Senior Pathways

St Columba’s College supports our senior students in a variety of ways to complete their secondary schooling.

Students can complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), with the option to add Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects to either certificate.

Our Pathways Advisors will work with you and your child to determine a future direction and plan a senior program that will help achieve career goals. 

Pathways Advisors can be accessed in our Pathways Centre. Our Pathways Centre is open throughout the week and is available for your child to visit and obtain advice, access information regarding tertiary institutions and the various tertiary study options available.


St Columba’s College offers a comprehensive and diverse range of VCE Units. Your daughter will have the opportunity to select her own Units, and develop a tailored program to fulfil her interests and future study options. Your daughter must complete a minimum of 16 units, and can commence some VCE Units from Year 10. For a full list of VCE Units available at St Columba’s College, click here.


Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised Year 11 and 12 qualification certified by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA). VCAL is suited to students who are seeking vocationally orientated career options, such as apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, or moving onto employment.  Your daughter will undertake studies in literacy, numeracy, work related skills and personal development skills. She may also undertake one or more VET courses and spend one day a week at a related work placement.

From 2023, VCAL students will transfer into the new VCE Vocational Specialisation Certificate program.


Students have the option to undertake one or more VET studies as part of their VCE or VCAL program. St Columba’s is a member of the Inner Melbourne VET cluster, a group of 100 secondary schools that share resources in the organisation and delivery of a wide range of VET Certificates. Your daughter may use the cluster, the College or local TAFEs to access VET Subjects.

St Columba’s College offers the following VET programs onsite:

  • Certificate III Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate III Sports and Recreation
  • Certificate III Events Management
  • Certificate II Active Volunteering


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 Pathways 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.