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Senior School

Learning Pathways for Senior Students

Learning in Senior School reflects the diverse range of pathways available to students in Years 10–12. During these years, students begin to specialise by selecting and studying subjects based on personal interest, future learning and career pathways. Sacred Heart College offers a range of academic, applied and vocational strands. Whilst most students predominately develop learning programs within one of the strands, it is becoming increasing popular to include study from more than one strand in a program of study.

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). Many students often include a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in their program of studies. These VET courses can contribute towards both the VCAL and the VCE. It is also possible for students blend their VCAL or VCE studies with traineeships and school-based apprenticeships. A 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 required component of a student's future learning pathway.

The Transition to the Senior Years

The senior years of schooling are important years in the education of our young people. They represent a step into post-compulsory schooling and bring an increase in workload, responsibility, freedom and the need for self-discipline.

In the final years of school, senior students are generally beyond the minimum school leaving age, and have made a choice to attend school and further their education. Hence, we expect a mature commitment to the total life of the College. We expect that students will seriously apply themselves to their studies, treat others with respect and courtesy and take advantage of the range of activities Sacred Heart College provides.

An important aim of Sacred Heart College is to develop a strong sense of Christian community, helping students to develop their faith and a respect for and commitment to the welfare of others. This is achieved through the Religious Education program and the Catholic identity expressed in all aspects of College life.

Senior School Programs—an Overview

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

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

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 have this option approved by the College.

Vertically Aligned Timetable Structure

To allow for maximum flexibility, classes in the Senior School have been aligned and operate in common time blocks. This allows students in Year 10 and Year 11 to undertake accelerated VCE and VET programs. It is common for Year 10 students to include a VET or VCE class in their program of studies. Most students in Year 10 and Year 11 study six subjects per semester. Most students in Year 12 will study five subjects per semester. Students undertaking a School-based apprenticeship or traineeship will spend one day per week in the workforce and will therefore study less subjects.

Developing Self-directed Students

Learning in the Senior School requires the students to be more self-directed. Student learning blends opportunities for teacher-directed and self-directed learning. Students have access to a dedicated senior study room, located next to the senior staff room facilitating easy access to assitance.

Support for Students and Parents

The College provides support for students making the transition to the senior years of schooling and a number of key personnel are available to help parents and students. The key personnel include:

  • The Learning Advisor
  • Pathways Leader and Careers Advisor
  • Year 10, 11 and 12 Level Leaders
  • VCAL/VET Leader
  • Deputy Principals
  • Principal