Students in the senior seconday section of the school are aged between 16 and 18 and have the opportunity to complete one of two courses. They can complete the Victorian Pathways Certificate or the Towards Independence certificate. The students are involved in a range of opportunities to build their academic capabilities and real life skills, with authentic learning as the focus. This includes opportunities for students to transfer the knowledge and skills they have developed at Rosamond into a community context.
New VCE Offering
The Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) is an inclusive Year 11 and 12 standards-based certificate that meets the needs of a smaller number of students who are not able or ready to complete the VCE (including the VCE Vocational Major). It provides an enriched curriculum and excellent support for students to develop the skills, capabilities and qualities for success in personal and civic life.
The VPC is an accredited foundation secondary qualification under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. It aligns to Level 1 in the Australian Qualifications Framework. While the VPC is not a senior secondary qualification, it can be a pathway to the VCE.
The VPC is designed to develop and extend pathways for young people, while providing flexibility for different cohorts. The VPC is suitable for students whose previous schooling experience may have been disrupted for a variety of reasons, including students with additional needs, students who have missed significant periods of learning and vulnerable students at risk of disengaging from their education. Students will gain the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to make informed choices about pathways into a senior secondary qualification, entry level vocational education and training (VET) course or employment.
Completing the VPC
To be eligible to receive the VPC, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 units, including:
Students can also include units from VCE studies, VCE Vocational Major studies, and VET units of competency. VPC students can receive VET credit for 90 nominal hours at the Certificate 1 or above level and receive structured workplace learning recognition. Many students will undertake more than 12 units over the VPC.
The VPC is designed to be delivered in Year 11 and 12 and has a flexible duration depending on a student’s individual learning plan and the delivery setting.
Alternative Certificate Course - Towards Independence
ASDAN course of study is a certificate course from England. It has as its focus developing independence for the student. It covers a range modules ranging in from 'meal preparation and cooking' to 'out in the community'. Literacy and Numeracy form the foundation of the Towards Independence course which offers many opportunities for the students to be out in the community and develop an understanding of how to communicate their wants and needs.
This course is offered over two years and students get credit for their completion of units with the level of support that is necessary. All work submitted is moderated by the international body and individuals are awarded a certificate indicating all the modules they have completed at the end of their course.