Pathway Years - Year 9 & 10

As students move through the Pathway Years, they gain more and more agency in their subject selections. We encourage a broad pathway but for many students, their decision making is based on their own clear picture of the future they envision for themselves.  

The vertical curriculum from Year 9 enables students to choose from the offers at year levels above and below their own year level to create a pathway that is suited to their needs and interests.  We believe students should select subjects based on their personal preferences and strengths.  

Year 9 

Students at Year 9 make some selections within a core program that ensures they maintain a broad educational platform to enable them to access all senior programs.  Students are able to self-elect into Advanced programs in English, Mathematics and Science and accelerated options in Humanities and the Arts.  




Religious Education


English Advanced, Foundation
Mathematics Advanced, Foundation
Science Advanced, Foundation
Humanities Students select one: Commerce, History, Geography or acceleration into Year 10 subjects
Technology 1 semester DigiSTEM
The Arts Students select one: Studio Arts, Fashion, VisCom, Media, Music, Dance, Drama.
Health/PE 1 semester core

LOTE – Indonesian or French or two elective options from other subject areas.

Students with particular talents can accelerate their Year 9 study into VCE studies, eg: Dance, Drama, Environmental Science

Year 10

At Year 10 students have access to the full suite of Year 10 and VCE studies and can undertake units leading to the Victorian Certificate of Education or, alternatively, begin the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in our PRECAL program. 

We have many students accelerated into VCE studies, some undertaking more than one to spread the load of their VCE across three years.  There are many advantages to this load-spreading:
Students understand a VCE study and its requirements in stages rather than the heavy loading at Year 11
Students can express their individual capabilities 
Students work with a wider range of students and break down artificial age-barriers
Students are often very enthusiastic about advanced studies that they have chosen 

Mainstream Year 10 Core studies:



Religious Education


English Year 10 or VCE
Mathematics Pre-Methods (usually in conjunction with Units 3/4 Further Maths), General, Skills.
Science General, Pre-VCE (Semester 2 only), students from Advanced Year 9 Science can select from VCE Sciences on advisement from their Year 9 teacher
Health/PE One semester only.  Students can choose: Global Health and Health Promotion (pre-VCE HHD) The Body at Work (pre-VCE PE Theory) Child Development (supporting VCE HHD) Or Core Health/PE

Students have five semesters of electives.  These can be filled with Year 10 electives all of which are one semester only or can accelerate into VCE study/ies.


For students who know they prefer project-based learning, hands-on and real-life experiences, PRECAL is our beginning VCAL program.  Students who undertake this course have determined that VCAL is right for them and they wish to begin in Year 10. 

Students who undertake this course have core subjects in:

•    Religious Education
•    Wellbeing
•    Personal Development/Work Related Skills
•    Numeracy 
Only PRECAL students can access a VET study.  This has the advantage of enabling students to take more than one VET across the three years of PRECAL – Senior VCAL or, in Year 12, complete a school-based apprenticeship, traineeship or access more work placement.  

The rest of the school day is filled with electives from the range available at True North.  It must be noted that students undertaking PRECAL move straight to VCAL in Years 11 and 12 and that VCE is no longer a pathway option.  Students wishing to take PRECAL undergo an interview with the Assistant Principal (Learning and Teaching) and the VCAL Coordinator, student and her parents/guardians to ensure that their decision is right for them.