Year 11 and 12
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
The VCE is the most commonly studied secondary educational certificate in Victoria. Students can begin the VCE in Year 10 but it is predominantly completed in Years 11 and 12. Student performance within the VCE is the foundation of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) and is used to determine offers of placement at Australian Universities. At Damascus College Ballarat students are able to select from a wide variety of VCE units. Opportunities are provided for students to accelerate their program within the VCE.
Damascus VCE Presentation 2018 (2025 KB)
Year 11 Pathway Choices 2018 (55 KB)
VTAC Choice Guide 2018 (1058 KB)
VTAC Victer Guide 2018 (1531 KB)
Year 12 Pathway Choices 2018 (43 KB)
2017 VCE Info Policy and Proc handbook (1067 KB)
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
VCAL is an accredited Senior Secondary Certificate aimed at improving the pathway choices for young people. Based on applied learning, VCAL is a hands-on course designed to develop skills in preparation for further education, training or employment. VCAL’s flexibility enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. VCAL is offered at three certificate levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.
Students undertake studies in four curriculum strands:
1) Literacy and Numeracy Skills;
2) Industry Specific Skills;
3) Work Related Skills; and
4) Personal Development Skills.
Units of study in VCAL Learning Programs are selected from VCAL units and VET courses.
Students undertake structured workplace learning as part of the VCAL Work Related Skills units and, at Intermediate and Senior levels, must complete VETiS studies as part of their certificate.
VCAL Application Form (38 KB)
Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETiS)
VETiS courses can be undertaken as part of the VCE or VCAL programs. In some cases, the courses are offered outside the College for half a day, generally on a Tuesday or Thursday. VETiS involves both training and workplace experiences. A student on successful completion would normally gain, in addition to their VCE or VCAL, a nationally accredited qualification.
VETiS Application Form (149 KB)
VETiS ClusterDamascus College is an active member of the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network and the Highlands VETis Cluster. These affiliations enable Damascus students the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of industry specific programs.
VETis cluster subjects available in 2018 are:
1st year applications: http://www.highlandsllen.org/student-application.php
2nd year applications (Opens 20th July): http://www.highlandsllen.org/student-application-second-year.php
Please fill in all the specific details on the application form ensuring the correct course and school has been selected. Students must also have a USI code in order to apply (for further information https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi).
Once you have completed your online application, please email Tom Inverarity email@example.com with the name of the course that you have applied for so that he can check that it has successfully uploaded. Tom will then confirm this with the student via email.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
These apprenticeships can be undertaken as part of a VCE or a VCAL program. They usually involve students in a two day ‘outside the school’ program in which they undertake paid employment and training. They complete the balance of their course in the remaining three days at school. Their training will result in a nationally accredited qualification.
Some students enter a training scheme with their employers in part time jobs, for example McDonalds and Hungry Jacks. Success in this training can contribute to and give unit credits in VCE and VCAL even though the training is completely outside the school program.