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Upcoming Events

Monday 4 until Tuesday 12 December

Headstart Program

 

Tuesday 12 December

Year 7 Orientation Day

 

Wednesday 13 December

PSC Annual Presentation Evening

 

Thursday 14 December

Bridgewater Picnic Day

 

Wed 13 until Wed 20 December

End of Year Program

 

Friday 22 December

Last day of Term 4

 

2018

 

Thursday 25 January

Booklist pick-up from top staffroom at PSC

 

Friday 26 January

Australia Day

 

Monday 29 January

teaching staff return

 

Wednesday 31 January

Year 7, 10, 11 & 12 students return

 

Thursday 1 February

All students at school

 

 

 

 

 

Pathways & Transitions

There are a number of major pathways through Years 10, 11 & 12:

 

Year 10 students can do a straight academic Year 10, Year 10 with a VCE subject, Year 10 with a VET Subject or Foundation VCAL.

 

Year 11 and 12 students have a choice of two certificates –VCE and VCAL - and within these two certificates students can do a VET program or an SBA program.

 

VCE stands for Victorian Certificate of Education. The VCE is a universal Year 11&12 course which is determined by the subjects you choose.

 

The VCE is the preferred certificate for students to undertake if they wish to keep ALL pathway options available to them. 

 

It enables access to further study at Universities and TAFE's and is recognised by employers.

 

The VCE leads to:

  • University Degrees;
  • TAFE Diplomas
  • TAFE Certificate
  • Courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Career and
  • Employment options

 

What can I choose from?

Your VCE can be made up of a combination of:

  • VCE Units
  • Approved VCE-VET programs
  • Approved ASBAs
  • Extension Studies

 

VET stands for Vocational Education and Training.

 

These are nationally accredited vocational qualifications that result in a Certificate II or III from a TAFE college or other R.T.O.

 

A VET certificate in an approved course can be done as part of your VCE or your VCAL. It counts towards both certificates.

 

VCAL stands for Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

 

VCAL is a work-oriented course that emphasises development of skills and preparation for the world of work.

 

VCAL is recommended mainly for students who are sure they will not wish to go on to university upon completion of Year 12.

 

It enables access to further study at TAFE and other RTO's.

 

VCAL leads to:

  • TAFE Certificate
  • Courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Career and
  • Employment options

 

What can I choose from?

Your VCAL will be made up of a combination of:

  • VCAL Units
  • VCE Units
  • Approved VCE-VET programs
  • Approved
  • ASBA/Traineeships

 

SBA stands for School-based Apprenticeships/ Traineeships.

 

Students doing an SBA are contracted to, and work for, an employer. They also do a training component and gain the same certificates as VET students.

 

An SBA in an approved course can be done as part of your VCAL. One day per week is built into the VCAL program to allow you to work for your employer.

 

If you wish to do a SBA as part of your VCE, you must be able to arrange the structured workplace learning (work placement) component outside school hours.

 

An SBA counts towards both VCE and VCAL certificates.

 

A SBA is highly regarded by employers and there are incentives for employers to take you on as an apprentice upon completion.