Years 10 – 12
The curriculum at Years 10-12 is structured in such a way that students are able to move through to completion of the VCE, VCAL, VET or even all three at a pace which suits their individual needs, interests and abilities. At any level you may choose subjects from another. For example, a Year 10 student may choose to study a Unit 1/2 sequence or a Year 12 student may choose from the Year 10 range of subjects or to undertake a first year university subject.
At Year 10, students choose from a selection of courses that are provided within the VELS framework and are linked to student’s interests and abilities.
Over the final two years students will complete a pathway to further study or employment. They may choose to do this through studying for the following certificates or combinations of Certificates:
- VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).
- VCE and VET (Vocation Education and Training).
- VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).
- VCE and VCAL and VET (completing all three certificates).
- Any of the above and a university study.
By using the flexibility that now exists in the Later Years Curriculum it is possible for students to tailor a course that best meets the needs of their individual learning pathway.
Students may simply complete the VCE or may choose to incorporate one or more VET certificates.
MIPS (Managed Individual Pathways)
The Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) program helps all students, aged 15 and over, from compulsory schooling into further education, training and employment. Career advice is available for all students for their pathway planning. The MIPs office is located next to the library in the Sheehan wing and is open 8:30am – 4:30pm daily.
In Year 10 students are expected to complete work experience during an allocated week in Term 3. This coincides with the Ballarat High School Pathways Expo and course counselling / subject selection program in which all students from Years 9 – 12 are involved.
MIPs staff assist with career advice, pathway planning, course counselling, subject selection, university and TAFE applications (VTAC & SEAS), apprenticeships and traineeships, casual employment, scholarships, GAP year and student exchange programs, enhancement studies, resumes and application letters, career testing, alternate pathway options. The MIPs office holds all of the resources that may be required for pathway planning. Staff distribute a MIPs and Careers newsletter, via email, to all students each month to which parents may also subscribe.
For further information please contact MIPs staff 03 5338 9000.