The Later Years Curriculum is structured in such a way that students are able to move through to completion of the VCE, VCAL, VET or even all three at a pace which suits their individual needs, interests and abilities.
The college has a policy of encourage students who are capable of doing so to undertake a subject at a higher level. For example, a student in year 10 (or even year 9) may choose to a VCE subject.
Over the final two years students will complete a pathway to further study or employment. They may choose to do this through studying for the following certificates or combinations of Certificates:
- VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).
- VCE and VET (Vocation Education and Training).
- VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).
- VCE and VCAL and VET (completing all three certificates).
By using the flexibility that now exists in the Later Years Curriculum it is possible for students to tailor a course that best meets the needs of their individual learning pathway.
The VCE subjects that run in any one year will depend upon student choice. The college’s membership of the Wimmera Virtual Schooling Project and Ballarat VET Cluster allows it to offer a wide range of VCE Mathematics and Science units and a virtually unlimited range of VET subjects.
MIPS (Managed Individual Pathways)
Every student in years 10-12 is assigned to a mentor (either a staff member or community person), and is required to complete a Managed Individual Pathway plan. This allows the college to monitor the progress of every student throughout years 11 and 12 and for a period of time after he/she leaves school.
Senior students also undergo an extensive program of career information sessions and personal career counseling, university information and selection processes, work experience and even career “taster” programs.
Beaufort Secondary College has had great success advising students on career options. An exceptionally low percentage of our students are recorded as “looking for work” or “unknown” after leaving school.