VCE VET Community Services

VCE VET Community Service

Course Summary

Are you looking to pursue a career in youth work, mental health, disability or aged care? Do you enjoy spending time with children? Seeing them grow and develop? VCE VET Community Services might be a good pathway for you. By studying this subject you will build an understanding of the broad community service industry, develop essential communication skills, enhance your employment opportunities and be ready to make a difference.

VCE: Unit 1 & 2

VET: CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Working with diverse people
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Work health and safety
  • Providing initial advice to clients, patients, or customers
  • Teamwork
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Unit 1 & 2

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Unit 3 & 4

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Year 10 Pre-English Language

Year 10 Pre-English Language

Course Summary

Do you enjoy exploring the relationship between language and identity? Are you looking at studying VCE English Language? Year 10 Pre-English Language replaces the General English (Year 10) subject. This subject gives you a strong foundation and broader perspective for future English Language studies and pathways. The subject equips you with the skills, knowledge and rigour to analyse how the language we speak and write shapes how others perceive us and is shaped by its intended function, audience and context. Students will begin to develop and establish the high-level critical and creative thinking, controlled use of syntax and lexical choices in written expression, analysing the purpose and function encoded in text and explore the social values and beliefs that shape the use of language.

Students undertaking Pre-English Language should be aware of the necessary independent reading and drafting required of this subject.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Identify and describe key linguistic concepts as they relate to the nature and function of human language
  • Explore and use the subsystems of language to analyse the structure and function of English Language
  • Use key concepts and metalanguage to identify and describe language use in an objective and systematic way through spoken and written Australian texts
  • Identify and describe types of language acquisition in the context of linguistic theories
  • Students will develop their analytical thinking and writing skills through formative and summative assessment, including opportunities to conduct research into linguistics

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English Learning Area Leader

Jakob De Wit

VCE VET Hospitality Food & Beverage (Unit 3 & 4)

VCE VET Hospitality Food & Beverage (Unit 3 & 4)

Course Summary

This qualification offers individuals Hospitality knowledge and a range of food service skills. The course is well-suited to students that enjoy practical learning and focuses on Front of House Hospitality skills, such as

  • Barista Skills
  • Food Hygiene
  • Food Advice
  • Financial Transactions

This is a great opportunity to learn skills to gain part-time or full-time employment in a Café, Bar or Restaurant.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students complete scored assessments and an exam to attain a Study Score that contributes to an ATAR

VET: This elective skill set is available under SIT20322 – Certificate II in Hospitality. Students will only receive a Statement of Attainment unless Hospitality 1 & 2 completed.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages
  • Serve food and beverage
  • Provide advice on food
  • Process financial transactions
  • Clean and tidy bar areas
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol

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Unit 3 & 4

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Geography

Geography

Course Summary

In Unit 1, you will learn about natural hazards and disasters, including drought, oil spills, floods, climate change and infectious diseases. You will think about their causes disasters and how we respond to them, including how humans and the environment interact. In Unit 2, you will investigate tourism: where it happens around the world, how changes places and impacts people and environments. You will think about the big issues and challenges, such as making tourism more ethical. You will investigate examples of tourism in Australia and around the world.

We undertake fieldwork in geography! By using geospatial technologies and your research skills you will explore important questions about places local and global. You will develop a better understanding of your own places and spaces, and those in other parts of the world.

VCE: Units 1 & 2

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Examine hazards and hazard events, and analyse the impacts of hazard events
  • Explore the nature and effectiveness of specific hazard measures such as prediction and warning programs, community preparedness and land use planning, as well as actions taken after hazards become harmful and destructive
  • Examine the characteristics of tourism, the location and distribution of different types of tourism and tourist destinations, and the factors affecting different types of tourism
  • Explore the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of different types of tourism, and the issues and challenges that these create for people and the environment

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Unit 1 & 2

Excursion approx. costs $60

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Humanities Learning Area Leader

Madeleine Rowley

VCE VET Hospitality & Cookery (Unit 3 & 4)

VCE VET Hospitality & Cookery (Unit 3 & 4)

Course Summary

Do you like cooking for your family and friends? Are you interested in working in the Hospitality Industry? Do you like working in a team and interacting with people? The potential of being your own boss? By studying Cookery you will develop skills in preparing, cooking and serving food to industry standard. You will be trained by current industry trained teachers. Prospective job outcomes include Chef, Cook, Baker, Catering Manager.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students complete scored assessments and an exam to attain a Study Score that contributes to an ATAR

VET: Students will complete the full SIT20421 – Certificate II in Cookery, provided they have completed Hospitality units 1 & 2

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Prepare and serve restaurant-quality food for customers
  • Prepare appetisers and salads
  • Prepare soups, stocks, and sauces
  • Prepare vegetable, fruit and farinaceous dishes
  • Work effectively in a commercial kitchen
  • Students complete 1-week work placement (compulsory)

This program is run as part of an Auspicing arrangement with IVET – RTO# 40548

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Unit 3 & 4

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Media

Media

Course Summary

Are you looking for a career in screen and media, marketing and advertising, communication and writing, graphic and communication design, podcasting ? VCE Media might be the subject for you.

Through this subject you’ll create and analyse content, and gain the knowledge and skills in planning and expression that are valuable for participation in, and contribution to, contemporary society.

You’ll be set up for further theoretical and/or practical study at a tertiary level or at TAFE.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Only Media 1 & 2 will run in 2025. In 2026, Media Units 1, 2 3 & 4 will run.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Analyse media concepts, forms and products in an informed and critical way
  • Explore narratives, technologies and processes from various perspectives
  • Examine debates about the role of media in contributing to and influencing society
  • Integrate key aspects through the design and production of media representations, narratives and products

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Arts Learning Area Leader

Lynette Campbell

VCE VET Salon Assistant (Barbering)

VCE VET Salon Assistant (Barbering)

Course Summary

The course design program supports students with the ability and knowledge to complete and learn barbering skills to join the fast-growing men’s barbering industry. Students who complete this training will be able to work safely under routine supervision, including client preparation, cutting, fading carving and beard designing, client communication and services, selling, technical skills, and product knowledge, making students employable to the barbering industry.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score contribution for this subject

VET: SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Structured workplace learning advice: 40 hours is required. An additional 80 hours strongly recommended but not compulsory. In house barber shop hours count.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Safety
  • Create haircuts using tracks and carving
  • Design and maintain beards and moustaches
  • Cut using freehand clipper techniques
  • Dry hair to shape
  • Greet & prepare clients for salon services

This program is run as part of an Auspicing arrangement with Inspiring Training Academy – RTO# 22728

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

VCE VET Laboratory Skills

VCE VET Laboratory Skills

Course Summary

If you love doing experiments and working in a lab, then this subject is perfect for you. Get ready to learn all the cool skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a laboratory setting.

In VET VCE Laboratory Skills, you’ll learn the basics of working in a lab. We’ll cover everything from how to use lab equipment safely to understanding important scientific principles. Throughout the course, you’ll get hands-on experience handling lab tools, conducting experiments, analyzing data, and keeping your workspace clean and organized.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 sequence must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This means 3 coursework tasks and end of year exam.

VET: MSL30122 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Structured workplace learning advice: 80 hours strongly recommended but not compulsory

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • process and record data and recognise trends and out of control conditions.
  • operate test equipment and instruments and make limited adjustments to their controls.
  • preparing working solutions and performing microscopic examinations
  • performing aseptic techniques

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Unit 1 & 2

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Unit 3 & 4

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Economics

Economics

Course Summary

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated to meet the needs and wants of society. It attempts to explain how and why people behave the way they do and the consequences of their decision-making. By unpacking the economic considerations around how to best meet the needs and wants of citizens, the study of Economics provides students with valuable insight into issues that may affect them both individually and as members of society. Economics assists us in making more informed and responsible decisions and in making a contribution to public debate as active citizens.

VCE: Units 1, 2, 3 & 4 available  

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Select an industry and create a visual photo-journey of how technology has evolved in this industry over the past fifty years
  • Visit a supermarket to investigate the level of competition in certain lines of goods; complete fieldwork to gather information and data on product types and product range, producers and whether the good is manufactured in Australia or overseas; organise to speak to the store manager to discuss some of the current issues and challenges facing supermarkets in Australia, e.g. the level of competition in the grocery industry
  • Use the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website (www.accc.gov.au) to investigate various types of anti-competitive behaviour; select one type of anti-competitive behaviour and prepare a written report on a current or a recent case investigated by the ACCC

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Unit 1 & 2

Excursion approx. costs $60

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Humanities Learning Area Leader

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Vocational Major Personal Development Skills

Vocational Major Personal Development Skills

Course Summary

Vocational Major Personal Development Skills (PDS) takes an active approach to personal development, self-realisation and citizenship by exploring interrelationships between individuals and communities. PDS focuses on health, wellbeing, community engagement and social sciences, and provides a framework through which students seek to understand and optimise their potential as individuals and as members of their community.

This study provides opportunities for students to explore influences on identity, set and achieve personal goals, interact positively with diverse communities, and identify and respond to challenges. Students will develop skills in self-knowledge and care, accessing reliable information, teamwork, and identifying their goals and future pathways.

PDS explores concepts of effective leadership, self-management, project planning and teamwork to support students to engage in their work, community and personal environments.

Through self-reflection, independent research, critical and creative thinking and collaborative action, students will extend their capacity to understand and connect with the world they live in, and build their potential to be resilient, capable citizens.

Students must complete 2 units of Personal Development Skills to be eligible for their VCE Vocational Major certificate 

VCE: Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Use a game like City Guesser to guess different locations in the world. After the game, debrief how students applied their understanding of community and the characteristics of community to make their guesses. Multiplayer options are available 
  • Conduct an excursion in the local community. This may include a visit to the local council, local community centre or another community-based organisation. Explore the characteristics that influence how community is formed and the different groups of people that exist with the community 
  • Visit the Australian of the Year website and develop a profile of an inspiring Australian of the Year. Detail how the person has engaged with the community and explore the impact the person has had on others, including any strategies they have used to promote community engagement and participation for others 

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Learning Area Leader

Nadiene Pastras