Year 10 Vocational
Preparation (Program 2)


Year 10 Curriculum Structure Table

The following Tables shows the allocation of the 50 lessons available per cycle in the Year 10 Applied Learning Program.

Year 10 Vocational Preparation Program: VET in Schools / Vocational Education and Training

What is a VET program?

Students can choose a Vocational Preparation Program (including a VET course) as their Year 10 Program. This means that students will be undertaking training in a specific vocational area, for example: Engineering, Plumbing or Community Services. This training will give students a nationally recognised vocational qualification most commonly at a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II level. The vocational qualification will provide students with access to further training in their chosen industry in courses at Diploma level or above and may improve their employment opportunities.

What are the advantages of completing a VET Program?

These VET Programs should be of particular interest to students who want to:

  • Complete a nationally recognised training credential.

  • Select a program which is flexible enough to give them some choice, with clearer career and studies pathways after secondary school.

  • Achieve greater confidence in tackling the labour market.

  • Contribute to their VCE and ATAR.

How will Vocational Education Programs be provided?

Students will attend the campus of the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) provider every Wednesday. Students will miss an elective class at school on their VET day each week. They must accept responsibility for keeping up with all assessed work.

Please note: Students and their parents, in conjunction with the College, can arrange other Certificate Courses not listed in the Guide if a suitable course provider can be found. These arrangements should not take the student out of the College for more than one day per week. This day must be a Wednesday as the Year 10 Applied Learning program classes are timetabled to free up each Wednesday as much as possible.

What are the costs associated with Vocational Training Programs?

A non-refundable Administrative Fee of $500 will be added to the annual school fees. VET students will be expected to purchase a VET shirt from the uniform shop. Prices will vary dependent on the course undertaken. Additional material costs will be levied by the course provider and are borne directly by the family, these additional costs will be billed via school fees. The costs for each course vary depending on the course undertaken and the level of government funding provided through the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and the College itself. Fee remissions for families may be available in accordance with the General College Fees Policy. Specific costing will be detailed via letter to each family early next year once enrolments, course costs and funding levels are finalised.

Please Note: Students undertaking a VET course are not able to concurrently study an accelerated VCE subject at this College. If a student is offered the opportunity to accelerate their studies, the students must choose between this opportunity and a VET course.

VET Programs available through the Baw Baw VET Cluster or the Latrobe Valley VET Cluster:

Certificate II in Agriculture

Certificate III in Allied Health (with permission)

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Certificate II in Automotive Studies

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Bricklaying

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Carpentry

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Painting and Decorating

Certificate II in Civil Construction

Certificate II in Community Services – Aged, Disability Care and Child Care

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (with permission)

Certificate II in Electrical (Electrotechnology)

Certificate II in Engineering

Certificate III in Equine Studies (with permission)

Certificate II in Furniture Making - Cabinet Making

Hair and Beauty Skills Set

Certificate II in Horticulture – Landscaping

Certificate II in Hospitality

Certificate II in Integrated Technologies

Certificate II in Plumbing

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Certificate II in Salon Assistant (Hair)

Certificate III in Screen and Media (with permission)

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (with permission)

Or any other suitable course

Further details of all possible programs are available from Mr Ben Cunningham, Vocational Leader, or Mrs Elly Martin, Careers and Pathways Coordinator. Courses will not run if there are insufficient numbers.

Application process to enrol in Vocational Preparation Program (Program 2) at Year 10

Students and parents should note that the study of a Vocational Preparation program whilst in Year 10 is not assured. It will involve an application process to be completed prior to completing the student's web preferences.

Program 2 is not available for Accelerated Year 10 students.

Students may apply to undertake an Applied program and a VET course (via external TAFE providers) in Year 10 if they meet certain criteria outlined in the ‘Year 10 2023 Vocational Preparation Student Application Package’: Click to download the Year 10 2023 Vocational Preparation Student Application Package

Students need to apply for a Year 10 Vocational Preparation program by Friday July 15, 2022

Relevant College Leadership will examine applications. At this time, it may be determined that an interview is required. Students will be advised of the outcome of their application via an email from the Academic Office prior to the Course Information Evening.

If Successful - students will be able to indicate the Year 10 Vocational Preparation program option as part of the subject selection process.

Year 10 Prescribed Studies

VP Religious Education

(Program 2 only)

In Religious Education, students identify ways in which the Church is called to dialogue and cooperate with other religions of the world, including Indigenous Spirituality and Judaism. Students will investigate the sacramental Church with a focus on Eucharist as a sacrament of service. Students reflect on self, the world, the environment and God through the lenses of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, Christian Prayer and Liturgy, and Religion and Society. Assessment in Religious Education covers the academic progress of the student and does not report on a student’s faith development. While studying Religious Education students also undertake activities which nurture the spiritual life, such as reflection on scripture, participation in liturgies and experiencing different forms of prayer.


(Programs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references. Students develop critical understanding of the contemporary media and the differences between media texts. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, discussions, literary analyses, transformations of texts and reviews.

VP Health and Physical Education

(Program 2 only)

Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing, physical activity and participation in a varied and changing program. Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active. In Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self and build and manage satisfying relationships.


(Programs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Students will have the opportunity to select one of two core Year 10 Mathematics options:

10A - Advanced Mathematics

(Prerequisites eligibility)

Students work through the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning and apply them across all three strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. The topics that the students look at include linear and quadratic graphs and equations, indices, trigonometry, logarithms and probability. This advanced level of Mathematics works to prepare students for studying Mathematical Methods in Year 11 and Year 12. This subject is a prerequisite for study at University level for a variety of areas including Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences.

10S - Standard Mathematics

Students work through the proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning and apply them across all three strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. The topics that the students look at include univariate data, trigonometry and shape and measurement. Area and volume for a range of prisms, cylinders and composite solids are explored. This subject provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that have many useful applications.

VP Science/Humanities

(Program 2 only)

VP Science/Humanities is an integrated subject that combines Humanities, Science and Digital Technology. Key Humanities themes and concepts are covered that relate to the real world, with an emphasis on Civics and Citizenship, Business and Economics. Students will become adept at inquiring, reasoning and interpreting as they also explore History and Geography. Other aims of the course are to improve literacy and numeracy through science and technology. Sustainability will be a key theme that is examined through a variety of projects.

Vocational Preparation

(Program 2 only)

The VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit recognises learning valued by the community. The purpose of this Unit is to focus on the development of self, through the development of personal organisation and planning skills, knowledge, practical skills, problem solving and interpersonal skills through participation in experiences of a practical nature, as well as starting to explore key employability skills.