Year 10 Subject Selection 2021
2021 Year 10 Subject Selection
During the early weeks of Term 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 classroom 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 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection guide, this page provides additional resources and information to assist students and parents in selecting subjects for Year 10.
Pastoral Care teachers and Senior School teachers have been asked to assist and support each student in preparing their proposed course of study for 2021.
Please note the Year 10 Subject Selection Guide and the 2021 Web Preferences Receipt need to be signed by the parent and student.
Please hand these into the ERC by Wednesday, August 12 (Note: extension of original due date).
The sections below correspond with the sections in the 2021 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) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in Years 11 and 12. The program also offers students the opportunity to undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject.
Watch the following videos and complete Section 1 of your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Deciding on a career pathway is not easy and we do not expect you to know this mid-way through Year 9! However, we do want you to start thinking about general areas you find interesting. You may know the area you would like to study or work in. This will also inform your subject choices.
This section provides some resources that may give you some ideas about future study or work possibilities.
Prerequisites are subjects that you need to have taken in order to be eligible for the course or job. Your entry to a course may not only require a certain ATAR score but you also may need to have taken a specific subject like Mathematical Methods or Chemistry.
Research the courses that you may be interested in and look for any prerequisites that may be required using the CourseSearch website or in the Course Prerequisites for 2022 PDF below.
Record notes in Section 2 of your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Log into your personal area on the Morrisby Website to review your results, research pathways into careers and investigate job-specific information.
Record notes in your guide.
TAFE/University and Future Employment
Watch this video if you'd like to know the difference between the TAFE sector and university.
100 Jobs of the Future.
Maybe you're not really sure about your future study or employment pathways. That's ok - the Year 10 program has been designed help to keep your options open.
Try this job explorer quiz to see what future work might look like for you. It will identify some of your career interests and aptitudes. According to your answers, the job explorer will recommend some of the ‘100 Jobs of the Future’ that may be of interest to you.
Year 10 Program - Core Subjects
Students in the Year 10 Program are required to complete the following areas of study:
- Pastoral Care program
You will choose a subject from each Core area of study.
Core Subject Options
Watch the videos below to learn about the different subjects on offer and read the 2021 Year 10 Information Booklet.
Highlight core subjects of interest in Section 3 of your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
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 3 of your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Teacher signatures are not required to be completed in your Subject Selection Guide from this point in time but we encourage you to consult with your teacher via email or chat in MS Teams.
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 4 of your 2021 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 display the appropriate level of academic success and work habits before being accepted into the subject.
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.
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.
Additional notes about VET subjects
All VET certificates are two-year courses. Students commencing any of these programs in 2021 are expected to complete the second year in 2022.
A student can only do either VET Building and Construction or Pathways in Trade in any one semester. If a large number of students select these subjects, a student may only be able to study one of these subjects in the year.
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.
Application to study a VCE or VET subject in 2021
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 10 student may be able study a VCE Units 1/2 subject in 2021. The two key areas for eligibility are demonstrated academic success and a demonstrated high level of commitment to learning.
Read the relevant pages of the 2021 Year 10 Information Booklet on the VCE and VET. For details about VCE Units 1/2 subjects, read the 2021 Years 11 and 12 Booklet - see below.
Fill in the application in Section 6 of your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide.
Send an image of your application in Section 6 of the Subject Selection Guide with your submission email - see below in Section 10.
Students may be required to meet with either Mrs Petrov (Director of Teaching and Learning) or Mr McCrum
(Director of Senior School) after the subjects have been submitted, to discuss this application. Students will be informed of their interview date and time as soon as possible after this Guide has been submitted (as required).
Please also register your interest in a VCE or VET subject here. This is so we have another data point to check that we have your proposed subjects correct.
Please note: Adding your proposed VCE subject to web preferences could be is tricky.
Only some Units 1/2 subjects are loaded into the web preferences portal. Students who wish to pick subjects that are not in the portal need to fill in the application in the booklet and email that image.
When there is no option in the web preferences portal to indicate your proposed VCE subject, it will leave a “hole” if you will.
You will need to pick subjects you are interested in as if you will not get the Unit 1/2 study. We will then check your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide Section 6 application (image sent to us) and make the adjustment to your subject selections after you have submitted your choices.
Senior School Subject Planner
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 2021 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 teacher or Subject Selection Facilitator.
Bringing it all together
Having considered the previous sections and your completed “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” in the 2021 Year 10 Information Booklet (p. 72), 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. These interviews will be conducted via MSTeams. You will be emailed instructions on how to book an interview.
Submission of proposed 2021 Year 10 studies
Using your “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” and the advice from Section 8, fill in your proposed 2021 Year 10 studies in Section 9 of your 2021 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 2021.
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 -
Environmental Science - because it is a VCE Units 1/2 subject I selected it for the core science and wrote it again in the electives.
VCE Units 1/2 Business Management is twice in my electives as it runs for the whole year = two semesters.
VCE Specialist Mathematics is twice in my electives as it runs for the whole year = two semesters.
Web preferences & 2021 Intentions
You now need to submit your proposed 2021 Year 10 subjects into Web preferences. You will be sent an email with a personalised link from email@example.com - Don't delete it!!! .
Enter the information you have in Section 9 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 9 match the subjects on your web preferences and submit. You don't need to print the receipt just save the PDF of it. Ignore the directions in the Subject Selection Guide about returning a receipt signed by you and your parents.
For more instructions on how to submit web preferences see below. Contact Mr Ferguson, Director of Administration if you need help with submitting your web preferences.
Returning your Subject Selections and your 2021 Intentions
There are only two ways you can return your 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide. You don't need to send your Web Preferences receipt.
Do not come to school to drop it off. It does not need to be returned to the ERC as stated in the Guide.
1. Email by Wednesday, August 12.
Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
Email an image of:
a. Section 9 a parent and student signed image of page 10 - your proposed 2021 Year 10 studies
b. Section 10 a parent and student signed image of page 12 - your 2021 Year 10 intentions.
c. Section 6 Only if you are applying for either VCE or VET - See Section 6 above for more details on web preference submission of your proposed VCE or VET.
Send the email like this:
Subject: 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection
In the body of the email include this message:
Dear Admin support,
Please find attached my subject selection guide pages.
Your name and student number
2. Send (snail mail - post)
To Admin Support, Locked Bag 31, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350.
Your parent and student signed copy of the 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection Guide to the school by Friday, August 28 ( an extension to account for the post).
Do not come to school to drop it off. It does not need to be returned to the ERC as stated in the Guide.
Email an image of Section 9 - Submission of proposed 2021 Year 10 studies
Email an image of Section 10 - 2021 Year 10 Intention
For more information on 2021 Year 10 Subject Selection, please contact Mrs Julia Petrov - Director of Teaching and Learning.