Year 11 & 12

The range of options in the secondary years of schooling is wide and continues to expand. The majority of students go on to complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) however, there are a number of pathways available for students to achieve a senior secondary qualification.

These pathways make it possible for a variety of students needs to be met within the school environment.

At Loreto College we seek to provide as many of these senior secondary pathways as possible so that students are able to make the choice which suits them best, and will support them in their endeavours to achieve their own personal excellence.


The VCE provides students with a post-compulsory certificate which allows students to access diverse pathways beyond school and attests to their readiness to enter post-school studies. It is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete a program of studies as described by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). This program for a full time student at Loreto College will consist of 22 units taken over four semesters or two years. At the end of Year 12 students would normally receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which can be used for University and / or Tertiary and Further education (TAFE) entrance.

In Year 11:

  • Undertake Units 1 & 2 English (or English equivalent) and five other Unit 1 & 2 subjects plus, Religion Education
  • Undertake Units 1 & 2 English (or English equivalent) and four other Unit 1 & 2 subjects, plus one Unit 3 & 4 subject plus Religious Education.

In Year 12: 

  • Undertake five Units 3 & 4 subjects, plus Religious Education

It is expected that irrespective of a student’s study of a Unit 3 and 4 sequence in Year 11 she will undertake five Unit 3 and 4 sequences in Year 12.


The VCAL program is an applied learning program offered as an alternative to VCE for students in Year 11 and 12, whose learning style is one which benefits from “hands on” experiential programs. Students participate in a VET (Vocational Education & Training) course at Certificate II or III level and attend weekly Structured Workplace Learning (SWL).

The VCAL subjects studied are Personal Development Skills, Literacy, Numeracy and Workskills. A typical VCAL program will require the student to attend school three or four days a week; on supplementary days the students participate in their chosen VET course and SWL at a range of participating VET educational institutes and workplaces. VCAL students enjoy the balance of work, study and school that may potentially propel them into the early stages of a chosen career path.

Year 11 Program Opportunites

  • Year 11 Retreat
  • Work experience program


Year 12 Program Opportunites

  • Year 12 Graduation Mass
  • Year 12 Graduation Dinner
  • Year 12 Social
  • Year 12 Retreat
  • Academic Assembly