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Later Years at Belmont High School

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Later Years at Belmont High School


Belmont High School is proud of the achievements of its senior students. In addition to excellent academic results achieved across a wide range of studies, students have access to a broad range of sporting, cultural, social and leadership activities. The House system provides leadership and pastoral opportunities for senior students. Senior students make significant contributions to the running of the school through their participation on the School Council and its Committees, in the SRC, and a variety of other committees culminating in the organisation of a positive and happy conclusion to their school lives with the annual Graduation Dinner with their parents and the teaching staff.
The teaching staff are experienced and committed to the success of their students. During spare periods students are encouraged to seek help from their teachers, or to use the excellent Library and computer facilities for further research.
Assistance in improving study skills, time management and stress relief are available through the House based leadership and orientation camps for Year 12 students. A series of speakers will also conduct talks on issues relevant to Year 12 students. Year 11 students have mid-year and end of year exams and study skills programs as preparation for Year 12. Ongoing pastoral care and counseling, through the Student Wellbeing Centre, House Leaders, VCE Manager, Post Compulsory, Pathways and VET Manager, VCAL Manager and teaching staff is always available.
Parents are encouraged to contact the school at any time so that the partnership between parent, student and school can maximise each student’s capabilities and educational opportunities.
Students in their “Later Years” of secondary education are faced with some very important decisions regarding Career Pathway planning. Students at Years 11 and 12 may take part in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VET and/or SBA programs may form part of these certificates. Outstanding careers facilities are available in the Student Pathways Centre to help students explore a range of pathways.
Some students may complete languages other than those offered at the school through Distance Education and others first year University subjects as part of their Year 12 program.

This handbook presents details of the range of options available, subject outlines, advice and details of specific Belmont High School staff who can help.

Further information about VCE or pathway planning at Belmont High School can be found by visiting the following web sites and
As a family, please take the time to read through the handbook and discuss options with your student. It is important to make informed decisions.

Pathway Planning, Subject Selection and Careers Information

Aims of the Career’s Program

To provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to make informed decisions about post school education, training and employment options. This includes the capacity to analyse, plan career decisions and manage school to work, or tertiary training transitions.
Managed Individual Pathways

At Belmont High School, Career Education is considered an integral part of the school curriculum. Students take part in activities in Years 7 to 9 to assist in making informed decisions regarding selection of subjects and programs in Years 10, 11 and 12.

The students in Years 7 and 8 complete Personalised Learning Plans designed to develop in students an awareness of their strengths and abilities. Students in Years 9 to 12 complete Managed Individual Pathway Plans. The students in Year 9 take part in the STRIVE program, this program has an extensive career education component to assist students in developing a pathway to a career, activities include: mock interviews, resume writing, visits to TAFE and University, guest speakers and activities to assist students to develop self-awareness and the world of work. Students in their Later Years have the opportunity to take part in many activities to assist them in Career Pathway Planning and making the transition from secondary schooling to employment or further education.
Support Services Available

The Student Pathways Centre is situated in the Administration Building. It is preferred that individual career counselling sessions are pre-arranged via an appointment. The Centre is staffed by qualified Career Counsellors. Students can gain assistance in course planning, resume preparation, presentations for job interviews, applications for tertiary studies and general counseling. VCE, VET, VCAL and SBA enquiries can also be made at the Student Pathways Centre.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 should make full use of the Student Pathways Centre, discussing options, checking Tertiary Entrance Requirements and familiarising themselves with the resources available.
Support is available to all students making choices regarding career planning. There is a diverse range of options available to school leavers including Tertiary Education, Apprenticeships, Cadetships, Traineeships, employment and “gap” years. The school has very good networks in place with external agencies to provide assistance where necessary to students.
Advice when choosing subjects

When choosing subjects the subject teachers can provide information about the syllabus, assessment and pathways in their subject areas.

Heads of Department can be contacted regarding curriculum:

English Ms Barbara Daff

Mathematics Ms Sally Morse

Arts Ms Kirsty Zahra

Technology Ms Belle Donald

Language Ms Federica Cologni

Health and PE Ms Sarah-Jane McDonald (Health), Mr Taylor Buchanan-Huhn (PE)

Science Mr Rod Stott

Humanities To be advised

Music Ms Rose Humphrey, Ms Lynne Morton

Digital Technologies Ms Liana Kelly
Program Managers

Belmont High school’s Program Managers can provide information regarding programs and pathways

Pathways Manager Mr Nick Masters

VCE Manager Mr John McAndrew

VCAL Manager Mr Darren Lynch

VET and SBA Manager Mr Darren Lynch

VCE General Information (Please read this section carefully)
Information for Students Entering VCE at Belmont High School in 2017

VCE students will be required to study a minimum of 22 units – 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12.

Accelerated students may be able to study VCE units ahead of their current level.
The 22 units must include the following:



English/Literature/EAL/English Language

Units 1 and 2

English/Literature/EAL/English Language

Units 3 and 4

Any combination of studies, 3 sequences of Units 3 & 4 Studies other than English/English Language/Literature/EAL

18 Units


22 Units

* The selection of all units (apart from English) should be based on the student’s interests and career aspirations.

* VET programs contribute towards a student’s VCE.

Units 1 and 2 of each study are equivalent to Year 11 studies. Units 3 and 4 are the equivalent of Year 12 studies.
Sequence – Combination of Units 3 and 4 of a study.
Satisfactory Completion

To be awarded a VCE Certificate at the end of Year 12, a student must have satisfactorily completed at least 16 units. These units must include:

 at least 3 units of English / Literature / EAL / English Language

 at least 3 sequences of Units 3 & 4 studies other than English / Literature/ EAL / English Language

 any other units to take the total number of units to at least 16
To have an “ATAR” (Australian Tertiary Achievement Rank) calculated for tertiary admission at the end of Year 12 students must have satisfactorily completed a VCE Certificate including Units 3 & 4 of English/Literature/EAL/English Language and at least 3 other sequences of Units 3 & 4. 10 per cent of any 5th and/or 6th sequence of Units 3 & 4 will be added into your ATAR score. Some VET studies may also be scored for inclusion in the ATAR. Most other VET studies count as a student’s fifth or sixth subject, providing a 10 per cent increment on a students’ ATAR. Completion of School Based Apprenticeships are included in a student’s ATAR calculation.
Year 11 in 2017

Students will study 6 Units in Semester 1 and 6 Units in Semester 2. English is compulsory in both semesters. The remainder of the units are chosen according to the students’ interests and career selections. Students may select a different combination of units for each semester. Students may consider taking part in a VET program.

Before the selection of VCE studies, students should carefully check the “VICTER 2019” for Universities and TAFE Colleges (available from the Careers Centre). You should consider your study selections carefully in the light of the information in this book.
Prerequisite Studies

Those nominated by individual course authorities as subjects/studies which must be satisfactorily completed by all applicants seeking admission to that course. Applicants who do not meet this condition may not be considered for selection. If a pre-requisite study must be included in the best four studies for scoring purposes, this will be indicated by the phrase “studies to be included in the ‘primary four’”.


Increments are additional points given to the fifth and sixth studies taken at Units 3 & 4 level. These incremental studies will attract 10% each of the scaled VCE study score achieved. Only one of the following combinations can be used in the best six (that is, in the calculation of the ATAR):

 English/ESL

 Chinese/CSL (Chinese as a second language)

 Indonesian/ISL (Indonesian as a second language)
No more than two mathematics studies (drawn from either previous or current VCE mathematics), no more than two music studies, no more than two history studies, no more than two information technology studies and no more than two LOTEs (languages other than English) can be included in the ‘primary four’. (Other mathematics, music, histories, and/or LOTEs can be used as a 10% increment.)
Music studies: music–history and styles, music performance–group, music performance–solo.
History studies: Asian History, Australian History, the Cities in History, Koori History, Revolutions, History of Western Ideas.
The Increment for VET programs may be 10% of the average of the best four or a graded assessment depending on the program.
Tertiary Selection Process

The tertiary selection process can involve two stages.

Stage One – Selection based on prerequisite studies and rank order derived from ATAR score.

Stage Two – Middle-band Selection may be based on the students’ full range of VCE studies, SAC scores in prerequisite studies, profiles, folios, interviews as well as any specific credit points indicated in specific course entrance requirements listed in VICTER 2019.

See page 10 for a list of those Unit 3 & 4 studies which may be undertaken in Year 11.

NOTE: “VICTER 2019” outlining all Victorian Tertiary Entrance requirements for 2019 will be available during Term 3, 2017. It is advisable to consult “VICTER 2019” before final VCE selections are made.
Not all students elect to continue on to University or TAFE. There are many pathways to a career. Advice on Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Part time apprenticeships, VCAL and employment are available in the Student Pathways Centre.

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