Senior School

Senior School

The senior classes at John Paul College cover Years 10, 11 and 12. Over these three years, students embark on a learning journey that includes the:


2022 Teaching and Learning Curriculum Handbook

Year 10

Year 10 students study a combination of core and elective units.  The core units are VCE Religion and Society Unit 1, English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Fit for Life.  Students choose five semester based elective units from the various learning area as summarised in the Curriculum Overview.  The elective system in Year 10

  • enables students to have access to a more comprehensive range of curricular options,
  • increases the flexibility in course selection, and
  • facilitates the transition for students into the Victorian Certificate of Education or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

Students who consistently achieve high academic results and demonstrate excellent work habits have the opportunity to study a VCE Unit 1 and 2 subject in Year 10. Entry requirements, based on Year 9 semester one results, include:

  • an overall result of at least 80% in English
  • an average overall result of at least 75% across all subjects
  • work habits averaging 4 or more across all subjects
  • exemplary record of submission of work

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

All Year 11 VCE students study:

  • VCE English Units 1 and 2 and/or VCE Literature Units 1 and 2
  • VCE Religion and Society Unit 2 or ACU and CSYMA Youth Academy Program (a two year program over Years 11 and 12) or VCE Religion and Society Units 3 and 4 (pending approval for acceleration)
  • An additional five VCE subjects (10 units)

All Year 12 VCE students study:

  • VCE English Units 3 and 4 and/or VCE Literature Units 3 and 4
  • A School Based Religious Education Course or ACU and CSYMA Youth Academy Program (year 2 of 2) or VCE Religion and Society Units 3 and 4
  • An additional four VCE subjects (or three VCE subjects if the student is studying VCE Religion and Society Units 3 and 4)

Note:  ACU and CSYMA Youth Academy Program students may also elect to study VCE Religion in Society Units 3 and 4

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

John Paul College is the provider of two accredited Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Certificates:

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Intermediate, and the
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Senior

The time taken to complete each of the VCAL Certificates is usually one year.  However this depends on the individual and the structure of their VCAL program.  Students usually commence VCAL Intermediate when they are in Year 11 and VCAL Senior when they are in Year 12.

The College expectation for all students studying VCAL is a full five-day program. This program includes attending Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) on Wednesdays and Fridays.  VCAL students attend school based classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays which include:

  • VCAL Literacy
  • VCAL Numeracy
  • VCAL Personal Development Skills
  • VCAL Work Related Skills
  • Religious Education

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