In the senior years, students experience a core and elective curriculum that provides them with a breadth of choice. Students come into Year 10 with their first truly personalised pathway and leave Year 12 with the skills, knowledge and personal capacities to succeed in a world beyond school.
Closely aligned with Unit 1 and 2 of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Year 10 is an important stage in a student’s learning journey, marking the point of transition into the senior years of schooling.
Typically, it is also a year in which students begin to consolidate their interests, skills and dispositions into pathways for future study.
The Year 10 program at Balcombe Grammar School allows students to select from more than forty subject options, including a range of subjects which provide for acceleration into the VCE.
Students in Year 10 are given increased responsibility for their course selection and begin to develop more individualised pathways. Core offerings in English, Maths, Science and the Humanities ensure all senior pathways remain open to students, whilst a broad elective program gives them opportunities to develop skills and experience in a range of interest areas. Students in Year 10 may also choose to extend themselves by undertaking a Unit 1 and 2 VCE subject.
In Years 11 and 12, students undertake the VCE and choose from a rich and diverse range of subject offerings enabling students to specialise in areas of interest and requirement for future studies and career options. In the VCE, students generally study six subjects in Year 11 and five in Year 12.
In addition, Balcombe also offers Vocational Education and Training (VCE-VET) options for senior students. The breadth of these pathways, along with the large number of subjects offered, ensures students can undertake courses that appeal to their interests, aptitudes and aspirations.
Through the senior years, career counsellors and specialist teaching staff support students in their course planning, tertiary selection and to plan courses that help meet aspirations beyond school.