variety of skills, techniques and
variety of aspects of a person Health. These       processes geared towards a more
include, Individual choices and nutrition and      independent way of exploring, experimenting
exercise, changes to a person’s health due to      and thinking.
maturing, the Health care system, and
various Health conditions.                         What do you learn in this subject?
                                                   Students will be experiencing a fun
How are you assessed?                              environment and will be further exploring
Students will be assessed over several             painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media,
projects. These include the collection and         sculpture, clay work, digital art and
analysis of Health Data, persuasive writing,       photography. This subject is also designed to
and a reflective journal.                          develop student skills and knowledge to
                                                   prepare student for further study in the Arts
This class attracts a materials fee of $50.00      field. Excursions will be directly linked to folio
                                                   and theory units covered in class.
Advanced Physical Education
                                                   How are you assessed?
                                                   Assessment for this subject will be based on
Who is this subject for?                           making and presenting artworks that explore
Do you want to know how the human body             themes and ideas, which have been planned,
works? Do you like to challenge yourself in to     experimented, annotated and developed
learning about various sports and activities       independently.
outside of the usual Physical Education
program? Do you want to develop                    This class attracts a materials fee of $60.00
leadership, team work and personal self-
esteem? Then you should choose Advanced
PE!
                                                   Commerce
What do you learn in this subject?
Advanced PE will provide you with the              Who is this subject for?
opportunity to learn about the systems of the      Commerce enhances skills learnt in Year 9
human body and its functions. Students will        Humanities, with a dedicated focus on
participate in a variety of practical activities   Business, Economics, and Finance.
including creating and implementing training       What do you learn in this subject?
programs to refine motor skills, coaching and      In this course, students will learn:
peer teaching and subsequently reviewing
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•   The performance of an economy and          What do you learn in this subject?
        how we measure it
    •   Consumerism                                Students learn computational thinking and
    •   Conducting business in a global            programming skills. They do this by learning how
        economy                                    to decompose problems, recognise patterns, and
    •   The nature of work in a global             create algorithms to solve problems using flow
                                                   charts and pseudocode. Students also learn how
        economy
                                                   to program games, working collaboratively to
    •   Entrepreneurs and society                  design, create, and evaluate a solution.
                                                   Networking is also covered, where students look
How are you assessed?                              at the role of networks and how they manage,
Student will be asked to complete Case             control and secure the movement of and access
studies, presentations, tests and                  to data.
examinations.
                                                   How are you assessed?
Dance
                                                   Students will be assessed on their ability to use
                                                   the software programs and a variety of
Who is this subject for?                           assessment types including Folio, Skills and
Are you interested in movement, exploring          Application Tasks, Project and Examinations.
different dance styles/genres and analysing
dance works? Then do Year 10 Dance!
                                                   Drama
What do you learn in this subject?                 Who is this subject for?
In Dance, you will develop your physical skills    You should choose Year 10 Drama if you are
and your own movement vocabulary. This is
                                                   interested in acting, the history of theatre
achieved through practical lessons in
                                                   and analysing these conventions in order to
Contemporary, Hip Hop and Cultural Dance
                                                   create innovative, dramatic works to perform
genres. You will create and perform your own
dance works as well as studying the dance
                                                   to your peers.
works of others through performance and            What do you learn in this subject?
analysis.                                          In Drama, you will develop an understanding of
                                                   the history of theatre and how this has shaped
How are you assessed?                              contemporary culture. You will use these
Throughout the course, you are assessed in         conventions to devise your own innovative
practical lessons and you will be asked to         dramatic works. You will transform your ideas
complete reflective Journal tasks to evaluate      into practical performances using your
your progress each Term. You also complete         expressive skills such as voice, movement,
Written Exams in Semester 1 and 2, as well as a    gesture and facial expression as well as
Performance Exam in Semester 2.                    production areas to bring your work to life,
This class attracts a materials fee of $30.00      which you will perform to large audiences of your
                                                   peers.
                                                   How are you assessed?
Digital Technologies                               Throughout the course you will be assessed in
                                                   practical lessons, workbook folio that contains
Who is this subject for?                           script work and production design, major
Digital Technologies involves students creating    practical performances and journal tasks. You
digital solutions through the use of information   will also complete Written Exams in Semester 1
systems and specific ways of thinking about        and 2, as well as a Performance Exam in
problem solving.                                   Semester 2.

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EAL                                                    develop their listening and speaking
                                                       skills.

Who is this subject for?                          Analysing and Presenting Argument:
All students in Year 10 must do English or            • Students will analyse persuasive
EAL. If you speak English as an additional               techniques used in a range of print,
language and have been instructed by                     non-print, and multi-modal texts to
teachers in English for fewer than 7 years,              explore how points-of-view are
you qualify for EAL.                                     constructed.
                                                  Reading and Comparing Texts:
What do you learn in this subject?                  • Students explore how comparing texts
Students will improve their skills in                  can provide a deeper understanding of
reading/viewing, writing, speaking and                 ideas, issues and themes. Students
listening.                                             produce a written comparison of
3 areas of study:                                      selected texts, discussing important
     1. Reading and Creating                           similarities and differences.
     2. Analysing and Presenting Argument
     3. Listening to Texts                        How are you assessed?
                                                  Students will be asked to complete a variety
                                                  of Essays, Reading, Speaking and Listening
How are you assessed?                             ,and Writing Tasks.
Students will be asked to complete a variety
of assessment tasks throughout the year, an
analytical essay, a creative response, an oral
                                                  English Support
presentation, a comparative essay, and a          Who is this subject for?
language analysis task. Students will also        EAL Support is a targeted program for
complete a mid-year exam and an end-of-           student who have had less than 5 years
year exam.                                        English instruction.
                                                  What do you learn in this subject?
                                                  The subject is designed to assist EAL students
English                                           in developing their English language skills in
                                                  reading, writing speaking and listening, so
Who is this subject for?
                                                  that they are able to better manage more
This is a core domain requirement, preparing
                                                  confidently in their Year 10 mainstream
students skills in listening, speaking, reading
                                                  studies and any future pathways they may
and writing to prepare them for further
                                                  wish to undertake. Often the teacher will
study.
                                                  cover the same skills and knowledge you are
What do you learn in this subject?                learning in EAL mainstream classroom.
Reading and Creating Texts:
  • Students will read a range of texts to        How are you assessed?
     examine different perspectives on
                                                  Students can expect to complete analytical
     complex themes and issues. They will
                                                  essays, creative responses, listening tasks,
     demonstrate        their        critical
                                                  and oral presentations.
     understanding of the texts through
     short and extended responses.
Speaking and Listening:                           Essential Maths
  • Students will deliver a variety of oral       Who is this subject for?
     presentations to both the class and to       This unit is a prerequisite for students
     smaller groups. Further, they will           wishing to do Foundation Maths in Year 11,
     participate in class discussions to

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or VCAL Maths. It is NOT suitable for students     General Mathematics
wishing to study any other VCE unit.
                                                   Who is this subject for?
What do you learn in this subject?                 This unit is the continuation of Year 9
   •   Numeracy                                    Mathematics studies. This option allows
   •   Measurement                                 students to continue into any mathematics
   •   Financial Mathematics                       study in Year 11 and 12.
   •   Other real world applications
                                                   What do you learn in this subject?
How are you assessed?                                 •   Measurement
   •   School Assessed Tasks (Assignments)
                                                      •   Algebra and its applications including
   •   On line assessment                                 Indices and Equation Solving
   •   Topic Tests                                    •   Graphing
   •   End of Semester Examinations                   •   Further Trigonometry and Geometry
                                                      •   Statistics
Food Technology
Who is this subject for?                           How are you assessed?
Food Technology is offered to introduce and           •   School Assessed Tasks (Assignments)
extend student’s interest and ability in              •   Topic Tests
numerous food related skills, practical
                                                      •   End of Semester Examinations
experiences and to promote furthering their
knowledge about Food today.
                                                   General Science
What do you learn in this subject?                 Who is this subject for?
This subject will prepare students for VCE
                                                   This unit will give you an insight into the
Food Studies, in a fun and challenging
                                                   various field of science, and will enable you
environment, where students are provided           to decide what area of science you would like
with choices in the direction of their learning.   to study in VCE.
Students will explore Food Design, Food
Preparation and packaging, Properties of
                                                   What do you learn in this subject?
Foods and the impact of Multicultural                 •   How the universe came to be, and
aspects in Foods preparation. Students will               how it is still evolving
also explore the preparation of foods using           •   Why the periodic table looks the way
different methods, tools and equipment, and               it does, and how each of the elements
will then compare and evaluate the written                on it react
and production results in order to improve            •   Reasons why everyone is unique as
their skills in preparing a diverse range of              you explore genetics
foods.                                                •   Understand how forces are acting all
                                                          around you
How are you assessed?
Assessment for this unit of work will be
based on the Theoretical Research and              How are you assessed?
Investigation of Food Properties and Planning         •   Completion of laboratory work and
Tasks in readiness for Food Practical Sessions.           practical reports
The assessments will also include Practical           •   Research projects
Application in Food Sessions in skills used,          •   Topic tests
organizational ability and Evaluation of food
Sessions based on Criteria developed.
This class attracts a materials fee of $130.00
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Geography                                        forms, this assessment will include a primary
                                                 source analysis and a research-based task.
Who is this subject for?
This subject is perfect for those who found an
interest in Year 9 Humanities units in
geography                                        Humanities
What do you learn in this subject?               Who is this subject for?
Student will build a variety of Geographical     This subject extend the work of Year 9
Skills. Including, observing, questioning and    Humanities, in the areas of Economics,
planning, collecting, recording, evaluating      Geography, and History. This unit allows the
and representing, Interpreting, analysing and    domain requirement to be met, and give a
concluding, communicating, reflecting and        wide breadth of study.
responding.                                      What do you learn in this subject?
                                                 Students will experience a variety of topics
How are you assessed?                            across the three main areas.
Students will be assess in a variety of             • History: the Jazz Age, the Great
formats, including Field Work, Case Studies,             Depression, World War II, Rights and
Topic Tests, Presentations and Examinations.             Freedoms and Migration Experiences
Health & Human Development Year 10                       in a globalising world
                                                    • Geography: Environmental Issues in
                                                         Australia and the World, Resources
                                                         and Sustainability, Population,
History                                                  Patterns of Development and Global
                                                         Development Issues
Who is this subject for?
                                                    • Economics: My Finances, the
The study of History helps students to
                                                         Performance of an Economy, How we
understand themselves, others and the world
                                                         Measure it and Conducting Business
by developing social, political, economic and
                                                         in a Global Economy
cultural understanding. Year 10 History builds
upon the foundation laid in Year 9
Humanities and covers several broad topics       How are you assessed?
of twentieth-century history.                    Students will be assess in a variety of
                                                 formats, including Field Work, Case Studies,
                                                 Topic Tests, Presentations and Examinations.
What do you learn in this subject?
Students will study the years between WWI
and WWII, the Second World War, human            Integrated Maths/Science
rights in the post-war era, and migration in a   Who is this subject for?
globalising world. Students will learn how to    This unit takes maths and science studies and
ask searching questions, engage in research      applies it to real world projects. This student
and construct arguments based on historical      is not planning on Year 11 or 12 Maths or
evidence. Students will also learn how to        science units, beyond VCAL or Foundation
critically evaluate sources and further          Maths.
develop their understanding of continuity
and change.                                      What do you learn in this subject?
                                                    •   What makes up an environment
                                                    •   How we can make our homes more
How are you assessed?                                   eco-friendly
Students are assessed on a particular depth         •   How maths help us move around,
study relevant to each area of study and two
                                                        looking at cars and what it costs to
exams throughout the year. Among others
                                                        run one
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•   That science is part of our day to day       •   Dialogues/ scenarios
       life                                         •   Writing tasks, including Workbook
                                                        activities
                                                    •   Tests
How are you assessed?
   •   Dandenong Environment Project
   •   Sustainable homes project                 Language Study - French
   •   Transport project, looking at how         Who is this subject for?
       people in Dandenong move around           Student who have an interest in the study of
   •   Practical investigation Project           languages, and a focus on study in French.
   •   Topic tests
                                                 What do you learn in this subject?
Introduction to Classics                         In this course, students will consolidate their
Who is this subject for?                         skills in listening, reading and responding to
Students who have a desire to explore the        texts to interpret meaning and use the target
literature, history, philosophy, art and         language in new contexts. They will collect,
architecture of Greece and Rome, and             analyse and organise information, and share
through them gain an increased                   their findings with others, such as in
understanding of their own place in the          presentations, or scenarios.
world.
What do you learn in this subject?               How are you assessed?
Students will use skill in discussion and           •   Listening, reading and responding
research to examine the various religious and           verbally or in writing
mythical beliefs of these ancient cultures.         •   Dialogues/ scenarios
Students will delve into social, literary,          •   Writing tasks, including Workbook
artistic, and historical legacies of these              activities
civilisations.                                      •   Tests
How are you assessed?
Students will complete Mapping and               Language Study - Latin
Research tasks, Presentations, and analysis of
text and artworks.                               Who is this subject for?
                                                 Student who have an interest in the study of
                                                 languages, and a focus on study in Latin.
Language Study - Japanese                        What do you learn in this subject?
Who is this subject for?                         Student will further develop their grasp of
Student who have an interest in the study of     the Latin language, and extend their
languages, and a focus on study in Japanese.     knowledge of Roman civilisation and its
                                                 culture, and its influence on Western
What do you learn in this subject?               Civilisation. Students will also develop their
Students will participate in listening,          understanding of English by exploring the
speaking, reading, viewing, writing and          links between Latin and English
excursion activities designed to build their
confidence in communicating both orally and      How are you assessed?
in writing, about topics that compare their         •   Listening, reading and responding
world and lifestyles to that of a typical               verbally or in writing
Japanese youth.                                     •   Dialogues/ scenarios
How are you assessed?                               •   Writing tasks, including Workbook
   •   Listening, reading and responding                activities
       verbally or in writing                       •   Tests
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Literature                                       You will also complete two Examinations,
                                                 which focus on testing your theoretical and
Who is this subject for?
                                                 aural knowledge and skills.
The study of literature focuses on the
enjoyment and appreciation of reading that
arises from discussion, debate and the           Outdoor & Environmental
challenge of exploring the meanings of           Education
literary texts.                                  Who is this subject for?
What do you learn in this subject?               Outdoor Education will allow students to
   •   Ways texts represent human                experience different outdoor environments
       experience                                and challenge themselves in adventurous
   •   Reading practices which contribute to     outdoor activities. The skills, experiences and
       the development of interpretation         relationships developed during these
       such as prediction                        expeditions provide students with the
   •   The significance of characters,           confidence to face future challenges both
       settings and events in shaping a          during and beyond school.
       student’s response                        What do you learn in this subject?
   •   The structures, linguistic and literary   Students will develop personal and social
       features of particular forms of text      skills such as communication, resilience, self-
   •   Strategies for developing an informed     confidence, leadership, teamwork, goal
       response                                  setting, self-sufficiency and initiative. These
                                                 will be built through a series of outdoor
How are you assessed?                            activities, such as caving, rock climbing,
   •   Film and Book comparative analysis        abseiling, snorkelling, camping, canoeing,
   •   Film text analysis                        cycling and orienteering.
   •   Major text analysis                       How are you assessed?
                                                 Student will be assessed by observation of
Music                                            their participation in activities, reflective
                                                 journals, and safety skill tasks.
Who is this subject for?
                                                 This class attracts a materials fee of $250.00
If you have a passion for Music, want to
improve your performance skills, enjoy
singing or playing an instrument, or have an     Philosophy
interest in working in the music industry,       Who is this subject for?
then Year 10 Music is for you!                   Philosophy is a subject that introduces
What do you learn in this subject?               students to a powerful way of learning:
Year 10 Music explores four areas of the         Community of Inquiry. The Essential
music industry: musical interpretation,          Questions of life are asked and explored by
creating music, performing music and             the whole group through structured
promoting yourself as a musician. You will       dialogue.
learn technical and aural skills important to    What do you learn in this subject?
life as a musician as well as analytical         In this course, students will:
listening and writing skills that will support       • Gain knowledge of the views of
you in VCE music. You will also write,                    famous philosophers from many
rehearse, perform and record music from a                 countries and cultures throughout
variety of periods and styles.                            history.
How are you assessed?                                • Learn how the philosophers of
Throughout the course, you will be assessed               ancient civilizations influenced
on your practical work (performances) as well             modern education and thought.
as your aural training and written analyses.
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•   Understand the basis for cross           relationships, mental health, wellbeing,
       cultural understanding as they           identity and sexuality.
       discover the common links between        Students also learn the benefits of being
       philosophies.                            physically active, and participate in a range of
   •   Learn how to construct a logical         physical activities, working in teams to
       argument.                                organise tournaments, providing feedback to
                                                other students, and learn how to manage
How are you assessed?                           their own fitness.
Student will be assessed by their               How are you assessed?
participation in the Community of Inquiry,      Students are assessed based on their
Research Project, and Written feedback.         participation and feedback in a variety of
                                                physical activities, and research, written and
                                                presentation tasks.
Photo & Digital Design
Who is this subject for?
Photography and Digital Design is a
                                                Practical & Creative Foods
photography unit which includes theory and      Who is this subject for?
practice of contemporary photography.           This subject is designed for the student with
Students will engage in up to date              an interest in practical and vocational Food
applications which will allow them to create    studies. It has an emphasis on the practical
unique and creative images.                     development of skills in food handling,
                                                production and presentation
What do you learn in this subject?              What do you learn in this subject?
Students will develop skills in composition,    Students will acquire food terminology
depth of field, portraiture and landscape and   knowledge relating to key food groups and
will have the opportunity to work with          production processes. Students will develop
lighting in a professional studio setting.      confidence in their ability to plan, prepare,
Various hardware and software applications      serve and evaluate dishes in a menu, which
options will be applied to edit and             will assist them to cultivate sensory and
manipulate images which will allow students     aesthetic appreciation of food. Students will
to gain knowledge to effectively use            also plan for food events in the wider school
technology in the preparation images and        community.
digital artwork.
                                                How are you assessed?
How are you assessed?                           Students will develop a foods folio,
Assessment will consist final folio work and    containing recipes, research, competencies,
final images which include displaying to an     and develop design briefs. They will also be
audience and understanding the processes        assessed on their production skills in class.
required to edit images in Photoshop.           This class attracts a materials fee of $130.00
This class attracts a materials fee of $80.00

Physical Education and Health
Who is this for?
This core subject is for everyone who wants
to be healthy, safe and active!
What do you learn in this subject?
Students learn how to manage the health of
themselves and others in areas such as

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Product Design Metal
Who is this subject for?                           Product Design Textiles
Students interested in developing their skills     Who is this subject for?
and abilities over a range of design and           Are you interested in creating and making
production skills for creative metalworking        fabric items for yourself?
What do you learn in this subject?                 Would you like to learn skills [including using
Students will develop design briefs, which         a sewing machine] that will be useful
build on the application of Metal and other        throughout your life?
hard material properties, and complete
extended design projects. Such design              What do you learn in this subject?
projects include the making of Jewellery           Students will learn the fundamentals of a
(rings, bracelets, chains, brooches), a            commercial pattern as well as drafting your
decorative metal object on a larger scale such     own patterns for items of your choice. You
as a Serving Bowl and, sculptural metalwork.       will learn to use the sewing machine and
                                                   through Master Class activities you will
How are you assessed?                              produce samples of techniques such as
Assessment for this unit of work will be           inserting zips, preparing button holes, darts,
based on Research and Investigation of the         pleats etc. In semester 2 you will investigate
Design Brief Processes and Planning Tasks in       ways to use cloth sustainably and through
readiness for the Creative Metalwork               the Design Process, give fabrics a new use.
Practical Projects.
This class attracts a materials fee of $60.00      How are you assessed?
                                                   You will be assessed throughout the year on
Product Design-Wood                                practical work completed, written activities
                                                   and folio work. Each semester will
                                                   incorporate a written examination.
Who is this subject for?
                                                   This class attracts a materials fee of $80.00
Product Design Wood is a practical subject
where students learn and apply practical skills
and techniques to designed sustainable and         Psychology
functional items. This subject gives students an
                                                   Who is this subject for?
understanding of materials and design thinking
                                                   Students who are curious about human
in our physical world.
                                                   behaviour, the way the mind works, and the
What do you learn in this subject?                 effect that mental health can have on a
Students in this subject experience the
                                                   person.
satisfaction of designing and making real wood
and multimedia objects, with meaning and           What do you learn in this subject?
function. They learn about sustainable                •   How the brain functions as part of the
materials and the skills required in their                nervous system
production. The subject develops and equips           •   Have an understanding of how
students with a range of skills and knowledge             psychology is used in forensics and
in preparation for further studies in the                 sporting fields
product design area, building/construction and
                                                      •   Understand how to write detailed
makers spaces. Students learn to plan and
complete their projects, which they take home.            research reports using scientific
How are you assessed?                                     language
The assessment for this subject is on the             •   How to use statistics to support your
planning, making of projects, which are                   research
exhibited during and at the end of the year.
This class attracts a materials fee of $60.00

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How are you assessed?                              What do you learn in this subject?
   •   Research activities                         In this subject students will develop skills in
   •   Analysing the media assignment              critical thinking, and apply these skills to
   •   Oral presentations                          examining basic sociological concepts;
                                                   socialisation, social structure, total
   •   Working through case studies
                                                   institutions, social change and personal
                                                   differentiation through gender, class, race,
Robotics                                           ethnicity or region (urban/rural) and how
                                                   they apply in daily life.
                                                   How are you assessed?
Who is this subject for?
                                                   Students will be asked to complete
                                                   multimedia presentations and projects, Oral
Students interested in learning about the          Presentations, and participate in a
core concepts and to get hands on                  community based investigation.
application of skills required in robotics and
engineering.
                                                   Sports Coaching, Fitness &
What do you learn in this subject?                 Recreation
                                                   Who is this subject for?
Students will learn about the engineering          Sports Coaching, Fitness and Recreation is a
design process. They will learn about the          subject that is perfect for the student who
core concepts of static and dynamic                loves both the practical and theoretical
mechanics, and apply these principles when         aspects of Sport and Recreation, and is
developing strategies to build robots that         interested in working in a sporting industry.
complete specific tasks. Students will also
learn about programming of embedded                What do you learn in this subject?
systems, through programming the robot             Students learn how to be an effective coach
microcontroller. The robots will then be used      and to get the best out of athletes through
in game challenges.                                training programs, and fitness
                                                   plans. Students also learn how to effectively
How are you assessed?                              run sporting programs and how to assess,
                                                   monitor and evaluate risks in a sporting
Students will be assessed in their ability to      context. Students also learn about the
design and apply solutions that draw on their      variety of ways that people can participate in
knowledge of mechanics, as well as their           physical recreation and try a range of
ability to show knowledge of programming.          different activities.
They will also be assessed on their ability to
work in teams to achieve a common goal.            How are you assessed?
                                                      •   Practical Assessment through
                                                          participation in activities – both
                                                          physical and related to class activities
Sociology                                             •   Peer coaching and assessment.
Who is this subject for?                              •   Risk assessments and risk
Student who have an interest in psychology,               minimisation of sporting programs.
and study of social behaviour and human
groups, particularly the influence of culture,     This class attracts a materials fee of $80.00
socialisation, social structure, differentiation
by region, race, ethnicity, gender, age and
socio/cultural change upon people’s
attitudes and behaviours.
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STEM Innovators                                   Sample course are Building and Construction,
                                                  Engineering, Electronics, Hair & Beauty, and
                                                  Hospitality
Who is this subject for?
                                                  How are you assessed?
                                                  Students will be assessed by their ability to
Students who are interested in exploring a        demonstrate key skills in their courses,
career in the fields of STEM and gaining          gaining credit towards their chosen VET
industry experience. As students will be          pathway.
representing the school in external
organisations, students will require approval
from their House Leadership Team to enrol.        VCE Preparation Maths
                                                  Who is this subject for?
What do you learn in this subject?                Student who are completing a VCE
                                                  Mathematics Unit 1&2 are required to
Students will work in teams with industry         supplement their studies with VCE
partners to engineer solutions to authentic       Preparation maths. Students in the AELP
problems. Utilising design thinking, students     program can forego this requirement.
will work with partners to understand the
problem, research, prototype, manufacture         What do you learn in this subject?
and create. Students will be supported by             •   Algebra and its applications including
teachers, industry mentors and tertiary                   Indices and Equation Solving
partners.                                             •   Graphing including non linear
                                                          functions and relations
How are you assessed?                                 •   Further Trigonometry and Geometry
                                                      •   Statistics and probability
Students will be assessed on their ability to         •   Technological applications using the
define and investigate problems, prototype                CAS calculator
and model options and develop, present and
evaluate a preferred solution. This will be
demonstrated through the creation of a            How are you assessed?
detailed design portfolio. Students will also     School Assessed tasks, Topic Tests and
be assessed on their development of               Examinations.
enterprise skills such as collaboration and
critical thinking.                                VCE Preparation Science
                                                  Who is this subject for?
Trade Circle                                      This unit will be most useful if you have
                                                  chosen to complete a Unit 1 & 2 Science
Who is this subject for?                          subject in year 10, as you will develop
                                                  excellent scientific skills to succeed in further
This is an accredited VET course which allows
                                                  science studies.
students to experiences a TAFE environment,
and clarify their possible pathway choices
What do you learn in this subject?                What do you learn in this subject?
Students will develop an understanding of             •   How each cell is formed and how it
what VET (Vocational Education & Training) is             functions
really like, and they will be able to engage in       •   Body systems all work together to
a very different hands-on learning                        enable us to live healthy lives
environment.                                          •   That species have changed over long
                                                          periods of time
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•   Elements are grouped due to certain          •   visual communication design
       characteristics and can form different           practices, processes and technologies
       types of bonds                               •   creative, critical and reflective
   •   Forces are acting all around you and             thinking, using visual design thinking
       can affect the motion of objects                 skills
                                                    •   Respect for and acknowledgement of
                                                        the diverse roles and practices of
                                                        designers, and the cultural context of
                                                        visual communication design.
How are you assessed?                            How are you assessed?
   •   Completion of laboratory work and         This subject will be assessed by the
       practical reports                         development of a folio of design concepts
   •   Research projects                         and skills.
   •   Topic tests                               This class attracts a materials fee of $20.00

Visual Communication Design
Who is this subject for?
Students that are interested in drawing,
designing and communicating and are willing
to solve design problems will be interested in
Visual Communication Design.
Students will have an interest and a
willingness to search for their own unique
and original solutions to design problems.
What do you learn in this subject?
The three fields of design practice will be
explored; this includes Communication
Design, Environmental Design and Industrial
Design.
   • confidence, curiosity, imagination and
        enjoyment through an engagement
        with visual communication design
        practices
   • creative and innovative ways to
        communicate ideas and information
   • aesthetic knowledge, including the
        application of design elements and
        principles, as they explore visual
        communications

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YEAR 10 MATH OPTIONS                                        YEAR 11 MATH OPTIONS                 YEAR 12 MATH OPTIONS

     1   Year 10 Foundation Maths                                       •   Foundation Maths Units 1 & 2   Senior VCAL Numeracy
         For students who are NOT intending to do a major maths         •   Intermediate VCAL Numeracy
         subject in Year 11/12 but want to continue with some
         basic maths.
     2   Year 10 Maths/Science Integrated                               •   Foundation Maths Units 1 & 2   Senior VCAL Numeracy
         For students who are NOT intending to do a major Maths         •   Intermediate VCAL Numeracy
         or Science subject in Year 11/12

     3   Year 10 General Maths                                          •   General Maths Units 1 & 2      Further Maths Units 3 & 4
         This is the main Year 10 maths that most capable maths         •   Maths Methods Units 1 & 2      Maths Methods Units 3 & 4
         students should be taking. It will prepare you for any of      •   Specialist Maths Units 1 & 2   Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4
         the Unit 1 & 2 Maths in Year 11 or VCAL Numeracy.
                                                                                                                                          this leads to in the following years.

     4   Year 10 General Maths + General Maths Units 1 & 2              •   Further Maths Units 3 & 4      Maths Methods 3 & 4 OR
         Only for the talented Maths students who are intending to      •   Maths Methods Units 1 & 2      Methods 3 & 4 AND
         study Further Maths Units 3 & 4 in Year 11.                    •   Specialist Maths Units 1 & 2   Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4

     5   Year 10 VCE Preparation Maths + General Maths                  •   Further Maths Units 3 & 4      Maths Methods 3 & 4 OR
         Units 1 & 2                                                    •   Maths Methods Units 1 & 2      Methods 3 & 4 AND
         This option allows for Unit 3&4 Further Maths Study, while     •   Specialist Maths Units 1 & 2   Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4
         completing Unit 1&2 Math Methods

     6   Year 10 VCE Preparation Maths + Maths Methods                  •   Maths Methods Units 3 & 4      Further Maths Units 3 & 4
         Units 1 & 2                                                    •   General Maths Units 1 & 2      Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4
         Only for the very talented Maths students who are              •   Specialist Maths Units 1 & 2
         intending to study two maths (Methods and Specialist) in
         Year 11 and 12.

     7   Maths Methods Units 1 & 2 only                                 •   Maths Methods Units 3 & 4      Further Maths Units 3 & 4
         (for AELP students only)                                       •   General Maths Units 1 & 2      Specialist Maths Units 3 & 4
                                                                        •   Specialist Maths Units 1&2
                                                                                                                                          The table below shows the pathway options available in Year 10 Maths and where

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Trade Circle Taster Program 2020
The DREAM Trade Training center, based at Chisholm TAFE, are offering a series of taster programs for Year
10 students to experience a VET program, during their year 10 course.
The aim is for students to develop awareness and understanding of the training to be undertaken in a VETiS
program and to provide vocational experiences that will assist students in future Pathway Planning
decisions.
The “Trade Circle Programs” are aimed at Year 10 students who require a greater understanding of
vocational Education.

Circle programs include:
Construction, Furniture Making, Engineering, Electronics, Kitchen Operations, Hospitality, Hairdressing and
Beauty. Programs run out of our Frankston and Dandenong campuses only.

Each program will attract a pro -rata VET funding to assist with the tuition costs, and assist participants
when choosing a future VET certificate as part of their study program.

The programs provide unit outcomes that are registered by the Home School on the VASS system as a part
of a student’s learning program. They have been structured to offer 90 hours VET credit per semester.

Participants may choose up to four different VET areas, which are designed to provide real skill training
whilst gaining VET credits.

Cost:
The cost for the Trade Circle Program is $200.

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YEAR 10 CONNECT PROGRAM
The Year 10 Connect Program (Y10CO) is a program for students who have recently begun learning English in Australia
and may need a more individualised approach to their language and wider learning in order to prepare them for Year
11. Students may move from the Year 10 Connect Program into the Year 10 Mainstream Program or into Year 11 VCAL
or Year 11 VCE, in keeping with their individual needs and aspirations.

The Year 10 Connect Program acknowledges and builds on students’ strengths, recognises their diverse educational
backgrounds and English experiences and develops an individualised approach to their language and learning
development.

The program provides students with the opportunity to learn basic language skills in the main areas of
reading/viewing, writing, speaking, listening and thinking, as well as specific knowledge and skills in the main Year 10
subject areas. Students will develop Individual Learning Goals with support through reflection on their learning data.

Year 10 Connect Program subjects are described below and include:
    •    Year 10 Connect Program EAL
    •    Year 10 Connect Program Maths
    •    Year 10 Connect Program Humanities
    •    Year 10 Connect Program Science
    •    Year 10 Connect Program Pathways Literacy
    •    Year 10 Connect Program Health
    •    Year 10 Physical Education
    •    Year 10 Learning Tutor

                                    Year 10 Connect Program EAL
Students will develop knowledge of academic English, through studies which parallel the Year 10 curriculum and which
prepare them for their Year 11 studies in VCE or VCAL. Students will develop their English language skills in the areas
of reading/viewing, writing, speaking and listening. In keeping with their individual goals and the Year 10 English/EAL
curriculum, students will enjoy and analyse a wide variety of texts. They will also explore themes in their study of texts
and create their own pieces of writing. Students will respond to issues in the media and analyse how language is used
to persuade. Students will also compare texts using effective expression and a variety of forms, for a range of purposes
and audiences.

                                  Year 10 Connect Program Maths
Students will develop key knowledge and skills in the areas of numeracy and Maths, as well as developing their English
language skills. In keeping with the Year 10 curriculum and their individual goals, students will study Number and
Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They will also develop skills in Understanding,
Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning and use technology for mathematical activities. The course is designed to give
students a broad knowledge base from which they can make decisions about their future studies in Maths subjects.

                             Year 10 Connect Program Humanities
Students will develop key knowledge and skills in the areas of History, Geography and Economics as well as developing
their English language skills. In keeping with the Year 10 curriculum and their individual goals, students will study the
history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, will develop a deeper understanding of their
relationships with and responsibilities for the world and develop an understanding of the economy and related
decision-making. The course is designed to give students a broad knowledge base from which they can make decisions
about their future studies in the Humanities.

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Year 10 Connect Program Science
Students will develop some key knowledge and skills in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science and Biology as
well as developing their English language skills. In addition, students will learn and develop their observing, recording,
reporting and analysing data skills. Students will apply their understanding of scientific theories and vocabulary. The
course is designed to give students a broad knowledge base from which they can make decisions about their future
studies in the Sciences.

                       Year 10 Connect Program Pathways Literacy
Students will develop some key knowledge and skills related to the Australian world of study and work. They will use
this knowledge and these skills to discover how it relates to their pathways planning. Through this study, they will also
develop their English language skills. Students will develop and regularly revise a Personal Pathways Plan, to guide their
pathways learning and inform their decision-making. In keeping with their individual learning goals, student will develop
skills to understand themselves as learners, make pathways decisions, apply for courses and jobs and communicate in
the workplace. Students will also engage in project-based learning to develop their collaboration and communication
skills. They will attend a TAFE Taster Program to sample VET course options for Year 11 and 12. Further, they will
participate in Student-Led Conferences to share their learning journey with their carers. The course is designed to give
students a broad knowledge base, a set of relevant skills and a range of real-world experiences to support their
subsequent pathways decision-making.

                                 Year 10 Connect Program Health
In keeping with their individual goals and the Year 10 English/EAL curriculum, students will learn key skills and
knowledge from the Year 10 curriculum for Health, with a special emphasis on issues affecting adolescent students
who have recently arrived from non-English-speaking countries with a refugee background. That is, students will
develop knowledge and skills in Growth and Development, Nutrition, Drug Education and Party Safe, Mental Health
and Sexual Health. As well as educating students to improve their own health, the course is designed to give students
a broad knowledge base from which they can make decisions about their future studies in Health-related subjects.

Year 10 Connect Program – Pathways Options

        Year 10 Connect Program
                                                                          Year 11                        Year 12
                                                                         VCAL / VCE                     VCAL / VCE

                                 Year 10
                                Mainstream
                                 Program

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Pathway and Careers
      Advice
  Year 11 and 12

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Senior Studies - Years 11 and 12

What options do I have?
Dandenong High School offers a range of program options or Pathways for senior students.
Students can choose from the following:

        Pathway 1                       Pathway 2                           Pathway 3
     VCE (Victorian                VCE + VET (Vocational             VCAL (Victorian Certificate of
Certificate of Education)          Education & Training)                  Applied Learning)

   •   A qualification              •   Includes all of the         •   VCAL offers a Year 12 Certificate as
       recognised around                features of Pathway             an alternative to VCE.
       the world                        1, plus a nationally        •   Is accredited and recognised by
   •   Provides pathways                recognised VET                  industry
                                        Certificate                 •   Gives practical work related
       to university, TAFE
                                                                        experience that you gain whilst at
       and independent              •   VET courses
                                                                        school
       colleges                         contribute to the           •   Develops your literacy, numeracy
   •   You can do                       ATAR                            and personal development skills
       enhancement                  •   Increases pathways              that are important for life and work
       studies in your VCE              to TAFE,                    •   Includes a VET course aligned to
       [university                      employment and                  your own interests
       subjects]                        apprenticeships             •   Increases pathways to TAFE,
                                                                        employment and apprenticeships
                                                                    •   VCAL’s flexibility enables you to
                                                                        undertake a study program that
                                                                        suits your interests and learning
                                                                        needs
                                                                    •   Each VCAL certificate takes a year to
                                                                        complete. (Intermediate and
                                                                        Senior)

   Designing your senior studies program

   When choosing Senior Studies, it is important that you select a program that inspires and motivates
   you and offers the best chance of future success.

   Ask yourself these questions:

   •   What do you enjoy studying?
   •   What talents do you have?
   •   What skills would you like to develop/improve?
   •   What careers do you find interesting?
   •   Are you choosing a balanced program?
   •   Are you being realistic in your subject choices?
   •   How do you learn best?
   •   Are you planning to go on to tertiary study, or to seek an apprenticeship, traineeship or
       employment?
                               How to choose your VCE subjects
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Do                                                  Don’t
   •   Choose a study program that inspires          •   Choose subjects because your friends
       and motivates you and offers the best             are doing them or because you may like
       chance for future success                         the teacher.
   •   Choose subjects that you like and             •   Choose subjects that you don’t like
       subjects you are good at.                         because you think it will help you get a
   •   If you’re a year 10 student, discuss your         good ATAR (Australian Tertiary
       subject choices in your course selection          Admissions Rank).
       interview.                                    •   Choose subjects based on the scaling
   •   Visit open days and ask about pre-                from previous years – scaling doesn’t
       requisite subjects you will need for              impact study scores enough to
       courses you are interested in.                    drastically change your ATAR.
   •   Seek advice from your family and friends      •   Panic if you have no idea about the exact
       to help you make your decision                    career or job you would like to do.
   •   Read the descriptions of the studies you          Remember to keep your options open.
       are considering, talk to subject teachers,    •   Try and decide by yourself.
       parents, careers counsellors and people
       in the industry to get a better idea of
       where you are heading.

                One more thing to consider: Pre-requisite subjects
What is a pre-requisite subject?
A pre-requisite subject is a subject that must be completed in order to be eligible for a
course at University or TAFE.
Examples- Maths is required for some courses, chemistry is required for medicine and a
high score in English is required for journalism
Please note: Pre-requisites are normally Year 12 subjects but this will directly influence your
Year 11 subjects. Please check the VTAC website or the relevant university website for
accurate information on pre-requisite subjects at www.vtac.edu.au. The pre-requisites for
courses can change from year to year, so it is important that you seek out the most recent
information.

If you do not meet the pre-requisite subjects required for a university or TAFE course, you
will not be eligible to receive an offer for a place in that course.

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