Year 11 & 12 (VCE & VCAL )

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.


Annual Year 12 Graduation Mass and Academic Assembly


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.

Victorian Curriculum Assessment Requirements:

For the award of the VCE, students must satisfactorily complete a total of no fewer than 16 units over the two years of VCE study.

These satisfactorily completed units must include:

  • Three units of the common study of English (1,2,3 and 4) or English language or Literature
  • Three sequences of Units 3 and 4 studies other than English

At Loreto College, full time students studying under normal conditions would:

At Year 11:

  • Undertake six sequences of Units 1 and 2 studies including English plus Religious Education, OR
  • Undertake five sequences of Units 1 and 2 studies including English,  plus one sequence of Units 3 and 4 studies plus Religious Education

At year 12: 

  • Undertake five sequences of Units 3 and 4 studies, 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 Units Include: Religious Education, Religion & Society, English, Literature, English Language, Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, Food & Technology, Health & Human Development, History, Information Technology, International Studies, Legal Studies, LOTE: French, LOTE: Japanese, Mathematics (Foundation, General, Further, Specialist & Mathematics Methods), Media, Music Performance, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design & Technology, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Arts, Theatre Studies.

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

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. Many students enrolled in the VCAL program also complete one or two VCE subjects. 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 work places. VCAL students enjoy the balance of work, study and school that may potentially propel them into the early stages of a chosen career path.

VCAL students at Loreto College have the opportunity to organise a range of hands-on, interest-based projects. An example of one of the most successful VCAL projects initiated by VCAL students is the Loreto Chapel Tours. The Loreto Chapel Tours commence with invitations to local Ballarat community groups to visit the College and receive a guided tour of the magnificent Loreto Chapel. The students organise and provide a tour of the campus, share stories and historical facts about the Loreto Sisters and the development of the Chapel and College. On conclusion of the tour, the guests are provided with a morning tea, catered and served by the students.

Fundraising activities are always popular, creative and very well coordinated by the VCAL students. Each year the College has a dedicated fundraising effort for a selected Community project and the VCAL students plan and manage a number of fundraising activities such as the sale of Loreto College ribbons, ice-cream stalls and sausage sizzles.



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