Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Do you have high aspirations, want to attend university, get the career of your dreams, and train for opportunity and success? Do you want to obtain the secrets to unlock how to be successful at school?  Then this class is for you!

Study Skills focussed note-taking, collaboration, working with others, university visits, guest speakers, work ready skills, inquiry based activities, critical thinking, higher level thinking, reading and writing to learn.  Want to be a step above the rest, and challenge yourself as a student AVID is for you!

You will develop your understanding of careers, visit universities and workplaces, guest speakers will share their experiences and you will be guided by an experienced AVID teacher that puts you first as a student and learner and will build a relationship with you that offers support and mentorship.  If you like the sound of all of this…

AVID wants you!

Study AVID in Year 10, 11 and 12.

Academic Advancement Program (AAP)

Academic Advancement Program (AAP)

This program is designed for students with an interest in pursuing subjects at higher levels. It is a six-month advancement program replacing Core Year 10. The course provides students with opportunities to extend their thinking through rigorous exploration. These subjects provides a strong foundation and broader perspective for future studies and career pathways.

The following Academic Advancement Program subjects are offered. A selection process is in place for this program as places are limited.

Year 10 Core subjects offered

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Graduate Program (GP)

Graduate Program (GP)

The one and only, an experience that is truly unique only to Wodonga Senior Secondary College, a program that will enable you to challenge your weaknesses and excel in your strengths. 

We encourage you to have an impact on the community that you live in, to create a project that builds on your ability to gain employment, attend university, and apply for a scholarship or apprenticeship.  This class gives you the skills, the knowledge and the drive to be successful. 

Supported by your Graduate Program teacher who will be your go to, mentor, for the duration of your time at the college. They will provide support and guidance for your career, classes, aspirations and impact projects and dazzle you with individualised lessons that are built on trust, individuals and a stimulating curriculum. 

  • Display confidence and be capable and self-motivated
  • Demonstrate intellectual tenacity and persistence in problem solving
  • Exhibit skilled analytic, critical, aesthetic and creative thinking as the situation demands
  • Set high expectations and act to meet these expectations
  • Respect self and others
  • Act with empathy and tolerance
  • Be comfortable living in a world of diverse people, cultures, and beliefs
  • Make meaningful contributions to society – the local and global community
  • Respond positively and appropriately to change and challenges
  • Flourish in a digital world and be a skilled user of evolving technologies
  • Awareness of the post school opportunities available and successfully access them

To support students to develop these attributes they will engage in ‘Impact Projects’ throughout the school year. Impact Projects are focussed on community service and are strongly linked to student interests and personal improvement needs.

The program supports the growth and development of students in areas such as digital responsibilities, ethical, intercultural and personal and social capabilities as well as critical and creative thinking. The program enables students to transfer learned skills into everyday life.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an individual pathway for students who have a clear aspiration. It is designed to provide students with practical experience, ‘employability’ skills and personal development opportunities, which help prepare them for further training in the workplace or at TAFE.

Compulsory Strands

There are four compulsory strands of study: 

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Work Related Skills
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills (VET)

Literacy and Numeracy

Your VCAL Program will include Literacy and Numeracy subjects.

Literacy is English. The content of literacy is developed around real life situations where you will need to apply reading, writing, oracy for self expression, knowledge, practical purposes and problem solving.

Numeracy is Maths and is focused on preparing for work, planning and organising, financial and developing numeracy skills.

Work Related Skills

In order to develop employability skills VCAL gives you the opportunity to undertake Structured Workplace Learning, School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeships. You will investigate work places, develop OH&S skills and awareness, problem solve, develop work strategies and explore pathway and employment options. The aim of this subject is to prepare you for the workforce.

Personal Development Skills

As part of the VCAL program you will participate in projects and activities in the community or school that will help develop your teamwork skills, self confidence, understanding of local issues, volunteering and community service.

You will learn new skills and help others along the way. Personal Development is about personal growth, helping others and building a connection with your community.

Industry Specific Skills (VET)

Your VCAL program will include a VET (Vocational Education and Training) qualification. You will gain experience and competency in a range of vocational areas.  Industry Specific Skills will support employment and future prospects.

Students completing a VCAL program select from one or more of the following VET subjects.

Year 10