Thank you for considering Northside Christian College for Senior Secondary studies. The College is committed to providing a program that challenges each student and best prepares them for their future learning goals.
The Senior School provides students with an opportunity to carefully select their subjects based on their areas of strength and future career goals. We trust this provides students with an opportunity to study in many areas of passion and further ignite their wonder for learning. We believe the Senior School years provide students with a chance to further develop skills in order to become life-long learners.
The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a well-recognised and valuable acknowledgment of achievement for students. Successful completion provides students with an opportunity to seek access to tertiary institutions as well as providing information to employers about a student’s ability to cope with a wide range of complex tasks, meet deadlines and apply knowledge and skills to various problems.
The main aim of the College is to assist the student to develop sound working habits so that all VCE studies undertaken are satisfactorily completed.
The College’s VCE Student Policy Handbook contains essential information regarding the VCE policies and procedures of both the VCAA and Northside Christian College. Knowledge and application of its contents will be of great assistance to students and parents during the Senior school years.
Our Year 11 students normally complete six subjects, and our Year 12 students normally complete five subjects. Often, our Year 12 students have been ‘accelerating’, which means that they will have completed the sixth Year 12 subject while they were in Year 11. This provides students with an opportunity to complete six Unit 3/4 subjects during Years 11 and 12.
The College remains committed to offering a varied and flexible program for Senior students each year. The final availability of subject options each year depends on student preferences, staffing, and timetable requirements, but further possibilities may be available through the other options. Please refer to the College’s Subject Selection Handbook for the most up-to-date list of subjects offered at the College.
The VCE (Baccalaureate) is an additional form of recognition for those students who choose to undertake the demands of studying both a higher level mathematics and a language in their VCE program of study. To be eligible to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate), the student must satisfactorily complete the VCE and receive a study score for each prescribed study component.
The VCE program of study must include:
Upon satisfactory completion of the VCE (Baccalaureate) program of study, the student will receive an appellation on their VCE certificate. If a student has previously satisfied their VCE and received a VCE certificate, they will not automatically receive a subsequent VCE Baccalaureate certificate.
In 2023, Northside Christian College is aiming to offer the VCE Vocational Major. The VCE Vocational Major is a two-year vocational and applied learning program created within the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) aimed at Year 11 and 12 students that will replace Senior and Intermediate VCAL and offer a program that enables successful transitions into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, or directly into employment. Within senior secondary education, vocational and applied learning builds critical and creative thinking, communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, curiosity, and innovation. It provides students with real-world knowledge, including about the workplace, and practical and transferrable skills.
Students can choose to complete VET studies during Years 11 and 12. VET in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include VET within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training from either accredited state curriculum or national training packages which may contribute to their VCE and/or VCAL. VET units may also count towards the student’s Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
VCE VET courses are delivered externally by different training providers in partnership with the Northern Melbourne VET Cluster and are conducted in venues across the region. Northside Christian College is a member of the Northern Melbourne VET Cluster, and students can choose to complete VET studies during Years 11 and 12.
External VET courses are available at selected times for Northside Christian College students. VCAL students may select courses that run on Wednesdays or Thursdays. VCE students are strongly encouraged to select courses that run either on Wednesday afternoons or outside school hours. Students must ensure this includes travel time as an early exit from class will not be permitted. The Northern Melbourne VET Cluster Handbook is distributed to students during Term 3. This document provides full details about the courses to be offered.
Please see the VCE Administration Office for more information.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12 at Northside Christian College. The VCAL program, as outlined by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate.
For students aiming to enter the workforce via an apprenticeship or study at TAFE, Northside Christian College offers VCAL as an appropriate pathway and an alternative to VCE. Students are enrolled in the certificate level (Intermediate or Senior) that suits their needs. The VCAL program is considered a “hands-on” alternative to the VCE.
There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:
Students who start their VCAL and then decide they would like to complete their VCE, are able to transfer between certificates. Any VCE studies successfully completed as part of the VCAL program will count towards the VCE.
Each year the information provided by the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) for individual schools is published in May. The published data relates to senior secondary outcomes, including the percentage of Year 12 students undertaking vocational training in a trade, and attaining a Year 12 certificate or equivalent vocational education and training qualification, and post-school destinations. Northside Christian College’s data is published in the College’s annual report.
Northside Christian College has implemented a range of strategies to assist the College in strengthening the Senior School program for our school community. A range of tasks have been carried out, including the following:
The College remains committed to offering a varied and flexible program for Senior School students each year. We aim to provide a broad range of subjects that will assist students to successfully transition in a wide variety of potential pathways post-Secondary School. For further information about subjects and the requirements of the VCE, please refer to the College’s Subject Selection Handbook, VCE Student Policy Handbook and the VCAL Policy Handbook. Additional information about the VCAL can be found in the VCAL Information Booklet for parents and students. The VCAA have also produced a FAQ handout about the VCE (Baccalaureate).
Please continue to let us know how we can best support you during this important stage of schooling. We pray our students can achieve their personal best during these final years of school and we look forward to working alongside them during this time.
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499