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:

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 2016 Year 10-12 LEAP Pathway differ from the mainstream Year 10-12 Pathway?

The LEAP Pathway aspires to prepare students to undertake:

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:

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) :

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 Extension Mathematics

VCE Elective

Unit 1

(Unit 3 is an option where recommended)

VCE Elective

Unit 1

Elective

Wednesday Elective

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

Semester 2 English Extension Mathematics

VCE Elective  Unit 2

(Unit 4 is an option where recommended)

VCE Elective

Unit 2

Elective

Year 11

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 1 VCE Mathematics Unit 1

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

VCE Elective 

Unit 3

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 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

Year 12

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 3 VCE 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 Mathematics Unit 4

VCE Elective 

 Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

Please Note: 

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

Year 10

Semester 1 English

Extension

Mathematics

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

Extension

Mathematics

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 1

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 2

VCE Elective

 Unit 4

VCE Language Unit 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

             

Year 12

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 3

VCE  Math  Methods 

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  Math  Methods 

Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Language Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

Please Note:

 

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

Year 10

Semester 1 English

Extension

Mathematics

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

Extension

Mathematics

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 1

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 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

VCE Language Unit 2

VCE Elective 

Unit 2

Year 12

Semester 1 VCE English Unit 3 VCE Mathematics 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 Mathematics Unit 4

VCE Elective 

Unit 4

Please Note:

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:

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:

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).