YEAR 11 & 12


Parade College offers three pathways at the end of Year 10. Students can choose to complete a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCE/VET Pathways to Business (non-ATAR) or a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL):

  • For those wishing to progress to university courses the VCE is the appropriate course of study
  • Students not wishing to attain an ATAR, but interested in business related vocations should consider VCE/VET Pathways to Business.
  • Students who are looking for a more vocational pathway should investigate VCAL

Subjects from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) group of subjects may be taken as part of the VCE or the VCAL.

If you have any questions relating to the Year 11 & 12 Curriculum which this website does not address, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning, or the Director of Teaching and Learning at the College.


The VCE is a certificate taken over two or more years. Subjects are made up of semester/half year length units of study. Units are at two levels:

  • Units 1 & 2
  • Units 3 & 4

Most students will attempt 23 units over the two years. Units 3 & 4 must be taken together in all subjects - a student cannot study Unit 3 without studying Unit 4.

To complete the VCE, students have to satisfactorily complete 16 units, which must include:

  • 3 units from the English group (includes: English, Literature, English Language)
  • The rest of the program should be completed according to student ability & interest, taking into account any tertiary prerequisites. Up to 8 units in total may be from the VET in the VCE area

Year 11 VCE students must undertake a full program of 6 Units each semester (plus an RE unit across the year) unless they are enrolled in one of the part time programs requiring extended time away from school. Students are expected to average a Grade of C+ in any subject they wish to undertake in Year 12.

While highly able Year 11 students are encouraged to undertake a Unit 3 & 4 sequence it must be pointed out that there will be some clashes in their program between Year 11 and Year 12 commitments. These students must already be successfully undertaking the relevant Unit 1 & 2 sequence in Year 10. VCE students in Year 12 undertake 5 Unit 3 & 4 sequences no matter what their program in Year 11.

Year 12 Leadership

All students study one VCE unit of Religious Education in Year 11. In Year 12, all VCE students will be part of the Tenete program.

When making your choice you should consider studies that:

  • Interest you
  • You have performed well in the past
  • Lead to employment you find appealing
  • Prepare you for further training or tertiary courses that you are considering
  • Provide VET recognition

Tenete Program Year 12

The Tenete Program is a Parade College initiative to support Year 12 students in the demanding final year of school. The Program is firmly based on Catholic values and the principles underlying excellent education for boys. Students are assisted with organisation skills, study skills, examination preparation, the transition from school to study or work, reflection and coping skills.

All Year 12 students must attend a Ministry Retreat. They are completed in class groups. Dates are advertised to students well in advance.

Accelerated Studies

Highly able students are encouraged to undertake a Unit 3/4 sequence in Year 11 but only if they have undertaken the Unit 1 and/ or 2 from the same subject in Year 10. Normally, students may undertake only ONE such sequence in Year 11. This must be approved by the Learning Area Leader. Students would normally be expected to average a B for each of their Graded Assessment Tasks in the relevant subject.

For students who have undertaken the Advanced Placement program, it may be possible to gain approval to undertake a second Unit 3 & 4 sequence in Year 11; however, students would need approval from both Learning Area Leaders and either the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning or the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Students must still undertake a full VCE program in Year 12.


The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision is based on the teacher's assessment of the student’s overall performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit. The key knowledge and skills listed for each outcome serves as a guide to course design and the development of learning activities.

With respect to the assessment of Outcomes in Units 1 and 2, it is the policy at Parade College to provide a Grade for an Assessment Task for the Outcome.

In units 3 & 4, there is a mixture of school based and external assessment. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority publishes annually an assessment guide which includes advice on the scope of the assessment tasks and the criteria for assessment.

Each subject – or study – has three assessment categories. In some cases this means two examinations and one school based assessment. In other studies there is one examination and two school based assessments.

These assessments are reported A+ to NP UG. Examination grades and school assessment grades are reported separately. Subjects receive a score out of 50.

Year 12 Captain

Subject Choices and ATAR restrictions

When choosing subject combinations, students are advised that certain combinations may disadvantage them in achieving an optimal ATAR ranking.  The calculation of the ATAR rank uses the student's 4 best subject scores, plus 10% of the student's next 2 best scores.  Where a student chooses more than two subjects from the following groupings, only 2 of those scores may count in the top 4, not matter what the student's other scores:

  • Mathematics group: Further Mathematics; Mathematical Methods (CAS); Specialist Mathematics
  • English group: English; Literature; English Language
  • Music group: Music Performance; VET Music
  • VET group: Only two VET courses may be counted.
    N.B. Many VET courses are ineligible for a Study Score: please read the subject description carefully.

Students are therefore advised against taking more than two subjects from within any of the above groupings.

The English Requirement

There is a group of English studies consisting of English/EAL, English Language, and Literature. The three units from the group of English studies that are required for satisfactory completion of the VCE may be selected from:

English/ EAL 1 - 4 Literature 1 - 4
English Language 1 - 4

No more than two units of English/EAL Units 1 and 2 may be counted towards the English requirement.

Students who satisfactorily complete more than one Unit 3 and 4 sequence from the English group may count the additional sequence(s) as a sequence/sequences other than the compulsory English. The following table sets out some possible unit combinations. Students can complete more than the four minimum units in combination.

English Requirement met?
English 1 / 2 English 3 / 4 Yes
English 1 / 2 Literature 3 / 4 Yes
English 1 / 2 English Language 3 / 4 Yes
English Language 1 / 2 English Language 3 / 4 Yes
English Language 1 / 2 Literature 3 / 4 Yes
English Language 1 / 2 English 3 / 4 Yes
Literature 1 / 2 Literature 3 / 4 Yes
Literature 1 / 2 English 3 / 4 Yes
Literature 1 / 2 English Language 3 / 4 Yes


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VET Shop Fitting

VCE VET programs are vocational studies approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as appropriate for senior secondary school students. VCE VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally portable vocational education and training certificate.

VCE VET programs are fully recognised within the unit 1–4 structure of the VCE and therefore contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE. VCE VET units have equal status with other VCE studies, however, only two unit 3 / 4 courses may contribute towards VCE eligibility. VCE VET programs function within the National Training Framework.

Students accessing VET offerings are required to pay a VET levy (per course). All VET courses (expect Community Recreation) run from either 7.30am - 11am or 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Due to timetabling issues, students may undertake a maximum of 2 VET courses in a VCE program, as many of the courses will run concurrently and some combinations will not be possible.

VET Offerings At Parade College

Parade College offers the following courses - many of them at the Edmund Rice Trade and Training Centre - subject to student demand and staff availability:

  • Certificate II Hospitality (Operations)
  • Certificate III Technical Production
  • Certificate III Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate III Media
  • Certificate III Information, Digital Media and Technology*
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Shop fitting)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Bricklaying)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Floor and Wall Tiling)
  • Certificate II Plumbing (Pre-Vocational)
  • Certificate II Furnishing (Cabinet Making)
  • Certificate II Logistics
  • Certificate II Small Business^
  • Certificate II Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-Vocational)

* Pathways to Business students only
^ VCAL or Pathways to Business students only

Students intending to undertake a VET in the VCE course should investigate the pathway offered in the College. Some courses begin at Year 10 level. In addition, there are traineeships, additional TAFE courses not recognised in the VCE and New Apprenticeships, which the College facilitates on a case-by-case basis.

VCE / VET Pathways To Business

This course is offered to students who are interested in a career beyond school in business, and who would like to approach it through an alternate pathway rather than a traditional VCE program.

Students who choose this pathway have a number of options upon successful completion:

  • Post-secondary education via articulation to Certificate IV or Diploma
  • Subsequent articulation to Degree programs at university
  • Employment

Successful completion of VCE VET Pathways to Business credits students with a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and two or more VET qualifications (Certificate II in Small Business and Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology).

This course, completed over two years, combines compulsory elements and an element of choice. For Year 12 students commencing VCE VET Pathways to Business in 2015, timetable arrangements will be made to allow the course to be completed in a single year. Students wishing to attain their Certificate qualifications will continue classes in the two VET subjects until mid-November, 2015.

All students will follow a non-ATAR enrolment, and continuation of post-secondary study is via articulation in the Certificates via TAFE or selection of TAFE non-ATAR courses at the end of the VTAC Guide. The VCE requirements are for partial completion of the Certificates, with the option to continue further studies in Term 4 of the final year for attainment of the full Certificates.

Students nominate VCE VET Pathways to Business in preference to the scored VCE pathway, then make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning) or the Director of Teaching and Learning to select subjects.

Compulsory Year 11 Subjects Compulsory Year 12 Subjects
VCE English Units 1-2 VCE English Units 3-4
VCE VET Certificate II Small Business VCE VET Certificate II Small Business
VCE VET Certificate III Information, Digital Media and Technology VCE VET Certificate III Information, Digital Media and Technology
VCE Religion and Society Unit 2

Three other Year 11 subjects and two other Year 12 subjects will be chosen in consultation with Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning) or the Director of Teaching and Learning.


Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior school certificate designed to sit alongside the VCE, providing additional pathways for Years 11 and 12 students seeking vocationally oriented career options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training or moving on to employment. Students either enrol in VCAL or the VCE. Students cannot be enrolled in both.

There will be strictly limited places in this certificate. Any student who has any inclination towards directly entering university entrance beyond school should not apply for the VCAL. Pathways and articulation through further education and training beyond school can lead to university entrance. An application process, selection criteria, student interview, parent interview and availability will determine whether students may enrol in the VCAL.

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