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 all their chosen pathways. Our VCE students achieve excellent study scores and we have high completion rates in all pathways. 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.

The Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) is a 2-year vocational and applied-learning option for Year 11 and 12 students. It aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge confidence and agency needed to prepare them for the world of work and further education and training. Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a compulsory requirement for completion of VCE VM. Students who partake in VCE VM can undertake a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT) as part of their studies.

VCE VM Requirements

Most students will undertake between 16-20 units over the two years. To be eligible to receive the VCE VM, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units, including:

  • 3 VCE VM Literacy or VCE English units (including a Unit 3–4 sequence)
  • 2 VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics units
  • 2 VCE VM Work Related Skills units
  • 2 VCE VM Personal Development Skills units, and
  • 2 VET credits at Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours)

Students will be required to complete a minimum of four Unit 3-4 sequences. Students can include VCE units in their learning program.

The Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills, Numeracy and Literacy study designs aim to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to engender confidence and self-agency in their preparation for the world of work and further training and education.

The new Vocational Major units have a strong focus on the application of knowledge and skills in practical contexts. Many of the units are underpinned by community-based activities and the development of self-agency.

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VCE VM Literacy Beauty Services
VCE VM Numeracy Sport and Recreation
VCE VM Personal Development Skills External VET outside of NGSC
VCE VM Work Related Skills

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 must select a nationally recognised certificate to complement their Year 11 and 12 VCE VM Program. VCE students may also choose to complete a VET Certificate. 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.

English as an Additional Language – EAL

North Geelong Secondary College has an extensive EAL program for all students in Years 7 to 12. We have outstanding facilities. Our purpose-built English Language Centre houses much of the school’s withdrawal program and senior EAL classes. The New Arrivals program offers intensive English instruction and caters for students with with developing English skills. This program is staffed by the Geelong English Language Centre (GELC) and North Geelong Secondary College. Students with disrupted schooling participate in our Transition Program. In the mainstream part of the school students are supported in their subjects by EAL staff and Multicultural Aides. We also have specialist EAL classes for all year levels.

The innovative, award winning EAL/VCAL program at North Geelong Secondary College has been designed to increase the confidence and improve the learning outcomes of EAL Refugee students with periods of interrupted learning. The students have all arrived in their mid to upper secondary years and in most cases have no career pathway plans. Previous programs run with the EAL/VCAL students include the The Taste of Success Project that ran in conjunction with the VCAL staff and students at Bellarine Secondary College

The applied learning program is practical, hands-on, focused on work related skills, relevant and integrated. The students do all of the VCE VM Learning Strands but with extra periods and language support to help meet the learning outcomes.

Subjects include:
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  • VM Literacy
  • VM Personal Development Skills
  • VM Work Related Skills

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    North Geelong,
    VIC  3215

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