Senior school at Mooroolbark College comprises years 10, 11 and 12. Students in the senior school are challenged to see beyond their secondary schooling and to be outward looking, active and responsible citizens.

As the students prepare to enter the senior school, they are encouraged to plan and organise their studies for the next three years. Year 10 students have the opportunity to begin their VCE program early by undertaking one or more unit 1/2 subject/s as part of their year 10 course. All year 10 students will participate in work experience. This provides students with crucial information and experience about the working world beyond the classroom assisting them with career planning.

In years 11 and 12, students are provided with a broad range of VCE subjects from which they can develop their course. Study options can also include vocational education and training (VET) courses as offered through the Yarra Valley Cluster.

Mooroolbark College provides the Victorian Certificate or Applied Learning (VCAL) which enables students the opportunity to undertake a broad range of training options.

For more detailed information about subjects in VCE, please refer to the VCE Handbook.

Vocational Education & Training

VET – for (vocational education and training) courses allows students to study for a nationally accredited vocational certificate, that give students practical learning opportunities in workplace or simulated settings.

There is sufficient flexibility to offer a broad range of teaching, learning and assessment styles in settings that require adult motivation and attitudes. VET is characterised by a high level of practical learning which relates to the working environment.

At Mooroolbark College students have access to schools in the Yarra Valley VET Cluster as well as other TAFE providers.

The advantage of this arrangement is that students can stay enrolled in their original school and also have access to a large range of vocational programs. This means students can study their VCE/VCAL in a familiar environment.

Students studying an Intermediate or Senior VCAL certificate must complete VET studies

For a VCE student these certificates generally contribute four units towards their VCE . The contribution counts either as a study score or block credit in the calculation of the student’s ATAR.

A sample of programs available from VET Cluster Schools and TAFE Colleges include:

  • Certificate II in Automotive Technology
  • Certificate II in Acting Film & Television
  • Certificate II in Building & Construction (partial pre- apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Community Services Work
  • Certificate II in Early Childhood Development
  • Certificate II in Electro-technology
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate II in Equine Industry
  • Certificate II in Event Management
  • Certificate II in Furniture Cabinet Making (pre-apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Hairdressing
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • Certificate II in Hospitality (Food and Beverage or Commercial Cookery)
  • Certificate III in Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Music
  • Certificate II in Plumbing ( pre apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Retail Makeup
  • Certificate II in Sport & Recreation

For more information about the VET program at Mooroolbark College, please contact Jenny Roache VET Co-ordinator on (03) 9727 8100.

Yarra Valley Vet Cluster Website

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

VCAL is a recognised alternative senior certificate qualification. Students who choose to undertake VCAL are more likely to be interested in training at TAFE, commencing an apprenticeship, or undertaking employment after completing school

The program provides opportunities for students to develop personal, social and work-related skills that foster a commitment to learning and prepare them for the world of work. VCAL is a hands-on option for students in Year 11 and 12.

Both the Intermediate and Senior VCAL award levels are offered at Mooroolbark College. The Intermediate Certificate is normally completed over one year during Year 11. Students may then seek their chosen vocational pathway or commence Senior VCAL in Year 12.

To qualify for the recognised VCAL qualification, students need to complete a selection of four core strands. Each strand has prescribed Learning Outcomes similar to the VCE, but with greater emphasis placed on skills and delivered in an applied learning team approach.

The students’ programme will consist of 2 days on campus composed of:

  • VCAL Literacy (English)
  • VCAL Numeracy (Mathematics)
  • VCAL Personal Development Skills
  • VCAL Work Related Skills

One day undertaking a VET course or Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).

  • Industry Specific Skills

Two days off campus undertaking work placement or training.

Mooroolbark College Pathways & Careers

Mooroolbark College has a team of Pathways Advisors who provide many services to students from Years 7-12.

We assist our students to make informed decisions about their future pathways.  We understand that students have different talents and interests and encourage them to explore the multitude of options available to them.

A comprehensive careers program is delivered to all students between Years 9 and 12 including careers counselling throughout the year, vocational testing, guest speakers on Pathways days, careers bulletins and a Tertiary Information Service excursion.

The Pathways room is a well-resourced facility open to all students. A wide range of resources include University and TAFE booklets, brochures, pamphlets, DVDs, the Job Guide and other books are available for student use.

Features of career services and programs

  • Career Action Plans are commenced in Year 9 and updated annually.
  • Year 10 students all undertake the unit “Crossroads” a program that gives students the skills to gain knowledge and make informed decisions in order to select appropriate pathways for senior years and life beyond the College.
  • Students are exposed to and guided through career awareness and use of programs such as Career Voyage and My Future
  • Work Experience and Structured Work Placement are organised when required for students in Years 10-12.  In Year 10, all students participate in Work Experience for the last week of Term 2.
  • Managed Individual Pathways Initiative (MIPS) provides students with ongoing assistance in individual pathway planning and subject choices
  • Year 12 students are individually counselled in post school options including University, TAFE and employment options and are provided with assistance and guided through the VTAC process.
  • Regular, updated career news is available on the Mooroolbark Pathways website.
  • Access to a huge range of Vocational Education Training (VET) programs in Years 10-12 with programs available through Yarra Valley VET Cluster and TAFE providers.
  • Extensive support for exiting and exited students
  • Outstanding rates of tertiary placements