Junior School

Years 7 and 8

Middle School

Years 9 and 10

Senior School

Years 11 and 12

At North Geelong Secondary, we are proud of our senior students’ academic results and pathways. Consistently, we see our senior students achieve high levels of success in VCE and VCAL. Our VCE students achieve excellent study scores and our students have high completion rates in VCAL. All students have real destinations, whether it is tertiary study at university or TAFE, or sustainable employment such as in apprenticeships and traineeships.

In addition to the academic success our students experience at NGSC, our students also show leadership in a range of sporting and cultural activities and events. Senior students participate in the decision-making of the school through leading the Student Representative Council (SRC) and annual College events such as Multicultural Festival, Athletics Day and School Production.

The College’s Student Management and Wellbeing Teams provide ongoing pastoral care to students, on an individual basis or as part of their year levels in the form of Leadership Camps and Study Skills Programs. Our qualified Careers Practitioners help students navigate through the range of post-schooling options available and determine the best pathway for each individual. Students are further supported by our state-of-the-art technology, their own Year 12 common room and experienced teachers who are committed to the development of their students.

With its broad range of choices, including both academic and vocational studies, the senior school curriculum at NGSC prepares students to develop the skills that will allow them to transition from the school setting into universities, training and further education, apprenticeships or employment.

17 Scientifically Proven Ways to Study Better This YearVCE students will be generally be required to study 22 units taken over two years. 12 Units in Year 11 and 10 Units in Year 12. These subjects may include approved VET units. The 22 units must include the following:

Year 11

  • Units 1-2 of English, EAL or Literature
  • Units 1-2 of four more subjects (other than the English group above)
  • Total: 12 units

Year 12

  • Units 3-4 of English, EAL or Literature
  • Units 3-4 of four more subjects (other than the English group above)
  • Total: 10 units

Satisfactory Completion

The minimum requirement for a student to be awarded a VCE at the end of Year 12 is that a student must have completed 16 units. This must include the satisfactory completion of:

  • At least three units of English or Literature or EAL (including units 3 and 4).
  • Units 3 and 4 of at least three more subjects (other than the English group above).

Satisfactory completion of each VCE unit is based on demonstration of the key knowledge and key skills specified in that unit of the relevant VCE subject. Satisfactory completion of each unit is determined by the subject teacher in accordance with the VCAA requirements and outcomes documented in the study designs.

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Australian Tertiary Achievement Rank (ATAR)

An Australian Tertiary Achievement Rank (ATAR) is calculated for tertiary admissions. In order to receive an ATAR, Year 12 students must have satisfactorily completed their VCE Certificate (see above). ATARs are calculated based on the top four study scores each student receives and must always include English, EAL or Literature. If a student completes fifth and sixth subjects, 10 percent increments of these study scores will be added to their ATARS. This includes Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects.

Please note that only two subjects from any ‘grouping’ can be counted in the top four study scores. For example, if a student completes Further Maths, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths, only their top two study scores will be counted in full. The third can only contribute a 10 percent increment as a fifth subject. 

Attendance Policy

North Geelong Secondary College requires a minimum attendance of 90 percent of classes, each semester, for students to satisfactorily complete their VCE units. The following variations to the above program may apply:

  • Students may complete their VCE over three years
  • Year 10 students who study Unit 1 and 2 of a subject may have access to complete Unit 3 and 4 in Year 11

For more information on the successful completion of VCE, examples of programs of study or ATARs, please contact the College Pathways Team or visit the VCAA or VTAC websites.

Course: VCAL Information

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an applied-learning option for Year 11 and 12 students.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge and attributes students need to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education. Studies include personal development through the utilisation of a student’s particular interests.

VCAL has three levels, Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. Each level recognises completion of senior secondary schooling and prepares students for further studies at the next VCAL level, VET and/or employment.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a compulsory requirement for completion of VCAL at Intermediate and Senior level.

Students who partake in VCAL are able to undertake a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT) as part of their studies.

VCAL Requirements

In VCAL, the word credit has a similar meaning to unit or subject. For a VCAL Certificate, students must complete:

· 10 credits of accredited VCAL curriculum – A credit equals one VCE or VCE/VET unit, or 100 nominal hours of VET or Further Education delivery.

· a minimum of two VCAL units

· at least one subject from each strand (see table above)

· at least one credit each of Literacy and Numeracy

VCE and VCAL Combined Program – Year 11 only

This program is designed to give students an opportunity to engage with both programs for Year 11 only. All students in this program must have a VET course for Year 11. Selection for this program is considered on a case by case basis. If you are interested, please discuss this with the VCAL Coordinator as soon as possible.

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VCAL Completion

In general, students can complete each VCAL level in one year, but a student’s course planning may allow for individual plans that extend than this over a longer period of time. The certificate level selected for each student to complete is part of the course counselling process and depends on students’ levels of achievement in their chosen subjects.

For more information on any of the courses or information outlined here, please contact the Senior Sub School or the Pathways Team.

In what way is vocational education more practical than higher ...During a students’ senior studies they can chose to complete a nationally recognised certificate to complement their Year 11 and 12 VCAL or VCE Programs. Students can choose from over 40 different courses, in all areas of interest, with the option of some courses held at our College along many with other providers. For most classes, which run on Mondays and Wednesdays, there is a bus network to take students all over Geelong to their chosen courses.

In 2020, we had courses conducted at our College, by TAE qualified staff, with suitable industry experience, including Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and Certificate III in Beauty Services.

For the full list of courses on offer (updated each year) across the region, their descriptions and future pathways from these courses, please contact the College on 5240 5800 to speak with our VET/SBAT Coordinator, Caroline Makin.

Contact us

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130 Separation Street,
North Geelong,
VIC  3215
Australia

03 5240 5800
03 5272 1756
north.geelong.sc@education.vic.gov.au

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