Students in Senior Secondary Years 11 and 12 will be studying the newly-accredited Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC). It will be undertaken over a two-year period. The program provides an enriched curriculum and helps develop the skill, capabilities, and qualities for success in personal and civic life. The VPC is designed to engage students through applied learning and provides flexibility to meet individual learning needs. The VPC curriculum develops the skills, knowledge and capabilities that enable students to make informed choices about pathways into further education, training and/or employment.
The VPC program is structured to meet individual students’ needs based on their academic assessment, discussions with students and families. Outcomes for some units are met through an integrated approach through programs such as Hands on Learning, SYN RMIT Radio Program, Food Technology and other community-based programs.
The four strands of Victorian Pathways Certificate are:
- Literacy Units (1-4)
- Numeracy Units (1-4)
- Personal Development Skills Units (1-2)
- Work Related Skills Units (1-4)
Industry Specific Skills
Vocational Education Training (VET) students participating in VPC could also undertake industry specific skills where they participate and complete selected units of competencies from following qualifications:
- Certificate II in Horticulture
- Certificate II in Cookery
- Certificate II in Hospitality
- Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics and Salon Assistant
These qualifications are delivered by registered training organisations.
School-based Apprenticeship and Training (SBAT)
In Year 12 , students are given the opportunity to enrol in a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT). SBATs gives a student paid on-the-job training while they complete secondary school.
It combines part-time employment with training toward a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification. Students can receive credit for their SBAT towards the VCE, VCE Vocational Major or Victorian Pathways Certificate.
Work Placement / Structured Workplace Learning
All students also have access to group or independent work placements in Terms 2, 3 and 4. Students must complete the Department of Education programs – Safe@Work or Job Well Done before they are placed in a group or independent work placement. Structured Workplace Learning provides students with the opportunity to integrate on-the-job experience with secondary study. Discussions between families, carers and students take place to ensure that students are placed in a vocational industry that can enhance their employability skills.
Pathways from school to post-school options
Senior secondary students and families are supported to help transition beyond school. Families can attend a Pathways Expo in Term 1 where they can meet various service providers and help make the transition process smooth for students. Each family is supported to find a suitable post-school option for their son/ daughter.