Year 10

Students in Year 10 engage in a broad education and begin to plan their Senior Secondary program of study. The Victorian Curriculum Foundation to Year 10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is a common set of knowledge and skills for students. In most subjects, students will undertake examinations for Semester One and Semester Two. 

Students study the following compulsory Key Learning Areas in Year 10 at Sacred Heart College:

  •  English
  •  Mathematics
  •  Science
  •  Humanities
  •  Health
  •  Physical Education
  •  Religious Education

They also select electives from the Key Learning Areas of:

  •  The Arts
  •  Technologies
  •  Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  •  Health/Physical Education

VCE / VET Acceleration Options (subject to approval process):

  •  VCE Literature Unit 1 and 2
  •  VCE Psychology Unit 1 and 2
  •  VCE Physical Education Unit 1 and 2
  •  VET in the VCE Certificate II Business
  •  VET in the VCE Certificate II Engineering
  •  Dual VET in VCE Certificate III in Allied Health and Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
  •  VET Certificte II in Automotove Vocational preparation

Sacred Heart College offers two Senior Certificates to Year 11 and 12 students: either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Suitable candidates in Year 10 may commence VCE or VET courses that contribute to their achievement of a Senior School Certificate. Selecting studies at Year 10 commences your senior pathway planning.


The purpose of undertaking a VCE or VET Subject (acceleration) in Year 10 is to provide students with the experience of engaging in more challenging studies. Students must formally apply to accelerate a subject. Final selection will be based on a student’s demonstrated work ethic, behavior, future goals and academic performance.

Year 10 Elective Options

A range of electives are offered including: 

  • Outdoor Education
  • Exercise Health Science
  • STEM 1
  • STEM 2
  • Art: The Art Style Squad
  • Art: Making the Ordinary extraordinary
  • Food technologies
  • Material technology

Vocational Education Training (VET) Options

VET provides students with the opportunity, as part of their senior secondary certificate, to study nationally recognised training from the Australian Qualifications Framework which may contribute to their VCE or VCAL. Vocational Education and Training Options that are run by outside providers occur on set days of the week and students come out of their scheduled classes on those days to attend their VET classes. This is the case for VET/VCE Certificate II in Engineering which runs on a Thursday and also for VCE VET Health which occurs on a Wednesday.

Students who undertake these courses are required to complete the work they have missed due to their weekly attendance at their VET course. It is imperative that they have the work ethic and discipline to manage their Year 10 load and their VET/VCE load in order to not hinder their Year 10 achievement. There is an additional requirement for students who select VCE VET Heath (Dual qualification in Cert III in Allied Health Assistance and Cert III in Health Services Assistance). In order to satisfy the government requirements for this certificate, students will need to complete 160 hours of work placement over two years. This will take place during school holidays and scheduled VET Health days to minimize disruptions to other classes. Therefore, it is recommended that students select one less elective each semester to manage the workload.