Careers and Pathways
Pathways refers to the path or direction that students will take after they leave school. Considerable time and resources are spent to ensure students make wise choices regarding their pathways to further education, training or employment. We are proud of our Careers program and the positive effect it has on our students' ability to make informed decisions about their future.
Students from years 7 to 12 have a Career Action Plan (CAP) which is coordinated by expert school personnel. CAPs help students identify and develop worthwhile career goals, and select subjects which will maximise their opportunities both at, and beyond school.
Macleod College offers both a VCE pathway for students aspiring to further their education at university, as well as a successful VCAL pathway for students aiming to enter the workforce in their chosen industry. Each of these pathways can be enriched by the selection of a VET subject that delivers a qualification that is recognised by the Australian TAFE system.
Panel Interview at Year 10
Students in Year 10, along with their parents, have an interview with a panel of teachers to assist them with choosing their pathway for year 11. They discuss the options the student has based on their interests, aptitudes, and what they would like to do after school. Students will already have attended the 'Subject Supermarket' and heard about all the options on offer. They will also have attended an evening information session explaining the pathways on offer.
We have a fabulous community partnership with Rosanna Rotary who kindly assist us in providing a Mentoring Program. This service assists our students with resume writing, interview techniques and career pathway advice.
VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education)
VCE offers students a selection of subjects that will contribute to their academic knowledge and provide them with an ATAR score, necessary for entry into universities in Australia. At Macleod College, VCE is the main stream which is undertaken by students. We have a wide variety of subjects on offer, and our students achieve good results in their chosen courses. For more information on VCE courses, please see the Year 11/12 Course Guidelines
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for year 11 and 12 students. The VCAL gives students 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. VCAL is a recognised qualification.
Vocational Education Training
Macleod College aims to offer as broad a curriculum as possible to students. This enables students to select from a wide range of programs and subjects. VET (Vocational Education & Training) subjects are an example of the breadth of curriculum choices to which the College is committed. The College offers VET units on campus or in partnership with neighbouring schools and TAFE Institutions in the area. On completion of the VET course, students will receive a minimum of a Certificate II qualification. The VET subject offered at Macleod College is Hairdressing. Many other courses are offered at external campuses through the Northern Metropolitan Vet Cluster (NMVC), such as Automotive, Plumbing, Dance and many others.
Students can choose a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL program. VET courses will give students credit at VCE Units 1-4. This training will contribute towards satisfactory completion of their VCE or VCAL and it will give them a nationally recognised vocational qualification. VET programs can contribute to the ATAR. As part of their VET training, students may complete Structured Workplace Learning that provides them with the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice.
Job Guide – www.jobguide.deewr.gov.au
Box Hill Institute Pathways Program – www.boxhill.edu.au
My Future – www.myfuture.edu.au