Our Years 9 and 10 curriculum is conducted over two years, much like VCE for years 11 and 12. Subjects are offered as a two-year individualised course to further assist students with their VCE selections and preparation.
The aim is to give students some freedom in tailoring a course to pursue their interests and also consider pathways for the future. Years 9 and 10 is an opportune time for students to experiment with new and interesting subjects and to challenge themselves academically. Students should select a course that offers a wide range of subjects and experiences.
There are guidelines and requirements for what must be selected in years 9 and 10. Particular subjects are specific to these year levels and some need to be taken in a set sequence over the two years. More information on these subjects is provided on page 6 of the Years 9 and 10 Handbook while page 7 lists the subjects that may be used to meet the Humanities, Sciences, Art and Technology requirements.
Students must also consider the through lines/recommendations or pre-requisite subjects that are required or will best prepare them for VCE. These can be found on page 8 of the handbook. Please note that pre-VCE courses should be taken in Year 10, in preparation for VCE subjects in Year 11. They should only be taken in Year 9 if acceleration is proposed in that subject. The acceleration policy is further discussed on page 5 of the handbook.
Students can change their subject selection, subject to a counselling process beforehand. Students also have the opportunity to a change or reconfirm their Year 10 selections at the end of Year 9.
It is imperative to select subjects that meet the requirements (compulsory subjects for Year 9 and 10 and pre-requisites), whilst also considering future pathways, personal interests, new experiences and extending abilities that will allow students to move confidently into their VCE years of 11 and 12.