Dear students, parents, and families,

Welcome to our Senior School Course Handbook for 2024.

The final years of schooling are often exciting, challenging and rewarding for students.

This handbook has been designed to help you successfully navigate some of the decisions regarding subject and certificate selection. Our course counselling process and associated learning experiences are also designed to support the information in this handbook to ensure you are making informed decisions regarding your senior school experience and potential future pathways. The range of supports available at the College to assist student and parent decision making regarding subjects, certificates and pathways is of the highest quality.

The range of subjects and certificates available to Year 11 and 12 students at the College is outstanding. The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the certificate for senior education. Included as part of the VCE framework is the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM). Students work over a two-year period to successfully obtain either the VCE or VCE VM.

Sitting alongside the VCE are Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates. At least one VET must be included as part of the VCE VM and is optional for all other students. The inclusion of a VET certificate as part of a senior program should be strongly considered by all students as many VET’s include the option of a study score as well as increments on Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Tailoring the combination of subjects and VET certificates enables students to proceed with success and confidence to further education and training, including University, TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships, and employment.

We encourage and support students to discover and follow their interests, passions and abilities when considering certificates and subjects in the senior years.

Our aim is for students to approach this next step with a sense of pride in their achievements, respect for themselves and others, confidence in their abilities, as well as an optimistic outlook on learning and life.

Our College takes great pride in its commitment to ensure all students reach their potential in obtaining excellent learning and pathways outcomes.

I look forward to celebrating academic and personal success with you all in the coming years.

David Caughey
College Principal

This handbook contains information about course pathways and subjects available for selection in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) for students enrolled at Cranbourne Secondary College.

Cranbourne Secondary College also offers a comprehensive range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) units from within the Cranbourne VET group of schools.

This handbook should be used by students and their family to help them plan their pathway through the senior school by selecting a program and subjects that lead to their intended career and post school destination.

In selecting their senior years program, students will be provided with extensive counselling from within the school to assist them in making these important decisions.

Course Options

Cranbourne Secondary College offers two certificates – the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM), this is a nationally recognised certificate awarded to students who satisfactorily complete Years 11 and 12 of secondary schooling. We also offer access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

  • The VCE provides pathways to further training or work and is the most commonly accepted way to gain entry to tertiary study.
  • The VCE Vocational Major focuses on applied learning and develops knowledge and skills that will prepare students for further tertiary study (TAFE), an apprenticeship, training and employment.
  • VET is a nationally recognised industry-based training that can provide credit to a VCE, VCE VM or VPC program. VET is a mandated subject for any students enrolling in the VCE VM or VPC.

What is the VCE?

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a recognised course of study that provides pathways for students into employment, TAFE, and tertiary institutions. Students are assessed and ranked, and it is this Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) that is required for university entrance.

Where a VCE can take you?

The VCE offers a direct pathway to university and can provide you with an ATAR.

Who should do the VCE?

  • Students who are seeking a university pathway
  • Students who have a proven track record in their English studies
  • Students who work well independently
  • Students who can complete the minimum number of hours of homework per night; e. 3 hours in Year 12
  • Students aiming for a high ATAR will study for 4-5 hours, as a minimum, per day, in addition to the extra time they devote to their studies on the weekend
  • Students who are well equipped to devote the time and energy to the production of sustained written responses to prompts in all subjects
  • Students who passionately conceptualise and produce folios reflecting their creativity
  • Students who are prepared to challenge themselves and are able to comprehend abstract concepts
  • Students who achieve satisfactory results in tests and exams and have demonstrated the capacity to prepare for their exams
  • Students with excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Students who are prepared to work intensively with their teachers both inside and outside of class time
  • Students who are prepared to devote a significant amount of time to their studies over school holiday periods and attend holiday classes if and when required

What does a typical VCE program look like?

To obtain a VCE, students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units of study including:

  • Three units from the English curriculum area with at least one Unit 3 & 4 sequence
  • Three sequences of Unit 3 & 4 (or VET equivalent) other than English

All students must complete English (or EAL if applicable) as a compulsory subject in both Year 11 and Year 12.

EAL students are also encouraged to choose Bridging EAL as an additional subject at Units 1 & 2, as this is designed to support EAL students to develop their language skills and confidence.

In Year 11, students choose six Unit 1 & 2 sequences (this could include a VET subject).

In Year 12, it is expected that students would drop one of these subjects, to complete five Unit 3 & 4 sequences.

You can only undertake the new studies of Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills if you are enrolled in the VCE Vocational Major.

Assessment and Reporting in VCE Outcomes

Every unit has learning outcomes that are obtained through a set of varied activities directly related to the areas of study. The classroom teacher (using a range of assessment methods) is responsible for assessing outcomes.

  • Units 1 & 2 in the VCE are graded differently from Units 3 & 4
  • Students completing a Unit 1 & 2 subject will receive an overall mark of S (Satisfactory) or N (Not Satisfactory) for every unit they undertake
  • For Unit 3 & 4 students’ work is graded on a scale from A+ to These marks are used with students’ external exam results to calculate a study score, which is used to determine their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
  • Each unit of the VCE study has a number of learning outcomes that are assessed by tasks that are common to all students
  • An N for any one of these outcomes gives the student an N for the It is from the study’s outcomes that satisfactory (S) or not satisfactory (N) completion of a unit is determined

Graded Assessment Tasks

For students undertaking Units 1 & 2, there will be graded tasks in each unit. Students will also be required to sit a school based examination at the end of each unit.

For students undertaking Units 3 & 4, there will be School Assessed Coursework (SAC), School Assessed Tasks (SAT) and/or Externally Assessed Tasks for each unit. In each unit, there will be a combination of school assessed work and examinations that are assessed directly by the VCAA.

Grades will be awarded on the scale A+, A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, E+, E, UG or NA. All marks and grades awarded by the school are conditional and may change as a result of statistical moderation conducted by the VCAA.

Calculating the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank is a rank – not a score. It is represented as a number between 0 and

99.95 in intervals of 0.05, with 99.95 being the highest rank.

Because the ATAR is a rank, there is no pass or fail ATAR. Everyone who receives an ATAR has successfully passed the VCE. The ATAR simply demonstrates each student’s achievement in relation to all other Victorian students in the Year 12 age group. Someone receiving an ATAR of 55, for example, has performed better than 55 per cent of the Year 12 age group that year.

An ATAR aggregate is calculated by adding:
  • the scaled study score in any one of the English studies, plus
  • the scaled study scores of the student’s next best three permissible studies, plus 10 per cent of the scaled study score for a fifth study (where available), plus
  • 10 per cent of the scaled study score for a sixth study (where available).

The aggregate will be converted into a ranking of between 0 and 99.95 (the ATAR).

For more information on ATAR and Scaled Study Scores, please refer to the following official publications:

Results and the Atar

VCE Results and Atar Service

What is the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM)?

The VCE Vocational Major is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.

It prepares students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, university (via non-ATAR pathways) or directly into the workforce.

The purpose of the VCE VM is to provide students with the best opportunity to achieve their personal goals and aspirations in a rapidly changing world by:

  • equipping them with the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to be active and informed citizens, lifelong learners and confident and creative individuals; and
  • empowering them to make informed decisions about the next stages of their lives through real life workplace experiences.

The VCE VM curriculum (Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills) is engaging, based in real life and gives students in-demand skills needed for the future world of work.

Applied learning teaches skills and knowledge in the context of ‘real life’ experiences. Students apply what they have learnt by doing, experiencing and relating acquired skills to the real-world. It enables flexible, personalised learning where teachers work with students to recognise their personal strengths, interest, goals, and experiences.

This is a shift from the traditional focus on discrete curriculum to a more integrated and contextualised approach to learning. Students learn and apply the skills and knowledge required to solve problems, implement projects or participate in structured workplace learning.

Students must complete a minimum of three other Unit 3–4 sequences as part of their program. Units 3 and 4 of VM studies may be undertaken together over the duration of the academic year to enable these to be integrated.

Where can the VCE VM take you?

The VCE Vocational Major offers a pathway into:

  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships
  • further education and training
  • university (through alternative entry programs)

Who should consider the VCE VM?

  • Students who like to learn from real world experiences
  • Students who learn from doing
  • Students interested in developing academic and work related skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Students who want to be prepared for work and further education and training

What does a typical VCE VM program look like?

To be eligible to receive the VCE VM, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units, including:

  • 3 VCE VM Literacy or VCE English/EAL units (including a Unit 3–4 sequence)
  • 2 VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics units
  • 2 VCE VM Work Related Skills units
  • 2 VCE VM Personal Development Skills units, and
  • 2 VET credits at Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours)

The VCE VM can be tailored to the needs and interests of the student, to keep them engaged while developing their skills and knowledge. Students can also include other VCE studies and VET, and can receive structured workplace learning recognition.

Most students will undertake between 16-20 units over the two years.

Assessment and Reporting in the VCE VM

Each VCE VM unit of study has specified learning outcomes. The VCE VM studies are standards-based. All assessments for the achievement of learning outcomes, and therefore the units, are school-based and assessed through a range of learning activities and tasks.

Unlike other VCE studies there are no external assessments of VCE VM Unit 3–4 sequences, and VCE VM studies do not receive a study score. If a student wishes to receive study scores, they can choose from the wide range of VCE studies and scored VCE VET programs that contain both internal and external assessment components.

The VCE VM studies do not contribute to the ATAR. To receive an ATAR a student must complete a scored Unit 3-4 sequence from the English group and three other Unit 3–4 scored sequences. Students must achieve two or more graded assessments in these scored sequences.


Completing the VCE VM requirements means that students have also completed the requirements of the VCE. Upon satisfactory completion of the VCE VM, students receive recognition through the appellation of ‘Vocational Major’ on their Victorian Certificate of Education and a Statement of Results.

Successful completion of VET units of competency are recognised by additional statements of attainment or certificates provided by the Registered Training Organisation.

Students who meet the requirements for satisfactory completion of the VCE, but not the requirements for the award of the Vocational Major appellation, will be awarded the VCE.

Vocational Education and Training – VET Delivered to Secondary Students – VETDSS

What is VETDSS?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is training for a certain industry or career (vocation) that emphasises the opportunity to learn industry specific and practical skills. VETDSS allows secondary school students to gain vocational qualifications that contribute towards their completion of secondary schooling while gaining a certificate qualification.

Most certificates offered at secondary school are at Certificate II or Certificate III level. Generally, it will take two years to satisfactorily complete the full certificate. Certificate achievement is awarded based on Unit of Competency (UoC) completion. Coursework is a combination of practical and theory work. Students need to successfully complete all UoCs within the time frame of the course for completion of the certificate.

Work Placement/Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Some VETDSS courses have a mandatory SWL component. This means that part of the successful completion of the certificate is reliant on students having a work placement within the industry of study for a specified time. It is important to identify if the certificate undertaken has a mandatory work placement component and how this will be able to be achieved. Please speak to the SWL Coordinator or the VET Coordinator to find out more information and the process to follow to engage in work placement.

More information can be found here.

Contribution to school program

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) offers a range of certificate options which may be undertaken alongside, or as part of your VCE, VCE VM or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Some courses offer a Study Score, some are block credit and some are partial completion. Please check the VCAA website and the provider specific course design and talk to Cranbourne Secondary College’s Pathways Team to ensure the course you are choosing is giving you the program contribution you need.

What does VETDSS look like at Cranbourne Secondary College

VETDSS classes are held at a variety of venues over multiple days and times throughout the week. The full list of VETDSS courses that are offered at Cranbourne Secondary College as well as those attended off campus can be found further to the back of this course handbook.

Some VETDSS classes at Cranbourne Secondary College will be run within the timetable and others will be offered as a block of time. This information will not be known until the final construction of the timetable, thus students should be prepared for either.

Students who have a VET that is delivered in a block time may miss some classes and will have a Study Hall as part of their timetable. Students need to manage this time effectively to ensure they stay up to date with their other studies. VET support and Study On are also available for students who may need extra help.

Advantages of choosing VET

VET offers students the opportunity to:

  • combine general and vocational studies
  • explore career options and pathways – TAFE, university and/or work
  • engage in the industry area they are passionate about
  • undertake learning in the workplace
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification or credit towards a qualification that contributes to the VCE or VCE VM
  • develop skills that equip students for the workforce and further study – technical, employability and industry specific.

Who should consider a VET as part of their course?

VETDSS suits students best who are:

  • mature
  • able to manage their time and workload without consistent follow-up
  • have the ability to participate in a non-school setting
  • motivated to complete all aspects of the course
  • able to work independently and responsibly
  • able to work with diverse range of people; and
  • able to travel to and from the VETDSS venue

Which VET should I choose?

Sometimes the choice involved in making a decision about subjects can be a little overwhelming, this is why Cranbourne Secondary College provides individual Course Counselling to all students. There are many opportunities for students to investigate their pathway options and understand their individual strengths and motivators. These include:

  • Year 9 Morrisby Testing
  • Zoom into Senior Studies (ZiSS) subject information sessions
  • Cranbourne Careers website (
  • Subject Selection appointments
  • Delivery of Career Curriculum through STEP classes
  • Individual profiling tests and tasks undertaken and results reviewed
  • Senior Years Handbook –
    • Further to the above, on the following pages there is a GET VET resource guide ‘Which VET are you?’ which may assist students in their VET subject choice.

VET for students in the VCE

Cranbourne Secondary College students studying a VCE course can select a VET subject as a part of their course. The VET course must be held at Cranbourne Secondary College in order to be a part of their scheduled timetable. See the list of courses and providers at the back of this handbook.

VET for students in the VCE VM

Students studying a VCE VM pathway can access VET courses both on and off site. If the VET course is off site, students will need to organise their own transportation to and from their location. See the list of courses available at the back of this handbook.

VETDSS courses

VETDSS classes are held at a variety of venues over multiple days and times throughout the week. Please see the following list of courses and their locations that Cranbourne Secondary College students can access. As Cranbourne Secondary College is reliant on outside TAFEs and RTOs (Registered Training Organisation) for delivery of some of the VETDSS courses, students should understand that an application process is involved to be enrolled in these classes.

Considerations when applying for VETDSS

  • Students must have a USI to be able to apply for a VETDSS course – Get a USI | Unique Student Identifier.
  • Students will need to complete all aspects of the VET course to gain success for the year. Both practical and theory work is mandated.
  • Where the VET class is delivered as a block (not in the timetable), missing one class of VET is equivalent to a week of learning in this course. Missing more than one VET class may put the student at risk of not completing the VET certificate or not meeting their program requirements.
  • Students will need to successfully complete all UoCs over the span of the certificate, which may be one or two years, to receive the certificate.
  • All Cranbourne Secondary College school policies and procedures apply, in particular, no mobile phones or electronic devices. Students will also be expected to follow the policies and procedures of the venue they are attending VETDSS.
  • Where required, VET uniform or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is expected to be
  • All VET students should have their laptop with them for class and be prepared to do theory as well as practical work.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel to and from external VETDSS
  • Some VETDSS classes will be held outside of regular school hours, students are expected to be able to attend in these hours and avoid timetabling any other activities during this time.

More information about VETDSS

Further VETDSS information and videos can be found at the following links:

A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia. If you’re at university, TAFE or doing other nationally recognised training, you need a USI. (

 At Cranbourne Secondary College your USI is necessary to finalise enrolment in VET, Taster and some short course programs. It is also needed to enrol at university, TAFE or apprenticeships and traineeships.

How to apply for a USI

Please head to the website to make your individual USI. This process is easy and will take around 5 minutes as long as you have one of the forms of ID listed on the website and below. There is also email and phone help available for those who are having difficulty. USI information is also available in other languages

Forms of ID are:

  • Driver’s Licence (Learners Permit for Senior Students)
  • Medicare Card (Must display students name)
  • Australian Passport
  • Non-Australian Passport (with Student Visa) for international students
  • Birth Certificate (Please note a Birth Certificate Extract is not sufficient)
  • Certificate of Registration by Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • ImmiCard

What if I have a USI?

If you already have a USI, please share this with Cranbourne Secondary College so that your enrolment can be completed.

What if I have forgotten my USI?

It is easy to look up your USI by visiting There are four ways to find your USI; email address, mobile number, personal details and check questions or personal details and ID document. You choose whichever is most convenient for you.

Some information to remember when making a USI

  • You will need to have access to your USI for life. Make sure you print a copy and keep an electronic detail of your USI somewhere that is easy to remember and access.
  • You should use your personal email address rather than your school email to create your This is because your school email address will expire once you have graduated and prohibit you access to your USI log in.
  • Make sure that your password and check questions are easily remembered.


What is Head Start?

Head Start is the School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) program that supports secondary school students to succeed while they study and work towards a career.

Please refer to the Head Start Apprenticeships insert.

Where can Head Start take you?

Students begin their apprenticeship and complete their senior school studies at the same time (being paid as an apprentice while also studying). Students will continue the apprenticeship once they have finished Year 12, but by this time may have already completed one or two years of their apprenticeship training.

Who should consider a Head Start as part of their course?

If a student is interested in an Apprenticeship or a Traineeship they might wish to consider the HeadStart Apprenticeship program. The program aims to match students with an employer who will take them on as an apprentice.

Who do I speak to about Head Start?

Speak to our Head Start Cluster Director to discuss Head Start.

Making Pathway Decisions

It is important to research deeply and think carefully about student choices. Students are making a decision about their program for the next two years. Students will only be able to make changes to their subjects or programs in exceptional circumstances, after consulting with their Year Level Leaders, Year Level Engagement Coordinators and the Pathways Team.

  • Make sure that student’s choices keep their options open wherever Make sure that they know about prerequisites and other matters that might affect their ability to move into a course in the future (e.g. fees, location of courses, personal requirements). Make sure they understand the maturity and commitment required for success.
  • Students should read about all the programs on offer, and reflect upon their suitability for
  • Read subject descriptions carefully, and talk to the teachers of those subjects for specific
  • Consult career development resources (websites, handbooks, ) and speak with the Pathways Team to ask questions relating to your plans.
  • Be actively involved in the careers and pathways information programs offered at the

What is the future career pathway for the student?

When considering the final years of school, students are faced with the decision of what pathway they wish to take in order to achieve their future goals. For some, this is an exciting moment – others may feel a bit confused.

Students should research their choices thoroughly so that they ensure they are on the right pathway and that all prerequisites are met.

What are prerequisites?

Prerequisites are requirements that must be met. For example, a prerequisite of biology means that a student who has not studied that will not be considered for that course.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills highlight aspects of the training or work undertaken. For example, if you don’t like Maths then an engineering or electrical apprenticeship may not be the best choice for you.

Some things to consider

  • What possible career or job directions do students wish to follow?
  • Why are they considering these?
  • Are they a “good fit” for the student?
  • Is it realistic that they will be able to achieve this goal?
  • What experiences and understandings are they basing these decisions on?
  • Are students able to access this field via a VCE Vocational Major Pathway?
  • Or via a VCE Pathway?
  • How can VET contribute?
  • In many cases, both programs can direct students to a similar career, with both Vocational Education (TAFE) and Higher Education (University) pathways into many industries.
  • In which program are students most likely to achieve success? What suits students and their learning needs the best?
  • Are there prerequisites to enter tertiary courses at University? Are there certain entry requirements needed by TAFE programs?
  • Make sure students understand the requirements of subjects and certificates so they can make an informed choice.
  • When considering your future pathway need to reflect on your ability; what talents or skills do you individually possess?
  • What interests you?
  • What do you want to know or learn more about?
  • What are your future intentions? What work or personal choices are important to you in the future?

Specific Advice for You

Current Year 10 Students Transitioning into Year 11

All students will select 6 Unit 1 & 2 subjects. Students enrolling in VCE may elect to select a VCE-VET (Cranbourne VET) to include into their program. This will replace one Unit 1 & 2 subject and will contribute towards their ATAR. These VET courses can only be chosen from VCE-VET offered at Cranbourne Secondary College.

Students wishing to enrol in a VCE VM program also must choose 6 Unit 1 & 2 subjects, and are required to select a VET program either onsite at Cranbourne Secondary College, or at another VET provider. This will replace one Unit 1 & 2 subject.

Students are planning a two-year study program. The majority of students will study 6 subjects in Year 11. In Year 12 students complete 5 subjects.

Students need to include prerequisites for any university or TAFE courses that they intend to pursue. Students should visit the VTAC website to complete research into course prerequisites.

Mathematics is compulsory under the VCE VM but is not a compulsory subject in VCE. However, it is highly recommended for students who are unsure about their career pathway. Please refer to the Maths Pathways chart on page 55.

Current Year 11 Students Transitioning into Year 12

A student’s choice is mostly to do with confirming the pathway they are currently on.

Year 12 students choose five subjects including English, EAL, or Literacy. Most students will have to decide which subject they will drop from their VCE Year 11 study program.

Students cannot pick up a VCE-VET program in Year 12 VCE. They can do a VET subject if they transition into the VCE VM program.

In some cases, students will need to make changes. In this case, please note that some subjects cannot be studied at Unit 3 & 4 level unless a student has completed the Unit 1 & 2 sequence in the same subject. Please see the Subject List for further information.

In most cases, students will continue the VET program they have already started. In some instances, students might wish to change courses. Students have committed to complete the whole two year program (most VET programs are a two year study). In some circumstances, students may change their VET program. Any VET program changes need to be discussed with our VET Coordinator.

Students who complete their two year VET program at the end of year 11 will need to consult the VET Coordinator about picking up another VET course. This could be a one year VET program or perhaps the first year of a different VET program. Students are also advised to read the information about the Head Start Apprenticeship program, as it might be possible to sign up to this program and make a “head start” on an apprenticeship in your area of interest.

Transitioning from year 11 VCE into year 12 VCE VM

If a current Year 11 student wishes to move into the VCE VM program next year, they will need to complete and submit a Year 12 Transition course application form at course counselling.

It is recommended that students who wish to move into the VCE VM program speak to the Pathways team prior to submitting an application form at course counselling and do not delay their decision.

To transfer into VCE VM, students will need to have successfully completed Year 11 VCE, and especially English and Maths.

Students are advised to discuss the possibility of transferring from VCE to VCE VM with the Year Level Leader.

Students looking to move from Year 11 VCE to 12 VCE VM without successful results in a VET subject during Year 11 are at greater risk of not completing the senior certificate.

Course Additions

Some VCE students might have a slightly unusual program – for example, if a student is enrolled in an external language study, or they are completing additional units, or they are completing a course over three years.

If this is your situation, you need to speak directly to the Senior School Year Level Leader to discuss the implications of this for your subject selection.

VCAA Study Guides

Study designs for VCE and VCE VM subjects are available here.

Study designs can provide specific details and support subject selection.

What are the additional programs available?



Additional Program


What is it?

What benefit would an additional program offer?Who should consider additional programs in their course?Who do I speak to about additional programs?
Accelerated SubjectsStudy a Unit 1 & 2 subject in year 10. Study a Unit 3 & 4 subject in year 11.Students who are approved to complete an accelerated subject benefit by having an additional study score contributing to their ATAR score.High-achieving, high-ability students who have excelled

in a particular area of study.

Senior School Year Level Leader. Please note applications for studying an accelerated subject must be submitted before your course counselling session.
Centre for Higher Education StudiesBegin first year university courses and select VCE subjects.Undertake tertiary study that aligns with the student’s skills and interests. This study may contribute to their ATAR. Students may be

considered for university credits while they are completing their senior studies.

High-achieving, high-ability students

who are planning on attending university.

Senior School Year Level Leader
Head StartUndertaking a School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship while completing the senior school certificate.Students begin an apprenticeship which they continue after year 12, or complete after 2 years.Students who want to continue studying and are interested in apprenticeshipsHead Start Cluster Director
LanguagesStudy a VCE Language subject of your choice.The study of a Language other than English contributes to the overall education of

individual students, most particularly in the area of communication, but also in the areas of cross-cultural understanding, cognitive development, literacy and general knowledge.

Students who are fluent in another language.

Students who have time management skills and can commit to Saturday lessons.

Distance Education is available for some subjects.

Studying a language as an additional subject in year 12 can increase an ATAR by 5 points.

EAL and Languages Leader
Work Placement/ Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)SWL is designed to help students apply the skills and knowledge they learn in their VET program

in an industry environment.

SWL provides students with the opportunity

to integrate on-the-job experience with secondary study.

By completing SWL Recognition, students may be able to receive a credit towards the completion of the VCE VM.

Students who want real world, on the job experiences within their selected industry.SWL Coordinator
Year 13 ProgramElecting to complete your senior certificate over 3 years rather than 2.Beneficial for students where English is a Seconded Language, whether they are in English or EAL.

Students who require additional time to complete their senior certificate.

Students who what to study 7 subjects.

Students who have not completed the required number of satisfactory subjects to successfully receive their senior school certificate.

Senior School Year Level Leader

Cranbourne Secondary College Careers:

VICTORIAN SKILLS GATEWAY: This website helps explore up to date Victorian TAFE and training opportunities.

JOB GUIDE: lists approximately 600 occupations, the description involved and the training required.

VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre):  Students are able to list their VCE subjects and the program will give them a list of institutions and courses for which they are eligible. Follow link at VTAC website.

GOOD UNIVERSITIES GUIDE:  Find courses, compare university ratings and explore careers.

VCAA: for all VCE information, including course outlines and past exams.

MYFUTURE: is a comprehensive career information service. It has a career exploration tool, career information, advice for those supporting others making decisions.

STUDY ASSIST: gives information for Commonwealth supported students about costs and payments of fees. It replaces HECS.

JOB ACTIVE: Australian Government’s key employment program


Targets students, employees, job seekers and careers teachers with information on all aspects of new apprenticeships, training, wages and case studies of individuals.


Provide information on courses, studying, events and open days, admissions, scholarships, and accommodation.






Victoria Uni:…………………………………………………….



Box Hill:………………………………………………………….

Chisholm TAFE:……………………………………………….

Federation University:………………………………………..

ACU (Australian Catholic University):……………………..