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Year 10 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 Year 10 in 2021. We will stream this event live through Facebook on Tuesday 28 July at 6:30pm.

For anyone who is unable to watch the event live, a recording will be made available the following day – details of which will be posted to Compass and Facebook.

Mount Clear College has launched a new Subject Selection website providing pages for our Year 10 subjects and also VCE, VCAL and VET subjects. The website includes 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

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

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]

The Year 10 Program

Key Questions Answered

What is the aim of the Year 10 curriculum?

  • The Mount Clear College Year 10 curriculum provides an individualised approach where students select the program of study that best suits their learning needs and interests.
  • The program also allows choice within the compulsory key studies of English and Mathematics.
  • There is a broad range of options available to students within and beyond the Year 10 subjects offered.

What are the potential benefits of this approach?

  • Students develop more ownership of the program they select.
  • Students will be introduced to a fully individualised curriculum program, mirroring the post-compulsory environment. This will entail a significantly different experience to Years 7-9.
  • Real opportunities exist to provide a greater academic challenge for some students and to provide more practical and vocationally orientated studies for others.
  • Students will be able to study interest areas more intensively and extensively if they wish.

How does the program work?

  • Students will study 2 semester-long units over the course of the year. 6 units are studied each semester.
  • Each unit of work is studied for 4 periods per week.
  • There are 8 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) available and breadth in subject choices is encouraged:

o   Visual & Performing Arts

o   Languages

o   English

o   Mathematics

o   Health & Physical Education

o   Science

o   Humanities

o   Technology

  • Students select their program of study from specific units offered by each KLA. Details of these are provided on pages 12-46.
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses may also be selected by students as part of their 12 units of study. A summary of these is provided on pages 9-11 and students can access a VCE information booklet through the Senior School Leading Teacher. Students must complete an application form for Enhanced Studies to do a VET or VCE subject in Year 10.

What are the essential requirements when selecting a course of study?

  • A total of 12 units must be selected over the year – all units have equal weight and time allocations, i.e. 4 periods per week.
  • A minimum of 1 unit of English per semester is compulsory.
  • A minimum of 1 unit of Mathematics per semester is compulsory – this can be either the Year 10 Mathematics program or a VCE alternative offered.
  • A minimum of 1 unit of Science is compulsory.
  • The other 7 units may be chosen from all other choices on offer, but as a rule at least 1 unit from 3 other KLAs must be chosen over the course of the year, including a Science subject.

What makes a ‘good’ course?

  • We would encourage students to maintain a ‘balance’ in their course selection (this is why we have put in place some of the requirements outlined above). At Year 10 it is important for students to maintain variety in what they select so that, as well as keeping options open for further study, they experience a broad, well-rounded education.
  • The Year 10 subjects represent a very sound and adequate grounding for further study in that subject area. A very small number of subjects require students to have undertaken previous study and where this is the case it has been clearly indicated in the course description.
  • Students will receive individual course selection advice and will have their programs checked for suitability.

Can you select a particular unit to study over 2 semesters?

English and Mathematics must be taken over 2 semesters. A number of other units can be selected twice (i.e. they will make up 2 of the 12 units you select) and therefore be studied over 2 semesters. These are indicated in the unit description provided on pages 5-6.

Will I be able to do all of the units I select?

We cannot guarantee that students will be able to do all of the units they select.  Some units may not have enough interested students to be viable; some VCE classes may already be full; and, when the Year 10 subjects are blocked, a student may find that subjects they want to do run at the same time.

The process we use aims to maximise the degree to which students are able to enrol in the subjects they prefer and we have found that the vast majority of students are able to undertake all or most of their desired program. However, we do ask students to consider some alternatives to their preferred twelve units to accommodate any timetabling clashes.

So, how do you decide what to choose?

  • Consider firstly what you are good at and what particularly interests you – these are crucial starting points.
  • Investigate whether subjects are relevant to, or required by, what you’d like to do when you graduate secondary school. Do not panic if you are unsure of this, you don’t need to have made any decisions by this time.  Concentrate on what you are good at and what you are interested in.
  • Consider a range of studies that give your program variety.
  • Discuss your ideas with your teachers – they will give you honest advice. Also talk to your parents – they have experience and ideas that can help.
  • Find out more about the subjects you do not know much about – don’t just dismiss them without at least finding out about them.

What shouldn’t you do?

Remember, you have the chance to select your own relevant and valuable program of study, so here are some tips on what not to do:

  • Do not be influenced by your friends. They have different interests, abilities and goals.
  • Do not choose subjects based on who you think the teacher will be. Teachers vary their classes from year to year and your educational decisions are becoming too important to be based on which teachers are your favourite.
  • Do not select what you think are the easy subjects. This is not the case.  All subjects require commitment and challenge.

What resources are available to help me?

  • The College Careers Office is located in the Library. Ms Nicole Taylor is the Careers Coordinator and she has many resources to help with your decision making.
  • Your Year 9 class teachers can help you work out what you are good at and what might be sensible choices.
  • Your Year Level Coordinator and other teachers can also offer support and advice.
  • Your parents have experience and insights you should call on.
  • Course advice sessions and counselling opportunities will be provided.
  • The Senior School Leading Teacher is a useful contact if you want to discuss VCE options. They are located in Year 11/12 area.   

Units available and semester selection options

PreCAL

What is PreCAL?

PreCAL aims to provide Year 10 students with a supported pathway into the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Years 11 and 12. VCAL itself is an accredited senior secondary qualification undertaken in Years 11 and 12 that offers a pathway to vocational work, TAFE and traineeships, but not direct entry to University or many professional jobs (for more details on the VCAL program, please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection Handbook).

Why choose PreCAL?

Students who enrol in PreCAL will gain valuable skills and experiences that will help prepare them to achieve the best result possible if they choose to enrol in VCAL at Years 11 or 12.

Students should be considering enrolling in VCAL at Years 11 and 12 if they are looking for a pathway to vocational work, TAFE and traineeships. Students who are thinking of going to University should enrol in the VCE.

If you enrol in PreCAL in Year 10, you can choose to complete Year 11/12 VCAL or VCE, however  PreCAL is not the optimal pathway to VCE studies at Years 11 and 12.

Program Structure

Students who enrol in PreCAL will complete the VCAL Foundation Personal Development Skills – Units 1 & 2 which will represent two of their seven elective choices.

PreCAL students would also typically complete English Essentials and Foundation Maths as two of their three core subjects (but may opt to select any of the core English or Maths units), together with a Science unit.

There is flexibility for PreCAL students to complete Work Experience placements to explore their career preferences, which can be completed either in weekly blocks or on a one-day per week basis. Due to timetable restrictions, the actual timing and duration of placements must be negotiated with the College’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator prior to commencement.

There is also some flexibility for students to complete VET modules or Units at school or off-campus at TAFE (for more details on VET please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection Handbook). However, a combined PreCAL/VET program must be developed in consultation with the College’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator and will only be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Delivery Principles

Like VCAL, PreCAL delivery is based on the following principles of applied learning:

  • The curriculum is negotiated to build on student interests, abilities and strengths
  • Focuses on providing ‘hands-on’ opportunities for learning
  • Enables students to learn at their own pace
  • Enables students to learn in different ways according to different learning styles

Who is suited to PreCAL?

  • Students who have a vocational pathway in mind or are committed to exploring their options through a combination of applied learning and practical work placements
  • Students who demonstrate key employability skills (punctuality, organisation, hard-work, team-work, effective communication, etc.)

The VCAL and VCE Senior Pathways

Choosing VCE/VET Options in Year 10

What is PreCAL?

PreCAL aims to provide Year 10 students with a supported pathway into the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Years 11 and 12. VCAL itself is an accredited senior secondary qualification undertaken in Years 11 and 12 that offers a pathway to vocational work, TAFE and traineeships, but not direct entry to University or many professional jobs (for more details on the VCAL program, please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection Handbook).

Why choose PreCAL?

Students who enrol in PreCAL will gain valuable skills and experiences that will help prepare them to achieve the best result possible if they choose to enrol in VCAL at Years 11 or 12.

Students should be considering enrolling in VCAL at Years 11 and 12 if they are looking for a pathway to vocational work, TAFE and traineeships. Students who are thinking of going to University should enrol in the VCE.

If you enrol in PreCAL in Year 10, you can choose to complete Year 11/12 VCAL or VCE, however  PreCAL is not the optimal pathway to VCE studies at Years 11 and 12.

Program Structure

Students who enrol in PreCAL will complete the VCAL Foundation Personal Development Skills – Units 1 & 2 which will represent two of their seven elective choices.

PreCAL students would also typically complete English Essentials and Foundation Maths as two of their three core subjects (but may opt to select any of the core English or Maths units), together with a Science unit.

There is flexibility for PreCAL students to complete Work Experience placements to explore their career preferences, which can be completed either in weekly blocks or on a one-day per week basis. Due to timetable restrictions, the actual timing and duration of placements must be negotiated with the College’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator prior to commencement.

There is also some flexibility for students to complete VET modules or Units at school or off-campus at TAFE (for more details on VET please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection Handbook). However, a combined PreCAL/VET program must be developed in consultation with the College’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator and will only be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Delivery Principles

Like VCAL, PreCAL delivery is based on the following principles of applied learning:

  • The curriculum is negotiated to build on student interests, abilities and strengths
  • Focuses on providing ‘hands-on’ opportunities for learning
  • Enables students to learn at their own pace
  • Enables students to learn in different ways according to different learning styles

Who is suited to PreCAL?

  • Students who have a vocational pathway in mind or are committed to exploring their options through a combination of applied learning and practical work placements
  • Students who demonstrate key employability skills (punctuality, organisation, hard-work, team-work, effective communication, etc.)

The VCAL and VCE Senior Pathways

Should a VCE/VET study be attempted and how does this work?

Some students may wish to attempt a VCE/VET study whilst they are in Year 10.  The potential benefits of doing so are significant.  However, students should not feel that they must do a VCE/VET subject in order to gain any such benefits.  VCE/VET study at Year 10 level is not for everyone.

  • VCE/VET subjects are divided into units of four periods per week.
  • Like a Year 10 unit, a VCE/VET unit is a semester (half a year) long.
  • Units 1 & 2 of a VCE/VET subject are usually undertaken in Year 11; Units 3 & 4 of a VCE/VET subject are usually undertaken in Year 12.
  • If you take on a VCE/VET subject you could complete Units 1 & 2 of a subject in Year 10. Then in Year 11, you could complete Units 3 & 4 of that or another study.

What are the advantages of this?

  • You gain valuable experience of what VCE/VET is like before Year 11.
  • You gain valuable experience of what a second year VCE/VET subject is like before commencing Year 12.
  • Most students obtain an ATAR score (the score based on a student’s VCE/VET results that is used for tertiary course selection) at the end of Year 12 based on their five highest scoring Year 12 subjects. You can draw on the one you completed in Year 11 to obtain an ATAR score at the end of Year 12 based on 6 subjects (i.e. gain a scoring bonus).

How do students apply for a VCE/VET subject?

  • A list of VCE/VET units is shown within the following pages.
  • Students should indicate their interest in a VCE/VET unit at their subject selection interview and will be provided with appropriate documentation.

A summary of VCE units available to Year 10 students in 2021

Accounting

General Maths

Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Biology

Health & Human Development

Philosophy

Business Management

History

Physical Education

Chemistry

Information Technology

Physics

Dance

Legal Studies

Psychology

Design & Technology (Wood/Metals)

Literature

Studio Arts

Drama

LOTE: Japanese

Systems Engineering (Electronics/Automotive)

English Language

Mathematical Methods (CAS)

 

Environmental Science

Media

Visual Communication

Food Technology

Music Performance

 
   

See the VCE 2021 Information Booklet for more details on these VCE units 

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

LOTE Japanese

Year 10 LOTE Japanese

Literature

Above level in Year 10  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:

Units 3/4 Subjects

Pre-requisite

Accounting

Accounting 2

Chemistry

Chemistry 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

Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Mount Clear College

VET in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to their VCE or VCAL. 

VET may contribute to the VCE at the Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 levels, and may also contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

VET contributes to the VCAL through satisfying the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills or Work Related Skills strands. Each completed 90-hour block of VET equals one VCAL unit.

Mount Clear College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). RTOs are registered to deliver quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications. Mount Clear College (No. 21741) is registered under the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Certificates and Statements of Attainment

The RTO is responsible for ensuring students are enrolled in an accredited state or nationally recognised VET course.  Most courses are based on Training Packages that are nationally agreed units of competency and qualifications.

Students deemed competent in all units of a training qualification will receive a nationally recognised Certificate. Students deemed competent in some units will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.

Third Party arrangements

Students will be notified of any training provided by a Third Party.

Group 1:  Mount Clear College VET programs

Given sufficient enrolment, the following programs may be offered internally at Mount Clear College and will be blocked as part of the normal timetable. Students need to complete the Subject Selection Form to apply for:

  • Building and Construction ($300)*
  • Hospitality ($300)*
  • Music (Performance) ($150)*

Group 2: Mount Clear College Highlands LLEN cluster VET programs

Given sufficient enrolment, the following program may be offered at Mount Clear College as part of the Ballarat cluster of secondary schools. Students need to apply online and attend an interview for:

  • Music (Sound Production) ($180)*

Group 3:  Highlands LLEN cluster VET programs

Given sufficient enrolment, the following are an indication of programs that may be offered at various Ballarat locations as part of the Ballarat cluster of secondary schools. Students need to apply online and attend an interview for:

o   Agriculture

  ($10)*

o   Fashion Design

($360)*

o   Allied Health

    ($0)*

o   Health Services

($150)*

o   Animal Studies

($130)*

o   Horticulture

  (TBC)

o   Bricklaying

  (TBC)

o   Information, Digital

      Media & Technology

($115)*

o   Automotive

  ($56)*

            

 

o   Community Services

($100)*

o   Laboratory Skills

  ($160)*

 

o   Dance                                  

($210)*

o   Painting & Decorating

  (TBC)

 

o   Early Childhood

     Education & Care

($200)*

o   Plumbing

($240)*

  

o   Retail Cosmetics

($310)*

o   Electrotechnology

($180)*

o   Salon Assistant

($315)*

o   Engineering

($148)*

o   Screen & Media

($125)*

o   Equine

($200)*

o   Visual Arts (Photography)

(TBC)

      

Note

As Group 2 and 3 programs may clash with regular VCE and CAL classes, students need to catch up any missed work.

Work placement, and additional classes, are a compulsory component of some VET programs and may need to be undertaken during school holidays.

Costs

Students are required to pay for the cost of materials but not the cost of tuition. A non-refundable, maximum payment of $70 towards the cost of materials is required by the end of the current school year to secure enrolment

*2021 material costs for 1st year (based on 2020 costs – to be confirmed)

Subject Navigation

English

Full Year

English (core subject)

Overview: English seeks to promote and develop proficiencies in speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing.

Mathematics

Full Year

Year 10 Maths

https://youtu.be/Qkf4zloqRak Studying Maths at Year 10 Maths in Year 10 at Mount Clear College is

Aspirations

1 Semester

Aspirations

Overview: The Aspirations program seeks to promote and develop competencies in critical thinking and learning

Visual & Performing Arts

1 Semester

2D Art

Overview: In this elective students will work with a range of art disciplines that allow

1 Semester

3D Art

Overview: Year 10 3D Art prepares students for VCE studies in Studio Arts.  In this

1 Semester

Dance

Overview: Dance has many components, including the theory relating to movement as well as its

1 Semester

Digital Art

Overview: Year 10 Digital Art prepares students for VCE studies in Studio Arts, Visual Communication

1 Semester

Drama

Overview: Throughout this unit students explore a range of stimuli including poetry, music, literature and

1 Semester

Media

Overview: In this unit students develop key skills in the use of specialist media programs

1 Semester

Music

Overview: Year 10 Music is designed to lay the foundation for the study of VCE/VET

Humanities

1 Semester

Philosophy

Overview: It has been said that people no longer think! Is this because we no

Languages

1 or 2 Semesters

Chinese

Overview: In Year 10, students will further their vocabulary and grow more confident in preparation

1 or 2 Semesters

Japanese

Overview: The Year 10 course aims to further develop communication skills in a spoken and

Health & Physical Education

1 Semester

Active Living

Overview: Active Living aims to enhance young men’s health, self-esteem and leadership skills through physical

1 Semester

Fit to Lead

Overview: Fit to Lead aims to enhance young women’s health, self-esteem and leadership skills through

1 Semester

Healthy Lifestyles

Overview: Common youth issues and concerns are used to introduce students to the basic concepts

1 Semester

Individual Conditioning

Overview: The focus of the unit is to undertake activities to develop personal fitness.  Students

1 Semester

Mountain Biking

Overview: This subject will foster connections with the environment while also learning new movement patterns,

Sciences

1 Semester

Biology

Overview: The semester length unit aims to provide an introduction to the concepts and theories

1 Semester

Chemistry & Physics

Overview: By choosing Chemistry and Physics you will be extending yourself beyond the basic study

1 Semester

Our Place in Space

Overview: In Our Place in Space, students will develop critical and creative thinking skills to investigate

1 Semester

Psychology

Overview: By choosing Psychology you will be exploring the basis of human behaviour and the

1 Semester

Science of War

Overview: This semester length unit aims to show the importance of science in war. This

1 Semester

Sports Science

Overview: By choosing Sports Science you will be exploring the science of sport including the

Technology

1 Semester

Electrotechnology

Overview: This unit will provide an excellent platform from which to do VCE Systems Engineering.

1 Semester

Food – Baking with Flair

Overview: In this subject students will: Analyse the appropriateness of using particular foods for specific

1 Semester

From Shabby to Chic

Overview: Shabby to Chic will develop your confidence, skills and creativity in the design, production

1 Semester

Furniture Studies

Overview: This will enable students to gain hands on experience in the furniture making trade

1 Semester

Robotic Systems

Overview: This unit will provide an excellent platform from which to step up to VCE

1 or 2 Semesters

Welding & Fabrication

Overview: This unit further explores the safe use of welding and metal production in an

PreCAL

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.