YEAR 11 & 12

Parade College RTO : 40750 - Please refer to the RTO webpage


Parade College offers two pathways at the end of Year 10. Students can choose to complete a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL):

  • For those wishing to progress to university courses the VCE is the appropriate course of study
  • Students who are looking for a more vocational pathway should investigate the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

Subjects from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) group of subjects may be taken as part of the VCE or the VCAL. However VET is a compulsory part of VCAL.

If you have any questions relating to the Year 11 & 12 Curriculum which this website does not address, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning or the Dean of Learning (Years 10-12) at the College.


The VCE is a certificate taken over two or more years. Subjects are made up of semester/half year length units of study. Units are at two levels:

  • Units 1 & 2
  • Units 3 & 4

Most students will attempt 23 units over the two years. Units 3 & 4 must be taken together in all subjects - a student cannot study Unit 3 without studying Unit 4.

To complete the VCE, students have to satisfactorily complete 16 units, which must include:

  • 3 units from the English group (includes: English and Literature)
  • The rest of the program should be completed according to student ability & interest, taking into account any tertiary prerequisites. Up to 8 units in total may be from the VET in the VCE area

In Year 11 and 12, all VCE students will be part of our internal Religious Education program which will run for two periods each week (as well as having the option to choose a Religious Education subject as part of their course).

While highly able Year 11 students are encouraged to undertake a Unit 3 & 4 sequence it must be pointed out that there will be some clashes in their program between Year 11 and Year 12 commitments. These students must already be successfully undertaking the relevant Unit 1 & 2 sequence in Year 10. VCE students in Year 12 undertake 5 Unit 3 & 4 sequences no matter what their program in Year 11.


All students study one VCE unit of Religious Education in Year 11. In Year 12, all VCE students will be part of the Tenete program (as well as having the option to choose a Religious Education subject as part of their course).

When making your choice you should consider studies that:

  • Interest you
  • You have performed well in the past
  • Lead to employment you find appealing
  • Prepare you for further training or tertiary courses that you are considering
  • Provide VET recognition


The Touchstones program is a compulsory school based religious education program that all Year 11 students will complete. It will be a timetabled class running for two periods each week. The program will draw from the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) touchstones of Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, Liberating Education and Justice & Solidarity and include the Community Action program that had previously been part of our Year 10 program. The program will look at the role that our young men can play in today’s modern society in helping others, being aware of social justice issues and making a difference in the future using Edmund Rice as our example and Catholic social teaching principles as a guide.

Tenete Program Year 12

The Tenete Program is a Parade College initiative to support Year 12 students in the demanding final year of school. The program is firmly based on Catholic values and the principles underlying excellent education for boys, designed to continue their personal and faith development. There is no assessment within this program.

Accelerated Studies

Highly able students are encouraged to undertake a Unit 3/4 sequence in Year 11 but only if they have undertaken the Unit 1 and/ or 2 from the same subject in Year 10. Normally, students may undertake only ONE such sequence in Year 11. This must be approved by the Learning Area Leader. Students would normally be expected to average a B for each of their Graded Assessment Tasks in the relevant subject.

For students who have undertaken the Altior program, it may be possible to gain approval to undertake a second Unit 3 & 4 sequence in Year 11; however, students would need approval from both Learning Area Leaders and either the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning or the Dean of Learning (Years 10-12).

Students must still undertake a full VCE program in Year 12.


The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision is based on the teacher's assessment of the student’s overall performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit. The key knowledge and skills listed for each outcome serves as a guide to course design and the development of learning activities.

With respect to the assessment of Outcomes in Units 1 and 2, it is the policy at Parade College to provide a Grade for an Assessment Task for the Outcome.

In units 3 & 4, there is a mixture of school based and external assessment. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority publishes annually an assessment guide which includes advice on the scope of the assessment tasks and the criteria for assessment.

Each subject – or study – has three assessment categories. In some cases this means two examinations and one school based assessment. In other studies there is one examination and two school based assessments.

These assessments are reported A+ to NP UG. Examination grades and school assessment grades are reported separately. Subjects receive a score out of 50.

In both year levels a minimum attendance rate of 90% is required to be able to achieve a satisfactory outcome.


Subject Choices and ATAR restrictions

When choosing subject combinations, students are advised that certain combinations may disadvantage them in achieving an optimal ATAR ranking. The calculation of the ATAR rank uses the student's 3 best subject scores and his English score, plus 10% of the student's next score (and 6th subject score where applicable. Where a student chooses more than two subjects from the following groupings, only 2 of those scores may count in the top 4, no matter what the student's other scores:

  • Mathematics group: Further Mathematics; Mathematical Methods; Specialist Mathematics
  • English group: English; English Language (only Unit 3 & 4 offered in 2019) and Literature
  • Music group: Music Performance; VET Music (Sound Production)
  • VET group: Only two VET courses may be counted.
    N.B. Many VET courses are ineligible for a Study Score: please read the subject description carefully.

Students are therefore advised against taking more than two subjects from within any of the above groupings.

The English Requirement

There is a group of English studies consisting of English/EAL and Literature. The three units from the group of English studies that are required for satisfactory completion of the VCE may be selected from:

English/ EAL 1 - 4 Literature 1 - 4
English Language 1-4<(Only Unit 3-4 being offered in 2019)

No more than two units of English/EAL Units 1 and 2 may be counted towards the English requirement.

Students who satisfactorily complete more than one Unit 3 and 4 sequence from the English group may count the additional sequence(s) as a sequence/sequences other than the compulsory English. The following table sets out some possible unit combinations. Students can complete more than the four minimum units in combination.

English Requirement met?
English 1 / 2 English 3 / 4 Yes
English 1 / 2 Literature 3 / 4 Yes
Literature 1 / 2 Literature 3 / 4 Yes
Literature 1 / 2 English 3 / 4 Yes



VET Shop Fitting

VCE VET programs are vocational studies approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as appropriate for senior secondary school students. VCE VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally portable vocational education and training certificate.

VCE VET programs are fully recognised within the unit 1–4 structure of the VCE and therefore contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE. VCE VET units have equal status with other VCE studies, however, only two unit 3 / 4 courses may contribute towards VCE eligibility. VCE VET programs function within the National Training Framework. Only one selection from a Certificate package will count towards a student’s ATAR. For example, students who select Bricklaying and Carpentry from the Certificate II in Building and Construction only receive the Block Credit to ATAR once. If they choose Building and Construction Carpentry and Furnishing, they will receive both towards their ATAR, as these are from different VET packages.

Students accessing VET offerings are required to pay a VET levy (per course). All VET courses (except Sport and Recreation) run from either 7.30am - 11am or 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Hospitality and Music Industry (Sound Production) Units 3 & 4 run from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Due to timetabling issues, students may undertake a maximum of 2 VET courses in a VCE program, as many of the courses will run concurrently and some combinations will not be possible.

VET Offerings At Parade College

Parade College offers the following courses - many of them at the Edmund Rice Trade and Training Centre - subject to student demand and staff availability:

  • Certificate II Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-Vocational)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Kitchen Operations  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Small Business (Inovation/Operation)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate III Screen & Media  RTO: AIET: 121314
  • Certificate III Music Industry (Sound Production)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate III Sport and Recreation  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate III in Carpentry  RTO Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Bricklaying)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Building and Construction (Floor and Wall Tiling)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Plumbing (Pre-Vocational)  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate II Furniture Making Pathways  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate lV Business  RTO: Parade College: 40750
  • Certificate IV in Sport Development  RTO: Parade College: 40750

Students intending to undertake a VET in the VCE course should investigate the pathway offered in the College. Some courses begin at Year 10 level. In addition, there are traineeships, additional TAFE courses not recognised in the VCE and New Apprenticeships, which the College facilitates on a case-by-case basis.


Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior school certificate designed to sit alongside the VCE, providing additional pathways for Years 11 and 12 students seeking vocationally oriented career options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training or moving on to employment. Students either enrol in VCAL or the VCE. Students cannot be enrolled in both.

There will be strictly limited places in this certificate. Any student who has any inclination towards directly entering university entrance beyond school should not apply for the VCAL. Pathways and articulation through further education and training beyond school can lead to university entrance. An application process, selection criteria, student interview, parent interview and availability will determine whether students may enrol in the VCAL.

School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeships (SBATs) are possible and strongly recommended as a part of the VCAL. SBATs allow a student to combine employment, training and completion of a senior secondary certificate over the 2 years of VCAL.

Currently Parade College has a significant number of students undertaking SBATs across a wide range of employment and training including Sport and Recreation, Business Administration, Office Administration, Information Technology, Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Automotive and Engineering.