Year 12 Subject Selection 2021

2021 Year 12 Subject Selection

This page provides resources to assist with the subject selection process for students entering Year 12 at St Patrick’s College. Students completing Year 12 in 2021 will be able 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.

2021 will see Year 12 students participating in one of two possible Senior Certificate programs:
• The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or,
• The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Students can also undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate as part of your VCE or VCAL or School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) as part of your VCAL. The decisions made now can affect the directions a student might take after completing his secondary schooling so it is important to research each carefully.

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.

2021 Year 12 Subject Selection Resources

  • 2021 Year 12 Subject Selection Guide

  • Course Prerequisites For 2022

  • The Atar Profile Explained

  • VCAA Year 11 12 Guide

  • 2021 Year 12 Information Update

  • How To Use Coursesearch

  • Abc Of Scaling

  • Abc Of Offers

  • 2021 Yrs 11 And 12 Booklet

  • Subject Selection Planner 12

  • VCE Subject Scaling Report

  • Web Preferences Guide Year 12

Section 1

Senior School Certificates

The Year 10 Program at St Patrick's College has provided 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.

The following three videos provide an overview of VCE, VCAL and VET for Year 12 students.

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Section 2

Future Directions

Deciding on a career pathway is not easy but there are several tools that support students in choosing subjects.

Morrisby Report

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. 

TAFE/University or Future Employment 

You may know the area you would like to study or work in. This will also inform your subject choices. 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. in the Course Prerequisites for 2022 PDF below.

  • Course Prerequisites For 2022

  • The Atar Profile Explained

  • Website for Morrisby Report

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Section 3

Compulsory Subjects and Teacher Recommendations

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)

Religious Education at St Patrick’s:
The following year-long Religious Education studies are offered to 2021 Year 12 students:
Religion and Society VCE Units 3/4 (not available to students completing the VCAL program)
Texts and Traditions VCE Units 3/4 (not available to students completing the VCAL program)
Non-VCE Year 12 Religious Education
Non-VCE Year 12 Religious Education – Liturgical Music
Non-VCE Year 12 Religious Education – Faith in Action

VCE English and VCAL Literacy:
VCE students must study at least one of VCE Units 3/4 English, VCE Units 3/4 English Language, or VCE Units 3/4 Literature for the whole year. English Support is taken as an additional subject and does not contribute to an ATAR score.
Students completing the VCAL program should note that VCAL Literacy is a compulsory study.

Watch these videos to learn about the different options on offer and read the subject details in the  2021 Year 11 and 12  Information Booklet.

Subject Recommendations

Students are required to seek the recommendation of their current Year 11 RE and English teachers. Ask for their recommendation and signature in Section 3 of your 2021 Year 12 Subject Selection Guide.

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Section 4

Submission of proposed 2021 Year 12 studies

Using your “Senior School Subject Selection Planner” and the advice from your teachers, fill in your proposed 2021 Year 12 studies in your 2021 Year 12 Subject Selection Guide.

It is not always possible to give every Year 12 student all of his preferred subject 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 2 reserve VCE choices.

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Section 5

2021 Year 12 Intentions

You now need to submit your proposed 2021 Year 12 subjects into Web preferences. You will be sent an email with a personalised link. Enter the subjects you have recorded in your 2021 Year 12 Subject selection Guide into the web preferences. Then print a receipt of your web preferences.

Check that the subjects recorded in your guide match the subjects on your web preferences receipt then they need to be signed by you and your parents.

A parent and student signed copy of the 2021 Web Preferences Preference Receipt is to be submitted with the Subject Selection Guide. 

Hand in your 2021 Year 12 Subject Selection Guide with the Web preferences (signed) to the ERC. This must be done by Friday, July 24

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