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Title: VCE Information Evening


1
VCE Information Evening
  • For students entering Year 11 in 2014
  • Tuesday 20 August 2013

2
Outline of the Evening
  • Welcome Introductions
  • Peter Tooke, Deputy Headmaster
  • The Structure and Function of the VCE Sally
    Scott, VCE Coordinator
  • (Curriculum Office)
  • Course Selection Considerations Frank Thompson,
    Director of Career Development (Careers Centre).
  • Making Choices Justin McNamara, School
    Psychologist.
  • Questions Formal those that are of interest
    to all
  • - Informal or student-specific questions for
    individual circumstances

3
Overview of the Process
  • Opportunity to clarify aspects of the VCE before
    making subject choices
  • Handbooks (available in pdf)
  • Parent Teacher Student interviews
  • Semester 1 May Semester 2 August 26
  • Subject Selection Forms, completed on-line by
    Monday
  • September 9 (T 3 Week 9), receipt printed,
    signed
  • returned to Head of House by Friday
    September 13.
  • Student consultation with Director of Career
  • Development
  • VCE Information Evening February 2014

4
VCE Summary
  • The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment
    Authority (VCAA) administers the Victorian
    Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • 2 Year Certificate
  • Subjects/studies are made up of Units numbered 1,
    2, 3 or 4.
  • Unit 1 2 studies are normally taken in
    Year 11 and
  • Unit 3 4 studies are normally taken in
    Year 12
  • Each unit is taken over a Semester
  • MGS offers 42 VCE subjects, most of which
    comprise Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

5
VCE Summary
  • The units fall into two groups
  • English group
  • English
  • or EAL ( formerly known as ESL)
  • or Literature
  • Units from subjects other than from the English
    group

6
Satisfactory Completion of VCE (VCAA)
  • 16 units over 2 years which must include
  • 3 Units from the English group with at least one
    unit at Unit 3 or Unit 4 level
  • 3 more Unit 3/4 sequences
  • NB - Satisfactory Completion of both Units 3 4
    English is required for an Australian Tertiary
    Admissions Rank (ATAR)

7
MGS Academic Programme
  • An MGS student programme will consist of either
  • 7 or 6 subjects/studies (14 or 12 units) in 2014
  • and
  • 5 subjects/studies (10 units) in 2015
  • either 24 or 22 units over the 2 year course

8
MGS Academic Programme
  • In 2014 an MGS programme for a Year 11 student
    will therefore consist of either
  • 7 subjects/studies (14 VCE units) - to maximise
    breadth prior to choosing 5 to continue with in
    Year 12, 2015
  • or
  • 6 subjects/studies (12 VCE units) prior to
    choosing 5 in Year 12, 2015.
  • Students who take up the option of
    selecting 6 VCE studies will be
  • automatically programmed to take a short
    course titled Year 11
  • Development Programme. This course will
    consist of 12 lessons to
  • be led by the Director of Leadership. They
    may also select the term
  • study of Ethics in Leadership.
  • The remaining class time is dedicated to
    supervised Study Periods

9
Modified Courses
  • Exceptions to be negotiated with
  • Educational Services Department
  • Head of House
  • VCE Coordinator

10
Unit 3/4 Studies in Year 11
  • Many MGS students undertake a study at Unit 3/4
    level as one of their 6 or 7 in Year 11.
  • Advantages in studying a Unit 3/4 in Year 11
  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is
    generated with 6 subjects (Primary 4 plus 10
    of a 5th and 10 of a sixth study)
  • Knowledge of the assessment protocols
  • Disadvantages
  • No direct building block skills and knowledge
    developed in Units 1 2
  • Not as many study periods periods as in Year 12
  • Some lack academic immaturity to cope with the
    demands of a 3/4 study
  • Year 10 results minimum of B average needed to
    accelerate
  • not appropriate for students who have been
    on
  • academic warnings
  • Application Section is part of the Subject
    Selection Receipt Form
  • Head of Faculty and Head of House signatures
    are required

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Assessment Satisfactory Completion
  • Units 1 and 2
  • Attendance Requirement of at least 90 of
    classes.
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory is reported to
    students, parents and the VCAA
  • Assessment Tasks
  • Provide Levels of Achievement
  • These are reported to students and parents as
    grades A to E. The grade level is based on
    criteria set by teachers within school
    departments.

12
Assessment Satisfactory Completion
  • Units 3 and 4
  • Attendance Requirement of at least 90 of
    classes.
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Satisfactory or Not satisfactory reported to VCAA
  • For Levels of Achievement
  • School Assessed Tasks or Coursework
  • Examination/s
  • Reported to students and parents as grades A
    to E. The grade level based on assessment
    descriptors according to VCAA guide. Scores
    reported to the VCAA.
  • Coursework scores are statistically moderated by
    the VCAA against exam(s) and, where appropriate,
    the GAT.

13
  • General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • A 3 hour test undertaken by students enrolled in
    one or more Unit 3/4 Study.
  • Used in
  • Statistical moderation of coursework against exam
    performance
  • Derived Exam Scores

14
Special Provisions Available to students who
suffer a significant impairment or problem
  • Modification of programs and/or delivery
  • School-based assessment (SACs SATs)
  • Rescheduling / extensions/ extra time/
    technological aids derived scores / other aids
  • Special exam arrangements
  • Rest breaks / extra time/ separate supervision /
    technological aids / other aids
  • Derived Examination Scores for problems
    immediately
  • before or during exams not chronic problems
  • Applications to the VCE Coordinator, with
    documentation, asap

15
Authenticity
School Assessed Tasks (SACs and SATs) must be
completed within fixed time frames and be
verified as being the work of the student.
16
Extension Studies / Enhancement Programmes
  • Extended Investigation new Unit 3 /4 subject
    offered to extremely able students in Year 11
  • University Extension Studies for extremely able
    students these studies can be undertaken as part
    of the second year of VCE
  • For able students concurrent with able

17
Credit Transfer
Satisfactory Completion of VCE, VET or VCAL units
taken elsewhere within Victoria can be credited
and added to those completed at MGS. Application
can also be made for studies completed interstate
or overseas as part of the VCE.
18
Timeline
  • Semester 2 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews,
    Monday 26 August 2013 (Week 7)
  • Complete online subject choice by Week 9 - 9.00am
    Monday 9 Sept 2013 (online selection closes)
  • Return printed and signed subject choice receipt
    to Head of House for initial approval by Friday
    13 Sept 2013
  • Number of classes and staff allocation determined
    on the basis of those returns
  • Career Development Department will check all
    course selections
  • Changes to subject choices can be made later but
    timetabling constraints apply

19

NEXT SCREEN
20
Curriculum Office
21
  • All explained in the VCE Handbook
  • It is important that students speak to their
    teachers, Heads of House and Careers Advisors
  • Further advice can be gained from the Curriculum
    Office
  • Mrs Sally Scott
  • Mrs Christine Ford
  • Mr Chris Bradtke

22
Heads of Faculty
  • Creative Performing Arts Faculty Ms Cat
    Poljski
  • English Faculty
  • Mr Stephen Dessants
  • Health Physical Education Faculty
  • Mr Nathanael Coull
  • Humanities Faculty
  • Mr Michael Adcock
  • L.O.T.E. Faculty
  • Mrs Florence Guthrie
  • Mathematics Faculty
  • Mr Bruce Ruthven
  • Science Technology Faculty
  • Mr Stuart Jamieson
  • Social Sciences Faculty
  • Ms Leanne Forbes

23
VCE STUDY CHOICE FRANK THOMPSON DIRECTOR OF
CAREER DEVELOPMENT HERMIONE SKADIANG CAREERS
ADVISER

24
FACTORS IN STUDY CHOICE
25
Personal Interest
  • The most important factor
  • Dont try to be something you are not
  • Build on your strengths
  • Choose the things you like - this is where you
    will excel

26
Teachers Comments
  • Recommendations, not directions
  • Recommendations reflect teachers assessment of
    your ability and interest
  • Talk to your teachers - they know your strengths
    and weaknesses

27
Prerequisite Studies
  • Should be considered in conjunction with other
    two factors
  • Outlined in handout distributed to all Year 10
    students VICTER 2016
  • See also Choice 2016
  • Plan as broad a course as is practical in light
    of interest and abilities

28
SUBJECT SELECTION PROCESS
  • Monday September 9 - On-line Study Selection
    closes ( print the completed form and collect
    necessary signatures).
  • October/November - Discuss study choices with
    Careers Counsellor in light of -
    Career/tertiary course choice
  • Subject interest/strengths
  • Teacher recommendations - Available Term 4



29
Subject Selection Process
  • Confirm subject choices or make changes
  • Changes to be approved by parent/guardian and
    Head of House (and Head of Department if adding a
    Unit 34 study)
  • Parents/guardians are invited to discuss subject
    choices with Heads of Houses and Careers
    Counsellors.
  • The needs of the student are the schools
    foremost concern. Changes can be made for valid
    reasons.

30
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Students can undertake VET studies through the
    Inner Melbourne VET Cluster.
  • Students go off-campus once a week
  • Studies count towards VCE
  • Some examples of VET studies
  • Engineering, Hospitality, Agriculture,
    Furnishings. Community Recreation, Community
    Services.
  • See VET Handbook and CD. Discuss with Careers.

31
A WORD ABOUT SCALING
  • Different studies are not marked up or marked
    down by some arbitrary process.
  • A students Study Score is determined by his
    relative position within the cohort undertaking
    the subject (score out of 50 on a normal
    distribution).

32
A WORD ABOUT SCALING
  • VTAC scales Study Scores according to the
    strength of the cohorts of students undertaking
    the study. It is more difficult to achieve a
    high raw score in a study which is undertaken
    by a strong group of students (and vice versa).

33
A WORD ABOUT SCALING
  • Scaling (by comparing the relative strengths of
    the cohorts taking different studies) compensates
    for this situation to ensure students get the
    full benefit of their efforts.
  • The consequence of this process is that the
    best subjects to do are those in which you do
    well!!

34
What subjects should I do in the VCE?
35
The answer?
  • Subjects that provide interest
  • Subjects that give you passion
  • Subjects that make you want to learn!

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Self regulation
Rewards
Harm avoidance
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Self regulation
Rewards
Harm avoidance
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Back to the answer
  • Rewards are the answer
  • Choose subjects that give you pleasure, interest
    and intrinsic reward

42
Contact details
  • Phone 9865 7594
  • Email jzmcnamara_at_mgs.vic.edu.au

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