The Pathways Domain at St Columba’s College endeavours to assist your daughter in all career-related matters. We aim to provide students with appropriate support in their career development journey. The Domain also provides students leaving St Columba’s College with the skills and knowledge to maximise opportunities for successful transition to employment or further study.
The Pathways Department is open from 8:15am to 4:30pm from Monday to Thursday and until 4:00pm Friday. Students are able to make appointments at lunchtime, after school or during “free” lesson - appointments are essential.
To make an appointment, students are encouraged to arrange an appointment in person, by email or phone. 
Ms Nella Cirillo, Pathways Coordinator - cirillon 
 Mr Geoff Rutty, Careers Advisor - [email protected] 


The VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) is the most commonly accepted way to gain entry to a tertiary or advanced certificate course. A VCE program is a set of semester units undertaken over a minimum period of two years. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units that may include an unlimited number of units of VET and: 
  • 3 units of English - must include units 3 and 4
  • 3 other units - 3/4 sequences
Tertiary institutions and employers frequently require specific courses to be included in a Year 12 program. You are advised to consult tertiary program information and the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre before choosing VCE courses.


St Columba’s College also offers the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and VET programs, which provide additional pathways for Years 11 and 12 students seeking vocationally oriented career options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training or moving on to employment.
VCAL provides students with a flexible approach to their education and training. It aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable students to make informed choices regarding work and further education. Students can study some VCE and VET units as part of their VCAL program. Currently, St Columba’s offers the following VET programs: 
  • VET Legal Administration (delivered at St Columba’s College)
  • VET Multimedia (Kangan TAFE)
  • VET Clothing Concepts and Design (Kangan TAFE)
  • VET Community Services (Kangan TAFE)
  • VET Hospitality (William Angliss)


The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), handles student applications for tertiary courses and processes offers made by tertiary institutions. VTCA does not make any selections or decide who will be offered a position within a course but passes on information to students from participating educational institutions. VTAC calculates and issues ATAR scores for VCE students, publishes a guide of available tertiary courses and administers the application process. 
VTAC Preference Counselling
Every Year 12 student is given individual VTAC preference counselling to ensure that the most appropriate tertiary courses are selected. The importance of ATAR scores, prerequisites and extra requirements is emphasised in VTAC preference counselling.