Senior School Programs
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
The VCE program is the complete list of VCE units you complete over the usual two years – or longer if you choose. Typically this list will consist of 20-24 units. That translates as five or six subjects, each of four units.
Regardless of how many units you do altogether, you must attempt 4 Units of English and successfully complete at least 3 Units of English.
To obtain the V.C.E. students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 Units in all. These 16 Units must include at least:
Three Units from the English sequence, and
Three pairs of Unit 3 and 4 sequences in studies other than English. For example, Units 3 and 4 of Accounting, Drama and Geography.
At Bundoora Secondary College students will be required to attempt a minimum of:
12 Units in the first year, ie. 6 Units each semester at 5 periods per week. These could include a combination of Unit 1-4 subjects and VET units; and
10 Units in their second year, ie. 5 Units each semester at 5 periods per week. These units would normally consist of Unit 3-4 subjects. The selection of an ‘Enhancement’ study should be seen as a fifth subject.
As a specialist school in Health and Community Services our V.C.E subjects have been built up to help students undertaking this program access to examples, work and opportunities related to the Health and Community Services industry.
In addition, our V.C.E students have priority access to the ACU Step-up program, giving them the opportunity to access 1st year university subjects which credit directly to undergraduate degrees.
External examinations are set and marked by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Most are held in November, but a small number of studies have examinations in June.
Student results for each assessment (exam) will be reported as a grade from A+ to E.
The final marks given by the VCAA for each of these THREE assessment types – SAC’s, SAT’s, and exams – will be used to calculate the Study Score, which is then used to calculate the student’s ATAR.
You can graduate with the VCE without completing the school-assessments or the examinations, but you cannot get an ATAR.
Official publications by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) list all the Studies which schools can offer. Bundoora Secondary College is able to offer a large number of these – the number actually taught each year depends on the number of students selecting each subject.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students. The VCAL gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the VCE it is a recognised qualification.
While the VCE is widely used by students as a pathway to university, VCAL students are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing school.
The VCAL’s flexibility enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Fully accredited modules and units are selected for the following four (Intermediate) or five (Senior) compulsory strands:
Literacy and Oracy
Work Related Skills
Personal Development Skills
Skills for Further Study (Senior Certificate)
And elective Units:
One VCE Subject
Each student is also required to complete minimum Work Placement and Community Service (Volunteer Work) hours each year.
It is the successful completion of each of these areas that means students earn their VCAL Certificates which include a statement of results that details the areas of study you have completed.
This personalised program provides a broad and challenging education to develop students’ skills, abilities and knowledge; all the qualities they will need as a foundation for further education, training, work and community participation in the 21st Century.