YEAR 11 & 12

At Brighton Secondary College, we offer a range of senior programs:

  • VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education / VCE (VM) – Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major /
    VPC – Victorian Pathways Certificate
  • VET/ASBA – Victorian Education and training/Australian School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • IBDP – International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. For more information, click here.

There are over 70 studies available in VCE, and those available at Brighton Secondary College are listed in the handbook with an outline of each study and related assessments for Year 11 (Units 1 & 2).
Detailed information relating to Year 12 (Units 3 & 4) studies can be found on the VCAA website:

There are a large range of VET programs within the VCE and those that we offer are as part of a cluster arrangement and are all conducted off-site. Students who express interest in a VET program will need to attend a selection interview with a member of the Careers team. The VET offerings are listed at the end of the handbook.

Students considering completing the IBDP in Year 11 and 12 should refer to the
IB Handbook.

From 2023 the VCE will include a new vocational and applied learning program that sits within the VCE, replacing VCAL.
This will be referred to as VCE(VM) – VCE with Vocational Major. This program prepares students for apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training , and university through alternative entry programs or directly into the workforce.

It is a two year program over Years 11 and 12 with most students undertaking between 16-20 units over the two years. Studies are assessed at a school level through authentic assessment activities as for VCE studies. No external examinations for the VCE (VM) specific studies (Work Related Skills units and VCE VM Personal Development Skills units). An ATAR is available for students who complete external examinations (but this is not required for satisfactory completion of VCE(VM)).

There is an extensive Careers and Pathways program conducted for students in Year 11 and 12 throughout the year including individual course selection, interviews, VTAC interviews, Careers Expo and guest speakers.


Highly performing and highly dedicated Year 10 students may be offered the opportunity to study one Unit 3 & 4 study as part of their Year 11 program. Students will be selected on the basis of their performance in Year 10 and end of semester reports.


Highly performing and highly dedicated Year 11 students are encouraged to consider the opportunity to study a first-year university study (Extension Study) as part of their final year in Year 12. A large range of studies are available at a number of tertiary institutions. Selection of places in these studies are extremely competitive and highly sought after. For those students who become involved, it is a very worthwhile and academically motivating experience.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Handbook below.