Pathways Program

Our Pathways program endeavours to provide your daughter with the skills she’ll need for her future beyond the gates of St Columba’s College. We aim to upskill, challenge, discuss and offer subject advice through our student career development programs.

Our Pathways Centre is open throughout the week and is available for your daughter to visit and obtain advice from one of our Pathways Advisors. At St Columba’s College, students in VCE can now complete their schooling to Year 12 in a variety of ways. While the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) remains the most common program for students in Years 11 and 12, a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) options can also be included. St Columba’s College also offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to students in Years 11 and 12.


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 currently offers a wide range of VCE subjects for Year 11 and 12 students:

Religious Education

Religion and Society Unit 2






Australian Politics 3/4

Business Management


Global Politics Units 3/4

History 20th Century (1900-1945) Units 1/2

History Revolutions Units 3/4

Legal Studies


Mathematics and Science



Further Mathematics 3/4

General Mathematics 1/2

Mathematical Methods (CAS)



Specialist Mathematics

Health and Physical Education

Health and Human Development

Physical Education





Performing Arts

Dance Units 3/4


Music Investigation Units 3/4

Music Performance 1/2

Visual Arts


Studio Arts: Photography or Textiles

Text and Traditions Units 2 and 3/4

Theatre Studies

Visual Arts


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. VTAC 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. State and National Privacy legislation restricts the release of the ATAR and VTAC course application to the individual student.

VTAC Preference Counselling

Every Year 12 student meets twice a year with one of the Careers Advisors. The meeting may include a discussion of their tertiary preferences, the importance of ATAR scores, Early Entry Programs, SEAS applications, prerequisites and additional requirements.