A curriculum with a pathway for every child

To prepare our students for life after school we need to help them find an educational pathway that has just the right fit. Some children are naturally more academically inclined, while others gravitate to hands-on learning and some enjoy a combination of both. At MLMC, we offer a pathway for every child. Most of our students choose to study VCE. But with VCAL and VET options available at the College all students have the ability to incorporate hands-on units into their subject mix. The diversity of study options allows students to learn and grow in a direction that matches their strengths and passions.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

The VCE provides diverse pathways to further study or training at university or TAFE and to employment. Learning and teaching within the VCE is divided into studies, which are undertaken in units. Each unit is taken over one semester (two terms). Most studies have four units. Units 1 and 2 may be taken independently (usually in Year 11) and Units 3 and 4 must be taken together as a sequence. 

At Mount Lilydale Mercy College, students undertake a program consisting of 22 units of study spread over Year 11 and Year 12. Students choose 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12. There are certain requirements of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) which must be met in selecting a program. At Mount Lilydale Mercy College each program must include at least four Units of English: English 1 and 2 or English Language 1 and 2 in Year 11 and English 3 and 4 or Literature 3 and 4 or English Language 3 and 4 in Year 12. English Units 1 and 2 or English Language Units 1 and 2 are a compulsory component of our VCE program. For students with special needs, however, a reduced workload of units may be requested. This could apply in cases where students have a disability or where they have other VCE/VET educational commitments outside the College. The option also exists to complete the VCE over three years. 

VCE Students may choose from the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English Language
  • Extended Investigation
  • Geography
  • Health and Human Development
  • History — Australian 
  • History — Twentieth century
  • History — Global Empires
  • History — Revolutions
  • IT — Information Technology
  • IT — Computing — Informatics
  • IT — Software Development
  • Languages Other Than English — Italian
  • Languages Other Than English — Japanese
  • Legal Studies 
  • Literature 
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Music Investigations
  • Music Performance 
  • Music Styles and Composition
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education 
  • Physics
  • Politics — International Studies
  • Politics — National Politics
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Education
  • Texts and Traditions
  • Studio Arts
  • Technology
    • Design and Technology (Wood or Textiles)
    • Food and Technology
    • Systems Engineering
  • Theatre Studies
  • Visual Communication and Design

Vocational Certificate Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a 'hands-on' option for students in Years 11 and 12. It provides practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification. Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on 'hands-on learning'. Students who do VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12.

The VCAL aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make informed choices about pathways to work and further education. Its flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Students select accredited curriculum components from Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, and VCAL units. There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Work-related skills
  • Industry-specific skills
  • Personal development skills
  • Religious Education.
Intermediate Level 

At Intermediate level, the focus is on knowledge and employability skills development that leads to independent learning, confidence and a higher level of transferable skills. 

Senior Level 
At Senior level, the focus is on knowledge and employability skills that lead to a high level of interpersonal skills, independent action and achievement of tasks that require decision making and leadership. The demonstration of knowledge and skills that apply directly to the workplace or further training is also important.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

All students at the College have the opportunity to undertake VET subjects during Years 10, 11 and 12. VET is a subject like all your VCE subjects and contributes to your ATAR score — as long as students have successfully completed the two-year course. VET complements the more theoretical nature of a traditional VCE course by providing more ‘hands-on’ practical learning.

VET programs comprise nationally-recognised vocational certificates, which may be integrated within the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Mount Lilydale Mercy College is a registered provider of VET programs (RTO 6769).

We currently offer the following courses on site:
  • Building and Construction
  • Music Industry: Performance
  • Kitchen Operations (Hospitality)
  • Screen and Media
  • Sport and Recreation
The Yarra Valley VET Cluster also offers a range of courses within the local region and students may travel to these schools to undertake the program. Schools in the Yarra Valley VET Cluster include: Billanook College, Lilydale Heights Secondary College, Lilydale High School, Mooroolbark College, Healesville High, Mount Evelyn Christian School, Mountain District Christian School, Yarra Hills Secondary College, Upper Yarra Secondary College and Ranges TEC.

There are additional fees to study a VET course. A government grant and the school subsidise part of the tuition costs. Additional costs will be incurred for some of the tuition cost and the materials fee. This varies from course to course. A sample of programs available from VET Cluster Schools and TAFE Colleges include:
  • Acting (Screen)
  • Allied Health Assistance
  • Animal Studies
  • Applied Fashion
  • Automotive Tech
  • Automotive Tech: Panel 
  • Building and Construction (pre-app)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CISCO networking and routing
  • Community Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Electrotechnology — career start (VCE)
  • Electrotechnology (pre-app) (VCAL)
  • Engineering Studies
  • Equine Studies
  • Furniture (Cabinet Making)
  • Salon Assistant (Hairdressing)
  • Horticulture (VCAL)
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Information, Digital Media and Tech
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Music Industry: Performance
  • Beauty Services
  • Retail Cosmetics
  • Plumbing: (pre-app) (VCAL)
  • Screen and Media
  • Sport and Recreation
Please visit www.yvvc.org.au for further information about courses on offer within the Yarra Valley VET Cluster. For enquiries about our VET program, please contact Mr Andrew Feher or Mrs Bernie Snell through the College. 

School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)

A School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) offers students the option of combining:
  • School studies (VCAL)
  • Part-time, practical experience in the work place through paid employment
  • Recognised, structured training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
An SBAT is an apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by a student enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL), with at least one day per week timetabled to be spent on the job or in training during the normal school week. The time requirements of work and training for the SBAT are undertaken at an average of 13 hours a week over each four-month period in each year of the program. The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is responsible for regulating the minimum hours per week for employment and training for SBATs. The full policy can be accessed at: http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/apptrain/Pages/schemes.aspx. CECV Commission of Victoria Ltd.

It is recommended that potential applicants consult with the Careers Department and VET team before deciding on this pathway.