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.
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:
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
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:
One day undertaking a VET course or Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).
Two days off campus undertaking work placement or training.
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