PATHWAYS, SUBJECT SELECTION and CAREERS 

At Damascus College, we are committed to providing a quality education, in which each individual child is encouraged to maximise their potential, in all of their endeavours, by being the best they can be. During the formative and senior years, we foster the academic, social-emotional and spiritual growth of our students with an emphasis on educating the whole child.  

The following information aims to assist parents and guide students on their pathways and subject selections.  We hope the information below will ignite conversations between Parent, Child and Teachers so that decisions made are in the best interest of the students' academic pathway.  

Quick Link to Pathways and Subject Selection table:

Year 8 into 9 | Year 9 into 10 | Year 10 into 11 | Year 11 into 12 | Year 12


Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ)

This file contains relevant answers to frequently asked questions and guidance surrounding subjects and electives (8-12), pathways options (VCE, VCAL) and VET Courses.


Key Dates and Process

The Pathways and Subject Selection process involves a number of steps. These include:

  • Possible Futures: Careers and Pathways information (Tuesday 26 June) TA groups will discuss with students goals, careers and pathway options.
  • Reading appropriate material (In TA and via Damascus News): Students and parents are provided directions to access subject selection material and senior pathways information via the Damascus College website.
  • Attending the Subject Selection Evening (Thursday 19 July): To find out details about Victorian Curriculum and VCAA Requirements, Senior pathways options, acceleration to do a VCE or VET unit in Year 10, Damascus College expectations and course/subject specific content.  Bookings for the evening can be made here.
Download further information on the Subject Selection Evening:  

Pathways and Subject Selection Information Night Guide Pathways and Subject Selection Information Night Guide (1341 KB)


Making elective preference choices in draft form over the holidays:

Parents and students are encouraged to download and fill in the draft pathways and subject preference form (Year 10 into 11) and/or subject preference form (Year 8 into 9 and 9 into 10).

  • Draft preference form is due to be completed by the TA interviews scheduled in the first week of Term 3.
TA Interviews (30 July - 1 August)  

  • During TA interviews, students and parents will discuss the subject choices presented in the draft form and reasons for choosing subjects and pathways.
  • A discussion will be based on the students work habits, competency and reports (Sem 1 2018).
  • TA will provide advice to seek further clarification from the subject teacher, career advisor or other relevant personnel, which may assist in students choosing the most appropriate subject and pathways.
  • Students thinking of accelerating will need to download the acceleration form from the Damascus website complete it and hand it to TA during subject selection online preference time.
  • Students will need to have their draft subject selection form cited by their parents/guardians and TAs before they are allowed to enter their preferences online.
Subject Selection and Pathways Preference online (August 7):  

  • Students will enter subject selections in their TA assembly time.
  • Interviews (acceleration and/or review): These interviews take place after students have entered their preferences and will include parents and child. (August 20- Friday August 24)
  • The purpose of the interview is to ensure that students who have applied for acceleration or students who are identified for further review of their choices are provided with an opportunity to discuss the choices they have made and are realistic in their intentions.  Decisions will be made in the student’s best interest.
  • All subject selection and preferences will be finalised 1st week of September.

Staff Contacts

Specific queries relating to subjects, pathways or the general Learning and Teaching program.

Pathways and Subject Selection

ESTEEM   
(Year 8)            

The ESTEEM program fuses the mathematics, science and digital technology components of our Year 8 curriculum into a single inquiry-based STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) course.  Through innovative pedagogical practice, we are aiming to prepare students both for their individual future alongside their role in building national capacity.  We are seeking to increase student's ability to think critically and creatively, problem solve and implement solutions involving digital technology.  With a more diverse and relevant skillset, students will benefit from the propensity to be informed citizens, and confident in making decisions on complex issues that impact on their lives and the world around them.

By increasing the visibility of STEM-related pursuits, we are working to transform attitudes in our regional community and engage students to explore 
how they can take an active role in leading cultural change and be prepared for the 21st Century workplace


 Year 8 into 9 Planning Guide   
The purpose of the Planning guide engages students to reflect, explore and gather information, which enables them to  synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action in their future pathways

 

Year 8 into 9 Subject Selection Planning Guide Year 8 into 9 Subject Selection Planning Guide (71 KB)

 
Year 9 Subject and    
Pathways Handbook

The handbook is designed to work alongside the planning guide to assist students in making decisions about their subject choices for Year 9  

Year 9 Pathway Choices Year 9 Pathway Choices (103 KB)

 
Energy Breakthrough Team

The EBT program is a STEM elective focused on investigating a range of different types of Human Powered Vehicles.  Students enrolled in the program will need to commit to an after hours program which focuses on designing, building and testing vehicles within detailed specifications.  It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach.  Students then bring their vehicle to Maryborough in the Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.

 

Application Form for Energy Breakthrough Team Application Form for Energy Breakthrough Team (40 KB)

 
Year 9 2019 Draft
Subject Selection Form

The Draft Subject Selection form will need to be completed prior to the TA interviews (20 July - 1 August) and discussed at these interviews.  Students will need this form authorised by parents and Teacher Advisor.  Students will use their draft copy to enter their subject selections for 2019 on Web Preferences on 7 August.

 

Year 9 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form Year 9 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form (25 KB)



Year 9 into 10 Planning              
Guide 

The purpose of the Planning guide engages students to reflect, explore and gather information, which enables them to synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action in their future pathways.  

Year 9 into 10 Subject Selection Planning Guide Year 9 into 10 Subject Selection Planning Guide (320 KB)

 
Year 10 Subject and
Pathways Handbook
 The handbook is designed to work alongside the planning guide to assist students in making decisions about their subject choices for Year 10.  

Year 10 Pathway Choices Year 10 Pathway Choices (198 KB)

 
Year 10 2019 Draft Subject
Selection Form

The Draft Subject Selection form will need to be completed prior to the TA interviews (20 July - 1 August) and discussed at these 
interviews.  Students will need this form authorised by parents and Teacher Advisor.  Students will use their draft copy to enter their subject selections for 2019 on Web Preferences on 7 August.

 

Year 10 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form Year 10 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form (50 KB)

 
Year 9 into 10 VCE and
VET Acceleration Form


What is acceleration?  Acceleration is where students have the opportunity to undertake a Year 11 subject in Year 10.

What do I need to do if I am thinking of accelerating?  If you are considering acceleration it is important that an active discussion takes place with your parents, subject teachers and Teacher Advisors.  Students can select to accelerate in VET subject or a VCE subject.  Subjects offered in these areas can be access from the College website.

What are the requirements if I am considering acceleration?  Students who are considering acceleration in a VET or VCE subject will need to provide proof and documentation that the considered subject meets their long-term goals.  Students considering acceleration into a VCE subject will need to have attained an average of 85% in Year 9 for your subjects particularly in English and in the subject area, you are considering.  An interview with students regarding VCE acceleration will take place after submitting your application and entering your subject preferences online (20-24 August).

What is the expectation for students who accelerate in a VET or VCE subject?  It is expected that students who are successful in their application for VCE acceleration will:

- commit to any after-school workshop offered.  These workshops will consolidate the explicit learning offered in these subjects and ensure that students are maximising their potential in achieving their success in their senior years.

- meet the criteria for acceleration, which includes ensuring Semester 2 results are on par with Semester 1 results.

- be subject to a review in Year 10 and Year 11.

- in Year 10 and 11.

Accelerated Access to VCE Studies Application Form Accelerated Access to VCE Studies Application Form (37 KB)


VET Application Form - Year 10 VET Application Form - Year 10 (17 KB)


VCE and VET Acceleration Guidelines VCE and VET Acceleration Guidelines (34 KB)




Year 10 into 11 Planning           
Guide

The purpose of the Planning guide engages students to reflect, explore and gather information, which enables them to 
synthesize, gain competencies,
make decisions, set goals and take action in their future pathways.  The VTAC Guide offers  further information on the pathways offered in the Senior
Years and Career Paths.  2020 Prerequisites: Want to know the prerequisites to University Courses in 2020 - Click PDF.

Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Planning Guide Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Planning Guide (434 KB)


2018 VICTER Guide Year 10 2018 VICTER Guide Year 10 (1683 KB)


Prerequisites 2020 Prerequisites 2020 (900 KB)


 
Learning and Mathematics 
Pathways

The purpose of the Mathematics and Learning Pathways provides guidance for decision making relating to senior Mathematics choices and choosing a VCE or VCAL pathway.

 

Learning Pathways Learning Pathways (146 KB)


Mathematics Pathways Mathematics Pathways (183 KB)


 
Year 11 Subject and Pathways 
Handbook (VCE, VCAL, VET)

 The handbook is designed to work alongside the planning guide to assist students in making decisions about their subject choices for Year 11.   

Year 11 Pathway Choices Year 11 Pathway Choices (98 KB)

 
Year 11 2019 Draft Subject
Selection Form

The Draft Subject Selection form will need to be completed prior to the TA interviews (20 July - 1 August) and discussed at these 
interviews.  Students will need this form authorised by parents and Teacher Advisor.  Students will use their draft copy to enter their subject selections for 2019 on Web Preferences on 7 August.

Year 11 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form Year 11 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form (53 KB)


VCAL Application Form

The Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make informed choices about pathways to work and further education.  The principles underpinning the VCAL are the development of work-related and industry-specific skills.  These principles are within the context of applied learning.  The completed VCAL form will need to be provided to student's TA on 7 August.

 

VCAL Application Form VCAL Application Form (39 KB)



VET Course Application Form


Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.  The VET subject is conducted over a two-year cycle and students will need to apply for acceptance into a VET subject.  The completed VET Subject Form will need to be provided to student's TA on 7 August.

Students progressing into Year 11 and completing their 2nd year of a VET course are required to reapply online if completing a Highlands LLEN VET Cluster course.  The Applied Learning Coordinator will make contact directly with these students about the application process.  Students will need to indicate they are completing VET Cluster Year B on their subject selections or VET Building and Construction Year B to ensure their timetable reflects their VET subject.

 

VET Application Form - Year 11 VET Application Form - Year 11 (17 KB)


VET Courses VET Courses (24 KB)



Year 11 into 12 Planning               
Guide

The purpose of the Planning guide engages students to reflect, explore and gather information, which enables them to synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action in their future pathways.   The Year 11 and 12 Guide from VTAC offers further information and planning on student's future Career Paths.  2020 Prerequisites:   Want to know the prerequisites to University courses in 2020 - click PDF

 

Prerequisites 2020 Prerequisites 2020 (900 KB)


2018 VICTER Guide Year 11 and 12 2018 VICTER Guide Year 11 and 12 (7224 KB)


Year 11 into 12 Subject Selection and Pathway Planning Guide Year 11 into 12 Subject Selection and Pathway Planning Guide (211 KB)



Learning and Mathematics    
Pathways

The purpose of the Mathematics and Learning Pathways provides guidance for decision making relating to senior Mathematics choices and choosing a VCE or VCAL pathway.  

Mathematics Pathways Mathematics Pathways (183 KB)


Learning Pathways Learning Pathways (146 KB)


 
Year 12 Subject and Pathways
Handbook (VCE, VCAL, VET)

 The handbook is designed to work alongside the planning guide to assist students in making decisions about their subject choices for Year 11.   

Year 12 Pathway Choices Year 12 Pathway Choices (46 KB)

 
Year 12 2019 Draft Subject
Selection Form

The Draft Subject Selection form will need to be completed prior to the TA interviews (20 July - 1 August) and discussed at these 
interviews.  Students will need this form authorised by parents and Teacher Advisor.  Students will use their draft copy to enter their subject selections for 2019 on Web Preferences on 7 August.

 

Year 12 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form Year 12 2019 Draft Subject Selection Form (52 KB)

 
VCAL


The Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make informed choices 
about pathways to work and further education.  The principles underpinning the VCAL are the development of work-related and industry-specific skills.  These principles are within the context of applied learning.  The completed VCAL form will need to be provided to student's TA on 7 August.

 

VCAL Application Form VCAL Application Form (39 KB)

 
VET Courses


 VET courses are conducted over a two-year cycle.  Students progressing into Year 12 and completing their 2nd year of a VET course are required to reapply online if completing a Highlands LLEN VET Cluster course.  The Applied Learning Coordinator will make contact directly with these students about the application process.  Students will need to indicate they are completing VET Cluster Year B on their subject selections or VET Building and Construction Year B to ensure their timetable reflects their subject.

 

Year 12 Planning Guide                
The purpose of the Planning guide engages students to reflect, explore and gather information, which enables them to 
synthesize, gain competencies, 
make decisions, set goals and take action in their future pathways.  The Yeaer 11 and 12 Guide from VTAC offers further information and planning
on student's future Career Paths.  2019 Prerequisites: 2019 Prerequisites: Want to know the prerequisites to University Courses in 2019 - click PDF 


2018 VICTER Guide Year 11 and 12 2018 VICTER Guide Year 11 and 12 (7224 KB)


Prerequisites 2019 Prerequisites 2019 (798 KB)


Year 12 Careers Planning Guide Year 12 Careers Planning Guide (215 KB)