Year 11 Subject Selection 2021
2021 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 presenting a range of resources to inform and support students in planning their Year 11 course of studies.
Presented in sections that correspond to the 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide, this page provides additional resources and information to assist students and parents in selecting subjects for Year 11.
The sections below correspond with the sections in the 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
2021 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) 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.
Reflect on your experience of Year 10 to date and complete the task in Section One of your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Year 11 courses of study
Year 11 students have the opportunity to participate in one of two courses of study available to them.
The Year 11 VCE 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.
The Year 11 Applied Learning course supports students whose preferred educational pathway is more vocationally orientated and leads to the study of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Watch the videos below about VCE, VCAL and VET. Now thinking about your interests and career ambitions, which program/s might interest you for Years 11 and 12 and why? Record your notes in Section 2 of your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
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.
University Course Prerequisites
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. 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 2022 PDF below.
Record notes in Section 3 of your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
If you are unsure of your future career pathway it might be worth spending some time at home reviewing your Morrisby report. 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. Use your St Patrick’s email address as your username.
Record notes in Section 3 of your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
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 Recomendations
Each Year 11 student is required to complete the compulsory subjects of Religious Education and one of the subjects from the English Group of studies (for students completing the VCE program) or Literacy (for students completing the VCAL program).
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 2021 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 2021 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 in the VCAL Program will fulfil their Numeracy stand requirement through the study of a VCE Unit 1/2 mathematic subject. Following your current maths teacher’s recommendation, you will need to choose a subject from the list below.
Students are required to note the recommendation of their current Year 10 Mathematics teacher in Section 5 of the Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Electives within the Year 11 courses
Students in the VCAL program will have one elective choice which will be their compulsory VET certificate. See Section 7 below.
Year 11 VCE Program students are required to select five additional subjects.
The following points need to be considered:
- Students proposing to complete the second year of a VET certificate need 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. See Section
- A student proposing to study a VET certificate will need to meet the eligibility criteria before being accepted into the certificate. See Section 7
Details about each subject offered can be found in the 2021 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.
VET within the Year 11 courses
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 11 student may study a VET certificate in 2021. 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
- Demonstrated high level of commitment to learning.
The following VET certificates (internal) are offered to Year 11 students in 2021.
St Patrick’s VET certificates
Relevant Year 10 subject(s)
VET Building and Construction
Design Technology – Wood
VET Engineering Studies
Design Technology – Wood and Metal
Mr Knight, Mr Ryan
VET Sport and Recreation
VET Employment Pathways
English, Mathematics, Humanities
Mr Sutton, Mrs Richards
External VET certificates (Ballarat Cluster) on offer in 2021:
Students may be able to access a range of approved VET programs offered by the Ballarat Cluster. Application for an external VET course requires further documentation in addition to the application form below. Students must contact the Director of Pathways and Applied Learning, Mr Damian Kinnersly, to discuss additional application requirements.
Read the relevant pages of the 2021 Year 11 & 12 Information Booklet on the internal and external VET subjects offered.
Review the additional application requirements in Section 7 of your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
Application to study a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT)
A student in the VCAL program may be able to study a SBAT in 2021. SBATs typically require 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 11 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. Further conditions and requirements are detailed in the 2021 Year 11 & 12 Information Booklet. 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.
Application to study a VCE Units 3/4 subject
Providing that he meets the criteria for selection, a Year 11 student may be able study a VCE Units 3/4 subject in 2021. 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 2021 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
If applicable, talk to your subject selection teachers about your interest in studying a VCE Units 3/4 subject in Year 11. Fill in the application in the Year 11 Subject Selection Guide and register your interest using the link below. This is so we have another data point to check that we have your proposed subjects right.
Send an image of this section, page 7 of the Subject Selection Guide with your submission email - see below in Section 13.
Students may be required to meet with either Mrs Petrov (Director of Teaching and Learning) or Mr McCrum
(Director of Senior School), 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).
Senior School 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 11 and possible subjects for Year 12. On the last pages of the 2021 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 electives in either program.
Watch these videos to help you with the planning of your VCE subjects for Year 11. This is what we would have covered in Pastoral Care on Tuesday, August 4
Bringing it all together
Having considered the previous sections and your completed “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” in the 2021 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 may also want to arrange a subject selection interview. These interviews will be conducted via MSTeams. Your parents will be emailed instructions on how to book an interview through PAM.
Submission of proposed 2021 Year 11 studies
Using your “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” and the advice from Section 11, fill in your proposed 2021 Year 11 studies in your Year 11 Subject Selection Guide.
You and your parent need to sign this Section 12 - page 9 for VCE or 10 for VCAL depending which program you are doing, and Section 13 - page 12 – 2021 Year 11 intention.
Take a picture of both. You will email these - see below.
Web preferences and 2021 Intentions
You now need to submit your proposed 2021 Year 11 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 12 into the web preferences.
Check that the subjects recorded in Section 12 match the subjects on your web preferences receipt and submit. You don't need to print the receipt - ignore the directions in the Subject Selection Guide. Save a copy of the PDF web preference receipt.
For more instructions on how to submit web preferences see below. Contact Mr Ferguson, Director of Administration if you need web preference support - firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning your Subject Selections and your 2021 Intentions
There are only two ways you can return your 2021 Year 11 Subject Selections and 2021 intentions.
1. Email to email@example.com
Subject: 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection
Email an image of Section 12 a parent and student signed page 9 for VCE or 10 for VCAL depending which program you are doing, and parent and student signed Section 13 page 12 – 2021 Year 11 intention.
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
Email an image of the parent and student signed Section 12 - Submission of proposed 2021 Year 12 studies
Email an image of the parent and student signed Section 13 - 2021 Year 11 Intention
2. Send (snail mail) to Admin Support, Locked Bag 31, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350.
Post your parent and student signed copy of the 2021 Year 11 Subject Selection Guide to the school by Friday, August 28.
Do not come to school to drop it off. It does not need to be returned to the ERC as stated in the Guide.
For more information on Year 11 Subject Selection, please contact Mrs Julia Petrov - Director of Teaching and Learning.