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YEAR 10 - 12 LEAP PATHWAY

Overview:

Dromana College’s LEAP aims to cater to the individual needs of high ability and highly engaged students. The Year 7 and 8 program caters to the needs of these students by providing students with access to a more demanding curriculum, in a class with peers who are committed to and engaged in learning. Our approach to teaching and learning within LEAP at Year 7 and 8 is more attuned to the needs of high ability students. This approach includes having accomplished Year 12 VCE Teachers as the Pastoral and subject teachers for the LEAP class, having one teacher for English and Humanities and one teacher for Mathematics and Science and it includes the undertaking of two Language studies (Indonesian and Japanese) and also Philosophy.

In 2016 we developed a Year 9 LEAP pathway based on the best available research and evidence. We recognised the importance of giving all Year 9 students choice over their pathways, but we also recognised the importance of ensuring all students continued to gain exposure and breadth across a wide range of pathways. With this in mind the LEAP pathway at Year 9 for 2016 differed slightly from the mainstream Year 9 Program in a number of ways to ensure that we continued to meet the individual needs of our LEAP students.

This same philosophy now underpins the development of the LEAP curriculum across Years 10 - 12. LEAP students in Year 10 - 12 are encouraged to aspire to complete one, or both, of the following pathways:

  • The Victorian Baccalaureate and/or
  • A University Enhancement subject in Year 12

It should be noted that our Year 10 - 12 pathways and subject offerings for all students are designed to maximise individual choice. Students who participated in LEAP from Year 7-9 may decide to pursue a pathway that does not align with one of the above prescribed LEAP options. This is to be expected as every student pathway is different.

 

How does the Year 10-12 LEAP Pathway differ from the mainstream Year 10-12 Pathway?

The LEAP Pathway aspires to prepare students to undertake:

  • The Victorian Baccalaureate and/or
  • A University Enhancement subject in Year 12

To meet the requirements of the Victorian Baccalaureate students are required at VCE level to undertake a Language study and VCE Maths Methods as well as score above the State average in VCE English.

University Enhancement subjects are offered through Monash University in the areas of:

Deakin University also offers subjects in the areas of:

  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Health

The LEAP curriculum in Year 10 differs from a mainstream Year 10 program only in terms of what students can access. LEAP students are able to elect to undertake (subject to academic performance in Year 9) :

  • One or two VCE subjects in Year 10, plus an additional VCE subject in the Wednesday block.
  • One of these VCE subjects may be a Unit 3 /4 subject

This ensures that LEAP students are on track to complete a VCE Unit 3 /4 subject in Year 11, which is the recommended pathway into University Enhancement options. Please note however that although undertaking a VCE Unit 3 /4 may satisfy the prerequisites for University Enhancement, entry is subject to academic performance across all subjects.

In terms of the Victorian Baccalaureate, LEAP students will be required to complete Year 10 Extension Maths and undertake a Language in order to remain eligible.

Finally, LEAP students are able to work towards completing both a University Enhancement subject and the Victorian Baccalaureate. This requires careful planning and should be discussed in detail with a course counsellor.

Program Samples:

Please note these programs are only samples. The programs students undertake are extremely diverse and both students and parents are encouraged to speak to course counsellors to ensure all options are considered.

Within each program the following colour codes are used:

Compulsory Recommended Free Elective Wednesday Session 3 and 4 subject

Year 10-12 Mainstream Program Sample:

Year 10

Semester 1 English Mathematics

Elective

(VCE Unit 1 encouraged)

Elective Elective

Wednesday Elective

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year)

Semester 2 English Mathematics

Elective

(VCE Unit 2 encouraged)

Elective Elective

Year 11

VCE English Unit 1 VCE Mathematics Unit 1

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 1

VCE Elective 

Unit 1

VCE Elective Unit 1
VCE English Unit 2 VCE Mathematics Unit 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

Year 12 

VCE English Unit 3 VCE Mathematics Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

Year 12 Study Program (Compulsory for all Year 12 VCE Students
VCE English Unit 4 VCE Mathematics Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

Year 10- 12 LEAP Program Sample (University Enhancement Pathway):

Year 10

Semester 1 

English 

VCE Maths Methods Unit 1

VCE Elective 

Unit 1 

(Unit 3 is an option where recommended) 

Elective 

Elective 

Wednesday Elective 

(All electives selected in this block run for the whole year) 

Semester 2 

English 

VCE Maths Methods Unit 2

VCE Elective  Unit 2 

(Unit 4 is an option where recommended) 

Elective 

  

Elective 

Year 11

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 1 VCE Mathematics Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 1

VCE Elective 

Unit 1

Wednesday Elective

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year)

Semester 2 VCE English Unit 2 VCE Mathematics Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

Year 12

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 3 VCE Specialist Mathematics Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

University Enhancement Subject

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

Year 12 Study Program (Compulsory for all Year 12 VCE Students
Semester 2 VCE English Unit 4 VCE Specialist Mathematics Unit 4

VCE Elective 

 Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

Please Note: 

  • The key to undertaking a University Enhancement subject is to complete the corresponding VCE Unit 1 /2 and VCE Unit 3 /4 subjects in Year 10 and 11. This allows space in the Year 12 program to undertake the university enhancement subject.
  • University Enhancement subjects and the corresponding prerequisites are provided in appendix A.

Year 10- 12 LEAP Program Sample (Victorian Baccalaureate):

Year 10 

Semester 1 

English 

VCE Math Methods Unit 1 

VCE Elective  

Unit 1 

(Unit 3 is an option where recommended) 

Year 10 Language 

Elective 

Wednesday Elective

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year) 

Semester 2 

English 

VCE Math Methods 

Unit 2 

VCE Elective  

Unit 2 

(Unit 4 is an option where recommended) 

Year 10 Language 

Elective 

 

 Year 11

Semester 1 

VCE English Unit 1 

VCE Math Methods 

Unit 3 

VCE Elective  

Unit 3 

VCE Language Unit 1 

VCE Elective  

Unit 1 

Wednesday Elective 

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year) 

Semester 2 

VCE English Unit 2 

VCE Math Methods 

Unit 4 

VCE Elective 

 Unit 4 

VCE Language Unit 2 

VCE Elective  

Unit 2 

 

Year 12

Semester 1 

VCE English Unit 3 

VCE Elective 

Unit 3 

VCE Elective 

Unit 3 

VCE Language

Unit 3 

VCE Elective 

Unit 3 

Year 12 Study Program (Compulsory for all Year 12 VCE Students 

Semester 2 

VCE English Unit 4 

VCE Elective 

Unit 4 

VCE Elective 

Unit 4 

VCE Language

Unit 4 

VCE Elective 

Unit 4 

 

 

 

 

Please Note: 

  • The Victorian Baccalaureate requires students to complete a VCE Unit 3/4 Language study (Dromana College offers Indonesian or Japanese) and VCE Maths Methods Unit 3/4.  

 Year 10- 12 LEAP Program Sample (University Enhancement Pathway and Victorian Baccalaureate):

 Year 10

Semester 1 

English 

VCE Mathematics Unit 1 

VCE Elective  

Unit 1 

(Unit 3 is an option where recommended) 

Year 10 Language 

Elective 

Wednesday Elective 

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year) 

Semester 2 

English 

VCE Mathematics Unit 2 

VCE Elective  

Unit 2 

(Unit 4 is an option where recommended) 

Year 10 Language 

Elective 

 

 Year 11

Semester 1 

VCE English Unit 1 

VCE Mathematics Unit 3 

VCE Elective  

Unit 3 

VCE Language Unit 1 

VCE Elective  

Unit 1 

Wednesday Elective 

(All subjects selected in this block run for the whole year) 

Semester 2

VCE English Unit 2 

VCE Mathematics Unit 4 

VCE Elective  

Unit 4 

VCE Language Unit 2 

VCE Elective  

Unit 2 

 Year 12 

Semester 1 

VCE English Unit 3 

VCE Elective Unit 3 

University Enhancement Subject 

VCE Language Unit 3 and 4 

VCE Elective  

Unit 3 

Year 12 Study Program (Compulsory for all Year 12 VCE Students 

Semester 2 

VCE English Unit 4 

VCE Elective Unit 4 

VCE Elective  

Unit 4 

 

 

 

 

 Please Note: 

  • To be eligible for both a University Enhancement subject and the Victorian Baccalaureate students will need to complete Extension Maths and a Language in Year 10 (Victorian Baccalaureate) and a VCE Unit 1 /2 subject in Year 10 (University Enhancement) 

 APPENDIX A 

University Enhancement Subjects 

University 

Study 

Linked VCE Study to be completed in Year prior to undertaking of Enhancement subject. 

Monash 

Accounting 

Introduction to financial accounting 

Foundations of finance 

VCE Mathematics (any) 

VCE Economics 

Biology 

Biology 1 

Biology 2 

VCE Biology 

Biomedical Science 

Cells, tissues and organisms 

Human neurobiology 

VCE Biology 

Chemistry 

Chemistry 1 

Chemistry 2 

VCE Chemistry 

Economics and Marketing 

Micro Economics 

Marketing Theory and Practice 

VCE Mathematics (any) 

VCE Economics 

Mathematics 

Mathematics extension studies 

VCE Maths Methods 

VCE Specialist Maths (can undertake concurrently) 

Mobile Application Development 

Programming foundations 

Mobile Application Development 

VCE Maths Methods 

OR 

VCE Systems Engineering 

Physics 

Physics 1 

Physics 2 

VCE Physics 

Deakin 

Criminology 

Introducing Crime and Criminology 

Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice 

VCE Legal Studies 

Psychology 

Psychology A – Fundamentals of Human Behaviour 

Psychology B – Individual and Social Development 

VCE Psychology 

Health 

Health Behaviour 

Health Information and data 

VCE Health and Human Development 


 
APPENDIX B

VCE (Baccalaureate)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the VCE (Baccalaureate) been developed?

The VCE (Baccalaureate) has been designed to provide further information about the kind of senior secondary program of study a student has undertaken within the very flexible structure of the VCE. It also provides an additional form of recognition for those students who choose to undertake the demands of studying both a higher level mathematics and a language in their VCE program of study.

Is the VCE (Baccalaureate) a new senior secondary certificate?

No, the VCE (Baccalaureate) is contained within the VCE and is not another senior secondary credential. The two senior secondary certificates in Victoria are the VCE and the VCAL.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

To be eligible to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate) the student must satisfactorily complete the VCE and receive a study score for each prescribed study component.

The VCE program of study must include:

  • a Units 3 and 4 sequence in English or Literature or English Language with a study score of 30 or above; or a Units 3 and 4 sequence in EAL with a study score of 33 or above
  • a Units 3 and 4 sequence in either Mathematics Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics
  • a Units 3 and 4 sequence in a VCE Language
  • at least two other Units 3 and 4 sequences

Can a student get the VCE (Baccalaureate) with fewer than 16 VCE units?

No, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements of the VCE, to be eligible for a VCE (Baccalaureate).

Can a student do more than one VCE Language?

Yes, the student can do more than one VCE language in their program of study.

Will any VCE Language meet this eligibility requirement of the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

Yes, any VCE Language will meet this eligibility requirement of the VCE (Baccalaureate).

Can a student do both Mathematics Methods (CAS) and Specialist Mathematics?

Yes, the student can do both Mathematics Methods (CAS) and Specialist Mathematics in their program of study.

What is the minimum study score required for a VCE (Baccalaureate)?

A minimum study score is not required for the prescribed studies for the VCE (Baccalaureate) except that for:

  • English or Literature or English Language, a minimum study score of 30 is required; for
  • EAL a minimum study score of 33 is required.

Can a student enrolled in an Adult VCE program receive a VCE (Baccalaureate)?

Yes, an adult VCE student can be eligible for a VCE (Baccalaureate) under the Adult VCE rules, as long as the eligibility requirements for the award outlined above are met.

Can a student doing the IB also get the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

No, a student enrolled in the IB cannot also be enrolled in the VCE.

How do I enrol students in the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

The student will be enrolled in the appropriate set of VCE units as normal. Eligibility for the award of the VCE (Baccalaureate) will be flagged through the normal VCE Student Eligibility Report. Confirmation of receipt of the award will only occur once the student receives final moderated study scores.

What will the student receive if they are eligible for the VCE (Baccalaureate)?

The student’s Statement of Results will include an additional statement that recognises the award of the VCE (Baccalaureate).

What will be the impact of the VCE (Baccalaureate) on the calculation of the ATAR?

VTAC has advised that the calculation of the ATAR will continue to be determined under the current process, that is via study scores, and that the additional recognition in the form of the VCE (Baccalaureate) will not affect this process.

Will universities give any priority to students with the VCE (Baccalaureate) when selecting students into courses?

Tertiary institutions have indicated that they strongly support initiatives that encourage students to study a higher level mathematics and a language in the final years of schooling.

Tertiary selection practices vary across institutions. Further information should be sought from particular tertiary providers.

When will the VCE (Baccalaureate) be introduced?

The VCE (Baccalaureate) will be available for students in 2014.

How should schools prepare for it?

Schools should make students aware of the eligibility requirements of the VCE (Baccalaureate).