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Senior school pathways – parent webinar

Senior secondary education in Victoria has changed. There are more options than ever for your child in Years 10 to 12.

If your child is in Year 9 or 10, join this webinar (co-hosted by Parents Victoria) to learn more about how they can pursue their goals in senior secondary education. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Department of Education will talk through:

  • the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM)
  • VCE VM Work Related Skills and VCE VM Personal Development Skills studies
  • the Victorian Pathways Certificate
  • more vocational education and training (VET) for school students
  • key career education activities in government schools.

There will be time at the end of the webinar for your questions about students’ options for senior secondary education.

You can register to attend one of 2 webinars:

  • 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • 11:00 am to noon on Thursday 20 June 2024.

About the VCE Vocational Major

The VCE Vocational Major is a 2-year applied learning program within the VCE. It supports students to pursue their goals and aspirations with confidence, and provides them with skills and knowledge for work and life.

Completing the VCE Vocational Major means:

  • being ready to take on more learning after school, especially at TAFE or in an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • working towards one or more vocational education and training (VET) qualifications
  • having an employability edge after school.

For the first time next year, 2 studies in the VCE Vocational Major program – VCE VM Work Related Skills and VCE VM Personal Development Skills – will be available to any VCE student to include in their VCE.

Watch this video for a case study of the VCE Vocational Major at Surf Coast Secondary College.

About the Victorian Pathways Certificate

The Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) is a flexible Year 11 and 12 course designed for a small number of students who, for a range of reasons, are not able or ready to undertake the VCE or the VCE Vocational Major. Suitability for the VPC is based on agreement between the student, their parents and their school.

About VET for school students

Your child can work towards one or more VET certificates in their VCE (including the Vocational Major) or VPC program.

VET is learning where your child will develop targeted and practical skills. The skills they learn relate to a career pathway, so they can apply them at work or in further education and training.

VET at school can be a path to a rewarding career in any industry. VET students get to try professions before leaving school.

To learn more about the VCE Vocational Major, VPC and VET, visit:

About career education in government schools

Schools provide a career education program that helps your child make important decisions about their future. It will include opportunities for self-discovery, exploration of industries and careers, setting goals and making career plans.

There are key moments in Years 7 to 12 when you can support your child to make these decisions. For more information visit:

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