Year 10 Subject Selection 2022
2022 Year 10 Subject Selection
During Term Two and Three Year 9 students will be guided through the Year 10 subject selection program. Each class will have a Subject Selection Facilitator as well as their Pastoral Care teacher presenting a range of resources to inform and support students in planning their Year 10 course of studies.
Presented in sections that are mirrored in the 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection guide, this page provides additional resources and information to assist students and parents in selecting subjects for Year 10.
Please note: This year students do not need to hand in their 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection guide. They will submit their proposed 2022 Year 10 subjects via Web Preferences no later than Friday, August 13. Parents will confirm these submissions through Web Preferences. Parents will also receive a 2022 Year 10 intention form to complete via PAM.
The sections below correspond with the sections in the Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Subjects and Interests
The Year 10 Program is based on the Victorian Curriculum and provides learning opportunities and experiences that lead to the study of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in Years 11 and 12. The program also offers students the opportunity to undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject.
Consider the subjects you are good at or enjoy this year and record them in your Year 10 Subject Selection guide.
Year 10 Program - Core Subjects
Students in the Year 10 Program are required to complete the following areas of study:
- Religious Education
- a Mathematics study
- a Humanities study
- an English study
- a Science study
- Pastoral Care program
You will choose a subject from each Core area of study
Talk to your teachers about which Core subject they think you would be best prepared to study in Year 10. Ask for their recommendation and signature in Section 2 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Core Subject Options
Watch these videos to learn about the different subjects on offer and read the 2022 Year 10 Information Booklet.
Highlight core subjects of interest in Section 2 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Year 10 Program - Electives
Year 10 students are required to study three elective subjects per semester. While a small number of elective subjects must be taken for the full year, most Year 10 electives run for one semester only. This gives students the equivalent of six semester length elective subjects across the year.
The following conditions must be met within these choices:
- At least one of the six semester length subjects must come from the Group A electives: Arts/English/Humanities/Health and Physical Education/Languages/RE and Other Programs group
- At least one of the six semester length subjects must come from the Group B electives: Computing/Mathematics/Science/Technology group
See the Year 10 Information Booklet for more details about each of the elective subjects.
Note the elective subjects offered in Group A and Group B so you can discuss them with your teachers.
Record the Group A and Group B subject in Section 3 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Additional offerings for Year 10
For those who meet the selection criteria, Year 10 students also have the opportunity to undertake a VCE Units 1/2, VET certificate subject or School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT). These offerings would be taken as part of your elective allocation and would be taken for the whole year.
A student proposing to study a VCE Units 1/2 subject must demonstrate consistent academic success and a high level of commitment to learning. To apply go to Section 5 of the booklet and this webpage.
A student proposing to study a St Patrick’s VET certificate will have to display the appropriate level of academic progress and work habits before being accepted into the certificate. To apply go to Section 6 of the booklet and this webpage.
A student proposing to study an external VET certificate offered by the Ballarat Cluster or a SBAT must see Mr Kinnersly, Director of Pathways and Applied Learning. To apply go to Section 7 of the booklet and this webpage.
VCE Units 1/2 subject Application
St Patrick’s College recognises that certain boys would benefit from studying VCE 1/2 subjects in Year 10. Students who have shown a capacity to work at a consistently high academic standard and who have established excellent work habits and practices throughout Year 9 may be eligible to study a VCE Units 1/2 subject as a Year 10 student.
For details about VCE Units 1/2 subjects on offer, read the 2022 Years 11 and 12 Booklet.
- Fill in Section 5 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
- Register your interest in studying a Unit 1/2 VCE subject here.
Having completed the application, you will be contact as to whether you have been approved or further discussion is required in an VCE subject interview.
VET (Internal) Subject Application
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 10 student may be able to study a St Patrick’s VET certificate in 2022.
The three key areas for eligibility are demonstrated interest in area(s) related to the certificate, successful completion of all assessment tasks in subjects related to the certificate and a demonstrated high level of commitment to learning.
Students wishing to study the VET Certificate II in Applied Languages (Japanese) in Year 10 must have successfully completed all study requirements from the Year 9 VET Certificate II in Applied Languages (Japanese) program. Students continuing with year two of the VET Applied Language - Japanese course do not have to complete the 2022 VET application process.
Meeting selection criteria:
Year 9 students proposing to complete a VET certificate as a Year 10 student are required to meet and discuss their application with a Contact Teacher at a VET interview. Students are asked to further supplement this application by producing a portfolio of work to support their application. This portfolio could consist of:
- Graded assessment tasks returned to the student
- Other pieces of work which were completed in class but were not graded assessment tasks
- Relevant work/activities done outside the school etc.
All VET certificates are two-year courses. Students commencing any of these programs in 2022 are expected to complete the second year in 2023.
Read about the VET subjects on offer in the 2022 Year 10 Information Booklet.
Fill in the application in Section 6 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide. Arrange a meeting with the relevant VET contact teacher.
External VET or SBAT Application
School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT)
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 10 student may be able to study a SBAT in 2022. A SBAT typically requires students to complete one or two days of work or training per week. At a minimum, this results in students missing a number of scheduled class sessions. Students are required to negotiate any missed class work and assessment with their Year 10 teachers and work independently to meet all timelines. Students need to be organised and take a proactive approach in liaising with their classroom teachers and catching up with missed classwork.
Please note that not all SBATs will be approved as some may significantly conflict with a student’s proposed or current Senior School program.
To apply for a SBAT see Mr Kinnersly, Director of Pathways and Applied Learning.
External VET program
Parents and students interested in any of the approved VET programs offered by the Ballarat Cluster must contact the Director of Pathways and Applied Learning, Mr Damian Kinnersly, to discuss application requirements. Read more about the External VET program in the Year 10 Information Booklet.
Year 10 Subject Planning
By this stage you’ve done a lot of reading, researching and talking. It’s now time to map out your proposed subjects for Year 10 and possible subjects for Years 11 and 12. On the last pages of the 2022 Year 10 Information Booklet record the subjects you would like to study in Year 10. You may not know the subjects you’d like to study in Years 11 and 12 but you’ll have a chance to discuss this in the following section with your Pastoral Care teacher or Subject Selection Facilitator.
Bringing it altogether
Having considered the previous sections and your completed “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” in the 2022 Year 10 Information Booklet, discuss the following with your Pastoral Care teacher or Subject Selection Facilitator.
Subject Selection Interviews
After your discussion with your subject selection teachers you may need to gather more information. Visit or email relevant teachers if you require more clarification. You and your parents may also want to arrange a subject selection interview.
Proposed Year 10 studies
Using your “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” and the advice from Section 9, fill in your proposed Year 10 subjects in Section 9 of your 2022 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
It is not always possible to give every Year 10 student all of his preferred elective choices. Student numbers, staffing, timetabling and facilities will all impact on the subjects which will run in 2022.
This is why you will need to add 4 reserve elective choices.
Students wishing to study any of the year-long subjects, like VCE or VET, must write them twice as they will cover both semesters.
See images -
Japanese VET Certificate II runs for the whole year so it needs to take up two elective places.
Applied Science only runs for a semester so I needed to add another elective.
Applied Science Example
Extended Science and VET / VCE subject Example
Submission of proposed Year 10 studies - Web Preferences
You now need to submit your proposed 2022 Year 10 subjects into Web preferences. This needs to be done by Friday, August 13.
You will be sent an email with a personalised link from firstname.lastname@example.org - Don't delete it!!!
Student - Subject Selection Submission
Enter the information you have in Section 10 into the web preferences. Please note it is important to get the order of your preferences in correctly rather than when you get them in. For example, it’s important to put the subject you most want to do most, first in your web preferences.
Check that the subjects recorded in Section 10 match the subjects on your web preferences and submit.
You don't need to print the receipt just save the PDF of it.
Next you'll be asked to add your parent or guardian's email address so your proposed subjects can be confirmed.
Parents - Subject Selection Confirmation
Once you have completed your web preferences, your parent’s will receive an email requesting confirmation of your proposed course of studies.
Parents will also receive a 2022 Year 10 intention form to complete via PAM.
Contact Mr Ferguson, Director of Administration if you need help with submitting your web preferences.
Your proposed 2022 Year 10 subjects need to be submitted in Web preferences no later than Friday, August 13.
Keep your Year 10 Subject Selection guide as a record of your work on your subject selection.
For more information on 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection, please contact Mrs Julia Petrov - Director of Teaching and Learning.