Curriculum

2016-2017 Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Assembly 2009

Have courage, the good seed will grow up in the children’s hearts later on.

- Blessed Edmund Rice


Learning at Parade College inspires a commitment and spirit that is both personalised and life-long. Gifts and talents are celebrated equally but paramount to all this is the reality that learning takes place within a collective sphere of mutual support and a deep desire to achieve the very best.

Learning and Teaching at Parade College has, over 140 years, developed both the capacity and capability of providing dynamic learning that caters for the students’ spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical development. A vibrant professional learning and teaching culture exists and grows. Students are supported in their studies by a highly qualified, experienced and committed staff.

Our curriculum continues to blend the best of educational traditions with the latest in cutting edge theory, practice and design. Our classrooms are contemporary, technology-rich learning environments, suitably well resourced and designed to both encourage and exploit a wide variety of teaching and learning preferences.

The College supports a breadth of rich and diverse co-curricular activities designed to stimulate both the mind and the body. Students are presented with a grounding in core subjects as well as opportunities to explore a variety of elective subjects to explore their distinctive physical and creative abilities – from Sports, Technology, Art, Music and Drama through to Community Service, Leadership opportunities, extension and enrichment experiences.

Courses reflect the latest developments in educational thinking including AusVELS which aligns with the Australian Curriculum as per the timetable laid out by the Federal and Victorian Governments and the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne, while retaining the Victorian Curriculum priorities and approaches to teaching and learning, which is to be implemented from 2017.

The Standards are based on three core strands:

• Physical, Personal and Social Learning

• Discipline-based Learning

• Interdisciplinary Learning

The Standards are set at four different levels to reflect the different years of schooling. Students in Year 7 and 8 normally undertake studies at AUSVELS Levels 7 & 8, while students in Years 9 and 10 normally undertake studies at AusVels Levels 9 & 10.

The curriculum for Years 11 & 12 is set by the VCAA, with Parade College offering a wide range of VCE, VET and VCAL courses.


Learning Areas

At Parade College the subjects on offer are divided in a number of Learning Areas:

• Religious Education is an integral part of the learning program at all year levels

• The Arts, which includes the Visual Arts and Communication Design, Media Arts, the Performing Arts (Music and Drama)

• English, including English as an Additional Language (EAL)

• Health and Physical Education (HPE)

• Humanities, which consists of the disciplines of Humanities: History, Geography & Politics; and Commerce: Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship.

• Languages (other than English)

• Mathematics

• Science

• Technology, which includes: Design and Technology Digital Technologies.



Year 7

The curriculum at Parade College is designed to provide students with a broad and well-balanced education in their junior secondary years.

In Year 7 students experience subjects in each of the Learning Areas listed above. Students experience practical classes in Science, the use of Information Technology across the Learning Areas and an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Languages available at Year 7 include: Italian, French, and Japanese.

As well as the core subjects in the table below, students are also required to undertake four elective units, one per term. This structure enables students to develop skills and knowledge in the Learning Areas while also providing choice and depth of learning.

Religion English Mathematics Science Digital Technologies
Humanities Personal & Social Development Health & Physical Education Languages Music
  Options from: Performing Arts / Technology /  Visual Arts /  Mathematics & Science

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Year 8

The curriculum at Parade College is designed to provide students with a broad and well-balanced education in their junior secondary years.

Students in Year 8 undertake two units each of Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and Humanities in their common program.

Students are then required to undertake four other units, as outlined in the table below. This structure enables students to develop skills and knowledge in the Learning Areas while also providing choice and depth of learning.

English1 English2 Mathematics1 Mathematics2
Religion1 Religion2 Science1 Science2
Humanities1 Humanities2 Languages1 Languages2
Health & Physical Education
or ACC Sport 1
Health & Physical Education
or ACC Sport 2
1 x Arts 1 x Technology

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Year 9

At Years 9 and 10, the curriculum at Parade College is intended to further enhance understandings, skills and knowledge from their junior secondary years.

Students in Year 9 undertake two units each of Religion, English, Mathematics, Science and one unit each of Humanities and Health & Physical Education or High Performance Sport in their common program.

Students are then required to undertake four other units, as outlined in the table below. This structure enables students to develop skills and knowledge in the Learning Areas while also providing choice and depth of learning.

Religion1 English1 Mathematics1 Science1
Religion2 English2 Mathematics2 Science2

1 x Humanaties

1 x Health & Physical Education*

1 x Arts / Techmology ^

1 x Arts / Humanities

Free Choice 1 * ^ Free Choice 2 * ^  

* Students may not choose more than 2 units of HPE (including the compulsory unit).
^ Students may not choose more than 2 units of Technology

In addition, all students participate in the Year 9 ExCEL Program, involving:

• Four choices of learning4life seminars that run for 2 full days each; and

• Three choices of 8 day Extended Learning Projects.

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Year 10

At Years 9 and 10, the curriculum at Parade College is intended to further enhance understandings, skills and knowledge from their junior secondary years.

Students in Year 10 undertake two Units of Religious Education, two Units of English, two Units of Science, one Unit of Humanities (History) and one Unit of Careers in their common programs. Students also undertake two Units of Mathematics but the difference here is that there are a number of different Mathematics as alternatives.

The other five Units are chosen from the range of Units on offer, as directed in the table below.

Religion1 English1 Mathematics1 Science 1 Careers
Religion2 English2 Mathematics2 Science 2 1 x History
Free Choice 1 Free Choice 2 Free Choice 3 Free Choice 4 Free Choice 5

NB: Students may choose up to 2 units of HPE
NB: Students may not choose more than 4 units of Science, 3 units from The Arts and not more than 3 units from Technology, unless through written application to the Director of Teaching and Learning

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Acceleration

Parade College supports highly able students undertaking Year 10 to select a VCE Units 1 & 2 subject. Apart from English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and Religious Education subjects, students may select from any of the Parade offerings subject to approval and availability of places. Students may only select one subject for acceleration. Students would normally be expected to average an A-grade (Year 10) and a B-grade (Units 1 and 2) for each of their Graded Assessment Tasks in the relevant subject plus meet a number of other criteria.

Students who have successfully completed the Year 9 Altior Program courses may apply for up to two VCE Units 1 & 2 courses in Year 10 (excluding English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics & Religious Education offerings, and only as an exception in Mathematics, Chemistry & Physics). Altior Program students may elect not to enrol in Year 10 Essential Science, but are required to study a minimum of two units of Science.

The purpose of the acceleration program is to offer students the chance to maximize their options by studying six Unit 3 & 4 sequences over two years. It must be understood that regardless of the program of study undertaken in Year 11, all Year 12 students must normally select and complete five Unit 3 & 4 subjects in Year 12 unless they undertake a pathway which requires them to spend significant time out of school.


Altior Program

The Altior Placement program is open to students who are academically strong, highly motivated, and have an excellent work ethic. The program is firmly focused on challenging, accelerated, and negotiated content.

In Year 10, Altior Program students may be offered placement in Year 10 Enhanced Mathematical Methods or acceleration into VCE Units 1 and 2 in their areas of strength.

In Year 10, Altior Program students may elect not to enrol in Essential Science, but are required to study a minimum of two units of Science.

In Year 11 they may apply to accelerate in VCE Units 3 and 4 studies in their areas of strength. In Year 12, students who successfully studied two Unit 3/4 subjects in Year 11 may apply to undertake only four Unit 3/4 sequences.


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For further details about the Altior Program, please contact our Altior Program Coordinators Dr Edison Shamoail (Preston) or Ms Stephanie Campbell (Bundoora)


Edmind Rice Pathways

The Edmund Rice Pathways Program is an alternative, vocationally orientated program for Year 10 students. House Leaders in consultation with a range of interested parties including Tutor teachers, classroom teachers, ERPP Pathways Coordinator and Student Support Services will identify potential students and invite them to apply for a place. In addition, an information night will be held, during which parents can also enquire about applying. The program is offered to a limited number of students at Year 10.


Years 11 & 12

Students at Years 11 & 12 have a choice of three pathways for the final two years of school. They can choose either the scored VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), or the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).


V.C.E. (Victorian Certificate of Education)

The College offers a number of VCE units for completion. Students must select a minimum of four units from the English group over the two years, including at least one Unit 3/4 sequence. Other requirements are outlined in the table below.


VCE / VET Pathways to Business (available in Year 12 in 2017 only)

2017 Year 12 students(those currently enrolled in this program in Year 11 in 2016) not intent on direct progression to University may continue this non-ATAR option in 2017. Students combine a VCE selection with specially selected VET subjects with a business focus. In 2018, this pathway will cease to be aligned to the VCE, but will be available as an option under the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

Students currently enrolled in this program will complete Certificate II in Small Business, Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology and must also select a Unit 3-4 English sequence. The remaining two subjects are studied as non-ATAR VCE subjects. In addition to their VET qualifications, students qualify for their VCE but do not receive an ATAR score which is required for University.

Year 11 students currently enrolled in this program may prefer to complete their Certificate studies as a part of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning in 2017. This includes a weekly program of one day in the workplace, one day of vocational training and three days of Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related Skills.


V.C.A.L. (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

Students may instead select the VCAL program which can be completed in one year at Intermediate Level or over one or two years at Senior Level. Students must undertake Units in Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related Skills. They must undertake some vocational training.


Year 11 VCE Year 12 VCE
English / Literature / English Language x 2 Units English / Literature / English Languasge x 2 Units
Religion & Society or Texts & Traditions x 1 Unit VCE and/or VET Units x 8 units
VCE and/or VET Units x 10 units A total of five Unit 3 / 4 Subject sequences
A total of thirteen Units in Year 11 Tenete program 
Year 11 VCAL Intermediate Program
Year 12 VCAL Senior Program

VCAL Literacy x 2 Units

VCAL Literacy x 2 Units
VCAL Numeracy x 2 Units
VCAL Personal Development x 2 Units
VCAL Personal Development x 2 Units
VCAL Work Related Skills x 2 Units
VCAL Work Related Skills x 2 Units
VCAL Numeracy x 2 Units
Certificate II of Business
Certificate II/III of Business
VET in Schools or Industry-specific training
VET in Schools or Industry-specific training

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