Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (VET)

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (VET)

Course Summary

Are you interested in Computer Networking and Security? Do you like to troubleshoot computer problems? In Information and Communication Technology you will pull apart, rebuild and upgrade desktop computers and servers. You will set up small computer networks using switches, routers and wireless access points. You will learn about Operating systems such as Windows, Windows Server and Linux. You will learn about the relevant software and devices that help run a computer network. To learn about cyber security, you will investigate the threats to computer networks and the software used to minimise these threats.

Applied Computing is a recommended Year 10 Science choice.

VCE Units: 1, 2, and 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: ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Maintain and repair ICT equipment and software
  • Install and optimise operating system software
  • Connect internal hardware components
  • Care for computer hardware
  • Run standard diagnostic tests
  • Monitor and administer security of ICT systems
  • Provide basic system administration
  • Identify IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments
  • Provide ICT advice to clients
  • Install, configure and secure a small office or home office network

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Product Design and Technology

Product Design and Technology

Course Summary

Interested in designing and creating products?

In Product Design & Technology, student are required to make a 3D product using materials such as: Textiles/Yarns/Fibers/Fabrics, Wood, Metal, Ceramics, Glass. You will work on Sustainable product redevelopment, Collaborative design, Applying the product design process, Product development and evaluation.

Product design is a response to changing needs and to improve quality of life by designing creative, innovative and sustainable products. Product design is enhanced through knowledge of social, technological, economic, historical, ethical, legal, environmental and cultural factors. These factors influence the aesthetics, form and function of products.

VCE: Units 1, 2, 3 & 4 available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Describe the humanitarian benefits of a product that relates to the social sustainability by viewing YouTube clips from Pollinate Energy that show how energy lamps provide solar powered lamps to the world’s poorest people
  • Identify two designers who claim to work sustainably and create a poster to show how they address sustainability in different ways. A list of relevant designers is available at the Premier’s Design Awards
  • Identify the criteria used to judge the Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability. Apply the criteria to a product you have chosen to analyse; either a physical object or a product entered in the Young Design Awards

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Unit 1 & 2

Optional excursion costs approx. $80

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

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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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Excursion approx. costs $60

Learning Area Contact

Humanities Learning Area Leader

Michelle Heintze

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 Units 1 and 2 to be eligible to attain the 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

Learning Area Contact

Learning Area Leader

Jess Kellahan

Vocational Major Work Related Skills

Vocational Major Work Related Skills

Course Summary

Vocational Major Work Related Skills (WRS) examines a range of skills, knowledge and capabilities relevant to achieving individual career and educational goals. Students will develop a broad understanding of workplace environments and the future of work and education, in order to engage in theoretical and practical planning and decision-making for a successful transition to their desired pathway. The study considers four key areas: the future of work; workplace skills and capabilities; industrial relations and the workplace environment and practice; and the development of a personal portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained from this study in the classroom environment and through Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). 

Students must complete Units 1 and 2 to be eligible to attain the Vocational Major certificate 

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Engage in critical thinking relating to the changing nature of work using a PMI table (plus, minus interesting/implication) to respond to the key ideas presented in work-related online videos, for example, TED Talks
  • Conduct research to list the top 10 strategies to improve career prospects individually or in small groups. Present findings to the class and justify the reasoning for the rankings allocated
  • As a class, create a word wall relating to personal skills and capabilities to identify, define and clarify the meaning of these key terms

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Learning Area Leader

Jess Kellahan

Vocational Major Literacy

Vocational Major Literacy

Course Summary

VCE Vocational Major Literacy focuses on the development of the knowledge and skills required to be literate in Australia today. The key knowledge and key skills encompass a student’s ability to interpret and create texts that have purpose, and are accurate and effective, with confidence and fluency. Texts should be drawn from a wide range of contexts and be focused on participating in the workplace and community. Further to this, texts should be drawn from a range of sources including media texts, multimodal texts, texts used in daily interactions, and workplace texts from increasingly complex and unfamiliar settings. As students develop these skills, they engage with texts that encompass the everyday language of personal experience to the more abstract, specialised and technical language of different workplaces, including the language of further study. The applied learning approach of this study is intended to meet the needs of students with a wide range of abilities and aspirations. 

Course designed to complement the Vocational Major stream in the VCE

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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English Learning Area Leader

Sharni Lamb

Vocational Major Numeracy

Vocational Major Numeracy

Course Summary

This subject covers a range of aspects of numeracy including personal, civic, financial, health, vocational and recreational. VCE Vocational Major Numeracy focuses on enabling students to develop and enhance their numeracy skills to make sense of their personal, public and vocational lives. Students develop mathematical skills with consideration of their local, national and global environments and contexts, and an awareness and use of appropriate technologies. 

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Maths Learning Area Leader

Michael Barnard

VCE Industry and Enterprise

VCE Industry and Enterprise

Course Summary

Industry and Enterprise at WSSC prepares you to effectively take part in the workplace.  In this course you will explore the development of enterprising behaviour, leadership and innovation in different workplace settings. You will also look at the significant issues faced by industry. You will develop work-related skills by actively exploring personal career goals and pathways. 

After completing the relevant occupational health and safety (OH&S) induction program, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the practical application of your work-related skills, by completing at least 35 hours of structured workplace learning. 

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Undertake structured workplace learning and complete a reflective journal or report of your experience
  • Investigate a career and create a profile for presentation
  • Develop a digital curriculum vitae and learning portfolio

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Humanities Learning Area Leader

Michelle Heintze

Art Creative Practice

Art Creative Practice

Course Summary

Do you appreciate art exhibitions? Do you like expressing art? Through studying Art Creative Practice you will continue to explore, develop and refine a range of fine art materials to investigate the characteristics and aesthetics of the materials. There will be a greater focus on individual ideas and production of refined work. You will actively participate in managing the production of artistic work across an extended period. During this subject, you will investigate and respond to a range of artists and artworks in a more formalised critical writing format.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Write reports
  • Analyse of artists and artworks
  • Documented folio of work
  • Explore a range of class materials
  • Produce work accompanied by annotations

*From 2023, this subject will be called Art Creative Practice

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Contribution $80

Excursion $60

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Contribution $120

Excursion $60

Learning Area Contact

Arts Learning Area Leader

Tanya Gower

Hospitality – Cookery

Hospitality – Cookery (VET)

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 1, Unit 2, 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: SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery as well as a statement of attainment from Certificate III

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
  • Prepare poultry dishes
  • Use cookery skills effectively (students complete 1-week work placement)
  • Barista Basics, introduction to Espresso coffee (no certificate attained)

This program is run as part of an Auspicing arrangement with IVET INSTITUTE, a Registered Training Organisation.  TIOD: 40548

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Unit 1 & 2

N/A

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen