De La Salle College

Years 11 & 12 (VCE)

By Year 11 and 12 our students carry themselves as College leaders, make the most of our co-curricula program and prepare for life after school. We offer three pathways – VCE, VCE/VET and VCAL. This enables our students to achieve excellence in their preferred field, while maintaining a strong sense of belonging and community.

LEARN MORE WITH THE CURRICULUM HANDBOOK

To learn more about the teaching and learning arrangements for Years 11 & 12 (VCE), we encourage you to view or download the Curriculum Handbook.

Catering for all students with VCE and VCAL

Visit Year 11 & 12 (VCAL) to learn about VCAL and the benefits of offering both pathways.

Year 11

Year 11 is all about preparing for change and celebrating all that being a De La Salle College student has to offer. As the first full year of VCE, VCE/VET or VCAL, it’s a time of great anticipation, excitement and challenge for students.

Students and parents face a mind-boggling array of acronyms – VET, VCAL, VCE, VCAA, SAC, SAT, ATAR and SBNA to name a few – and many students experience a significant increase in the workload that’s expected of them. It can be overwhelming at times and, as such, one of our most significant roles is to support our students and provide strategies for them to cope with the demands of their course.

As relationships with peers, teachers and parents continue to evolve, we spend time helping our students negotiate this change effectively. In fact, many of the special personal development activities that take place throughout the year focus on this. This includes guest speakers on cyber-bullying, safe partying and road safety.

We strive to ensure that each and every student feels:

  • safe to take learning risks
  • secure in the knowledge that they belong to a community that has care and respect for them
  • challenged to perform to their potential.

In Year 11 we prepare students for the academic rigour of Year 12 VCE programs, as well as the challenges of school-based apprenticeships through VCAL.

Year 11 Experience in Papua New Guinea

In addition to the range of co-curricula activities on offer, students in Year 11 have the opportunity to spend three weeks in remote Papua New Guinea. Visit out Immersion Programs page to learn more.

Year 12

In Year 12, students realise the end of secondary school is near and the wider world is at their doorstep. While it can be a stressful time, our Year 12 students thrive under the added responsibility of being College leaders and make the most of the co-curricula opportunities.

We offer a caring, tolerant, understanding and responsible environment. This gives our boys every chance to reach their personal and vocational goals. Importantly, students are given the space and support to discover for themselves what’s best for them.

Teamwork and camaraderie are both important elements in the life of a Year 12 student. Students work with parents, family, teachers and friends in order to achieve their goals. Homeroom Teachers provide support, guidance, encouragement and leadership.

Our VCE Pathway

Most Year 11 and 12 students choose the traditional academic pathway, VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). This provides a well-rounded and recognised academic foundation, and prepares students for entrance into higher education and university.

In 2015 100% of our VCE students receive offers of higher education or training, with the majority of these at universities. A significant number of students achieve ATARs of 90 and above.

Students studying for the VCE can choose from a range of subjects. They also have the option to undertake VET subjects (see below) as part of their VCE. Specialised careers and pathways staff work with students and parents to support every student in choosing the best pathway for them.

VCE Subject Choices

Year 11 Year 12
Art
  • Visual Communication & Design
  • Media
  • Music Performance
  • Studio Arts – Mixed Media
  • Studio Arts – Photography
  • Visual Communication & Design
  • Media
  • Music Performance
  • Studio Arts – Mixed Media
  • Studio Arts – Photography
Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
Design & Technology
  • VET Building & Construction Certificate II
  • Information Technology
  • Systems Engineering
  • VET Interactive Digital Media Certificate III
  • Product Design & Technology
  • VET Building & Construction Certificate II
  • Software Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • VET Interactive Digital Media Certificate III
  • Product Design & Technology
Health & Physical Education
  • Physical Education
  • VET Community Sport & Recreation Certificate III
  • Physical Education
  • VET Community Sport & Recreation Certificate III
Humanities
  • English
  • Geography
  • History (1 semester of People & Power, 1 semester of 20th Century)
  • Literature
  • Political Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History (Revolutions)
  • Literature
  • Political Studies
LOTE
  • French*
  • Italian*
  • French*
  • Italian*
Mathematics
  • General Mathematics (Further)
  • Mathematical Methods
  • General Mathematics (Specialist)
  • Further Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics
Religion
  • Religion & Society Unit 1
  • Religion & Society Unit 2
  • Religion & Society Units 3&4
Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology

*LOTE requires a class size of six to be conducted on campus. If there are five or less students, the subject will be pursued at Victorian School of Languages.

Studying a VET Subject for Your VCE

VET (Vocational Education and Training) is fully incorporated into the VCE Program and, like VCE, has a Unit 1–4 structure.

VET subjects can also be studied through VCAL.

How are VET subjects delivered?

VET subjects can be undertaken:

  • at De La Salle College by our own staff
  • at a TAFE, or
  • at other nearby schools.

Internal Options – Delivered at De La Salle

  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry)
  • Certificate III Interactive Digital Media
  • Certificate III Community Sport and Recreation

External Options – Delivered at TAFE or local schools

In addition to the subjects offered at the College, there are numerous VET subjects that are offered externally. In the majority of cases, external VET subjects are timetabled to fit within the student’s school day.

The full list of VET subjects is available at the VCAA website.

Benefits of taking VET subjects

VET contributes to the eligibility requirements for both VCE and VCAL. Importantly for VCE, it contributes to the ATAR score calculation and increases students’ learning potential by broadening VCE subject options. In addition, VET subjects form part of a recognised pathway to further education and training and, upon successful completion, students receive a nationally accredited qualification and are well prepared for the workforce.