We encourage all students to follow their own preference to undertake VCAL or VCE and study subjects for which they have a natural disposition and interest and that will assist them in the industry into which they will begin their study or work life.
At Clonard we recognise that everyone is different which is why we offer both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), a vibrant and engaging Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and a full Vocational Education and Training (VET) suite of subjects. The diagram below might help you understand how these different programs operate and how they all, either directly or indirectly, lead students to higher education at TAFE or University.
Everything you need to know about programs and subjects offered at Clonard College:
Senior Years Handbook 2019 (546 KB)
The Victorian Certificate of Education is an accredited senior school qualification. The Victorian Certificate of Education is the certificate that the majority of students in Victoria receive on satisfactory completion of their secondary education. It is an outstanding qualification that is recognised around the world. The VCE provides diverse pathways to further study or training at university or TAFE and to employment.
Studies in VCE are broken into four units (Unit1, 2, 3 and 4) and each unit runs for one semester (two terms). Most students will study Units 1 and 2 (Semester 1 and 2) in Year 11 and Units 3 and 4 at Year 12. All students take six subjects plus Religious Education at Year 11 and five subjects plus Religious Education at Year 12. All students must complete at least five VCE studies.
At Clonard College students can accelerate into a VCE study at Year 10 and we recommend that all students investigate this as
Students who complete the VCE have an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) through their studies (usually 50% of the ATAR is derived from school coursework (SACs) and 50% is from exams at the end of Unit 4). Each subject has a ‘study score’ out of 50 and the ATAR is derived from a student’s top four subjects (which includes English) with 10% of the fifth and sixth study (where a sixth is undertaken). This ATAR is used by universities to determine who is offered a place in a course of study.
Logically, the higher the ATAR a student attains, the greater
The following VCE subjects are offered and students can also undertake VCAL or VET programs.
|SUBJECTS OFFERED AT VCE|
Religious Education (VCE and School Units)
Art / Studio Art
Australian & Global Politics
Health & Human Development
History - Twentieth Century (1 & 2)
History - Revolutions (3 & 4)
Media StudiesOutdoor & Environmental Studies
Physical Education Theory
General Mathematics (1 & 2)
Further Mathematics (3 & 4)
Mathematical Methods (1-4)
Specialist Mathematics (3 & 4)
Materials Technology (Food)
Text and Traditions
Visual Communication (Graphics)
A number of Vocational Education
The College also offers the Victorian
Some students are also able to undertake university subjects
* Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation)
* Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate)
* Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)VCAL Learning Programs must comprise four curriculum strands including compulsory studies in Literacy and Numeracy.
* Literacy and Numeracy skills;
* Industry Specific skills (Vet or SBNA’s)
* Work Related skills; and
* Personal Development skills.