Senior School

The goal of senior students at Pascoe Vale Girls College is to attain either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Intermediate and Senior VCAL courses are offered in the Senior School program.

Students have the option of undertaking one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as a part of their Senior School program.

Students at the Year 10 level are taken through an extensive individual counselling process to guide them through their VCE/VCAL options and future pathways.

In addition, our VCAL students continue training at TAFE, commence apprenticeships or go onto employment after completing Year 12.

VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education)

The minimum requirements for satisfactory completion are set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). A student must complete:

a total of 16 units
at least 3 units of an English subject
at least 3 sequences of Units 3 & 4 other than English

In Year 11, PVGC students study 12 Units: 6 in Semester 1 and 6 in Semester 2
In Year 12, PVGC students study 10 Units: 5 in Semester 1 and 5 in Semester 2


The VCE Options Program provides students with the option of studying a more work related and applied learning course at Pascoe Vale Girls College during Year 11. The program contains a mixture of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) studies. Students will attend TAFE on Wednesdays to study a VET qualification.

Successful students in the VCE Options Program will achieve the Intermediate VCAL certificate at the end of Year 11. Students who complete the VCE Options Program have the option of studying VCE or Senior VCAL in Year 12.

The VCAL is a ‘hands-on’ option for students that provides them with practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the VCE, VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate. The VCAL is a qualification that is recognised by TAFE institutes and employers. VCAL can help students move from school into work, an apprenticeship or traineeship and/or further training at TAFE. University study is possible through a TAFE pathway. The principles underpinning the VCAL include tailoring a program to suit students’ interests, personal development, and development of work related and industry specific skills.

Year 11 Options Program
Students will study:
VCE English or VCAL Literacy
VCE Units 1 and 2 General Mathematics or Foundation Mathematics
One VCE subject of choice
Work-related skills
Personal Development

VET programs are offered at a range of institutions. Students may also complete a work placement in industry.

SENIOR VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

The minimum requirements for satisfactory completion are set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

There are four compulsory strands in the Senior VCAL program:

  • Literacy & Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills, including 1 day a week work placement during Terms 1-3 and two week block in Term 4.
  • Personal Development Skills

Students will attend TAFE for one day a week to study a VET (Vocational Education and Training) course.
Students complete one day a week at a workplace (structured workplace learning).
There will also be a two week block of work placement for VCAL Senior Students.


VET programs are VET qualifications approved by the VCAA following consultation with schools, industry and training providers. VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a VET qualification. VET subjects develop industry specific and workplace skills.

Further information regarding Senior programs and subjects on offer at the College are available via the Subject Selection panel on the College website.


Year 12 VCE Selection Form

Year 12 VCAL Selection Form

Year 12 Subject Descriptions

Year 12 Subject Handbook

Year 11 VCE Selection Form

Year 11 VCE-Options Selection Form

Year 11 Course Handbook

Year 11 Subject Descriptions