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VCE Subject Selection

2020 Subject Selection Process

Mount Clear College offers studies that cater for a wide diversity of expectations and pathways. In this current climate, the College has made the decision to conduct our Subject Selection Information Evening virtually. This event is for students who are entering VCE, VCAL or VET in 2021. We will stream this event live through Facebook on Tuesday 21 July at 6:30pm.

This format of delivery will be a first for us and we hope it will be beneficial to all of our College families. For anyone who is unable to watch the event live, a recording will be made available from Wednesday – details of which will be posted to Compass and Facebook.

Prior to the information evening, Mount Clear College will also be launching a new Subject Selection  website. This site will have pages for our VCE, VCAL and VET subjects, including video presentations  by our teaching staff. The website will serve as an alternative to our traditional ‘Subject Selection Expo.’ Subject selection handbooks, website information and a live event reminder will all be posted to Compass.

The live stream will begin with a pre-recorded presentation from the following College staff:

Lynita Taylor

Principal

Norah Moloney

Senior School Assistant Principal

Simon McCart

VCAL Coordinator

Nicole Taylor

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

During this time, we encourage viewers to ask questions via the live chat, then towards the end of the presentation, your questions will be answered by our panellists:

Norah Moloney

Senior School Assistant Principal

Simon McCart

VCAL Coordinator

Nicole Taylor

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Kylie Barnett

VET Cluster Coordinator – Highlands LLEN

We welcome and value any feedback you provide on this new approach to subject selection. Please provide all feedback via email to [email protected]

VCE Program Overview

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) comprises a range of studies or subjects.  Most studies are made up of four units.  A unit usually lasts for one semester (half a year).  Units 1 and 2 are usually undertaken in Year 11 and can be completed as single units.  Units 3 and 4 are normally attempted in Year 12 and must be undertaken as a two-semester sequence.

What must be studied over two years?

Over the two VCE years most students will complete a total of 22 units from a range of different studies.

The following units are compulsory – each student must study 4 units of English study selected from the following units.  They must include at least English or Foundation Units 1 and 2 and at least one Unit 3 and 4 sequence:

  • English Units 1 through to 4
  • Foundation English Units 1 and 2
  • English Language Units 1 through to 4
  • Literature Units 1 through to 4
  • A minimum of four Unit 3/4 sequences (including your English units)

Satisfactory Completion

To obtain your VCE you must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units including:

  • 3 units of English taken from the above list of English subjects, including a Unit 3/4 sequence
  • 3 other unit 3 & 4 sequences (6 units in all)

Mount Clear College offers studies which cater for a wide diversity of expectations and pathways.  The VCE program of the College is aimed at meeting the different needs of students, whether their chosen post-secondary direction is a University or TAFE College course of study or employment.

Program Flexibility

Some very capable students may wish to undertake Unit 3 & 4 studies in their first year of VCE.  This is possible as there are no prerequisites in many Unit 3 & 4 sequences.  However, Unit 3 & 4 studies require greater maturity and language skills than Unit 1 & 2.  Your previous work and discussions with your teachers will determine if you are such a student.  Table 1 on page 9 shows which Unit 3 & 4 studies you may attempt.  Students entering Year 11 who have not completed Unit 1/2 and wish to undertake a Unit 3/4 sequence must complete an application form available from the Senior School Leading Teacher.

‘Non Scored’ Year 12

There is the opportunity for some students in Year 12 to undertake what is known as a “Non scored Program”.  This means that students qualify for their VCE but are not required to complete examinations.  They will be required to satisfactorily complete assessment tasks for all studies but they will not receive a score or mark for each task.

These students will not receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score upon completion of Year 12, and so will not be eligible for entry to many tertiary courses. Non scored students may have a different English class to other students if there are sufficient numbers.

Access to University Subjects

Enhancement Studies

Enhancement studies are conducted by some Victorian Universities in conjunction with secondary colleges, including Mount Clear College, throughout the state.  They provide students with the opportunity to study a first year university level subject whilst in Year 12.  The subjects count toward a student’s ATAR ranking.

To be eligible students must have completed Units 3 and 4 of the study whilst in Year 11 and have obtained a study score of 41 or better.  A score of 41 is a very significant achievement.  In some circumstances students may complete the enhancement study and the preparatory (3 and 4) study in the same year, that is in Year 12.

Universities decide who is allowed to attempt an enhancement study.  There are different methods of undertaking an enhancement study.  How a study is offered to students depends on the number of interested students and where they live.  Distance education is another method of course delivery.

There are significant costs associated with enhancement studies.  Occasional travel to Melbourne may also be necessary. 

The following Enhancement Studies subjects are likely to be available in 2020:

  • Accounting
  • Australian History and Politics
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy

Applications close late 2020.

See the Leading Teacher, Senior School, for more detailed information on the courses listed above.

 Access to VCE Subjects in 2021

Pre-requisites for Units 1 & 2

The following subjects have pre-requisites for entry:

Unit 1/2 Subjects

Pre-requisite

Chinese Culture & Society

Year 10 Chinese

LOTE Japanese

Year 10 LOTE Japanese

Literature

‘Above level’ in Year 10 Core English or ‘At level’ in Year 10 Advanced English

Maths Methods

‘Above level’ in Analytical Maths

Specialist Maths

‘Above level’ in Analytical Maths

Pre-requisites for Units 3 & 4

The following subjects have pre-requisites for entry:

Unit 3/4 Subjects

Pre-requisite

Accounting

Accounting 2

Chemistry

Chemistry 2

Chinese Culture & Society

Chinese Culture  Society 1 & 2

Dance

Dance 1&2

Further Mathematics

General Maths 1&2/ Maths Methods 1&2

IT – IT Applications

Information Technology 1&2

IT – Software Development

Information Technology 1&2

Literature

Literature 2

LOTE Japanese

LOTE Japanese 1&2

Maths Methods (CAS)

Maths Methods (CAS) 1 & 2 (required)

Music Performance

Music Performance 1 & 2

Physics

Physics 1 & 2

Specialist Maths

Specialist Maths 1 & 2

Additional costs for some subjects

It is crucial that students and their parents understand some subjects have costs over and above normal textbook, paper, excursions costs etc.  If students enrol for any of the following subjects they may incur costs as indicated.

Studio Arts and Visual Communication and Design – students are required to attend Top Arts and/or Top Designs exhibitions in Melbourne and make trips to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

Dance – proper dance footwear and potential dance production attendance are an expectation of the study outcomes – this may involve trips to Melbourne with associated transport and ticketing costs for commercial productions.

Drama – theatre production attendance is part of the study outcomes required for satisfactory completion – this involves trips to Melbourne with associated transport and ticketing costs for commercial productions.

Music – the cost of weekly lessons as well as ticketing costs for commercial music production attendance are an expectation of the study outcomes.  Students completing solo VCE may need to pay an accompanist for their performance/s.

Outdoor Education – approximately $260 – $500 per semester for camps, excursions, etc., depending on the unit studied and subject to School Council approval. 

Technology Studies – in most technology subjects, because of the complexity and cost of the models required at VCE, the students are generally required to pay some of the cost of the model.  This may range from $10 to $90 per semester depending upon the subject and the model(s).  All charges are subject to School Council approval.

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Subject Navigation

English

Units 1-4

English

This subject focuses on developing a student’s literacy skills and builds on the key communication skills and knowledge addressed in Years 7 to 10.

Units 1-4

English Language

This study aims to combine learning about the nature of language in human thought and communication, with learning how to use English more effectively and creatively.

Units 1-2

Foundation English

This subject is an opportunity for students to develop their literacy skills before proceeding to Unit 3 and 4

Units 1-4

Literature

In VCE Literature students will read deeply, widely and critically, respond analytically and creatively, and appreciate the aesthetic merit of texts.

Mathematics

Units 1-2

Year 11 Maths

Mathematics is the study of patterns in number and space. It provides us with a means of communication that is international, logical and concise

Units 3-4

Year 12 Maths

Mathematics is the study of patterns in number and space. It provides us with a means of communication that is international, logical and concise

Arts

Units 1-4

Dance

Dance is the language of movement. It is the realisation of the body’s potential as an instrument of expression

Units 1-4

Drama

This study focuses on the creation and performance of characters, narratives and stories. Students analyse the development of their performances and explore the actor–audience relationship.

Units 1-4

Media

The study of Media includes the following forms of audio-visual media, print-based media and digital media technologies.

Units 1-4

Music Performance

This study develops intellectual, aesthetic and cultural understanding of the value and importance of music in solo and group settings.

Units 1-4

Studio Art

VCE Studio Arts introduces students to the role and practices of artists in society. Students develop an understanding of the way artists work in a range of cultures and periods of time, the artists’ perceptions, beliefs and actions and their relationship with the viewer.

Business Studies

Units 1-4

Accounting

This subject focuses on the procedures of accounting and finance and the way in which these may be used.

Units 1-4

Business Management

This subject is suited for students who are interested in reading, discussing and learning about the operations of business.

Units 1-4

Legal Studies

This subject suits students interested in reading about and discussing everyday issues such as dealing with the police and courts, how to solve consumer complaints with traders, victim’s rights and whether you should sue to get compensation when problems occur

Humanities

Units 3-4

Australian History

This subject would suit students with an interest in history who like to research information to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Australian history.

Units 1-2

History

This subject involves investigating some of the most interesting events from the 20th Century.

Units 1-4

Philosophy

In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other.

Languages

Units 1-4

Chinese as a First Language

In Year 11 or 12, students complete Units 3 & 4, which focus on listening, reading, writing and speaking (detail study).

Units 1-4

Japanese Language

VCE Japanese Second Language focuses on student participation in interpersonal communication, interpreting the
language of other speakers, and presenting information and ideas in Japanese on a range of themes and topics.

Health & Physical Education

Units 1-4

Health & Human Development

Health and Human Development provides students with an opportunity to investigate health and wellbeing and human development in local, Australian and global communities

Units 1-4

Outdoor and Environmental Studies

This study explores the relationships humans have with the outdoor environment, which includes natural environments, minimal impact and extensive human interaction.

Units 1-4

Physical Education

Physical Education examines the biology, chemistry, physics and psychology of performance and the social and cultural influences on participation in physical activity.

Science

Units 1-4

Biology

This VCE course incorporates aspects of many branches of biology including biochemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, cell biology and molecular biology.

Units 1-4

Chemistry

In this course we examine the properties of matter on the atomic and molecular level and explore the different types of bonding that influence the properties of materials.

Units 1-4

Environmental Science

Overview: Environmental science is an interdisciplinary science, involving aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, that

Units 1-4

Physics

Physics contributes to our understanding of everything from the minute building blocks of matter to the energies of the unimaginably vast expanses of the universe.

Units 1-4

Psychology

Psychology is a broad discipline that incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour through biological, psychological and social perspectives and the systematic application of this knowledge to personal and social circumstances in everyday life.

Technology Studies

Units 1-4

Food Studies

This study is designed to build the capacities of students to make informed food choices.

Units 1-4

Product, Design and Technology

This study engages students in technological tasks that call on their knowledge and understanding of materials and production processes to design and make products suitable for their intended purpose.

Units 1-4

Systems Engineering

Students will gain appreciation, knowledge, understanding and practical application of technological systems.

VET Programs

VET

Highlands LLEN VET Cluster

At the Highlands LLEN VET Cluster, we offer VET (Vocational Education and Training) Programs to Secondary Students.   This is called VETDSS.

VET

SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

This qualification provides students with training and skills that enhance their employment prospects within a broad range of hospitality settings, with a training credit towards the apprenticeship training plan.