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Sacred Heart College offers a range of academic, applied and vocational strands to foster our students’ various aspirations, talents and skills. 

Sacred Heart College provides students with the opportunity to develop programs of study tailored towards the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).  Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are a compulsory part of the VCAL program and increasingly students are incorporating it into their VCE program.  These VET courses can contribute towards VCAL or the VCE. It is also possible for students to blend their VCAL or VCE studies with traineeships and school-based apprenticeships. The College’s strong careers education and work experience program supports students in selecting appropriate pathways. 

The College also provides access to VCE Studies by Distance Education where a subject not offered by the College is a required component of a student’s future learning pathway and career choice. 

Senior School Programs Overview 

The Senior School is comprised of Year 10,Year 11 and Year 12 students undertaking: 

  • a generalist academic Year 10 course of study which may include a VET or accelerated VCE subject 
  • a program of studies leading to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or program of studies leading to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) 
  • selected Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects within their program of studies. 

Vertically Aligned Timetable Structure 

Although most students undertake a course of study appropriate to their Year Level, the curriculum is structured so that it allows students to undertake accelerated progression in one or more subjects in advance of their current year level. Acceleration into an advanced program is not automatic and students contemplating accelerated progression must complete in full the acceleration application form by the due date. 

To allow for maximum flexibility, classes in the Senior School have been aligned to operate in common time blocks.  This allows students in Year 10 and Year 11 to undertake accelerated VCE and VET programs.