Year 11 Subject Selection
2022 Year 11 Subject Selection
During the early weeks of Term Three, Year 10 students will be guided through the Year 11 subject selection program in Pastoral Care. Each class will have a subject selection facilitator as well as their Pastoral Care teacher covering a range of resources to inform and support students in planning their Year 11 course of studies.
Presented in sections that correspond to the 2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide, this page provides additional resources and information to assist students and parents in selecting subjects for Year 11.
Having worked through the first ten sections, students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to arrange a subject selection interview. These interviews will be conducted via MSTeams. You can book an interview here.
Proposed 2022 Year 11 subjects need to be submitted in Web preferences no later than Friday, August 6.
The sections below correspond with the sections in the 2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Resources
Subjects and Interests
Based on the Victorian Curriculum, the Year 10 program at St Pat's is providing you with 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 the opportunity to undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject.
Reflect on your experience of Year 10 to date and complete the task in Section One of your 2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Understanding the VCE
The Year 11 Program is based on the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and provides learning opportunities and experiences that lead to the study of the VCE in Year 12. Students are also able to undertake a VET subject as part of their Year 11 course of studies.
Watch the videos below to help you develop your understanding of the terms and concepts relating to the VCE.
Deciding on a career pathway is not easy and we do not expect everyone to know this mid-way through Year 10! However, we do want you to start thinking about general areas you find interesting and your future educational pathways beyond St Pat’s.
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 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score but you also may need to have taken a specific subject like Mathematical Methods or Chemistry.
Refer to the Year 10 guide to VCE Subject Selection as a quick reference to see the perquisites and ATAR scores required for entry into university courses. This is the best starting point. Only St Pat's students can access this document. Parents will be sent a copy.
Research the courses that you may be interested in. Use CourseSearch for keyword searches on course titles, groups, qualifications, institutions and course subjects. Look for any prerequisites that may be required in the Course Prerequisites for 2023.
Record notes in Section 3 of your Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Last year you had the opportunity to do the Morrisby Career Analysis which assesses aptitudes, learning and personal working styles to help you make informed decisions about career areas that may be of interest. Your personalised Morrisby Report may give you ideas about career options and related subjects.
Log into your personal area on the Morrisby Website to review your results, research pathways into careers and investigate job-specific information. Your login is your email school address. Use the "Forgotten Login" function to reset your password if you have forgotten it.
TAFE/University or 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.
Compulsory Subjects and Teacher Recommendations
Now you have taken some time to reflect on your interests and possible options for future employment or study, we will focus on the Year 11 course of study offered at St Patrick’s College. Each Year 11 student is required to complete the compulsory subjects of Religious Education and English.
Watch the videos below to learn about the options in Religious Education and English.
Highlight the RE and English subjects that interest you the most in Section 4 of your 2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Talk to your teachers about which RE and English subject they think you would be best prepared to study in Year 11. Ask for their recommendation and signature in Section 4 of your 2022 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Year 11 Program - Mathematics
While Mathematics is not a compulsory area of study for students in the VCE Program, we encourage Year 11 VCE students to study one or more of the following subjects.
Students are required to note the recommendation of their current Year 10 Mathematics teacher in Section 5 of the Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Additional offerings for Year 11
The typical Year 11 student is required to select five subjects as well as RE and English. Details about each subject offered can be found in the 2022 Year 11 and 12 Information Booklet. Pages 14 - 22 will give you an overview of the range of subjects offered and suggested subject pathways from your current Year 10 subjects.
The following points need to be considered:
- A student proposing to complete the second year of a VET certificate needs to list it as one of their electives.
- A student proposing to study a VCE Units 3/4 subject will have to display the appropriate level of academic success and work habits before being accepted into the subject. To apply go to Section 7.
- A student proposing to study a St Patrick's VET certificate will need to meet the eligibility criteria before being accepted into the certificate. To apply go to Section 8.
- 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 9.
Details about each subject offered can be found in the 2022 Year 11 and 12 Information Booklet.
Watch this video about making good subject selections for some tips on preparing the best course of study for you.
VCE Units 3/4 Subject Application
St Patrick’s College recognises that certain boys would benefit from studying a VCE Unit 3/4 subjects in Year 11.
Not all VCE Units 3/4 studies are available. For certain VCE studies, it is strongly recommended that students do VCE Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 before attempting the Units 3/4 sequence. Refer to the 2022 Year 11 and 12 Information Booklet for subject details and contact teacher information.
The three key areas for eligibility to study a Units 3/4 subject in Year 11 are:
- demonstrated academic achievement
- successful completion of all assessment tasks
- demonstrated high level of commitment to learning
For details about VCE Units 3/4 subjects on offer, read the 2022 Years 11 and 12 Booklet.
Register your interest in studying a VCE Units 3/4 subject here.
Having completed the application, you will be contacted regarding whether you have been approved or further discussion is required in an VCE Units 3/4 subject interview.
VET (Internal) Subject Application
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 11 student may 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.
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 11 & 12 Information Booklet pages 94 -99.
Please note VCE VET subjects can contribute to a student's VCE and ATAR results. See the relevant subject pages of the 2022 Year 11 & 12 Information Booklet.
Fill in the application in Section 8 of your 2022 Year 11 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 11 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 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.
External VET program
To apply for a SBAT see Mr Kinnersly, Director of Pathways and Applied Learning.
Senior School Subject Planning
It’s now time to map out your proposed subjects for Year 11 and possible subjects for Year 12. On the last pages of the 2022 Year 11 & 12 Information Booklet record the subjects you would like to study in Year 11. You may not know the subjects you’d like to study in Year 12 but you’ll have a chance to discuss this in the following section with your subject selection teachers. Students proposing to complete the second year of a VET certificate need to list it as one of their subject choices.
Watch these videos for an explanation on how to use the planner. They were created last year but the message is the same.
Bringing it all together
Having considered the previous sections and your completed “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” in the 2022 Year 11 & 12 Information Booklet, discuss the following with your subject selection teachers.
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 are also encouraged to arrange a subject selection interview. These interviews will be conducted via MSTeams. You can book an interview here.
Proposed Year 11 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 11 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 2 reserve elective choices.
Web preferences and 2022 Intentions
You now need to submit your proposed 2022 Year 11 subjects into Web preferences. On Thursday, July 29, you will be sent an email with a personalised link from email@example.com - Don't delete it!!!
Web Preferences - Student Instructions
Enter the information you have in Section 12 into the web preferences. Please note it is more 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 want to do most, first in your web preferences.
Check that the subjects recorded in Section 12 match the subjects on your web preferences and submit.
You don't need to print the receipt just save the PDF of it. Keep your Year 11 Subject Selection guide as a record of your work on your subject selection. You do not need to hand it in.
Next you'll be asked to add your parent or guardian's email address (primary contact) so your proposed subjects can be confirmed.
Please contact Mr Ferguson, Director of Administration if you need web preference support - firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents: Subject Selection Confirmation
Once a student has completed his web preferences, he will be required to enter his parent/guardian's (primary contact) email address. This will generate an email requesting confirmation of his proposed course of studies by his parent/guardian. Look out for an email from email@example.com and confirm the selections. It may be in your email junk/spam. If the selections are incorrect, please ask your son to log back into web preferences and make the change accordingly.
Please see the short video below for further instructions.
Please contact Mr Tom Ferguson, Director of Administration if you need web preference support - firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed 2022 Year 11 subjects need to be submitted in Web preferences no later than Friday, August 6.
For more information on Year 11 Subject Selection, please contact Mrs Julia Petrov - Director of Teaching and Learning.