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Where to Now? 2022

Congratulations on reaching your final years of secondary school. This is an exciting time and the choices you make will help shape your future education and career opportunities
The Hon. James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health

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Student stories

Jennifer's story

Year 10

Psychology Units 1 and 2

Year 11

Chemistry Units 1 and 2
Classical Studies Units 1 and 2
English Language Units 1 and 2
Japanese Second Language Units 1 and 2
Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2
Psychology Units 3 and 4

Year 12

Chemistry Units 3 and 4
Classical Studies Units 3 and 4
English Language Units 3 and 4
Japanese Second Language Units 3 and 4
Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4

Choosing my pathway

I think it’s important to consider what prerequisites you need for future study pathways that may be of interest to you. If you are not certain of your future pathway then don’t worry, there are many pathways available.

If a subject is going to be so difficult that it affects your ability to perform well in other subjects, you might like to consider an alternative VCE subject.

Challenges in senior secondary

Many Year 12s will tell you that the most difficult thing about VCE study is motivation. If you have an interest in your subjects, it will be easier to keep motivated.

Even with these considerations, the future is unpredictable. Despite not studying biology during VCE, I am now studying biomedicine at university and really enjoying it. I was able to enrol in this course because I carefully considered prerequisites in Year 10 and knew if I had studied Chemistry and Maths Methods, I would be able to get into almost all science-based courses.

My advice to future students

You will have plenty of opportunities to change your mind or take a different path, so try to enjoy your studies and keep motivated.

I graduated in 2020, so the majority of my last year of study was done remotely. Due to these circumstances, I realised the importance of interaction and would encourage everyone to discuss content, especially the confusing stuff, with your fellow students. Study is a lot more enjoyable when you are going through it together.

Mitchell's story

Year 9

VCE VET Applied Language

Year 10

Psychology Unit 2

Year 11

Business Management Units 1 and 2
Economics Units 1 and 2
English Units 1 and 2
Legal Studies Units 1 and 2
General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Psychology Units 3 and 4
Texts and Traditions Unit 1

Year 12

Business Management Units 3 and 4
English Units 3 and 4
Legal Studies Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
HES Introduction to Public Relations
HES Strategic Communication and Writing

Choosing my pathway

When choosing my VCE subjects, it was important for me to have subjects that I thought I would enjoy and do well in. I chose not to put too much emphasis on things such as subject scaling, as I knew that changes every year depending on a variety of factors.

Challenges in senior secondary

You’ll do well in your VCE by focusing on yourself. Having said that, it is still is important to have friends in your classes though!

Make sure you enjoy what you do. It’s important that you enjoy what you are studying, this will help you succeed.

Don’t worry that it won’t go to plan. No matter how much effort you put into your VCE studies, that there will always be another pathway into what you want to do.

My advice to future students

It’s important that you create a space where you will do most of your studying. This space needs to be free of distraction (such as your phone), and needs to be separate from the spaces that you relax and learn in.

Try your best! Not doing too well on a few assessments isn’t the worst thing in the world, and there will always be another pathway into what you want to do. Your careers counsellor is always there to talk to.

Rosemarie's story

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Oral Communication (Senior)
Reading and Writing (Senior)
Numeracy Skills (Senior)

Personal Development Skills

Units 1 and 2 (Intermediate)
Units 1 and 2 (Senior)

Work Related Skills

Units 1 and 2 (Intermediate)
Units 1 and 2 (Senior)

Foundation English Units 1 and 2
Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Physical Education Units 1 and 2

Choosing my pathway

I chose the VCAL because my strengths are more suited to hands-on learning. The VCAL has given me valuable experience, and a recognised qualification in line with my chosen career path. As part of my VCAL course I studied outdoor education, personal training and community service. I am currently completing my VCAL in Year 12.

Challenges in senior secondary

It is important to work hard and never give up. There are multiple pathways available if you are unsure of what your future career path looks like. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, you never know what lies behind the door.

The VCAL has given me the opportunity to gain experience and make new friends. The valuable lessons learnt will assist me personally, as well as in my future career. I am now working towards a career in emergency management, as I want to help others and change lives in the process. The biggest reward will be knowing that you have made a difference to others.

My advice to future students

My top study tip would be to work hard and never leave anything until the last minute. If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask for help. Teachers are there to support you along the way and ensure you get the best out of yourself. I found working out beforehand and studying in a space free of distractions was very useful.

Rosemarie was the 2020 VCAL Intermediate Outstanding Achievement Award recipient

Elaya's story

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Literacy Oral Communication (Intermediate and Senior)
Literacy Reading and Writing (Intermediate and Senior)
Numeracy Skills Units 1 and 2 (Intermediate and Senior)

Personal Development Skills

Units 1 and 2 (Intermediate and Senior)

Skills for Further Study

Units 1 and 2

Work Related Skills

Unit 1 (Foundation)
Units 1 and 2 (Intermediate and Senior)

VET Certificate I in Employment Pathways

VET Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefight Ops)

VET Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Choosing my pathway

My goal was always to become a chef, so I chose to do the VCAL because it allowed me to finish my senior secondary studies and attain a certificate while working towards my future employment aspirations at the same time.

The VCAL also allowed me to continue being involved in the life of the college, such as school productions, sporting events and the senior formal. It is a very supportive program, with the help of teachers, mentors and peers to guide you and give you the practical skills, knowledge and training to become a more confident person in your chosen career.

As an apprentice female chef, I felt I needed the education and support in communication and in personal development to be able to cope effectively with the stresses of the hospitality industry. The VCAL has a flexible study plan, so I was able to design self-directed projects around my interests in hospitality. This kept me motivated and interested.

The VCAL is more than just a school program. The supportive environment has lifted my self-esteem and built my confidence so that I’m able to explore and take on challenges. The VCAL has given me employment skills through the many volunteering and community projects I have been involved in. By working within team projects and through practical experiences, I have been able to gain leadership qualities.

Challenges in senior secondary

You quickly master the art of time management when you’re juggling the responsibilities of school, work and TAFE. I really enjoyed the hands-on approach to learning and all the community-based projects we did throughout the year. It gives you direct access to industry, so you can use this time to network and form relationships with future employers and explore all opportunities. I feel I have a better understanding of my industry and my options for the future. It is a rewarding program for students and a great start to building towards a great career.

My advice to future students

Prioritise your assignments to due dates, organise your study notes/assignments – I used a different folder for each assignment I was working on – and set achievable goals each week and don’t leave things to the last minute.

Elaya received the 2018 VCAL Intermediate Outstanding Achievement and the 2019 VCAL Senior Outstanding Achievement awards.

Cynthia's story

Year 10

Psychology Units 1 and 2

Year 11

Psychology Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 1 and 2
English Units 1 and 2
Economics Units 1 and 2
Business Management Units 1 and 2
VCE VET Dance Units 1 and 2

Year 12

VCE VET Dance Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
English Units 3 and 4
Economics Units 3 and 4
Business Management Units 3 and 4

Choosing my pathway

As a dancer, choosing VCE VET Dance opened my eyes to industry, and provided me with real life skills. The VET program showcased my knowledge of dance and my movement as a dancer, which I had been working on since I was four years old.

After I had chosen my VCE subjects, I thought about doing a subject that I knew I could do well in, but also learn a lot from and enjoy. I really enjoyed the class because I actually had fun. Dance is something I love to do and being able to do it as a subject was great.

I have always wanted to be a teacher and to teach business, which I’m studying at university, but I would also like to teach dance at a secondary school. VCE VET Dance has given me the foundation to continue my dance studies.

Challenges in senior secondary

I believe mindset changes everything. Instead of just cramming information to get a good grade on your SAC, try to understand it. You never know when you may need to use the information you learnt in that Friday afternoon class. Use the SACs and exams as a tool to gain knowledge. Breathe and do your very personal best because that’s enough.

My advice for future students

Choose what you love. Consider which prerequisites you need to get into your course, but your best work will always come from what you are passionate about and where your interests lie.

Take advantage of all the opportunities that VET provides and just enjoy the process. I can honestly say Year 12 was my favourite year! Do as much as you can, push yourself and you will come out of it a stronger person.

Madisyn's story

Year 11

Biology Unit 1
English Units 1 and 2
Health and Human Development Units 1 and 2
Health Services (VCE VET) G Unit 1
Maths: General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Psychology Units and 2
Health Services (VCE VET) G Units 3 and 4

Year 12

English Units 3 and 4
Health and Human Development Units 3 and 4
Health Services (VCE VET) H Units 3 and 4
Psychology Units 3 and 4
Sociology Units 3 and 4

Choosing my pathway

I considered subjects that were going to help me in my development for my future career. VCE VET studies are amazing for gaining more skills and engaging in practical activities that relate to your chosen career path.

I participated in VET Allied Health and it aligned perfectly with my career goal of becoming a midwife. This program taught me the basic skills that I have now undertaken in greater detail in university.

Challenges in senior secondary

It is really important to develop a study routine that works well for you as soon as possible, and try to stick to your routine as much as you can. Give yourself time to debrief and make time to do other things you enjoy so you avoid burning out.

My advice to future students

Choose what you enjoy. The thing I enjoyed most about my VET studies was gaining first-hand experience of my chosen career. Being engaged in placements and being able to take part in the practical skills needed for my future career was incredibly helpful.

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