9 – 12 Campus: Creating their pathway

Philosophy

As students enter their senior years of education the underpinning philosophy is on challenging them to reach their full potential and building the pathway to their future careers, with a focus on developing leadership skills, independence, responsibility, an ability to think critically and analyse a range of complex problems.

Teaching and Learning

At YCP-12 senior students will be guided to become more complex thinkers and to improve their skills in:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Knowledge in a practical and theoretical context
  • Becoming a more independent, flexible and self-regulated learner
  • Managing their emotions, predicting consequences and developing good study habits
  • Building confidence, resilience and leadership qualities.

They will begin to develop preferred areas in their learning, thus selecting specific subject areas as they start to establish their pathway towards a career choice.

In Year 9 students are beginning to see their future as adults. They are experiencing profound physical, social, emotional and intellectual developmental changes. Students learn through a combination of core studies (English, Maths, Science, SOSE and Environment, Health & PE and Personal and Project Based Learning) plus electives, where they begin to focus on a deeper level of skill and understanding, and expand into specialised areas within each subject.  Throughout Year 9 each student is given the opportunity to attend a two week Future Leaders Program based at Bogong Outdoor Education Centre.  The programs purpose, coinciding with the subject Personal and Project Based learning, is for students to learn about themselves, others and to start implementing changes to be a future maker.

In Year 10 students have a growing interest in their future career pathways. They are increasingly aware of the world outside school. For some this means preparation for work or work-specific training, and for others it means preparation for post-compulsory schooling. As a result the College caters for all students by running three different options at Year 10:

Students may decide to complete a ‘’standard’’ Year 10 – a combination of core and elective subjects.

Others may select to be involved in the workplace mentoring program which involves working one day per week with a local employer to gain skills required to be successful in that particular vocational area. Students in the workplace mentoring program still study their core and elective subjects.

The other option available to students is accelerated learning – students study core and elective units at Year 10 but they have access to a range of VCE and VET subjects and can begin to learn at an advanced level.

In Year 10 students explore and identify possible pathways for their future learning and they continue to learn the skills required for future studies. All students participate in a week of work experience as well as the Urban Familiarisation Camp in Melbourne.

To view and or download the current Year 10 Course Outline and 2016 Course Outline please click here.

In Years 11 and 12 students start to work towards what they are interested in doing once they leave school – through either the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). There are a huge range of subjects available for both courses and students can pursue areas of interest and develop a program that allows them to meet their desired pathway.