Subject Selection

Subject selection at St Patrick’s College

The Senior School program strives to prepare boys to achieve personal excellence in all areas of school life and to see each take his place in the wider community in the spirit of Edmund Rice. The Increased opportunity to choose more specialised subjects are provided through the Senior School program to help each student prepare for the particular directions they wish to pursue beyond secondary school.

Resources to assist and support students and their families with the subject selection process are provided on pages for each Senior School year level.  Pastoral Care teachers and Senior School teachers have been asked to assist and support each student in preparing their proposed course of study for 2022.

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Senior School Programs at St Patrick’s College

To ensure that we continue to meet the challenge of providing programs that cater for a range of types and stages of learning, St Patrick’s has developed a Senior School structure which allows boys to access a variety of subjects and pathways designed to provide each boy with the maximum flexibility to meet his learning needs and to attain the certification most relevant to his future education and employment goals. For a typical Year 10 student, the majority of his studies will continue to be based on the Victorian Curriculum. Students in Year 11 and 12 undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). In Year 12 students can continue or begin their study of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) as part of VCAL.

If you are new to the Senior School, the range of programs and the acronyms involved can be a little confusing. Here are some resources to introduce you to the programs and concepts referred to when discussing subject selection in the Senior School.

Senior Pathway Options – VCE, VCAL, VET & SBAT VET in the VCE and VCAL
What is a study score? Everything you need to know about the ATAR
Everything you need to know in VCE | ATAR, SACs, scaling GAT Explained