Senior Years (11-12)

Students at Senior school have an opportunity to tailor their learning program to suit their needs and future aspirations.

VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the main senior secondary certificate in Victoria providing a valuable pathway to tertiary study and employment.

A VCE program includes a number of different VCE studies (or subjects), with the majority consisting of four units that can be completed over the two years (a unit represents one Semester or half a year of work). Units 1 & 2 are typically taken in Year 11, while Units 3 & 4 are usually completed in Year 12. Mercy Regional College provides the opportunity for students to study Units 1 & 2 of some VCE studies in Year 10 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 11.

MRC offers a wide variety of VCE studies and can also support students who choose to study other subjects.

VCE Subjects Offered in 2022:

  • Accounting Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Ancient History Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Australian History Units 3 & 4
  • Agricultural & Horticultural Studies Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Biology Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Business Management Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Chemistry Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • English Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Food Studies Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Foundation Mathematics Units 1 & 2
  • Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4
  • General Mathematics Units 1 & 2
  • Health & Human Development Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Legal Studies Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Literature Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Mathematical Methods Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Media Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Outdoor & Environmental Studies Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Physical Education Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Physics Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Product Design & Technology Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Psychology Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Religion & Society Units 3 & 4
  • Specialist Mathematics Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Studio Arts Units 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Visual Communication Design Units 1, 2, 3 & 4

VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

As part of the senior pathways at Mercy Regional College we are proud to offer the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). The VCAL program at Mercy is an innovative program that is tailored to students who learn best by “doing”. VCAL is a ‘hands-on’ option for students in Years 11 and 12. Like VCE, VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification. Students who complete a VCAL certificate are more likely to be interested in completing a course at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. However, it should also be noted that a University pathway is still an option for VCAL students.

VCAL’s flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Students select accredited curriculum components from VCE studies, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, Further Education (FE) and VCAL units.

Integral to the VCAL program is the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). SWL is a mandatory component of the VCAL program. One day a week over a sustained period of time students complete a work placement. This is a great opportunity for students to develop employability skills in the workforce and can present fantastic opportunities for ongoing employment.

VCAL is a one or two-year certificate and runs parallel to VCE and provides students with a wide range of educational and training pathways. A Certificate and Statement of Results will be issued to students who successfully complete their VCAL. Our aim is to offer as much flexibility as possible to suit individual needs, abilities and interests.

VCAL Units Offered in 2022:

  • Senior Literacy
  • Senior Numeracy
  • Work Related Skills – Intermediate/Senior
  • Personal Development Skills – Intermediate/Senior

VET – Vocational Education and Training

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) allows you to combine your senior secondary studies with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.

VET programs provide students with a nationally recognised qualification that contributes towards both the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

VET Subjects Offered in 2022*:

  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance Years 1 & 2
  • Certificate II in Building & Construction Years 1 & 2
  • Certificate II in Furnishing Years 1 & 2
  • Certificate II in Hospitality & Kitchen Operations Years 1 & 2
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media & Technology (partial completion) Years 1 & 2

*VET subjects are also accessible to students in partnership with other educational institutions e.g. VET Music, VET Agriculture and many more. View the Subject Selection & Pathways Booklet for more information.

SBAT – School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A School Based Trainee usually undertakes a one-year program of training and work, while at school, and completes a nationally recognised certificate in an area of interest such as Community Services, Health Services, Education Support, Individual Support Services (Aged and Disability Care), Community Activities (Community Sport/ Recreation), Media, Allied Health Assistance, Companion Animal Services, Early Childhood Education & Care, and more.

A School Based Apprentice commences the first year of a three-year apprenticeship in a trade area and the intention is that the student will continue into the apprenticeship full time when leaving school. These types of programs are usually available in “traditional trades” areas such as Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Engineering, Hairdressing, Bricklaying, Baking, and more. For students who are still undertaking their School Based Apprenticeship when they complete their senior school program, the time spent in part time employment and their trade school activities will contribute to some reduction in their Apprenticeship time and a reduction in their trade school completion requirements.

Both programs offer students the opportunity to combine part time paid work and training while still at school. Students are employed under a Federal or State award or agreement, which sets out their respective wages and conditions of employment. Both programs provide students with subject credits towards their VCE program and may also count into a VCE student’s ATAR calculation. The industry specific strand of VCAL is satisfied through completion of these programs.

Subject Selection & Pathways Booklet 2022