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 can 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.

VCE Vocational Major

The VCE Vocational Major (VM) is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.
It prepares students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, university (via non-ATAR pathways) or directly into the workforce.
The purpose of the VCE VM is to provide students with the best opportunity to achieve their personal goals and aspirations in a rapidly changing world by:

  • equipping them with the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to be active and informed citizens, lifelong learners and confident and creative individuals; and
  • empowering them to make informed decisions about the next stages of their lives through real life workplace experiences.

The VCE VM can be tailored to the needs and interests of the student, to keep them engaged while developing their skills and knowledge. Students can also include other VCE studies and VET, and can receive structured workplace learning recognition.

Year 11 students undertaking VCE studies in 2023 will be able to study the new VCE Vocational Major. The VCE Vocational Major replaces the VCAL Program.

Year 11 Program Opportunities

  • Year 11 Retreat
  • Work experience program


Year 12 Program Opportunities

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

Year 12 Leadership Opportunities

Loreto College's strategic plan encompasses the goal of fostering leaders that communicate effectively, strive to be collaborative and are ethical in all decision making.

In Year 12, there are many opportunities available to students in which they can develop and become effective leaders. The Student Leadership program includes:

College Captains:

  • Two students who uphold the Loreto College values and who best represent their Year 12 cohort at events, both inside and outside the school, will be elected as College Captains. They will lead the Senate (a group of portfolio captains in specialised areas of leadership).

Portfolio Captains (one person elected to represent an area of interest):

  • Performing Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Communication / Media
  • Sport
  • First Nations
  • Social Justice
  • Liturgy
  • Felicity
  • Sustainability
  • House Captains