Senior School Curriculum

Senior School at Whittlesea Secondary College offers a broad and
comprehensive selection of subjects. In these important final years of
Secondary Education every support is given to enable students to achieve
their academic and vocational goals in VCE, VET and VCAL.

The VCE is designed to be a flexible course of study and give a balanced education. It is usually taken over 2 years.
Students are expected to have a minimum of at least 85% attendance in order to complete their VCE.
To be awarded the VCE Certificate a student must satisfactorily complete at least 16 Units
(including VET Units). These must include:
- 3 Units of English with at least one at Unit 3 or 4 level
- 3 other sequences of Units 3 and 4 (including VET Units 3 & 4 sequences)
- 7 other units (including VCE/VET units)

The College offers students the chance to study VET programs as part of their Senior School studies.
VET enables students to learn from practical experience from training institutions and actual
workplaces to gain an industry-recognised qualification. All courses are run at the College, but time may be spent at TAFE and in the workplace. Certificates are issued by the Registered Training Authority (RTO), upon completion of programs.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied learning (VCAL) is a “hands-on” option for Senior students developed for those who aspire toward TAFE, apprenticeships and training or employment.
VCAL is a recognised certificate and offered at three levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Senior) and on successful completion students receive a VCAL Certificate of the appropriate level and a statement of results.
Subjects studied are the core VCAL subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills and a combination of VET and VCE subjects to complete the requirement of the award of the certificate.