Senior School

Year 11 & 12 – VCE & VCAL

The senior school offers a number of pathways to students to help them achieve their preferred goal when they complete their studies at Emerald.

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Vocational Education and Training Program (VET)
  • School Based Apprenticeship & Traineeship Program

Students at Emerald can study either VCE or VCAL in their final years. Students who have accelerated VCE subjects also have the opportunity to study University subjects during their final year. For more information about both of these programs, see the College website, and download the Senior School Handbook.

VCE Pathway

Students in the VCE Pathway study Maths and English classes at a Foundation, General or Enrichment level. Students then choose from a variety of Science, Health PE, Humanities, Arts and Technology electives to personalise their course. Students are also permitted to accelerate a VCE study*, continue with Japanese and with their Advance course.

VCAL Pathway

Please note that 2022 is the final year VCAL will be running at ESC 

In the VCAL Pathway students will achieve an Intermediate (Year 11) or Senior (Year 12) VCAL Certificate. For more information about VCAL and VET see the College website.

Students in the VCAL Pathway study Maths (Numeracy) and English (Literacy). Students also study the VCAL units of Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills, a VET (off-site) course. Students will also be required to organise and attend Structured Work Place Learning (SWPL) one day per week. Entry into the VCAL Pathway is selective, and students must apply through an interview process as part of the Course Counselling process.

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